Gemstones have held a special place in our hearts for centuries.
There’s something about their brilliant luster and rich colors that speaks to a deeper part of us. It’s why we turn to charms and beads as the go-to gift for a birthday party. It’s why gemstone rings signify everything from passion to everlasting love. When you decide to learn about the symbolism behind certain stones you do the dual work of narrowing down your search and creating a gift that’s truly meaningful. The sheer scope of beads, birthstone rings and earrings is a broad one, so starting off with a few basic tips can help you focus and get closer to a purchase you can be proud of.
Let’s learn more about the history of gemstone rings and why they make such a popular symbolic choice for a friend, family member or partner.
Jewelry In Popular Culture
Everywhere you go jewelry is glittering on wrists, necks and fingers. Rings and bracelets are an inexorable part of our daily fashion and a way to communicate to others, or ourselves, the most complex parts of us. Rolex is one of the leading watch manufacturers around the world, producing over 2,000 watches per day and remaining a popular choice for multiple demographics. An interesting survey found around 25% of watch buyers admitting they mainly wear a watch to make a fashion statement, rather than out of a mixture of form and function.
The Origin Of The Wedding Ring
The wedding ring had to start somewhere. Like so many other aspects of our day-to-day culture, some historians believe the wedding ring to have first emerged in ancient Egypt. Just like today it was meant to represent an eternal bond between two people, with this symbolic gesture eventually carrying its way over to Rome and Greece. The tradition of giving a fiancee an engagement ring, however, would be introduced by Maximillian of Austria in the late 1400’s.
Symbolism Behind Gold And Gems
Simply investing in gemstone rings or ladies earrings that look pretty isn’t enough. Everything from the color to the material you choose gets across a deeper meaning. Silver and gold have remained one of the most beloved options for expressing generosity, value and prestige, while gemstones have perhaps some of the most complex forms of symbolism yet seen in jewelry industries. A recent study found that, in any given year, nearly 40 million Americans will buy fine jewelry or watches either for themselves or as a gift. Another study found around 75% of American brides receiving engagement rings made out of gold and diamonds.
Popular Gemstone Rings
Gemstone rings are a custom option that will go a long way in showing someone how much you care for them. For gemstones color remains the most important factor, with three major factors deciding which one should stand out most to you. You have the hue (just another word for color), the tone (how dark or light) and the saturation (how vivid or restrained the hue is). A popular choice is creating gemstone rings based off the birthday stone of the receiver, though you can always choose another depending on the meaning.
What Separates An Average Gift From A Brilliant One
A sparkling gift can relay what mere words can’t. Diamond rings, gemstone rings and beautiful beads are a classic way of showing someone how much you care. The watch market has been seeing an estimated growth rate of around 4% to 5% over the years, expected to reach an impressive $11 billion by the time 2020 arrives. It’s also estimated some 130 million carats of diamonds (that’s thousands of kilograms) are produced from mines around the world. Taking the time to sift through the hues and old-fashioned meaning of your gemstones will make your purchase all the more meaningful.
A moonstone ring or a diamond bracelet…which choice will you go with?