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Introduction

 

Through the ages, men eager to master superstitions have developed earth’s natural elements and precious stones to have particular symbols, languages and codes around these "shiny minerals" some used to treat diseases, others to predict the future and others as symbols of lucky charms ...

 

Here are some legends about precious stones from our ancestors.

  


WHITE

 

Etiopian Opal

Myths and Legends

It is a fascinating stone shrouded in mystery. The Romans traveled the world to obtain this stone which was for them the brightness of all the gems in one

Symbols

It symbolizes the purity of feelings and loyalty

Benefits

It expands the field of possibilities and “letting go”

 

Topaz

Myths and Legends

It was one of the twelve stones used in the foundation of Jerusalem. It was used to make beautiful pieces of jewelry worn by the Czar of Russia in the nineteenth century

Symbols

It symbolizes righteousness and loyalty

Benefits

It participates towards assertiveness and helps concentration

 

Diamond

 Myths and Legends

 Middle Ages to the Renaissance was assigned under him, strength, courage and invincibility. It helped to scare away evil spirits and nightmares, to tame wild animals, to protect homes from fire, lightning and storms.

 Symbols

 It symbolizes protection and anchoring

 Benefits

 It protects, reduces stress and it proves sleep



BLUE

 

Aquamarine

Myths and Legends

According to Greek myths, aquamarine washed up on the shore after falling from a mermaid’s jewelry box sirens. It is the stone of luck for sea faring people

Symbols

It symbolizes gentleness and sensitivity

Benefits 

It stimulates the development of the mind and communication

 

Lapis lazuli

Myths and Legends

It was the true gem of Near East and Egypt civilizations. It represented the night sky and the power of the Gods in Ancient Egypt

Symbols

It symbolizes assertiveness and harmony in relationships

Benefits 

It facilitates the expression of feelings, and helps to tell the truth

 

Larimar        

Myths and Legends

Stone from the Caribbean, its origin and recent knowledge place it in the new stone age

Symbols

It symbolizes gentleness and self-confidence

Benefits 

It helps to have a positive attitude and to listen to one’s intuition

 

Iolite

Myths and Legends

The Vikings used very thin pieces of Iolite (then called the "magic stone") as the first polarizing filter in the world. Looking through these lenses, they could determine the position of the sun when the sky was overcast and would thus navigate their boats safely.

It has long been known as a witch stone and promotes clarity of vision when it was worn as an amulet

Symbol

It symbolizes the initiation of spirituality and liberates one from the clutches of others

Benefits 

It develops clarity of mind and intuition

 

Moonstone

Myths and Legends

It is the stone of Aphrodite, goddess of love.  It is also a sacred stone in India which brings good fortune. It is a heavenly stone, exciting and disturbing

Symbols

It symbolizes spontaneity and simplicity

Benefits

It brings gentleness and tolerance

 

Sapphire and Star Sapphire

Myths and Legends

The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, it was considered the sacred Stone of Truth and Justice

Symbols

It symbolizes stability and security

Benefits

It brings calm and patience



BROWN

  

Smoky quartz

Myths and Legends

It is considered in the Alpine countries as a stone that protects against misfortune. Among Buddhists is symbolizes the elevation of the soul

Symbols

It symbolizes pragmatism and sense of responsibility

Benefits

It helps to cope with stress and challenge



YELLOW

 

Citrine

Myths and Legends

Already popular in ancient Greece, it was used as a talisman and as protection against snake bites

Symbols

It symbolizes radiance and joy of living

Benefits

It helps to think positively and promotes concentration

 

Tiger eye

Myths and Legends

In the Middle Ages, it had been used as an amulet against enchantments, demons and the evil eye. In Scotland, it symbolized prosperity and it was said that it brought wealth to anyone wearing this stone

Symbols

It symbolizes energy and dynamism

Benefits

It helps protect against negative energies and brings supports in times of doubts

 

Rutile quartz

Myths and Legends

Since ancient times, it is called Venus hair.  It was considered to be the trapped sunlight

Symbols

It symbolizes rigor and strength of mind

Benefits

It promotes clarity of ideas and stimulates creativity

 

Sapphire

Myths and legends

The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, it was considered sacred Stone of Truth and Justice

Symbols

It symbolizes radiance and joy of living

Benefits

It enhances the dynamism and commitment


 

BLACK

 

Diamond

Myths and Legends

Middle Ages to the Renaissance was assigned under him, strength, courage and invincibility. It helped to scare away evil spirits and nightmares, to tame wild animals, to protect homes from fire, lightning and storms.

Symbols

It symbolizes protection and anchoring

Benefits

It protects, reduces stress and it proves sleep

 

Sapphire

Myths and Legends

The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, it was considered the sacred Stone of Truth and Justice

Symbols

It symbolizes stability and security

Benefits

It protects and keeps your feet on the ground

  

Star Diopside

Myths and Legends

Since the earliest civilizations, it was thought the remains of living entities and "eyes" born of the earth able to perceive the intentions and actions of men

Symbols

It symbolizes courage and strength

Benefits

It brings calm and confidence and softens wounds of the heart

 

Spinel

Myths and Legends

It protects against the evil eye by sending negative waves to the person who issues them

Symbols

It symbolizes protection and anchoring

Benefits

It provides assistance



ORANGE

 

Citrine

Myths and Legends

Already popular in ancient Greece, it was used as a talisman and as protection against snake bites

Symbols

It symbolizes radiance and joy of living

Benefits

It helps to think positively and promotes concentration

 

Cornelian

Myths and Legends

Romans and Egyptians were the symbol of life, wealth and prosperity.

