If you’re looking for a present for a loved one or yourself with some meaning behind it, consider gifting a gemstone. These five gems have rich histories and even deeper significance, all related to love. Check out Buchroeder’s in-store picks for pieces that are more than just pretty.
Rubies are treasured for their deep red hue, which symbolizes passion, success and vitality. Ancient cultures believed that rubies held the power of life because they are the same color as blood, according to the GIA. The ruby is known as “the king of the gems” and was used in coronation rings in England. Its fiery color associates it with love and happiness, so it is a popular choice for engagement rings.
Garnet is said to be a symbol of love, return and energy. Garnet is traditionally given as a 19th anniversary gift because the stone is said to inspire passion and attraction. It is a symbol of return because the Greek god Hades gave pomegranate seeds, which the garnet is named after, to his wife Persephone to guarantee her return after a long journey. Garnets are a popular gift before a long journey.
Topaz has been used since ancient times for its cosmetic beauty as well as its healing properties. Topaz is said to protect from harm, bring success and foster creativity. It is a popular stone for leaders — the Romans believed topaz bestowed wisdom on the ruler who wore it and the royal crown of England is set with nearly 500 topaz stones. In the Middle Ages, Topaz was used as a remedy for a wide assortment of maladies and was thought to be able to absorb the heat of a fever. Topaz is available in a wide range of colors and quality, making it a popular stone in jewelry for any price point.
Opal inspires innocence, hope and happiness because of its ability to absorb and brilliantly reflect light. Opal takes on a religious connotation in Arabic legend, which says the stone falls to the Earth during lighting storms when heaven is split open. In Medieval history, the opal fell out of favor because it was associated with witches and considered unlucky. Opal regained favor when monarchs began wearing them and are now believed to add spontaneity and lightness to one’s life. However, opal has kept some of its mystery as the birthstone for October.
Rose Quartz’s gentle pink hue makes it the stone of unconditional love and joy. It is also said to raise self-esteem and balance the emotions. Greek mythology says Cupid and Eros, the Greek and Roman gods of love, gave mankind the gift of rose quartz in the hope that in would inspire love. Today, it’s a gift that commemorates the fifth wedding anniversary. Rose quartz is said to inspire all types of love, not just romantic love, making it a great gift for a close friend or family member.