Amethyst, the traditional birthstone of February, is frequently associated with royalty due to its purple color. However, the color of amethyst gemstones can range from a light pinkish violet to deep purple, the most desirable of which is a deep purple with blue and red secondary hues (“Deep Siberian”). In addition to its royal connotations, the violet purple shades of amethyst gemstones have been associated with Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, and amethyst was considered a strong agent against drunkenness.
Although topaz come in a variety of colors that range from white to pink-red, blue topaz are by far the most popular because of its outstanding clarity, luster, and brilliance. The popularity of blue topaz is enhanced also by its reasonable price-to-size ratio. As beautiful as blue topaz is, it is important to point out that natural blue topaz are extremely rare and are much paler than the popular deep, medium, and light blues found on the market. Recently, mystic topaz, or clear topaz with a thin layer on the stone that creates a rainbow of colors in an unpredictable pattern, has gained popularity as a uniquely colorful option.
Rubies have long been prized for their dark red color, with “blood-red” rubies being the most valuable. In fact, in the United States, if a ruby is not red enough, it’ll be classified as a pink sapphire. Rubies are also prized for its excellent hardness, falling behind only moissanite and diamond in that facet. While rubies have strong historical ties to India and East Asia countries, rubies are also given a shout out in the Old Testament Book of Proverbs: “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”
Aquamarine gemstones range from pastel to deep blue to blue green, and have strong ties with the sea. Over time, it has become a symbol of youth, hope, and health. The lore of aquamarine gemstones extends to Roman mythology, when Neptune, the god of the sea, presented a host of mermaids with precious cerulean stones. The light and serene color of aquamarine has also been said to cool tempers, allowing its owner to remain calm under fire. It also makes for a beautiful gemstone to complement the spring and summer seasons.
Perhaps a lesser-known gemstone, morganite most frequently appears in pink to violet-pink colors, as well as lovely peach colors. Morganite is a relatively new gemstone and was only named in 1911 by Tiffany & Co.’s George Kunz (prior to its naming, morganite gemstones were viewed as simply ‘pink beryl.’). Morganite is said to increase tenderness in a relationship and to have qualities of nurturing feelings of love. Likewise, its emanating charm is often considered a stress-reliever—glowing to provide pleasant feelings of relaxation and calmness.
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