Sapphire is associated with royalty and romance. Ancient Greek and Roman royals were convinced that blue sapphires protected them from envy and harm. In the UK, we associate sapphires with the engagement ring that Prince Charles gave to Lady Diana Spencer, which now belongs to the Duchess of Cambridge. Not all sapphires are blue, in fact, they come from the same species as the ruby–corundum. Any corundum that doesn’t qualify as ruby is considered sapphire. Fancy sapphires come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, and purple.
Most often a deep red in colour, garnet is known as a warm, energising stone formed in metamorphic rock. Garnets look their best when cut into shapes with smooth rounded edges (brilliant or oval) due to their brittle nature. Garnet stones are said to have rejuvenating properties.
Beautiful purple amethyst is derived from the quartz family of stones. Strong yet delicate the stone is often associated with serenity and balance. Though the ancient Greeks believed it could cure intoxication. Some rare amethyst stones are said to fade, but if cared for correctly, they maintain their vibrant appearance and colour.
Mesmerising glowing green-hued emeralds are striking and unique, sought after by the likes of Cleopatra. Often worn for their calming, soothing properties, there is also something mystical about them. Emeralds look especially vibrant when paired with yellow and rose gold metals. This alluring stone is rare and sought after for its colour changing properties.
With its subtle and elegant orange/yellow tone, citrine is a transparent gem named from the Latin word citrus. Citrine is a versatile gemstone which can come in a variety of sizes and shades. The warm tones of citrine are perfect for summer wear, and are said to promote comfort and clearing of the mind.
With its Latin meaning being water of the sea, this beautiful pale blue stone was thought to be mermaids’ treasure and was used as a good luck talisman by sailors. Aquamarine’s cool tones are paired with strong durability and it is considered a stone of eternal youth. Aquamarine gems come alive paired with white or yellow gold.
A rich, deep red is often associated with rubies, the world’s best-known and most-loved crimson gemstone. Medieval Europeans wore them to guarantee a heady combination of health, wealth, wisdom and success in love. Large carat, high-quality rubies are extremely rare, and so very valuable. However, rubies are widely accessible to most budgets due to strong worldwide production and treatments that improve colour and clarity.
Topaz has a wide range of colour, ranging from golden browns and deep yellows to blues and greens. The Ancient Greeks referred to topaz as a symbol of strength, and it is an incredibly hard-wearing, working well with frequently worn jewellery if paired with the correct metal.
They are often associated with healing powers and many – such as birthstones – are attributed with individual meaning.
We love them because they make a stylish alternative to diamond jewellery and can also work in beautiful harmony with diamonds. The purple glow of an ametrine cocktail ring or the amber glimmer of a dramatic pair of topaz drop-earrings can help a woman express herself and can bring an outfit to life.
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