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Gemstone Meanings: The Surprising Symbolism of Your Jewels

We’ve all heard that diamonds symbolize true love, but what are the symbolic meanings of other popular gemstones? From ancient times to today, gems of every hue have been imbued with significance and special powers by cultures around the world. Here are the legends associated with some of the world’s most treasured jewels:

Sapphire

sapphire

Blue has long been considered the color of fidelity, and sapphires were once the preferred gem for engagement rings (before diamonds claimed that honor in the early 20th century).

Emerald

Legends have said that placing an emerald under your tongue gives you the ability to foresee the future (but we do not recommend that!), and that emerald protects against evil spells and can cure disease.

Ruby

Ancient Hindus believed that those who offered rubies to the god Krishna would be emperors in a future life. People in India and Burma have also believed that rubies offered safety and peace, and medieval Europeans thought that these gems guaranteed health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.

Amethyst

Because of its color the ancient Greeks associated amethyst with the wine god Bacchus, and believed that the gem could prevent drunkenness. Amethyst has also been thought to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Peridot

The Egyptians thought that peridot protected against nightmares and brought the wearer confidence, good luck and health. In fact, it’s believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is believed to provide courage, mental clarity and good health. Because of its association with water, aquamarine has been said to keep sailors safe at sea.

Pearl

In ancient China, pearls were believed to protect against fire, and in Europe they were associated with chastity and purity. Pearls retain that association with innocence today.

Garnet

Garnet has long been associated with clergy and nobility. In ancient Egypt the pharaohs wore red garnet necklaces, and in ancient Rome rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax on important documents.

Citrine

This gem is also known as “healing quartz,” because legend has it that citrine promotes vitality and energy in whomever wears it. And according to the Chinese feng shui philosophy, citrine creates wealth and abundance.

Opal

Because opals can exhibit so many different colors within a single stone, it has long been thought to possess supernatural powers. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.  Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair.

Zircon

Folk wisdom says that zircon has the power to relieve pain, protect travelers and prevent nightmares. In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honor, and wisdom.

Topaz

Topaz symbolizes love and fidelity, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Turquoise

From ancient times to today people have ascribed special powers to turquoise. Native American tribes of the Southwest wore turquoise as an amulet thought to offer protection, and in ancient Persia (and modern day Iran) some believe that wearing turquoise can ward off the “evil eye” (other people’s ill will).

Final Thoughts

Do you buy into the idea that gemstones have special meanings or powers? Do you wear a gem as a good luck charm? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook , Twitter, or in the comments section!

Sources: Gemological Institute of America, American Gemological Society

COMMENTS

Lillian Tetreau Says:
July 31st, 2018 at 8:20 pm

NO WAY! The only good luck associated with gemstones is being lucky enough to afford them!

Gayle Daffin Says:
July 22nd, 2018 at 6:52 pm

I love my Opals, they are coloured as if on fire. They don’t seem to be as popular in North America as they are in Europe.

Ahmad Khan Says:
March 11th, 2018 at 3:09 am

love your webpage

Brenda Eckert Says:
February 6th, 2018 at 5:20 pm

I am a gem enthusiast! I have studied their powers, and other properties they hold too! I enjoy telling ppl what their birthstone is, and what it represents! I also make jewelry, for friends and family, which includes a bio of each stone! But, why do some months only have one birthstone, while others have several…such as June? It has 4…pearl, alexandrite, tanzanite, and moonstone aka bloodstone! Either way, this article was informative, and entertaining…good job!!

Lani Says:
January 30th, 2018 at 1:28 pm

I would say nope wear anything you like.

Jeffrey Austin Says:
January 22nd, 2018 at 4:56 pm

The topaz shown is actually a $3 blue topaz which is not a topaz at all.
Gem Topaz does come in a few colors, the most notable being the deep honey hue of Imperial Topaz which tends to be quite expensive, but blue is not one of them.

