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Like Gemstones? Get To Know Their Early History!

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Everyone knows that diamonds represent undying love, but what do other gemstones stand for? All around the world, both ancient and modern societies have invested in gemstones of every color with meaning and power. What are the stories behind some of the most priceless gems in the world?

In many cultures and eras, gemstones have been associated with metaphysical properties, charms, and meanings. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Asian, and Biblical mythology were the primary sources of these connections. 

If you want to know what some of the most common gemstones signify, keep reading!


In ancient Hindu mythology, people who gave rubies to the deity Krishna were destined to rule as monarchs in a previous incarnation. While medieval Europeans believed rubies ensured health, prosperity, intelligence, and romantic success, people in India and Burma felt they brought serenity and protection. Ruby’s meaning in various mythologies is not very different. That suggests it yielded similar results for people wearing them all across the world.  


Pliny, a Roman scientist who lived in the first century AD, is credited as saying, “diamond is the most valuable, not just of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” Diamonds were considered divinely inspired by the ancient Romans and Greeks, who ascribed them to either the tears of the gods or shards of fallen stars (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love).

Diamonds were supposed to have medicinal qualities throughout the Middle Ages and were used to treat everything from exhaustion to mental disease. In ancient Hinduism, diamonds were placed in the eyes of religious idols and were thought to provide the wearer with safety. 

More than that, some ancient monarchs put diamonds on their armor as they went into battle because they believed the stones gave their owners power and bravery.


Emeralds are known as the stone of wisdom and insight. It has been stated that emeralds may cure illness and guard against bad spells. Also, if you place one under your tongue, you will be able to see into the future (though we do not encourage this). 

The emerald has long been associated with the ideals of honesty and love. It was considered sacred to Venus, the Roman and Greek goddess of love and hope. It has a long history in Unani medicine as well. 


Opals have been attributed to magic for a long time due to the fact that one stone may display a wide range of hues. This diamond represented affection and future promise in ancient Rome. It was widely held among ancient Greeks that opals protected their wearers from illness and bestowed upon them the ability to foresee the future. 

A sign of optimism, innocence, and honesty, the diamond has been treasured by Europeans for generations. As a matter of fact, it was once believed to have the ability to prolong life and maintain the color of blonde hair.


Pearls, the oldest valuable jewel, are renowned for their iridescence, color, and ethereal beauty. Pearls were formerly connected with chastity and purity in Europe, whereas in ancient China, they were thought to protect from fire. Today, like then, pearls continue to symbolize purity, and they are now cultured all across the world, even in people’s backyards and terraces. 


The color blue has deep cultural and historical roots as a symbol of faithfulness, and sapphires were formerly the most popular choice for engagement rings (before diamonds claimed that honor at the beginning 20th century). As one of the most often used gems in regal jewelry, sapphires also have a strong cultural association with the upper classes. 

The gem sapphire is associated with several positive attributes, including the protection of innocence, health improvement, spiritual enlightenment, and financial success.


They say wearing topaz would bring its wearer love and loyalty while also giving them power and wisdom. Although topaz occurs in different hues, orange topaz has long been connected with the element of fire. Golden stones like topaz have long been associated with prosperity and self-assurance.


Amethyst was considered by the ancient Greeks to protect its wearer against intoxication because of the connection between its purple hue and Dionysus, the god of wine. In fact, the ancient Greek term for “sober,” amethystos, denoted the opposite. The wearer of amethyst is said to benefit from increased clarity and mental acuity. 

Amethysts, according to the works of the great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, boost intelligence and shield against bad ideas. The stone has long been regarded as a meditation aid by Buddhists, and it is commonly used in Tibetan prayer beads. Historically, amethyst has been revered as a symbol of tranquility, equilibrium, and courage, and it has even been used as a sleep aid and pain reliever.


They say wearing topaz would bring its wearer love and loyalty while also giving them power and wisdom. Although topaz occurs in different hues, orange topaz has long been connected with the element of fire. Golden stones like topaz have long been associated with prosperity and self-assurance.

Gems are utilized both independently and in tandem with astrology. Understanding the celestial bodies and how they affect your psyche is the focus of astrology. Spiritual growth may be pursued with the help of astrology and gemstones.

There are gemstones that are especially well-suited to each zodiac sign. When you employ gemstones in conjunction with astrology, you’re exercising agency over your daily life and making conscious choices to go toward the things you really want.

If you are looking to buy a gemstone, you must buy it from a reputed and trusted store. Above the metaphysical reasons, it can affect the resell value as well. 


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Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.

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