mesmerized and enticed people for centuries. Legends have developed
throughout the world and followed these gemstones until today. These
legends and stories have only served to intensify the interest with
which these gemstones have been followed. Think about the image that
is brought to mind when the Hope Diamond is mentioned. Many more
stones have stories and legends to equal that of the Hope.
Hope Diamond is the most legendary gemstone
of all. It has the reputation of bringing disaster to its owner. It
shows red under a uvlight and is a fancy gray blue under natural
light. The stone is said to be recut from a larger stone to its
current shape. The Smithsonian Institute owns it. The Hope Diamond is
not the Heart of the Ocean mentioned in the movie Titanic as some
have said. The Hope Diamond was not on the Titanic.
Many of us
have of the Taylor-Burton Diamond at 69 carats was Richard Burton's
40th birthday gift to Elizabeth Taylor. She sold the stone in 1978 to
pay for a hospital in Botswana. She still wears another gift, the eternal
Krupp Diamond, which is 33.19 carats.
most famous story about pearls was about Cleopatra. She is said to
have bet Mark Anthony that she could host the most expensive party.
To do so, she dissolved a large pearl earring in vinegar and drank it.
thought that pearls were created as a drop of rain penetrated between
the layers of the oysters. The Persians had a legend that the pearl
was created at the point of meeting between the rainbow
and the earth.
(native people of Australia) believe that ancestors to mark their
presence left behind the opal. Some groups feel that Opals brought
them fire. One local legend suggests that Muda, in the form of a
pelican created Cooper's creek. He died where the opals are found and
the fish in his pouch turned into opals.
considered to be healing in the distant past. Legend has it that in
the 3rd century, emeralds were used to rest the eyes and to make
snakes go blind. In Arabia, it was thought that emeralds
would melt the dissolve a snake's eyes. Other uses of emeralds were
to cure dysentery, stomach troubles and even diabetes.
It was thought
that the Holy Grail was carved from an emerald that fell from Satan's
crown. The Incas and Aztecs thought the emerald was a holy stone. It
has even been suggested that emeralds
would provide royal ancestry to commoners.
are a form of corundum and legends abound about their powers and
history, but Rubies are also corundum, and few if any legends follow Rubies.
thought that the earth was set into a sapphire.
Early Persians believed that the earth rested on a Sapphire and the
sky is blue because it is reflected from the Sapphire.
One old legend even suggests that a snake put in a vessel with a
Sapphire would die. It was believed that the Ten Commandments were
written on Sapphire