People have been drawn to gems for ages, not only because of their beauty but also because of the powers they were believed to carry. Almost every culture had their own beliefs about the meaning and origin of the stones. Some thought they could cure your sickness or that they came from mythical places; others just adored them. Here are ten folklores about some precious gemstones.
1. Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone was peridot. But back then it was believed that people had a hard time telling the difference between peridot and emerald. So it’s possible Cleopatra adored the emerald as well.
2. Ancient Romans and Greeks thought that diamonds were tears from the Gods and splinters from stars.
3. Long ago, people believed tourmaline traveled along the rainbow and gathered its colors. That’s why the stone can be found in such a variety of colors
4. Aquamarine could, according to folklore, cure burping, yawning, stomach aches, and toothaches.
5. The name amethyst origins from the Greek word “amethystos” which translates to sober. It was believed this gemstone could prevent drunkenness.
6. In medieval times, all blond maidens wanted an opal necklace. It was believed this would guarantee no hair loss or darkening of the hair.
7. Emperor Nero is said to have found the emerald’s color calming, and therefore watched the gladiator fights through a large transparent emerald.
8. The ancient Greeks thought that topaz could make you invisible in case of emergency.
9. People in Burma used to believe that if you inserted rubies into your flesh, it would make you invulnerable.
10. Sapphires were believed to be an antidote to poison.