A Gem of a Deal
The creation of gemstone jewelry dates back thousands of years to ancient stories found in the Bible and elsewhere. Most scholars agree that the stories and myths behind this form of jewelry can be traced to the story of the “Breastplate of Aaron,” which was a ceremonial and spiritual garment that was inlaid with twelve natural gemstones.
In modern times, it is believed that the twelve gemstones present on the Breastplate of Aaron had additional meanings. The practice of and the custom of wearing gemstones as birthstone jewelry was first seen in 15th century Poland. In the early 1900s the connection of specific stones to birth months was formalized in the United States. People across the world embrace the concept of birthstones and place deeper meaning in the gemstone jewelry that they wear.
There is a distinction between gemstones as some are precious and some are semi-precious. The traditional difference between precious and semi-precious gemstones is rarity; diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald are considered precious, while all other gemstones are considered semi-precious. When buying gemstone jewelry it’s important to acknowledge that this will largely affect the price of any purchase.
Gemstones are also thought to possess special meaning and healing effects. According to true believers, gemstones are helpful in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions such as the following:
Amethyst is a purple-colored, semi-precious stone that is known as a spiritual stone and used for general healing and meditation. It’s said that sleeping with a piece of amethyst beneath one’s pillow promotes intuitive dreams and inspired thought.
Diamond is considered a master healer. An extremely powerful stone, it is said to remove blockages and all emotional negativity.
Emerald is a bright green precious stone said to improve intellect and memory. In addition, it’s been reported to have wide ranging positive properties including relieving insomnia and acts as emotional stabilizer to assist in the release of emotionally based trauma.
Ruby is a deep red transparent gemstone and thought to increase levels of energy and divine creativity. In addition, it alleviates worries, lifts spirits, as well as improves one’s confidence, intuition, spiritual wisdom, energy and courage.
Sapphire is often seen to have a calming effect on those prone to nervousness. Considered a stone of friendship and love, it attracts good influences. Sapphire has also been reported to give the wearer devotion, faith, imagination and peace of mind.
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