Sheri Cline Says:
January 3rd, 2018 at 2:07 am

The article was very enlightening. I am a March person so my stone is blood stone or aquamarine. I love the different hues the aquamarine come in. The most beautiful piece I ever saw was a combination aquamarine and pearls. I also collect brooches made from Sterling Silver and marcasite. I reside in central Oregon and I love all the gems that are found in our region. Thank you again for the wonderful tutorial.

Joseph Says:
January 1st, 2018 at 2:19 pm

What were the gemstones used in the high Prists breastplate in the Old Testament.

Natasha Huddleston Says:
October 27th, 2017 at 12:18 am

I’ve been interested in gems

Natasha Huddleston Says:
October 27th, 2017 at 12:17 am

I’ve always loved the emerald

Natasha Huddleston Says:
October 27th, 2017 at 12:15 am

Mine is a emerald

Ann Marie Horgan Says:
October 18th, 2017 at 2:59 am

Opal is my birthstone for the month of October. Now that’s a magical birthstone. Fascinating to look at. Almost like a kalidascope of changing colors and so many varigated varities. I could never get bored looking at an opal stone.Firey opals. Cool as snow with ever changing hues of a rainbow. Pretty as a special snowglobe in itself amazingly hipnotizing.I could go on. Fairy tales do come true when there is an opal looking back at you. Opal jewelry makes me happy instantly. I guess you could “Fall”as in this season of October for this birthstone. Always and forever.

Alley Says:
October 12th, 2017 at 8:39 am

I wear peridot because it’s my birth stone I just love the color of aquamarine it’s just so pretty

jeannine Says:
October 6th, 2017 at 9:06 am

Pretty stuff. I would like to own each piece shown here. When I was three I had a huge jewelry box stuffed with some real jewelry and some fake. I loved to play with it. I would pile on necklaces, bracelets and rings. My ears were not pierced at the time so I only had clip ons. They kind of hurt. I was glad to get my ears pierced. Every girl young or old loves jewelry

Diana Says:
October 5th, 2017 at 8:01 am

Would enjoy info on rare colored gemstones.

Jaxx Says:
October 1st, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Nice to know about using blue for wedding rings

Jaxx Says:
October 1st, 2017 at 7:32 pm

Interesting

Kathy Says:
September 30th, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Yes, I do feel gems have special meanings. I wish I could afford more!

l.lemus60@live.com Says:
September 30th, 2017 at 7:27 pm

Needed coins

l.lemus60@live.com Says:
September 30th, 2017 at 7:27 pm

Needed the coins

Elizabeth Platero Says:
September 30th, 2017 at 3:57 pm

You learn something new everyday.

Linda Monsure Says:
September 30th, 2017 at 2:09 am

Enjoyed the info

c aki Says:
September 28th, 2017 at 9:36 am

🙂

Gina Guilder Says:
September 26th, 2017 at 9:21 am

I love emralds

B. Earth Says:
September 25th, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Hi Denise, you can learn more about emeralds on our website here: https://www.brilliantearth.com/emerald-education-treatment/. Thanks for your interest!

B. Earth Says:
September 25th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Hi Reggie, your birthstone is opal. Thanks for your interest!

Avdi Says:
September 25th, 2017 at 8:38 am

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Avdi Says:
September 25th, 2017 at 8:37 am

I wants knows about the world’s

Amber hooper Says:
September 20th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Idk what

Sean Says:
September 17th, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Hi I’m Sean thank you I love this

Sean Says:
September 17th, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Hey what’s up I’m Sean

Sean Says:
September 17th, 2017 at 9:52 pm

Hey

Denise Champoux Says:
September 15th, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Please send more info ( e- mail about emeralds).

Reggie Says:
September 15th, 2017 at 2:31 am

What is my gemstone/birthstone for October 12, 1972?

Reggie Says:
September 15th, 2017 at 2:29 am

What is my gemstone/birthstone for 10/12/1972?

Jeff Tanner Says:
September 7th, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Look great.

