For thousands of years humans have been dazzled and fascinated by colored gemstones. The different colors of gems represented different aspects of the world for our ancestors. Blue sapphires represented the sky and the heavens. Red rubies spoke of fire and love. Green emeralds were representative of birth and life. Golden tourmalines spoke of the sun.
As early as Roman times, different gems represented nobility and many aspects of human emotion such as envy, pride, stubbornness, happiness, temper, and humility. Interestingly, some gemstones had different attributes for men and women. For example: while rubies meant love, strength and fire for men; in women rubies would signify anger, a short-temper and mean-spiritedness!
Gems were attributed with healing powers throughout the middle ages. Different gems were looked upon to strengthen and heal different parts of the body. Gems were worn as amulets and also used to predict the future and protect the wearer.
The zodiac, in ancient China, was represented by animals and gems, while Hindu legend assigned powers to different stones and arranged them by zodiacal signs. The bible mentions gemstones by name in both the old and new testaments. Since Victorian times there has been a language comprised of gemstones wherein different gems mean different emotions such as ‘true love’, ‘constancy’, ‘unending devotion’, etc.
Today, most people know their birthstone, and Natural Alexandrite birthstone of June, being one of the rarest. What most don’t know is that there are lists of gems for most aspects of our lives: anniversaries, days of the week, states of the union, seasons, hours of the day, and many many more.
Today, gems are mainly worn for their beauty and for our personal enjoyment. Gemstones come in many colors, shapes, and sizes; and differ greatly in quality and pricing.
About Natural Alexandrite
Alexandrite was originally discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1830 and named after the boy Czar, Alexander ll. The old Russian Imperial Colors were red and green and so Alexandrite was only mined for the royalty at that time. The stones found in Russia until 1850 or 1860 (before the mines played out) were considered the best in color and quality in the world until the 1990’s.
In the 1990’s, excellent quality stones were discovered in Sri Lanka, Ceylon, India, Brazil, Burma, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania . The stones from each area have their own characteristics: such as the green color having yellowish tones and the color-change having brownish or raspberry tones from Brazil; and grayish undertones from Ceylon stones.
Recently, excellent quality stones have been found in Sri Lanka, India, and the Tanduru region of Tanzania with all the color and life of an ideal Russian Alexandrite.