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The Hidden Lore of Gemstones

ruby birthstone gemstoneThere are two things that make handcrafted jewelry special ... beautiful artistry and the significance of the piece. Sometimes, the piece is special because of the moment it celebrates. An engagement or anniversary, the birth of a child, or perhaps it's a memento of a wonderful vacation. But sometimes, what makes that piece so exceptional is something more steeped in lore.

According to many ancient Roman texts, Cupid's arrows were tipped with diamonds that carried within them love and desire. Throughout the world's lore, the diamond is thought to be a symbol of love, fidelity, and invincibility. Is it any wonder that it has become the most popular gemstone for celebrating love

Rubies are also rich with significance. In many early cultures, the ruby was believed to hold the very power of life. Over time, that developed into the belief that they could inspire good health, wisdom, and success.

The lapis lazuli, an extremely popular material in handcrafted jewelry, has long been associated with the elite. In Gilgamesh, the ancient Sumerian poem, it is the goal of many quests as Sumerians traversed Asia in search of it. The Egyptians believed it to be a protection in the afterlife and it was an important material in many of their jeweled pieces.

Although amber is fossilized tree resin, rather than a stone, it is still recognized as a gemstone. In Nordic mythology, amber formed the tears of the goddess Freya. Today, it is a popular part of beaded jewelry, a symbol of light and energy.

Agate, too, has hidden lore attached to it. The Romans created both jewelry and talismans from this stone, believing that it would appease the gods and allow them good harvests. Many Middle Eastern cultures attributed it with the ability to divert storms. Today, it is used in jewelry as a wearable talisman for love and fidelity in marriage.

Why not find a piece for yourself that is rich with lore? Every piece created by the artisan of SWCreations is an original and entirely handcrafted. Contact us today with any questions you might have, including custom orders.

 

 

 

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Thank you for the beautiful blue (wedding) sapphire anklet. I gave it to my wife on our 10 wedding anniversary and she loved it ! it fit her perfectly and the design and color suited her well. Thank you Stephanie for your creativity and attention to detail. Received it well ahead of time and the experience of doing business with you was very positive.

Beautiful anklet

This is the perfect something blue for my daughter to wear on her wedding day!

I love my purchases from you!!

Exquisite piece of jewelry!!!!

When I presented this anklet to my niece on her wedding day, she was brought to tears. Just lovely!!!