Gemstones have always been an important part of society, dating right back to Ancient societies and moving right back through to modern day. Part of this is because of the rarity and beauty, with a large part being the mystery surrounding gemstones. So, we are here to introduce the four precious gemstones and their meanings. Whilst other gemstones may still be very valuable in some cases, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies are the highest regarded gemstones in society. Let’s find out why!
First up we have diamonds, one of the most valuable gemstones in the world, and also the strongest, scoring a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The crystal clear nature of diamonds and the way they catch the light just makes them extraordinarily beautiful, particularly when they are bright white or found in very rare colours.
Diamonds are known to represent strength, love and health, which is why they are so often found in both modern and vintage engagement rings. They have also always been worn by powerful leaders across the world as a sign of invisibility. Diamonds are certainly the most popular gemstone in the world, and we suspect this will continue to be the case. Finding exceptional quality diamonds is getting rarer, which is why the value continues to appreciate so much.
Next we have emeralds, a stunning green gemstone that scores a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, making it a slightly less hard mineral that is less suited to everyday wear. However, when cared for properly, emeralds make a beautiful and rare addition to any jewellery collection. The most famous emerald mines are found in Columbia, where 70-90% of all the world’s diamonds are found.
Emeralds are known for being a symbol of hope and new beginnings, as well as being the birthstone for May. Some even believe that the wearers of emeralds are able to see into the future when they place the gem under their tongue, as well as protect the wearer from evil.
Sapphires are the third precious gemstone, scoring a 9 on the Mohs scale, making them another very popular choice in jewellery designed for everyday wear, like vintage sapphire engagement rings. The deep blue colour is breathtakingly beautiful and has featured in some extremely famous pieces of jewellery, including Princess Diana’s and now Princess Catherine’s engagement rings. Sapphires are associated with royalty, so this is no wonder!
Last but not least we have rubies, also scoring a 9 on the Mohs scale. Known for their deep red colour, rubies are associated with wealth and wisdom, as well as passion and success in love. Again, this combined with their durability, makes them a very popular choice for engagement rings. Rubies are also exceptionally rare and valuable, with the most expensive ruby selling for around $14 million! Myanmar (formerly Burma) is predominantly where rubies are found, and is, or was prior to extraction, home to around 90% of the world’s supply.