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Five Gemstones to Bring Good Fortune

Humans have been mesmerized by gemstones since the dawn of civilization, and for nearly all of this time, people have tied mystical and metaphysical energy with many of these intriguing gems. The lore and stories behind most gemstones have led to some modern-day beliefs about their spiritual benefits — many of these including luck and good fortune.
 
Looking for your own lucky break? Join us as we explore the mythology and folklore associated with these captivating colored gemstones.
 



Untreated Kashmir sapphire ring, 13.33 carats
 

Peridot

Peridot has its earliest roots in Ancient Egypt where it was mined on the island of Zabargad in the Red Sea. Ancient Egyptians dubbed the stone “the gem of the sun” for its striking light green hue. The Ancient Romans were similarly intrigued and called it the “emerald of the evening” due to its impeccable green shades in all types of lights. The name, however, is thought to have originated from the Greek word “peridona,” which means to give riches.

 

This sentiment stuck over the years — the breathtaking gem is often called “the money stone.” It is widely believed to allow clarity of the mind when discussing matters of money. In addition, peridot is known to enhance willpower, well-being and energy. It is the perfect stone to wear if one is looking to advance their moneymaking ventures.

 

Peridot is mined in many countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, the United States, Mexico, South Africa and China. Occasionally, peridot fragments have been found in meteorites, some of which are even large enough to craft into wearable, other-worldly gemstones. The polished stones are found in all types of jewelry and are a favorite for those who like to have an extra boost of fortune.

 

 


Brilliant-cut peridot bracelet, 250.00 carats

 

 

Amethyst

Amethyst has been a highly prized and adored gem for centuries. The stone is originally named after Amethyst of Greek mythology and her tragic tale. In the story, the beautiful young virgin Amethyst became the object of the drunken god Dionysus’s intense affection. When she asked for help to evade his gaze, she was turned into a white stone by the goddess Diana. Dionysus then cried at his loss and overturned his cup of red wine, which splashed onto the stone, turning it a rich purple.

 

 


Georgian-Era Amethyst Brooch. 51.50 carats

 

 

The purple gemstone then became a symbol of levelheadedness and was believed to keep those who drink from getting too drunk if worn. Greco-Romans wore the stone set in bronze to ward away bad evils, while chalices crafted of the jewel were believed to reject negative energies from those who sipped from them.

 

In later times, amethyst was akin to spirituality and positive luck. Polished amethyst was often used to decorate royal jewelry, including crowing jewels, especially the coronation jewels of the British Royal family. It was common for bishops and clergy to wear amethyst as a ring to aid in spiritual journeys and purity. Additionally, the stone was believed to have exceptional healing powers. Many trusted amethyst to fix illnesses including acne, stomach aches and headaches.

 

Today the gemstone is known for restoring balance, creating a connection to intuition and boosting decision-making processes. The calmness and serenity it brings are believed to encourage positive changes in one’s life. One can utilize the powers of amethyst by using the stone daily, like with this decorative amethyst box, or wearing it as jewelry.

 




German amethyst snuff box, circa 1750

 

 

Sapphire

Since their early discovery, sapphires have been one of the most coveted gemstones in the entire world. They have been referenced in nearly every major religion and were often used by royalty to display wealth. In Ancient Greek and Roman times, the sapphire was worn as a deflection against envy and negative energy. In the Middle Ages, the blue hue was equated to the heavenly skies and was thought to welcome blessings. Christian clergy members often wore sapphires to further encourage this idea.

 

 


Color-change sapphire ring, 30.03 carats

 

 

Today sapphires are dubbed “the stone of prosperity” for their ability to attract gifts and fulfill desires. Additionally, they are tied with virtue and spirituality, meaning that wearing sapphires both signifies and attracts both of these qualities. Blue sapphires are historically equated with love and purity; in relationships, the stone offers clarity, ease in communication and gives strength.

 

The rich blue color that sapphires are best known for is not where the beauty ends, however. The gemstone can manifest in many other colors such as pink, green, yellow and orange. Thus, everyone can find a sapphire in their preferred colorway to harness the believed powers of this lucky stone.

 




Padparadscha sapphire ring, 18.06 carats

 

 

Citrine

Citrines are best known for their stunning warm colors. Often compared to sunshine, the hues can range from deep tangerine to light orange and even bright yellows. Rightfully so, the stunning gemstone is named after “citron,” the French word for lemon.

 

 


Raymond Yard citrine earrings

 

 

The gemstone has historically been used as a force against negative energy while simultaneously manifesting desires and ambitions. These believed powers of citrine were utilized by Ancient Egyptians in objects inlaid with the gem, by Ancient Greeks in carved art and by Ancient Romans in jewelry. At times in history, the gemstone was even used as a protective device against snake venom!

 

Citrine is sometimes called “the lucky merchant” stone. With ties to success and prosperity, citrine is trusted as a resource for luck in trade, money and business. Perhaps this is because citrine has believed properties of raising self-esteem and motivation. And while unusual, citrine has been found in the cash registers of small businesses to foster good fortune.

 

Both jewelry and objects can be sources of citrine’s lucky powers. The stone is often carved into elaborate designs and unique settings, making it versatile enough for all tastes.

 




Carved citrine pill box, circa 1900

 

 

Garnet

The earliest mention of the garnet is among the Ancient Egyptians who wore the stunning gemstone as jewelry or carved it for inlay decoration. As time progressed, the popularity of garnets has generally remained unwavering. Ancient Romans used the stone to create signet rings, while the Middle Ages found uses for garnets such as protection for warriors and status symbols for royalty and clergy. Due to the gemstone’s color, the term garnet comes from the Latin word “granatus,” referring to the seeds of a pomegranate.

 

 


Heart-shaped spessartite garnet pendant

 

 

Historically, garnets are used for pushing away demons and dark energies, including nightmares. Similarly, they are attributed to helping with mental health issues. Some believe depression, in particular, is combatted by the powers and energies of garnet.

 

Not only can garnets help with personal matters, they are also known to be beneficial for business ventures. It has been said that garnet’s properties aid the owner in clearing old debts and manifesting new profits.

 

While one may think of garnets as a deep, dark red, the stone actually comes in a variety of spectacular colorways hailing from all over the world. The spectacular demantoid garnet displays a truly unique, bright green color, and spessartite garnets offer an attractive orangy tint. Not only are these exceptionally rare and coveted stones, they can also offer the same fortunate energies of the more typical red garnets.

 

While the lore and beliefs in metaphysical abilities of these gemstones are fun to engage in, any gemstone one loves can become a good luck charm. Click here to explore M.S. Rau’s entire collection of spectacular jewels.

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