October has arrived, and the weather has grown cool. Thoughts turn to shorter days and Halloween. Pumpkins and gourds are starting to appear. What color would say October better than copper? A warm color whose reflection adds coolness, copper so also the color of dried leaves and hot fires.
The colors of fall leaves are a joy even for those who aren't looking forward to winter. The Carved Jade Copper Gemstone Beaded bracelet calls to mind all the colors we see in the changing leaves as they near the end. The carving in the multi colored jade calls to mind the veins we see on leaves close up, while the copper reminds us of those last sparks of bright color.
Over thousands of years and back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Christians, precious and semi-precious gemstones have been revered for their mystical and spiritual properties. As well as cultural and religious affiliations, they have always also represented the outstanding wealth of their owners.
In more modern times, the connection of particular stones to birth months was formalized in the United States in the early 1900s although assigning astrology to birthstone jewelry was first observed in Poland in the 15th century.
The Garnet gemstone is the birthstone of January. The stone is a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors ranging from a deep red/orange of the Mandarin Garnet to a green color of the Tsavorite and the usually recognized Pyrope Garnet. It can be given for the second, sixth, and nineteenth wedding anniversaries and it symbolizes eternal friendship and trust. The name comes from the Latin word granatum meaning "seed-like" referencing it to a pomegranate because of it's looks and color. The garnet gemstone is an interesting stone in terms of history, legends, and Greek mythology.
The Garnet gemstone was found as inlays in the jewelry of a deceased man dating back to 3000 B.C. It was very popular in France in the 18th and 19th centuries and was found prominently in jewelry during the Victorian Era. It was also popular in Old Spain because of its similarity to the pomegranate, which was a favorite during that time period.
A legend says that Noah used a finely cut, glowing Garnet stone to illuminate the ark during the dark of night. Hebrew writers state the Garnet stone was one of twelve stones in the breastplate of Aaron and the blood-red color of the stone symbolizes Christ's sacrifice. In medieval times, the stone was used to cure depression, protect people from bad dreams, and even relieve liver diseases and hemorrhages.
In Greek mythology, Hades gives a pomegranate to Persephone before she leaves him to ensure a speedy return. Consequently, the Garnet gemstone also represents separated love and a quick return. Today, the stone would be a respectful gift for someone leaving another to bond lovers and to help a broken heart.
The Garnet gemstone symbolizes several different things including love, friendship, trust, and a swift return by separated lovers. It's a great anniversary gift and January birthday gift.
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Emerald gemstones signify the month of May. Like spring, emeralds represent rebirth, good fortune, youth, and renewal.
Emerald is rooted from smaragdus, defining green in Greek.
The first emerald was unearthed in Egypt in 300 B.C. Cleopatra infamously adored the stone. In ancient Egyptian texts, Cleopatra found the "Cleopatra Emerald" weighing at an unimaginable 97 karats. She split the gemstone in half, giving it to Marc Antony. After Marc Antony fought the Romans and died, architects tried to find his missing half. They never located it.
Mysterious incidents began to occur while the owner of the Cleopatra Emerald tried to transport Cleopatra's half. To this day, it is said to be cursed and the only way to remove the curse is to reunite the halves.
The Emerald Tablets of Thoth, the Atlantean are 12 tablets filled with texts about mysticism. Thoth's Emerald Tablets are described as a rich emerald-green. The properties of the tablets make them imperishable, defying the laws of ionization due to the fixed cellular and atomic structure.
The emerald gemstone structure comprises vanadium, chromium, and iron in the beryl mineral. A spectrum of hues occurs in the presence of its chemical properties. For example, a stone consisting of a stronger chromium and vanadium reaction creates a darker green. The third element, iron, may give off a bluish tinted emerald.
The discrepancy of the emerald has changed, however. In the 1960s, vanadium emeralds were declared actual emeralds by the jewelry industry. Internationally, the distinction is different due to grade differences. This introduced the "Colombian emerald".
The crystal system is hexagonal in nature. Radiant and square cuts tend to emphasize and suit the stone. The enchanting "emerald cut" provides a hypnotic rectangular or square step, creating endless geometric illusions.
High-quality emeralds are hard to find, thus color treatments continue to enhance the gemstone. Classic in its enduring and bewitching symbolism, the illustrious emerald transforms seers and wearers alike.
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Precious and semi-precious stones have been honored for many centuries. The folklore concerning them is definitely fascinating. All cultures treasure the stories that go back to the beginning of history.
Birthstones Originated in the Bible
It is believed that the Breastplate of Aaron is the origin of birthstones. Exodus 28, 15-30, calls for the twelve stones of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, corresponding to the zodiac signs of the time, be set into four rows. Since our calendar month system was not known at the time of Exodus, birthstones became more commonly associated with a person’s calendar month of birth.
Found in Caves
Jewelry and other uses of gemstones have been found in caves that are said to have been inhabited more than 5,000 years ago!
The ancient Romans, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greeks revered these stones and used them for many uses from talismans to medicinal cures to burial items. Emperor Nero supposedly watched the gladiator games by looking at them through a large emerald!
The golden topaz changed color when in the presence of poisoned drink or food. Therefore, many royals made sure the stone was put to use, and that is how it got the name “imperial” topaz.
This stone has many legends surrounding it. The Apache had a number of uses including attaching one to a weapon to improve its accuracy, putting one in a horse's mane or on its bridle to make the horse sure-footed, and wearing turquoise to prevent them from breaking a bone or taking a fall.
The Zuni used turquoise to protect them from demons.
The Navajos believed that if they threw a piece of turquoise into a river while they prayed to the rain gods, they would be blessed with rain.