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If any of the gemstones below capture your imagination, click through to discover fascinating facts about these eye-catching gems. Let us know at ASR Gems how you want to transform these already mesmerising gemstones into something even more beautiful, that perfectly matches your taste and style. We are happy to answer your questions and share our expertise to help you make the right choice.
Believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be the tears of the gods, Diamonds are considered to be the most precious of stones and the most enduring symbol of love. So hard that they can only be scratched by another diamond, these stones – created about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface, is the birthstone of April and the gemstone to commemorate 60th anniversaries.
February’s birthstone, the purple/lilac/lavender-coloured Amethyst is from the quartz family and celebrates 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. Said to symbolize piety, it was favoured by the Catholic church in the Middle Ages, but also popular with Art Nouveau jewellers. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that Amethyst “quickens intelligence and protects against evil thoughts”.
The gemstone of November (and 4th wedding anniversaries), Topaz is hard, pure and clear – thanks to its unique crystalline structure. Whilst it is found in many different colours, the various blue shades are ideal for jewellery for any occasion. There are many myths surrounding this beautiful, romantic stone, and Blue Topaz in particular is thought to unite the mind, spirit and body.
The birthstone of May (as well as the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries’ gem), Emerald is one of the ‘big-four’ stones (with Diamond, Sapphire and Ruby) and is from the beryl family. According to mythology this brilliant green stone can cure some diseases, soothe sore eyes, protect from giddiness and memory loss. Emerald was also said to be Cleopatra’s favourite gemstone.
Described by ancient Egyptians as the ‘gem of the sun’, Peridot is the birthstone of August and celebrates 16th wedding anniversaries. A member of the olivana family, the gem is a rich, golden, lime-green colour – which comes from iron –but it can also have a yellowy tinge. Pirates believed that Peridot had the power to drive away evil spirits – especially if set in gold.
Described by gemmologists as ‘fancy’ this relatively rare member of the corundum family can range in tone from delicate pastel to a more vivid, ‘hot’ pink. Like its blue sibling, the Pink Sapphire is the birthstone of September and its colour usually comes from traces of chromium in the rock. Considered by some to be ‘stones of wisdom’, sapphires are symbols of kindness as well as power and strength.
The birthstone of July, Ruby is one of the so-called ‘big four’ gemstones (along with Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald) and is a member of the corundum family of gems. Considered by some to be the stone of love, it is also used to celebrate the 15th and the 40th wedding anniversaries. It’s a very hard stone that will keep its rich luster for many years… if looked after carefully.
Like Diamond, Ruby and Emerald, Sapphire is one of the so-called ‘big four’ gemstones and while we often think of it as blue, this member of the corundum family can in fact be found in almost any colour. Blue Sapphire is the birthstone of September and the gem that celebrates 45th wedding anniversaries and 70th jubilees. It’s also the symbol of truth and nobility – often forming part of royal regalia.
This vibrant, canary yellow ‘fancy’ Sapphire (like Ruby, a member of the corundum family) is the birthstone of September. Like Sapphire, of all colours, this popular, sunny gem has been worn throughout the ages for protection and good fortune. Its bright hue, whether set in white or yellow gold, will light up a hand or face.