Gemstones have always fascinated me; I was fortunate to have a brilliantly creative father who loved nature and crystals. Tirelessly working in the garage, polishing stones and magically transforming them, he passed down the joy it gave him, and I am the beneficiary. One of the first stones he gave me was an Ocean Jasper. It was a small, round handful that I carried everywhere. It was my ‘lucky stone.’ Covered in orbs, it always appeared to be looking back at me, and smiling with its round, joyful eyes.
He also made me a beautiful gold-nugget Amethyst charm bracelet, which I seldom removed; in fact, it was so comparatively heavy against my tiny wrist that I slept with my arm prudently hanging over the edge of the bed. But, oh, how I adored that bracelet. From that time onward, I have always been drawn to gemstones and crystals that speak to me, practically calling my name as I hold them in my hand. This also plays a substantial part in my jewelry designs, for which I rely on natural elements – Amethyst, Carnelian, Labradorite, Rose Quartz, Citrine and Tiger Eye, just to name a few. Invariably, it is almost impossible to pick an absolute favorite, as I think they’re all so beautiful.
Let’s take a look at a few of the different natural elements and their meanings:
The Fascinating Origin of Gemstones
The gorgeous purple of Amethyst is distinct and widely sought after. The name comes from the Koine Greek word that translates to “not intoxicate,” which references the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness – believe it or not. Correspondingly, the ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it, believing that it would shield them from intoxication. Along more temperate beliefs, Amethyst is a stone strongly believed to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also an excellent crystal to choose as a symbol of your desire to build personal wealth and to share your good fortune with loved ones.
The very first piece of jewelry I made was from Carnelian. I still have it today, and it remains a reminder of my journey and the many stops along the way. Carnelian ranges from pale orange to a deep red. Mostly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany, it is an ancient stone, coming to prominence during the Bronze Age, and popular among Romans, as well as the Egyptians, who relied on it for their jewelry designs. Carnelian is respected as a talisman considered to increase personal power, courage, and enhanced creativity
Like a sunbeam of yellow, Citrine is said to promote healing, inspiration, and self-improvement. As a cousin of Amethyst, it, too, is a variety of quartz. The colors of Citrine and Amethyst are caused by chemical impurities; for Citrine, the iron content gives it its glorious yellow hue. Many feel that Citrine can help to increase energy and boost the spirit. When I see Citrine, it brings to mind the warm radiance of the Sun.
The beautiful colors of Labradorite vary from cool grey-white to enchanting shades of pale-green, all the way to blue with flashes of decadent gold. Labradorite is a popular stone found in the USA and Mexico, as well as Madagascar, Russia, Scandinavia, and in Europe. I’ve used this beautiful stone in my mala and amethyst necklace designs. I regard it as quite a special element, symbolic of transformation and considered for its influence in helping us to reach our full potential.
Known as the love stone, Rose Quartz radiates warmth, even at first glance. Known to instill love in the wearer and to those around them, Rose Quartz is highly regarded for its beauty, and the influence it is said to have on the healing of relationships. Rose quartz is found in the US, Japan, Brazil, Madagascar and South Africa.
The beauty of Tiger Eye brings to mind the gaze of a tiger striding through the jungle. Its yellows and browns project in the stone’s deep, rich luster. Mined primarily in South Africa and Western Australia, and esteemed by cultures believing its capacity to ward off the evil eye, Tiger Eye offers strength and protection to the wearer. It is a respected symbol of courage and confidence.
These are just a few of the gemstones that I’ve used in my designs at Her Majesty’s Jewels, and you can see why it’s impossible to love just one stone when there are so many wonderful choices.