The traditional meaning behind your favourite gemstones

01 August 2016


Aside from being striking and vivaciously vibrant, historically gemstones have ancient and contemporary connotations and symbolism that give them significance for many of our clients.

Here are the meanings behind some of our favourite gemstones.

Known as the Bishop’s Stone, the Amethyst is still worn traditionally by Catholic Bishops. It represents piety, humility and sincerity. The Amethyst is also thought to have healing properties and was used by healers in ancient times.

The January birthstone, this gem comes in many colours. Garnets have long been carried by travellers to keep them safe when they’re far from home. It is a stone of regeneration and energy, thought to be able to boost and revitalise energy systems.

It’s one of the few gemstones that only appear in one colour. In ancient times the Peridot was thought to be a gift from Mother Nature to celebrate natural creation. As a gift, Peridot was thought to give receivers healing powers and helps to alleviate emotional burdens, guilt and obsessions.

First discovered in Tanzania, Africa, the Tanzanite is thought to promote compassion, raise consciousness in meditation and help to calm an overactive mind. Tanzanite also has calming and soothing properties.

The March birthstone, it’s a symbol of youth, health and fidelity. It was long thought that Aquamarine had a positive influence on married couples, making it a fantastic anniversary gift. It bestows perseverance, discipline and light-heartedness.

The classic green gem is the birthstone for the month of May and has long symbolised love and rebirth. Cleopatra was famous for wearing Emeralds and Ancient Egyptian mummies were often buried with Emeralds to symbolise eternal youth. The Emerald is often referred to as “the Stone of Successful Love”, it is known for promoting domestic bliss and loyalty.

The Ruby is the birthstone of July and also symbolises passion, protection and prosperity. It’s often referred to at “King of all the gems” thanks to its vibrancy. It brings self-confidence and determination to the wearer.