AMETHYST: Purple has long been considered a royal color, so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand throughout history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst could quicken the intelligence. Most amethyst comes from Brasil.
AQUAMARINE: Legend says that Neptune, the King of the Sea, gave aquamarine as gifts to the mermaids, and from then on, it has brought love to all who have owned it. Aquamarines are found from various exotic countries in a range of blue shades, from the palest pastel to greenish-blue to a deep blue. It has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and courage.
CITRINE: Named from the French word for lemon, “citron” since citrine has a juicy lemon color. In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Brazil and Zambia are the primary sources of this gemstone.
CHALCEDONY: Chalcedony was a treasured gemstone of the ancient world. No important Roman would be without a seal, amulet or signet ring carved in this fine and durable material. A versatile quartz, it is available in a variety of colors, our favourite being the Aqua range.
IOLITE: Seafaring Vikings used iolite to filter the haze and glare from their eyes. The power over the sun aided these fearless warriors in navigating the vast oceans upon which they sailed. The name is from the Greek “los”, meaning violet.
LABRADORITE: It’s named derived from it’s main source Labrador, Canada, labradorite is grey displaying spectral colors of blues, greens golds and somethimes red. The colorful play of light is called labradorescence. It is said to promote inner wisdom and intuition, and protect againt negative influences.
TURQUOISE: Among the oldest known gemstones- it has been mined since 3,200 BC. It graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early Native Americans. This robin egg blue hued gemstone has been attributed with healing powers, promoting the wearer’s status and wealth, protection from evil and brings good luck.
SPINAL: Centuries ago, in Sanskrit writings, spinel was called the daughter of ruby. The Crown Jewels of Great Britain are graced with many spinels. Spinel is thought to protect the owner from harm, to reconcile differences, and to soothe away sadness. It comes in an array of colors from vivid red to lavender to black.
PYRITE: The name Pyrite comes from the Greek word “pyr” meaning “fire,” and was named such because it was found that sparks would fly from it if struck against another mineral. Also referred to as “Fool’s Gold” as many throughout history have mistaken it for Gold because of its similar color & metallic luster. Pyrite is said to promote creativity and the unfolding of one’s talents and gifts.
PEARL: According to ancient legend, the moon holds the power to create pearls, instilling them with its celestial glow and mystery. Pearls have been treasured for their lustrous texture and iridescent reflections since the dawn of humankind. Because natural pearls are so rare and difficult to recover from the ocean’s depths, man invented the technique of culturing salt and freshwater pearls from mollusks carefully seeded with irritants similar to those produced by nature.
MOONSTONE: The ancient Romans theorized that moonstone, with its unearthly lunar-esque shimmer, was formed from frozen moonlight. The enchanting shimmer is caused by the intergrowth of two different types of “feldspar” minerals, with different refractive indexes. This gemstone is associated with dreams, memories, fertility and love.