Gemstones have a certain significance to every wearer, and have long-been believed to have qualities beyond beauty, including attracting romance, providing a feeling of protection, or bringing a sensation of tranquillity. Their thoughtful incorporation into a piece of jewellery can convey a sentiment that cannot be expressed in words, and create something that can be deeply meaningful.
A. Brask Jewellery uses the most commonly known precious stones in jewellery design, to add colour and feelings to our pieces. Some of them are described bellow.
Garnets - Though most commonly found in shades of red, garnets can also be orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. They tend to be slightly harder than average in durability, approximately 7 on the Mohs scale. It has been found in India, Australia, the US, and China. It is thought to encourage good luck in business, passion, and devotion to family.
Amethyst - A type of quartz, amethyst has been in regular use since the time of the ancient Egyptians. It is most commonly found in South America, South Korea, the US, Austria, and Africa. Color is one of the best indicators of high quality, and ranges from pink to deep purple, and many possess second shades of reds and blues, the most ideal being “Deep Siberian,” which has a blue undertone. It is approximately 7 on the Mohs scale, indicating a strong durability. It is thought to encourage wisdom, intuition, and protection from addiction.
Aquamarine - A type of beryl, aquamarine has been used since the time of the ancient Romans. It can be found in the US, Colombia, and Africa. It is generally a light blue-colored stone, ranging from almost clear stone, to a rich aqua blue color. It ranks at approximately 8 on the Mohs scale, which indicates a slightly higher durability. It is thought to encourage courage, calm, and protection for sailors at sea.
Pearl - Derived from the calcium deposits found inside mollusks like oysters, pearls can be found in both salt water and fresh water. Pearls have been treasured for thousands of years, beginning in China in approximately 206 BC. The highest quality pearls come from Southeast Asia, particularly China and Japan. They come in a variety of colors, including white, black, green, grey, or a bluish hue. As they are made of a calcium carbonate base, they tend to be somewhat soft, and special care must be given to them to keep them looking well. They are thought to encourage purity, innocence, and imagination.
Peridot - A variety of olivine, peridot is occasionally misidentified as emerald. It was mined in the Red Sea area beginning around 300 BC, and is commonly found in modern day in North America, Africa, and parts of the Middle East. Ranking at approximately 7 on the Mohs scale, it is relatively strong, but is usually found in grains, and must be cut to gain brilliancy and value. It occurs only in an olive green color, but may take on a more yellow or brown appearance, depending on the imperfections of the stone. It is thought to bring prosperity, protection from fear, and strength.
Topaz - A silicate, topaz is one of the hardest minerals, ranking at an 8 on the Mohs scale, and is believed to have been mined since Biblical times. It can be found in a variety of colors, including browns and yellows, green, pink, red, and clear, and gains brilliancy when cut. It can be found in North and South America, Europe, and parts of Africa. It is thought to provide protection from mood swings, strength, and improve mental clarity.
Lapis Lazuli - A metamorphic rock, lapis has been valued since 70000 BC, and has been found in archeological sites of countries world-round. It is a soft stone, rating at 5 on the Mohs scale, and can it can be easily powdered for pigment. It is deep and richly blue in color, and will occasionally have flecks of gold in the stone. It can be found in most commonly in Afghanistan, Canada, parts of Africa, and the US. It is thought to encourage friendship, harmony, and wisdom.
Other popular gemstones and their symbolism we are using are rose quartz for love and jade for good luck.
Perhaps, when considering a new piece of A.Brask jewellery, one might also consider the benefit of the stones they wear. Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there may be more than meets the eye.