There are four main factors that determine the value of a diamond: color, carat, clarity, and cut. Shopping for gemstones, however, is a bit different. For gemstones, color is the most important factor, and there are three factors that relate to it: hue, tone, and saturation. But before you get into the technicalities, you’ll need to select the base color for your gemstone jewelry. This is where many people have trouble decision-making. Fortunately, we’ve developed a simple guide containing the symbolism behind each gemstone jewelry color. Here’s our jewelry lover’s guide to gemstone color meanings.
As one of the most adored colors for gemstone jewelry, blue stones symbolize love, politeness, and vigilance. Gems like blue topaz, Iolite, Spinel, Tanzanite, Aquamarine, and Sapphire are all characteristic of these qualities. In fact, Sapphire has an even more distinct yet unique meaning:
“To the ancients, sapphires symbolized the heavens, and were believed to empower the wearer with innocence, truth, and good health; protect one from poisons and evil spirits; and preserve chastity. Some thought the heavens crystallized to form a huge sapphire upon which the earth rested,” writes Lori Seto on The Knot.
Any stone with a purplish hue is said to symbolize spiritual love, sober judgment, high thoughts, and gravity. The most popular stones that take on these shades are rose quartz, Kunzite, Amethyst, Rhodolite, and Morganite. Overall, expect peace of mind and clarity from purplish hues.
As the color symbolizes in other contexts, red gemstone jewelry is said to stand for pride, obstinacy, and haughtiness. Whether you’re after Garnet, Spinel, Rubellite, or a dazzling red ruby, you’re sure to find that it brings out your creative and spontaneous side.
Finally, green gemstones are popular for their nature-like appearance and perpetual glow. Green stones are said to symbolize child-like delight and wonder, incomparable ambition, and of course, change. For the brightest green glows, go for an Emerald, Peridot, Alexandrite, Tourmaline, or Sapphire.
Now that you have an idea of what each gemstone color represents, you can head to the jewelry store and pick out the perfect gemstone rings or other designer jewelry. If you have any questions regarding gemstones, contact Brittany at The Castle Jewelry. Happy shopping!