Related to religious practice, it accompanied the deceased during their long journey to the after-life. It graced the funeral breastplate of Pharaoh Tutankhamun

Symbols

It symbolizes stability and motivation

Benefits

It helps to restore energy and vitality

  

Garnet Spessartite

Myths and Legends

It bore the name of carbuncle in the Middle Ages . The legend says that it glows in the dark. It was the stone of heroes who would face difficult tasks and tests to prove their courage

Symbols

It symbolizes power and strength

Benefits

It strengthens perseverance and increases confidence in one’s self and  the joy of living


 

Sapphire

Myths and legends

The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, it was considered sacred Stone of Truth and Justice

Symbols

It symbolizes confidence and courage

Benefits

It helps to think positively and promotes success in business


 

PINK

  

Sapphire

Myths and legends

The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, it was considered sacred Stone of Truth and Justice

Symbols

It symbolizes harmony and will

Benefits

It helps to remove emotional blockages and enhances understanding


Tourmaline

Myths and Legends

In ancient Greece, it symbolized immortality

Symbols

It symbolizes healing and honesty

Benefits

It promotes communication and gives vitality

 

 

RED


Garnet

Myths and Legends

It bore the name of carbuncle in the Middle Ages . The legend says that it glows in the dark. It was the stone of heroes who would face difficult tasks and tests to prove their courage

Symbols

It symbolizes power and strength

Benefits

It strengthens perseverance and increases confidence in one’s self and the joy of living

 

Ruby and Star Ruby

Myths and Legends

It was seen in all ancient civilizations of Europe and India as the Sun Stone. It was said that Pegu King of Burma, only lit his city with rubies that flashed like torches

Symbols

It symbolizes loyalty, inner fire, love and passion

Benefits

It gives strength and courage

 

 

TURQUOISE

 

Amazonite

Myths and Legends

Its name comes from the place where it was first discovered, the Amazon River

Symbols

It symbolizes independence and serenity

Benefits

It drives negative thoughts and soothes

 

Turquoise

Myths and Legends

It has been in many cultures a stone that protects against evil magic. It was worn as an amulet to gain strength, health and happiness

Symbols

It symbolizes optimism, well-being and sweetness

Benefits

It promotes communication and listening to others



GREEN

  

Chrysoprase

Myths and Legends

In the Middle Ages it was thought that you could become invisible by putting a Chrysoprase in your mouth and it lost its color in the presence of poison

Symbols

It symbolizes renewal and creativity

Benefits

It promotes self-confidence, inner strength and courage


Emerald

Myths and Legends

Mughal India loved Emeralds and engraved on them sacred texts and wore them as talismans. This is what has led to the development of the industry in Jaipur

Symbols

It symbolizes physical and mental balance

Benefits

It brings inner peace and strengthens love complicity

 

Malachite

 Myths and Legends

 In ancient times it was used as an amulet to protect against the evil eye, whilst in the Middle Ages, it was used to protect children against witches and other dangers and was kept in the bedroom for protection from nightmares 

Symbols

 It symbolizes harmony and protection

 Benefits

 It promotes the expression of feelings and speech

 

 Peridot

Myths and Legends

Named the sun gem, it was a favorite of Queen Cleopatra.

In the Middle Ages it was used to ward off evil spirits and attract wisdom and friendship

Symbols

It symbolizes balance and vitality

Benefits

It protects from external influences and hunting melancholy

 

 

Sapphire

Myths and legends

The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. In ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, it was considered sacred Stone of Truth and Justice

Symbols

 It symbolizes compassion and loyalty

Benefits

 It would provide outreach and will


Tourmaline

Myths and Legends

Sometimes called the rainbow, it comes from the long journey to the heart of the earth

Symbols

It symbolizes righteousness and openness

Benefits

It tightens family bonds and promotes creativity and imagination

 

Garnet Tsavorite

 Myths and Legends

 It bore the name of carbuncle in the Middle Ages . The legend says that it glows in the dark. It was the stone of heroes who would face difficult tasks and tests to prove their courage

 Symbols

 It symbolizes power and strength

 Benefits

 It strengthens perseverance and increases confidence in one’s self and  the joy of living


 

PURPLE

 

Amethyst

Myths and Legends

For the Celts it was the stone of the Druids, for Indian it was the  Brahmin stone, and amongst Catholics the stone of bishops

Symbols

It symbolizes wisdom and temperance

Benefits

It strengthens spirituality - it soothes and calms

 

Tanzanite

Myths and Legends

In the 60s, a stormy day, lightning burned the Tanzania savanna. Brown zoisite crystals dotting the ground were heated to the core in flames. The Masai people then discovered that these stones miraculously turned an intense blue or purple

Symbols

It symbolizes achievement and assertiveness

Benefits

It brings balance and harmony

 

Rhodolite

Myths and Legends

It bore the name of carbuncle in the Middle Ages. The legend says that it glows in the dark. It was the stone of heroes who would face difficult tasks and tests to prove their courage

Symbols

It symbolizes power and strength

Benefits

It strengthens perseverance and increases confidence in one’s self and the joy of living

 


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