Rosanne Mansfield Says:
September 6th, 2017 at 3:19 pm

my birthstone is a garnet and what you say about this stone is somewhat true especially about the nobility part since I am a blood aristocrat. Now I’d like to obtain a sapphire and a citrine in their natural state. I will wait till later. thank you ever so much!!!

April Conway Says:
September 1st, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Beautiful jewelry . Interesting information.

Michelle White Says:
September 1st, 2017 at 2:52 pm

This is a very interesting article, though I wished it broke down and explained more details of the gemstones. Many different religions/faiths believe that gems and natural “stones” (moonstone, hematite, jade, gold stone, lapis lazuli, and hundreds more) have different powers. Mostly it comes down to the powers of faith and belief. I struggle with depression and addiction (in this gemstone facts addiction is not limited to drugs or alcohol. Can include addictions to gambling, sex, money, shopping, etc. If it’s affecting your life in a negative manner then assistance should be sought). I knew that amethysts can be healing but I didn’t know until today the many individual ways amethysts can help people. I’ve always loved this gemstone and now it has an extra special significance for me, it’s my son’s birthstone. Reading and learning about gemstones is fun and interesting. I’d suggest that if a person likes to learn new and useful information then this is a great topic. I’m lucky that I’m my city we have a few “natural religions” stores. By coincidence I was at one today and saw many things I’d like to learn more about. So go have fun! And maybe learn that a gemstone is more than just a “pretty rock”!

Michael Smith Says:
August 28th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

This is cool ?

Naksh Kaloo Says:
August 25th, 2017 at 4:47 am

Meaning of Gemstones beautifully described. Great Blog!

Stacie Says:
August 23rd, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Stunningly beautiful jewelry
Would like to see a variety of settings including alexandrite

Nina Says:
August 19th, 2017 at 3:01 pm

June has two birthstones, the pearl and the gem stone Alexandrite.

Aniyah Says:
August 18th, 2017 at 10:04 pm

I liked it

yvette Says:
August 16th, 2017 at 7:02 am

oooo very pretty

Marc lumpkin Says:
August 14th, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Thank u

kionna Says:
August 12th, 2017 at 6:42 pm

love the sapphire

Judith Jorge Says:
August 11th, 2017 at 2:41 pm

Thank you.

Judith Jorge Says:
August 11th, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Yes. I two believe in stones. Real ones. Not synthetic. Specially garnet. Turquoise. I have one is turquoise. Tree if life. Sometimes feels so heavy. I take it off. It does shine more at night. I love learning about stones. And their history. I am attracted to real stones and real silver. Turquoise. Diane’s (princess) engagement ring. Is so beautiful. The blue is so soothing.

Ron harper Says:
August 8th, 2017 at 7:53 pm

To much $$$$

Emily watson Says:
August 6th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Mines not here

arianna Says:
August 3rd, 2017 at 8:53 pm

I love it?????

arianna Says:
August 3rd, 2017 at 8:52 pm

I love it

Ashelle nealand Says:
July 31st, 2017 at 5:24 pm

I am so rich I bleed money ????

Abbi mirza Says:
July 25th, 2017 at 4:47 pm

I will write again about some interesting things about stones.

Abbi mirza Says:
July 25th, 2017 at 4:44 pm

We as Muslims Truly believe in power of gem stones especially carnelian, turquise, garnet, jade, and topaz there is no doubt that some of these stones has magical and healing powers but all stones has to be real not synthetic and real stones are heavy in weight not light and they shine in the dark, before we wear a stone we put it in cold water for few hours to purify and wear it before go to bed in our religion if you feel uneasy for any reason after wearing a new stone weather its a ring necklace or bracelet just take it off that’s what I always do I am a true believer of its power esp carnelian yellow or liver color yellow is very rear and hard to find.

Ruth Says:
July 23rd, 2017 at 3:00 pm

I was told by Great Gma (1893) that you should not buy an opal for your self, it is bad luck. An Opal must be given to you. Just some old stuff?

