Handbook of Gemstones

Antique Birthday Gemstone History Every gemstone has its own story. Some fascinating enough to be heard, others are just the same old story. But it wouldn’t matter how old the story is for as long as it’s important enough to be heard. To know the history of an antique gemstone is all worthwhile especially when you’re dealing with the birthstones. Every gemstone is antique in its own place and story. Mind you, because these antiques that were buried long before mankind multiplied is more priceless than that done in laboratories and had been fabricated and polished for more than a hundredth time. Why? They posses such qualities that these gemstones don’t have. Garnet It is said that those born in this month are great communicators and are sociable. Garnet, on the other hand, was known long before the time of the Ancient Romans and Greeks. This gemstone looks like a pomegranate seed thus deriving its name from it in the Latin sense. Ancient people associate this gem with fire. The Christians believed that Noah used this to put a certain illumination on his Ark. A gem of constancy, truth and faith.


The amethyst is one of the oldest gemstones used. Associated with royalty, this stone had been used for ecclesiastic purposes too. This is worn by travelers or warriors when being booted to war for protection, avoid intoxication, and is said to bring luck for business matters.


 The gemstone aquamarine is known for its seawater color. That when submerged into water it seems to disappear and be invisible. Ancient fishermen wear this stone as safety for their water journey. People back then believed that because this stone posses the qualities of water, the moment they wore this, they are purified. It also brings unfazed youthfulness and happiness throughout life.


A stone that means unconquerable. Diamond has no equal when it comes to hardness. And because of its quality, hardness, outstanding brilliance and rareness, this is one of the most expensive and priceless gemstones ever found. History has it that this stone is only reserved and is exclusively brought upon royalty. A diamond symbolizes eternal happiness through marriage bonds.


A stunning beauty of enchanted green. Emerald had been known as the stone for the gods and goddesses. The Ancient Greeks offered this gemstone for Aphrodite as the symbol of beauty. The Incas worshipped a goddess made of emerald. And it is stated that the bowl that Jesus Christ used during the Last Supper was made of emerald. The Emerald serves as the stone for faith, immortality, intelligence and insight. Pearl This gem made by mollusks as defense from foreign substances is known, before, as the god’s tears. This represents the influence of the moon on earth. Aside from the diamond, pearls are also used during nuptials. Pearl symbolizes femininity, wisdom and purity.

Ruby Ruby means red. 

Its majestic color associates this stone with passion and power. Ancient civilizations believed that if a piece of ruby is thrown inside a pot of water, it will cause the water to boil at an instant. Ruby is a sign of attraction and love. Peridot Pharoahs desire this stone. They require their people back then to use peridots as adornments and currency. Furthermore, people only mined this stone during the night for they believe that they glow like lanterns.

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