The birthstone for April, the diamond is perhaps the most precious and coveted gemstone in existence. Glamourized by popular culture, modern engagement rings generally feature diamonds, but what other meanings can we ascribe to this beautiful, glittering jewel?
On a less glamorous note, some believe that diamonds can help coughs and mucus problems. A more popular belief, however, is that diamonds are a symbol of faithfulness, love, purity, innocence, constancy and richness of the self. The Greek word for diamond – adamas – means invincible, and so many ancient cultures believed that the diamond had protective qualities.
New age culture believes that the diamond has the power to increase the energy of other gemstones, which is why some healers wear jewellery set with diamonds surrounding the amethyst. Another popular spiritual belief is that diamonds help to create wealth and abundance in all other walks of life, bringing clarity and resolution to seemingly unsolvable problems by helping you see more clearly into yourself.
The birthstone for May, the emerald is a precious stone, steeped in history and mythology – 6000 years of it, to be precise – so you know your emerald will have a real story behind it. Said to be the sacred stone of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, in ancient Greek culture, and later Venus, for the Romans, the emerald is a symbol of hope, preserving love, loyalty, devotion, friendship, adoration and tranquillity, bringing the wearer wisdom.
The emerald is also the stone of fidelity and is said to change colour if your partner has been unfaithful – therefore a risky but practical choice for an engagement or wedding ring! However, some cultures believe that the emerald changes colour to alert the wearer of immediate danger.
In new age cultures, the Emerald is said to have healing properties, particularly for the heart and, in some cultures, the eyes. This myth comes from ancient Roman culture when legend tells us the Emperor Nero owned emerald glasses to protect his eyes during gladiator matches.
The ancient Greeks also believed that wearing an emerald made the owner more eloquent, intelligent and honest.
The birthstone for July, the ruby is considered by many to be the most powerful gem in existence, and is often referred to as the love stone, as new age cultures believe it generates all kinds of love, particularly self-love, showing you how valuable you are, as well as contentment and peace, vitality and royalty. According to many cultures, the ruby should be worn on the left hand as to connect straight to the heart and life force, to help you to find power and follow your dreams.
Said to have immense healing properties, the ruby is said to help the blood flow and rid the body of infection. It is also a lasting and powerful symbol of friendship.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and is one of the four most precious stones in the world, alongside the diamond, ruby and emerald. Believed to represent protection and prophetic wisdom, it is said to help generate faith, hope, sincerity, truth, faithfulness, honesty and joy, as well as light, peace, beauty and understanding.
According to some historians and religious scholars, the ten commandments were presented to Moses on a sapphire plate and are therefore known as stones of destiny and joyful devotion to God. The stone of kings and high priests, the Sapphire is a true stone of wisdom and royalty.
In recent history, the stone has been made famous by its role in British royalty, with Princess Diana’s famous engagement ring which was then passed to Princess Catherine, giving it a revival in popular culture.
Tanzanite is an excellent crystal for novices to the exploration of psychic powers, as it is very protective and allows the clairvoyant Brow Chakra to open gradually, preventing psychic impressions from becoming overwhelming.
As a workplace stone, Tanzanite is calming and soothing. Even a tiny piece is beneficial for overcoming communication difficulties. It is also practical in providing a solution to problems when there seems to be none. It is a good stone for career change.
Tanzanite aids in sharing spiritual information and knowledge from a heart-centered perspective, making it an excellent crystal for counselors or others in the position of intellectually interpreting emotional experiences. It also benefits empathetic individuals who form interpretations of emotional information they receive intuitively.
Worn as jewelry, Tanzanite not only stays within one's auric field and brings one's consciousness to a permanently higher state, but brings the positive self-awakening qualities to others who see its beauty.
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