Gemstones have never failed to fascinate us, and it can’t be attributed to their beauty alone. They also bring along with them interesting folklores that are nothing less than intriguing. So here are some amazing legends about precious and semi-precious stones that will probably make you look at them differently.
It is said that this captivating bluish-violet gem was born out of a fire that set ablaze the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in the year 1967. Soon the Maasai herders discovered it in the ashes of the scorched land and it was named ‘tanzanite’ after its country of origin.
There are many folklores attached to this gem, one of them suggests that finding a peridot during the day was not easy. However, its dazzling hue could be spotted in the night with the help of a lamp. Soon it became a practice to mine peridots only after sunset. This also resulted in the Romans christening this gem the “evening emerald”.
According to Aboriginal legends, the creator of Dreamtime (an ancient world created by the spirits) had visited earth on a rainbow. He conveyed to mankind his hope for eternal peace and returned to heaven. But the rock he stood upon absorbed all colors of the rainbow and turned it into a vibrant opal.
This gem is said to have been created from the body part of Venus – the goddess of love. Several legends claim that Cupid used his arrow to clip her divine fingernails, while she was asleep, and left them scattered on the sand. But the gods turned those clippings into stones to ensure no part of a heavenly body perishes, and thus an onyx was born.
It is believed that this gem was created from the tears of Dionysus, the god of wine. Greek mythology states that in a fit of rage he tried to kill a young maiden named Amethysta with the help of his two tigers. But she was saved by goddess Diana who turned her into a statue of gleaming clear quartz. When Dionysus realized his folly, he showed remorse and wept tears of wine over the statue, which stained the quartz statue purple and created an amethyst.
This gem was said to be found in the treasure chest of mermaids. It was often seen on sailors who wore it as a good luck charm to ensure their safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. Aquamarine was also believed to bring victory in battles.
According to several legends, Chronos – the primordial god of time, had changed a young man called Adamas into a precious stone. This transformation made him immensely strong. This stone was seen as an antidote for poison and gained the power to reinforce love between married couples. Soon Adamas which means ‘invincible’ in Greek was recognized across the world as a diamond.
Many ancient civilizations were of the opinion that the world was set upon a gigantic sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection. This gem was also believed to protect against poisoning. A common conviction was that a venomous snake placed in a sapphire vessel would certainly die.
Several rabbinic legends state that god had granted King Solomon four precious stones that gave him the power to rule over all creations. One of them was a gorgeous emerald. Subsequently, this gem was also believed to have the power to protect the wearer from negativity, and also gave the ability to foresee the future.