Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend – but the power of precious stones and crystals goes well beyond their shimmering surfaces.
Crystals and gemstones have been prized for thousands of years, by ancient civilisations who believed in their powers to healing, release and promotion of the flow of energy – long before they were sought-after for their beauty.
Many believe that because the human body shares the mineral silicon-dioxide, with quartz crystals, it is naturally receptive to the vibrations that crystals emit when they reflect and transmit light. Thus, each crystal and gemstone has different purposes and offers different benefits, outside of their obvious beauty.
Diamonds are possibly the most sought-after – but not the rarest – gemstones in the world, prized for their sparking fire, magnified by expert cutting. Diamonds were formed over 3.3 billion years ago, deep within the earth’s surface and no two stones are alike. Rated in terms of the ‘Four C’s’ (Carat weight, Cut, Colour and Clarity), diamonds are also the strongest of the gemstones.
Their powers are the promotion of relationships and love and they’re believed to bond people together and bring emotional and mental clarity – no surprise, then, that they’re a popular choice for Black Betty Designs’ Custom Wedding & Engagement Rings and the celebration of special occasions.
The idea of ‘Birthstones’ in Western Culture only dates back to 1921, when The American Gemstone Association standardised the assignment of specific stones to each of the 12 months. Their history goes back much further than that, though, with historians having found references to Birthstones as far back as the first century in Israel; the 1560’s in Germany and 1800 in Poland.
Emeralds – like the one in Black Betty Designs’ Raw Emerald Ring – are traditionally associated with those born in May and are also believed to have powers that promote love, energy and cleansing. Most strongly connected to the Heart Chakra in Eastern practice, Emeralds are said to enhance intuition, open the heart and bring relief from heartbreak.
Ruby is the July Birthstone – known as ‘the fire gem’ for obvious reasons. Essentially red sapphires, Rubies are recognized as one of the most powerful gemstones – connected to the Root Chakra – and are thought to help the wearer overcome fatigue and boost stamina in all manner of ways. Black Betty Designs make a variety of jewellery items graced with Rubies – including their famed Ruby Stacking Ring.
Their Raw Sapphire Studs are also a beautiful use of the September Birthstone. Associated with intuition, balance and positive energy, Sapphires come in a multitude of different colours and are though to deepen the connection to the Third Eye.
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