Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Birthstones and recommended jewelry for you – part 3 (February - May)

It’s time for the last part of our series dedicated to birthstones, so this post is especially for those of you born between February and May:

February: Amethyst

* The ancient Egyptians believed amethyst could keep a person from being poisoned.
* Medieval churchmen used amethyst rings and jewels to promote divine revelations and wisdom, since amethyst was considered a symbol of Christian love and sacrifice.
* Amethyst also was said to enhance courage and creativity, to promote intuition, psychic development and even self-esteem, to deflect anger, and protect the wearer against evil.

Attrape-moi…si tu m'aimes "Galet" ring in 18-carat white gold, diamonds and facetted amethyst - by Chaumet

 March: Aquamarine

* It was called "The Sailor's Stone", due to its sea-like colors, and was thought to protect sailors and people traveling over water.
* In the perception of Hindu mystics, the amethyst helped to promote mental clarity and to improve one's public speaking.
* In today’s belief, this gem provides inner calm and enhances both verbal and written communication. 

Antique Diamond and Aquamarine Pendant Earrings, circa 1890 - via Fred Leighton

 April: Diamond

*Diamonds’ unique hardness and high refractive index have inspired legends:
-> to the Greeks, they were teardrops from the gods
-> to the Romans, they came from the falling stars that tipped the arrow of Eros, the god of love
-> for Hindus, diamonds were the lightning that armed the hand of the god Indra

Open lattice bracelet - 340 round diamonds, 25.84 , platinum setting - by Harry Winston

May: Emerald

*Ancient people believed that emerald could heal maladies or improve vision.
* In ancient times, it was also believed that emeralds could help people see into the future.

Emerald Cuff by BOGH-ART

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