GemSelect Newsletter - Merry Meaning of Red Ruby & Green Emerald
For anyone interested in making seasonal jewelry, two of the most important colors of the season are red and green. Even cultures that do not celebrate Christmas are familiar with Santa in a red suit and green Christmas trees. It is thought that the use of these two colors goes back to pre-Christian times.
The "pagans" (an umbrella term for anyone who was not an adherent of one of the main world religions) used evergreens in homes during the winter solstice. Since they remain green in the winter, evergreens were symbols of everlasting life and renewal. For the Vikings, wreaths and evergreen trees were believed to protect from evil. The ancient Romans held a feast in honor of Saturn; the god of agriculture, and evergreen branches were used as decorations to symbolize new growth and nature's bounty. The ancient Egyptians decorated their homes with palm leaves during the winter to encourage the recovery and return of the sun god, Ra.
The quintessential red and green gemstones are ruby and emerald. When it comes to gemstone meanings, as well as the Christmas symbolism, each gemstone color has meaning, and then each gem type has further associations. Thus, all red gems generally stand for passion, energy, power and love. Green gems represent nature, health, growth, renewal, healing and sometimes, money.
It is said that those who own a ruby will enjoy peace, wealth, vitality, positivity and a healthy libido. Ruby is also a symbol of friendship and love, and the stone for Capricorns - those born between December 22 and January 19. Ruby jewelry is also worn as a July birthstone and given in celebration of the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Not only is ruby said to bring all these wonderful things to its owner, but it is also believed to provide protection from bad luck and poor health. Ruby is not the only red gemstone, but remains the most popular and one of the most valuable colored gemstones of all time.
Those who wear emeralds are said to enjoy good luck and general well-being, including positivity and peaceful dreams. Emerald engagement rings are popular because emeralds are also thought to assist fertility and encourage harmony. Emerald is the official May birthstone and is given in celebration of 20 and 35 years of marriage. Green is one of the most popular gemstone colors, and like red, there are many more choices of green gemstones available for beautiful gemstone jewelry designs.
Sapphire is and will always be one of the most popular gems of all time. Blue sapphire is a classic gemstone, but let's not forget that fancy sapphire can be found in almost every color of the rainbow. Furthermore, sapphire is an incredibly durable and brilliant jewelry gemstone. It never surprises us that sapphire is always number 1. Everlasting in jewelry, sapphire is etched on our hearts.
Blue topaz is the second-most popular blue gemstone and consistently comes up as a bestselling gemstone due to its affordability, hardness and great color. However, let's not forget about white topaz, which is almost as popular; unparalleled imperial topaz; and multicolor mystic topaz, which is another firm favorite.
3. Amethyst and Citrine Quartz
Purple amethyst and golden citrine are affordable, durable and beautiful. Mostly mined from Brazil, amethyst ranges from a soft purple, known as "Rose de France" to a deep purple referred to as "Siberian" amethyst. Citrine is the yellow, amber or golden brownish quartz variety that gets its name from the French word for lemon.
Pink and green tourmaline are hugely popular this year. Some of the pink tourmaline stones we have seen are phenomenal and range from baby pink to hot pink. Serene green tourmaline may also be several different hues or sometimes combined with pink in bicolor tourmaline gems and multicolor watermelon tourmaline. Other popular tourmaline colors include golden tourmaline and black tourmaline.
5. Pyrope Garnet
It seems that things are hotting up this year with a preference for bright red gems this year - the previous year, raspberry rhodolite and mandarin spessartite were the most popular garnets. Pyrope is the original "Bohemian garnet" and the best-known red garnet; perhaps the revival of Bohemian-style pyrope garnet jewelry has contributed to its popularity this year.
The largest D-color, flawless, emerald-cut diamond sold at auction achieved an astounding $33.7 million at Christie's Geneva last month. The 163.41-carat diamond is the centerpiece of an emerald and diamond necklace by de Grisogono, named "The Art of de Grisogono, Creation 1". The buyer remains anonymous.
A new auction record has also been set for a piece of Art Nouveau jewelry. An Art Nouveau enamel, diamond and pearl necklace by René Lalique, estimated to sell for sold for $131,000 sold for $978,480 at Christie's Geneva. The pendent necklace features four enamel and gold wasps with diamond-studded wings on a hawthorn branch above a baroque pearl.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially announced their engagement after dating for over a year. They are due to marry in spring 2018. Prince Harry designed the yellow gold, diamond engagement ring with a center stone from Botswana and two side stones from his mother, Diana's collection, saying he did this "to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together". The couple met on a blind date and shortly thereafter fell in love.
Zsa Zsa Gabor's Harry Winston Diamond Riviere necklace was auctioned by Bonham's on 4th December. The necklace featuring 45 round brilliant-cut white diamonds was expected to achieve between $1.2 and $1.5 million. The Moulin Rouge actress was known for her love of diamonds. She was married nine times and recently passed away before her 100th birthday.
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- First Published: November-27-2017
- Last Updated: November-28-2017
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