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GEMS May – History behind Emeralds

by JewelStruck on May.24, 2010, under GEMS

Continuing with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – May for Emerald, we would be discussing about History behind Emerald. This awesome green coloured, beautiful gemstone has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years. Also showcasing very beautiful Emerald Heart Earrings by Nikita Kashner

Emerald Hearts by Nikita Kashner

  • The name according to Indian mythology was orignated from Sanskrit as “marakata”, meaning green. One other believed source of this name was Herbrew, orignating from the word izmargad – again meaning “green”. It is also believed to be orignated in Greek, derived from  Latin word “smaragdus”.
  • Records show that Emerald was traded in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. Emeralds were prized by ancient Egyptian pharaohs and by the Aztec rulers in South America, who considered the green gem a holy stone. It was known that Emerald was a favorite gem of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and the Emerald mine in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago near the Red Sea, was one of the earliest Emerald occurrences in the human history
  • In India, ancient scriptures speak of the emerald. More recently Shah Jahan loved Emeralds so much that he had sacred texts inscribed into them and used these gemstones as talismans.
  • Russian crown jewels were also adorned by Emeralds. The Iranian crown jewels have a wide collection of Emerald Jewels, including the very famous, Emerald tiara of ex-Empress Farah.

So these were a few things we found out on history behind Emeralds. If you have anything to share on Emeralds, do email us at Do wait for the next post, with more on this month’s Gemstone – Emerald.

Image credit – Nikita Kashner

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GEMS March – History behind Aquamarine and its applications

by JewelStruck on Mar.24, 2010, under GEMS

Continuing with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – March for Auqamarine, we would be discussing about History behind Aquamarine and its uses. This cool blue fascinatingly beautiful gemstone has been extremely popular in history. Also showcasing a very beautiful Aquamarine ring by one of our contributor Maura Nicholson.

Aquamarine wand ring

Aquamarine crystal wand ring in Silver & 9ct gold setting

  • Talking about he history, Aquamarine was first mined in 1811 in Brazil. But according to some documented proofs the use of aquamarine gemstones exists between 480 and 300 BC. Greeks used aquamarine to make jewelry.
  • Small opaque and translucent aquamarine rocks were used by pirates and sailors, who believed that it would protect them and ensure a safe journey.
  • Coming to applications, Aquamarine generally occurs in large and flawless crystals. Its faceted into many cut and is used in jewelry for rings, earrings, necklaces, etc. Six-sided large crystals are worn as necklace pendants. Less common are translucent aquamarine, showing  asterism and cat’s eye effect, these are mainly cut and polished into cabochons.

So this was about the history and applications of Aquamarine, would be posting more about it soon. If you would like to share anything on this stone please email us at

Image credit – Maura Nicholson

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GEMS February – Mythology & History behind Amethsyt

by JewelStruck on Feb.24, 2010, under GEMS

With Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – February, we would be discussing this time mythology and historical references of Amethyst, the birthstone of February. Only a few days are left for this month to end and also this series on Amethyst, so if you have anything interesting to share or showcase related to Amethyst do comment or email us at The beautiful wire wrapped amethyst necklace featured below is made by Pippi Konstanski.

Wire wrapped Amethyst Necklace

Wire wrapped Amethyst Necklace

Continuing with the History of Amethyst, up to 18th century amethyst was included in the cardinal (most valuable) gemstones along with diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald. However since the discovery of extensive deposits in locations such as Brazil it has lost most of its value.

Historical References

  • It was largely used for gemstone engravings by the ancient Egyptians, also known as intaglio engraved gems.
  • Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle.
  • Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England, from early 5th century AD.
  • A huge geode, or “amethyst-grotto”, from near Santa Cruz in southern Brazil was exhibited at the Düsseldorf, Germany Exhibition of 1902.

The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against drunkenness, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it. There are many stories behind the purple colour of Amethyst featuring Dionysus, the god of intoxication and maiden named Amethystos.

So this was all we explored on Amethyst, we will be back with more on it sooner.

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GEMS January – History behind garnet and its applications!

by JewelStruck on Jan.25, 2010, under GEMS

Here comes another post on Garnet for Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – January. We would be discussing history behind Garnets and its applications these days.

Garnet are one of the world’s most ancient gems, it has been known to Man for thousands of years. Garnets are also found in jewellery from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times. Many an early explorer and traveller liked to carry a garnet with him, for the garnet was popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster

14kt Yellow Gold and Rhodolite Garnet Necklace

14kt Yellow Gold and Rhodolite Garnet Necklace

Applications :-

  • From ancient times the artisans created beautiful garnet beads, bracelets and other jewelry.
  • Garnet sand is a good abrasive, and a common replacement for silica sand in sand blasting.
  • Garnets are said to have been used by Asiatic tribes in place of bullets.
  • They were especially used inlaid in gold cells in the cloisonné technique, a style often just called garnet cloisonné, found from Anglo-Saxon England, as at Sutton Hoo, to the Black Sea
  • During the latter part of the 19th century, garnet bracelets and brooches were particularly popular.
  • The Garnet group is a key mineral in interpreting the genesis of many igneous and metamorphic rocks via geothermobarometry.

So that was all about Garnets history and its application, wait for more to come on Garnets this month. If you have anything to share on Garnets, do email us at

Image credit :-  Claudette Isaacs – Jena Lee Creations,

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GEMS December – The history behind Ruby and its applications

by JewelStruck on Dec.22, 2009, under GEMS

Next with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for December are some facts on the historical and symbolic references of Ruby and current applications. Rarer than diamonds and also known as “the king of gems” to the ancients, with a color that symbolizes blood, anger, love, romance,  devotion, prosperity and courage ruby has played an important part in the myths and imaginations of cultures around the world throughout written history. Pre-historic tools found near the mining areas of Myanmar may suggest that man’s fascination with rubies predates language itself.

According to legend, because of the color of blood, ruby has come to symbolize courage and bravery. Warriors implanted rubies under their skin to bring valor in battle. Ground to a fine powder and placed on the tongue, it was believed by some ancient cultures to cure blood diseases, stop bleeding, ensure good health, bring peace, and treat indigestion. As a talisman, ruby would warn its owner against danger and disaster.

Throughout history, other red gems such as spinel and garnet were mistaken for ruby. Only recently, with help of technology ruby can be distinguished from its colorful “twins.”  In fact, most large historical red stones (several hundred carats) are spinels. The French and Russian crowns and the Iranian treasury were all found to be using spinels. The largest known gem-quality ruby–at 250 carats–is on the crown, ordered in 1346 by Charles IV of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia (1316-78), for the shrine containing the skull of Saint Wenceslas, duke of Bohemia (921-29).

Today, rubies have numerous applications. They are used as styluses in turntables. Aldo in expensive wristwatches as tiny bearings. They form a crucial component at the laser’s core as well. This gem was thought to attract and maintain love and friendship and so it’s a great choice for an engagement ring. It is the traditional wedding anniversary gift for a couple’s 15th and 40th year.

So this was all about history behind Ruby, if you have anything related to ruby to share with our readers, please email us at Also its just a week left with December, so sooner you send better it would be.

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