Dam Says:
July 22nd, 2017 at 6:22 am

I ware silver for beauty an pease. And emerged for luck of the clover an money.

Mary Franke Says:
July 12th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Hi Becca, you can learn about diamonds here: https://www.brilliantearth.com/news/15-amazing-facts-about-diamonds/. Thanks for your interest!

Joanne Lin Pelletier Says:
July 9th, 2017 at 8:53 am

I’m looking at my family gem’s, my mother’s & myself. Reading the suppior meanings.

Debra Says:
July 9th, 2017 at 7:46 am

I ware silver for beauty an pease. And emerged for luck of the clover an money.

Debra Says:
July 9th, 2017 at 7:42 am

I ware rubies for love in an all around
Kind of love.

Reviewer Girl Says:
July 4th, 2017 at 11:50 pm

Such sweet legends! And the jewelry is sooooooo beautiful !!!!!! ?? good job guys !!!

Shaun Grimshaw Says:
July 3rd, 2017 at 3:16 am

Interesting!

Mary Kay Schober Says:
July 2nd, 2017 at 11:14 pm

Indeed from my native American spirit, I know they do

Alyssa Rosario Says:
June 28th, 2017 at 5:12 pm

I want to learn more

Alyssa Rosario Says:
June 28th, 2017 at 5:11 pm

I’m born in January

Becca Remer Says:
June 23rd, 2017 at 7:09 pm

My birthstone is a diamond, why isn’t that on here?

Adrianna Says:
June 21st, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Love the um the um um… the EMARLAD

Emily Says:
June 10th, 2017 at 11:44 pm

I love all these butiful gems

Bye bye Says:
June 6th, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Very nice information.! I’ve never heard this information before I really enjoyed.

Bye bye Says:
June 6th, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Very nice information.!

lea Says:
May 26th, 2017 at 10:19 am

Very cool

lea Says:
May 26th, 2017 at 10:17 am

Very nice wish I could afford all of them

Chelsea Andrade Says:
May 25th, 2017 at 12:47 pm

This was awesome

trip Says:
May 20th, 2017 at 6:52 pm

Really nice

Carly Says:
May 16th, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Love it

Rina Says:
May 13th, 2017 at 10:28 pm

What about Alexandrianite there are two gemstones for Gemini they are pearls and Alexandrianite

Nbd Says:
May 2nd, 2017 at 9:15 pm

I love iy

Kathleen Says:
April 27th, 2017 at 2:10 pm

I got my friend a bracelet to ward off evil eye she says it has changed her life.

Rinit Says:
April 12th, 2017 at 8:31 am

Anita Harris, both alexandrite and pearl are your birthstone. Most months have 2 stones. My birthday is in October. My Mom bought me a daughter’s pride ring with diamond for her birthday April, alexandrite for my Dad, June and pink (the stone was never identified but a pink stone is shown in all of the guides) for my birthday, October. A few years later she bought me another one with diamond, pearl and opal. Both rings were correct. I believe the rule is one is considered a stone while the other is a gem for the month.

Anita Harris Says:
April 7th, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Some places say that my birthstone is alexandrite, while others say that it’s pearl. My birthday is June 24th. Can you tell me without a doubt which is my birthstone?

Beckie stephens Says:
April 4th, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Likes them

vir bone Says:
April 3rd, 2017 at 12:29 pm

I am wore Malachite almost for the 46 years to shed away my Kidney Pain problem, the day I put it in my ring finger the ruler and constant pain vanished, I am Happy giving this stone to the pain sufferers free of cost considering helping human being a mean paying thanks to the Nature making this stone a remedy of kidney pain,,

Barbara Roth Says:
April 1st, 2017 at 6:29 am

Since God created everything, and He did not make anything bad or wrong, everything created has special powers, purposes and meanings.

Leah Lavoie Says:
March 25th, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Marion, i think that it is bad luck. ESPECIALLY opal.

