For thousands of years, these gemstones were associated with royalty and became the symbols of wealth and power. Let us look at its brief history, origins and how is it turned into the gemstones we see in the stores.
In the Middle ages, they were referred to as the “cardinal gems”. Rubies, sapphires, and emeralds always adorn the ceremonial objects, rings, and crosses of the clergy. They were used to show the beauty that comes from the earth as well as their beauty, rarity, and durability.
Rubies are believed to be the rarest of the gems besides the diamond. It was believed to have therapeutic effects and a source of youth and vitality. During the battle, soldiers adorn their armor with rubies as it is believed to grant invulnerability.
In ancient times, rubies were identified with their striking red color. It was only in 1783 that the compositions were identified and proper classification of red gems was made. The most often confused gems were the rubies and garnet.
Sapphires were associated with divine favor, purity, and wisdom. The most beautiful sapphires are those worn by religious leaders and kings. It was also believed to bring success in one's life. Sapphires were also associated with religious gods as they reflect the color of the oceans and the sky.
Emeralds on the other hand were used by ancient Egyptians more than 5000 years ago. It was associated with rebirth and youth. Pharaohs were entombed in emeralds since they believe it will grant them eternal youth.
Incans were also known to have possession of emeralds. It was worn by their leaders and often offered to the gods. Around the 16th century, it has lost part of its value due to the large number of emeralds taken to Spain. It was around this time that it was also obtained by moguls in India.
These gemstones have symbolized many attributes for thousands of years. It is only in recent times that more people have access to these gemstones.