Gemstone Through The History : Our Precious Jewelry




Everyone has his special color, who loves to see it in everything, this color makes him feel happy, positive, or powerful, if this color be a color for special and beautiful stone, and has been known through the history by his powers, this is why gemstone is precious and every stone has his powers and his story.

Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history. Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty. Each gemstone is unique with a special color, birthplace and story. Gemstones come in every color of the rainbow and are gathered from all corners of the world, with each colored gemstone possessing a unique creation of beautiful color. Some gemstones have been treasured since before history began and others were only discovered recently.

The best compendium of gemstone lore is undoubtedly that found in George Frederick Kunz’s book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, which was published in 1913. But Kunz was no mystic crystal-gazer. Rather he was the leading gemologist of his time and in his role as the resident gem expert at Tiffany & Co. in New York, he helped to shape the modern market for colored stones. He was also instrumental in putting together some of the greatest collections of rare gemstones, including the famous J.P. Morgan-Tiffany collection, which is now displayed at the American Museum of Natural History.

Kunz believed that we can learn a great deal by studying the ways in which medicinal gemstones were used by different cultures, and the beliefs that people at different times formed about rare gems. For Kunz this study wasn’t just sociological curiosity, it was a way of learning about gemstones themselves: “Many of these ideas may seem strange enough to us now, and yet when we analyze them we find that they have their roots either in some intrinsic quality of the stones or else in an instinctive appreciation of their symbolic significance”.


There were old traditions about gemstones, that the most precious stones were only Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. These days, all gemstones are considered precious since they are all rare and there is a limited supply of them.


These rare products of nature have inspired philosophers and mystics to attribute unusual powers to these special minerals.