Leah Lavoie Says:
March 25th, 2017 at 8:58 pm

In opal. I always thought i was special. Lol. Just not in beauty. I am blonde tho.

Lois Says:
March 25th, 2017 at 4:00 am

Yes, I also would like information on Alexandrite as it is my birthstone as well. Thanks

Jaisa maryines Says:
March 24th, 2017 at 9:17 pm

Great survey

Jaisa maryines Says:
March 24th, 2017 at 9:16 pm

Great

Katie Says:
March 19th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

I was born in October, so my birthstone is the Opal. Should I get an opal to wear around college soon?

Dylan Says:
March 6th, 2017 at 5:54 pm

Hi hi go hi I’m him

Roger Says:
February 23rd, 2017 at 6:13 am

Russian alexandrite (rare)? meaning..

Johan Says:
February 11th, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Very interesting

Barbara Grant Says:
January 10th, 2017 at 10:02 am

I had cancelled all postings from this site and was told within 24 hours it would be cancelled. 2 weeks later I am still getting your postings. PLEASE STOP SENDING POSTS-CANCEL THE POSTINGS

VERN RIEDIGER Says:
December 12th, 2016 at 11:20 am

RECENTLY BOUGHT A MEN’S EMERALD RING IN ISRAEL. THE APPRAISAL AT HOME WAS MORE THAN TWICE WHAT I PAID FOR IT. SURPRISE!!

Daniel Says:
November 6th, 2016 at 2:28 pm

I do not believe that gems give anything except the beauty of them. I believe that supernatural powers are just nothing more then an illusion of thoughts.

sherri koss Says:
October 28th, 2016 at 2:43 pm

i want a ring with my birthstone january

Douglas Malott Says:
September 20th, 2016 at 10:33 am

I noticed that there was nothing mentioned about my birthstone Alexandrite, as I was born in the month of June. Could you please tell me more?

scott Says:
August 30th, 2016 at 2:11 pm

is Pearl the month of june and what as a male does wearing a black pearl mean

EDsouza Says:
July 27th, 2016 at 6:45 pm

I believe in gem stones, Priest Aaron, Prophet Moses’ brother, used to wear gem stones as per Holy Bible

Miri Says:
July 23rd, 2016 at 6:10 am

What does Alexandrite mean?

Miri Says:
July 23rd, 2016 at 6:09 am

I’ve been given various gems in rings and have worn them even though they are not my birthstone. Luck or not, if I like it I wear it, not every day, as I like variety as well as beauty.

Karen Says:
July 21st, 2016 at 6:04 pm

Marion, so interesting that you should say that about the Opal. My birthstone is the turquoise but I would like to wear a white opal. I’ve made many friends and cherish everyone of them. I liken an opal to meeting someone. At first you see a blank page but as you get to know them you see their colours. Their “true blue” causes. What they feel strong about. In my cause that would be teaching children. The things that they love … “red”. My case — dogs. The natural beauties of this world would be the green. Me — waterfalls. Yellow is a happy colour. What makes that friend happy. I love to see my friends laugh. I don’t own an opal but I consider my friends “gems”.

Patrick Lawlor Says:
July 8th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Very educational to our clients.

Patrick Lawlor Says:
July 8th, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Very nice and interesting.

traceymccreadie Says:
July 3rd, 2016 at 11:38 am

I like the rings

Jessica gabriel Says:
July 2nd, 2016 at 9:48 am

I wear a turquoise since it’s my birthstone. Is it ok. I need something that will draw wealth and success to as I,m having a lot of bad luck and my money keeps going and I’m left with nothing . Let me know also I have a lot of gemstone rings and earrings like garnet, Oman alexandrite jade diamond but wear this occasionally whe I go out. The only ring with turquoise I wear every day 24/7

Marion Says:
June 2nd, 2016 at 10:29 am

True or False: It is “bad” luck to wear
a gemstone that is not your Birthstone? Especially OPAL

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