The Meaning and Symbology of Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds
There's a reason that rubies, emeralds, and sapphires spark a special feeling inside of us after all humans have been captivated by these precious stones since before civilization and we continue to hold them in extremely high regard.
In its simplest form, these ancient pieces of jewelry would be seen in the form of stud earrings, putting emphasis on the sublime nature of these beautiful stones.
Considering adopting one of these precious stones? First, you must understand some of the history and power behind rubies, emeralds, and sapphires.
Ruby: Connected to love, desire, rage, and passion rubies are a cardinal gemstone with a massive amount of lore and energy due to its incredible shade of red. It’s this vibrant red color that has given rubies their name (coming from the latin word ruber meaning red,) and was referred to in Sanskrit as ratnaraj or “king of precious stones.”
Whether or not the ruby remains king, it’s power is still felt by wearers in modern-day. Mentioned multiple times in the bible, rubies have been worn to protect warriors in battle and have been an essential part of the British Crown Jewels for centuries.
This stone is a natural fit for the passionate, those with a restless and expressive heart.
Emerald: For the ancients and today, no other gemstone represented lush green more than Emeralds.
In all parts of the world, emeralds were celebrated for their beauty and the first known emerald mines are found in Egypt. It’s a fitting start for emeralds as Cleopatra was historically obsessed with the gemstone adorning herself frequently in gold necklaces with emeralds. In South America emeralds were used by Icans for centuries during religious ceremonies and often as jewelry for the higher members of society.
Beyond its beauty and as a symbol of wealth, the emerald was believed to enhance the powers of the wearer's mind. When placed under the tongue, it was believed that the wearer could see into the future and worn as jewelry, emerald is cited as allowing people to always know the truth.
Sapphire: Associated with royalty and romance, sincerity and faithfulness, this precious stone embodies the deep blues of the ocean and still captures our imagination today.
In ancient Greco-roman culture, it was believed that sapphires protect the wearers from those who were driven by envy to harm them.
In Hebrew writings, it is believed that King Solomon and Abraham wore sapphires to bring them closer to God. Centuries later in Europe, sapphires were worn symbolizing heaven by Christian clergymen during the middle ages.
For Buddhists, it was believed that sapphires would also assist in religious devotion and help with spiritual enlightenment. While Buddhists are known for ridding themselves of material things, the energy and power were a welcomed assist in the path towards enlightenment.
Today, sapphires still carry the energy of wisdom and mental activation. Sapphire earrings are worn to help with strength and focus for the mind.