About the Gems
We love the magic and wonder of every single gemstone we carry. Each gem is hand-selected and unique. Slight variations are very common in our artisanal pieces. We select only the best quality gems from all over the world for our pieces. Slight imperfections in our gems are an inherent quality of nature.
Below is a little story of some of the gems we carry. We are continuously expanding our vocabulary in the colored gemstones we use. We hope you'll enjoy reading about the rich history and folklore associated with each individual gem.
The amethyst has many meanings and is arguably the most spiritual of all gemstones. Considered meditative and calming, it has the power to work in the emotional, spiritual, and physical realms. It brings peace, balance, and tranquility to those in need.
The amethyst is considered the stone of St. Valentine, which represents faithfulness and love. The stone supposedly carries not only the energies of fire, passion, creativity, and spirituality, but also the logic of temperance and sobriety.
Amethysts are also considered a strong talisman for the creative arts, assisting in endeavors that are new and original.
Aquamarine is a prized gemstone among travelers, providing its wearer protection during their journey.
Aquamarine, reflecting both water and sky, provides a life-giving force to its wearer. Traditionally, aquamarines are good to wear for women because the gem promises a happy marriage and brings joy and wealth to one's life. Its color is meant to evoke feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony, and friendship.
The Diamond, in its rarity and beauty, is a symbol of purity and innocence, of love and fidelity. It encourages the aspect of truth and trust. Diamond has an unconquerable hardness and has been known since antiquity as a “Stone of Invincibility".
Diamonds are a symbol of wealth, manifesting abundance in one’s life. They are an amplifier of energies, goals and intent. It is a love-bearing crystal, regarded in antiquity as dependable in its virtues only when received as a gift.
In both ancient times and today, the emerald symbolizes love, rebirth, and eternal youth. Egyptian pharaohs, enthralled by the emerald's lovely color, called it the lover's stone.
The ancient Romans associated the emerald and its color to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. The emerald's connection to Venus still translates today as the color representing life, springtime, beauty, and constant love. She who wears the emerald is in harmony with nature and a joie de vivre.
Garnet is a stone of regeneration, vitality and order. It is said to be stabilising in that it can bring order to chaos whether internal or external.
Garnets have been used to release bad karma, which can be considered a form of protection in this life. Square cut garnets are reputed to be especially good tools for business success. All garnets are used to assist on an energetic level with success in one's career in part by building one's self-confidence, inspiration, and creativity.
It has been used a great deal for gentle spiritual healing, and is used to enhance intuition in this manner. It discourages disorganised growth, and brings inner strength.
The Arabians described opals as a magical stones that fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning. Opals became associated with good luck and were a symbol of fidelity and assurance and often became associated with prayer.
British Queen Victoria loved opals. She always wore opals and often gifted them to her close friends and family members.
Opals are Australia's national gemstone and play an important role in the history of their indigenous people. Opals are known to bring happiness, loyalty, and love.
The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. Pearls symbolise wisdom acquired through experience. In the early 1900's pearls were treasured above all gemstones. The Cartier mansion in NYC was purchased with a double strand of pearls. At that time, the necklace was valued higher than the mansion itself.
They are believed to attract wealth and luck as well as offer protection. Known for their calming effect, pearls can balance one's karma, strengthen relationships, and keep children safe. The pearl is also said to symbolise the purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of its wearer.
Peridot was one of Queen Cleopatra's favorite gemstones; some of the ‘emeralds’ she wore were actually peridot. It was a very spiritual stone in ancient Egypt. Egyptians also believed peridot could ward off evil spirits.
Peridot is believed to bring the wearer success, peace, and luck. It enhances one's sleep and health, protecting its wearer from nightmares and respiratory diseases. It is believed to attract love and calm anger as well as sooth the nerves.
It is traditionally believed the color of the ruby originates from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished. For this reason, the ruby is a perfect gift for everlasting love—symbolizing passionate love, harmony, and wisdom.
