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What is the symbolism behind the most popular gemstones? 

In the world of fine jewellery, gemstones are not just admired for their beauty, they are also rich in symbolism and meaning. Every gemstone carries with it a history, a lore and perhaps even some myths and legends. But do you know the symbolism behind the most popular gemstones? Find out the meaning behind rubies, emeralds, sapphires, blue topaz, aquamarine and tanzanite, here. 

Rubies: The stone of passion and power 

Rubies, with their deep red hue, have long been associated with passion, love, and vitality. Rubies symbolise strength and courage, and in ancient times rubies were said to protect you in battle. For those seeking jewellery that embodies love and energy, a ruby piece is a perfect choice. 

Emeralds: The gem of rebirth and wisdom 

Emeralds, known for their vibrant green colour, are believed to symbolise rebirth and fertility. They are often associated with wisdom, growth, and patience. An emerald piece is ideal for those looking to inspire creativity, or to signify new beginnings. 

Sapphires: The stones of royalty and divinity 

Sapphires are well known for their rich blue shades, which can range from deep ocean blues to light pastel. However, sapphires do come in a range of colours, such as pink. Sapphires represent nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. Historically, sapphires were worn by royalty to show status and power, and a sapphire jewellery piece makes a meaningful gift for someone who values honesty and loyalty. 

Aquamarine: The calming water 

Aquamarine, with its soothing blue-green colour, evokes the purity and calm of the sea (the name of the gem literally means colour of the sea). It represents tranquillity, serenity, peace, and clarity. Aquamarine, historically, is believed to protect sailors, calm waves, and offer a sense of peace. For those seeking a clear mind and inner peace, aquamarine jewellery is an excellent choice. 

Blue topaz: The stone of communication 

Blue topaz is admired for its clear, icy-blue colour, and it symbolises clear communication and emotional connection. It is often associated with loyalty, friendship, and the ability to express oneself clearly. Blue topaz is thought to enhance relationships and encourage a peaceful and calm communication style. It’s an ideal gemstone for those looking to strengthen their bonds with loved ones, or for those who want a little confidence boost in their professional life. 

Tanzanite: The gem of healing 

Tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone, discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, the only place it is found. With its unique violet-blue colour, tanzanite represents transformation, healing, and intuition. It is said to connect the mind with the heart, making Tanzanite jewellery is perfect for those on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery. 

Decided a gemstone is for you?

Whichever gemstone speaks to you (or whichever one is your birthstone!), read our guide on why you should choose a gemstone engagement ring, or how to wear and style your gemstone jewellery.