20.6.11

Gemstones of Love

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Gemstones associated with the affairs of the heart are usually pink or green, or a combination of both. This is because the colours of these gemstones relate to the heart chakra.

Pink represents love and beauty, serenity and tranquillity. Green represents growth, balance and compassionate love. These colours symbolise what you need and what you want for a relationship.

When it comes to new romance, pink stones represent soft and unconditional love. As the relationship develops a more balanced picture of love surfaces. Green stones represent the giving and taking aspect of a relationship.

Both pink and green stones are associated with fidelity, compassion and jealousy:-

  • Emerald is the stone of pure love and guards against infidelity. Emeralds were believed to lose their colour if your lover was unfaithful.
  • Fluorite is a stone of physical and spiritual love and is closely linked to the Heart Chakra.
  • Rose quartz is also known as the stone of love. It has a long history of association with love, beauty, serenity and compassion.
  • Rhodocrosite is a stone of emotional harmony and is a good problem solving stone, helpful for working on jealousy and stress.

Engagement Ring

The origins with the engagement ring is believed to lie with the ancient Romans, who wore uncut diamonds set in plain gold rings as protective talismans. By the middle Ages, possession of a diamond was thought to bring immunity from poisons and diseases, and protection from nightmares, demons and devils.

From the diamonds perceived power to ward off evil, came the custom of men giving diamond rings to their fiancĂ©e’s to keep them safe from harm. Diamond engagement rings also symbolised enduring love in medieval Italy, due to the stone’s seemingly invulnerable qualities that associated it with eternity.

Eternity Ring

Giving your partner an eternity ring is a very old custom, dating back 4,000 years to Ancient Sumeria. Eternity rings represent the strength of love between two people, lasting forever. For this reason, diamonds which are considered to be the stones of endurance and eternity are often set into eternity rings. The word ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek ‘adamas’, meaning ‘unconquerable’, and therefore, the gem depicts a love which cannot be broken.

Other stones which are often used in eternity rings symbolise different properties:-

  • A yellow stone, such as a topaz, represents generosity.
  • A red stone, such as a ruby, represents nobility.
  • A purple stone, such as an amethyst, represents a spiritual bond.
  • A blue stone, such as a sapphire, represents wisdom.
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