The Ruby is considered the King of all precious gemstones in India. Ancient Romans believed the stone would protect its owner and bring good fortune when worn on the left hand. In ancient Burma, rubies became renowned for their protective powers. It represented the “spark of life.” To this day, the Burmese believe the ruby would make the wearer's most passionate wishes come true.
A symbol of truth, sincerity, and faithfulness, the sapphire is considered a powerful talisman and acts as a guiding star for travelers and seekers of all kind. It is also said that sapphires can protect one from envy.
The sapphire is an extremely hard gemstone, second to only the diamond. Although it comes in a variety of colors, blue has always been a favorite among kings in Europe. Kate Middleton's famous engagement ring is adorned with a very large and beautiful sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Spinel carries calming energy and is recommended as a soothing stone for those who suffer from stress. Its healing properties depend on its color, but red is the color for physical and spiritual strength and vitality. In Feng Shui, spinel carries Yang fire energy—the natural energy for enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, and activity. Yang fire is also the energy of heat, passion, and life.
Spinel was only recognized for its unique structure, beauty, clarity, and range of color in the 19th century.
For centuries, people in India have worn topaz above their hearts so the fire can help promote long life, beauty, and intelligence.
In both ancient Egypt and Rome, it was believed Topaz obtained its color and energy from the sun god. The Greeks believed topaz had the power to increase the wearer's strength.
Topaz is associated with various mystical powers as well. During the European renaissance people thought when set in gold and hung around the neck, topaz could break magic spells, drive away anger, and repel bad charms. It has also been used for healing powers.
Tourmaline is referred to as the ‘gemstone of the rainbow’ due to its wide range of colors. Tourmaline's most unique quality is its ability to become electrically charged and have the ability to ‘pull’ pollutants from the skin.
Tourmaline's most famous admirer was Tzu Hsi, the Dowager Empress of China from 1860 to 1906. She was ultimately laid to rest in her grave on a pillow of tourmaline.
Tourmaline is believed to act as a detoxifying agent against negative energy, only inviting positivity to its wearer.
Tanzanite is called a "stone of magic" that helps with spiritual awareness and psychic insight. It is a stone found in only one place in the world, in Tanzania Africa. It relieves stress and depression, and enhances composure, poise, and harmony.
Tanzanite is also said to transmute negativity. Tanzanite is related primarily to the throat and third eye chakras.
Tsavorite is a very rare type of garnet. This vibrant green gemstone is 200 times rarer than emeralds. It is a stone of manifestation, prosperity, vitality, and benevolence.
This gemstone is said to help find the inner beauty both in oneself and others. It is said to help one live one's own destiny rather than struggling along a path that is not truly theirs.
Citrine is often called The Merchant’s Stone. This sparkling yellow gem not only assists in acquiring wealth, but helps in maintaining it. It is a stone of abundance and manifestation, attracting wealth and prosperity, success and all things good. It also encourages generosity and sharing good fortune.
Citrine is believed to be of value in healing the spiritual self as well, as it is a powerful cleanser and regenerator.
Morganite, also known as pink emerald, evokes a sense of peace, joy and inner strength. Pink Morganite brings energy rays of determination and commitment. Its soothing color calms feelings of anger or resentment, and can aid efforts to meditate and reflect.
Morganite’s color is of new love, new romance and new relationships. It increases sensuality, and can help overcome heartache. The pale peach or orange influence in Morganite promotes companionship and affection, bringing joy and friendship, pleasure, and togetherness.
The noble Onyx is an ancient stone, known and utilised by even the earliest civilisations for its powerful energy and somber beauty.
Throughout history, onyx has been thought to bring powers of protection both against negative energy as well as physical adversaries. It is also said to be a powerful defence against magic.
Onyx is a gemstone thought to reinforce the knowledge that there is no death, aiding in the understanding of the wheel of birth, death and rebirth. It brings about the knowledge that separation is an illusion and reunion will always come.