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Gems Speak the Language of Love

There is nothing more romantic than expressing your love. When words are not enough, you can use the eloquent symbolism of gemstones to convey what is in your heart. For thousands of years gems have been lasting testaments to enduring emotions. And their natural beauty gives almost as much daily pleasure as the memory of the moment they were given.

So how to translate the language of gems? The meaning of each gem variety is based on a long tradition, which assigned magical powers to each of these dazzling treasures.

Sapphire, gem of the soul, represents loyalty, sincerity, and faithfulness: it is a pledge to be true. Ruby expresses a passion that burns as hot as its vivid red hue. Emerald symbolizes rebirth and new life: It can symbolize a new baby, a new beginning, a second chance, the flowering of a heart in bloom.

Because aquamarine was long thought to have the power to soothe troubled relationships as well as to calm rough oceans, today it symbolizes the calm seas and serene depths of a happy marriage.

Amethyst symbolizes peace and sobriety, the perfect reminder to take life one day at a time. Opal symbolizes hope: it is a symbol of your faith that things will work out. Topaz, symbolizing the sun, tells someone that she lights up your life. Because tourmaline symbolizes artistic inspiration, it is the perfect tribute to your muse. A gift of turquoise means forget-me-not.

Pearls were thought to be the solidified tears of Venus, with the power to ensure a bride's happiness. Symbols of purity and faith, they are a traditional gift for a bride or for a first communion.

In addition to the romantic message hidden in the gift of a gem, people long believed that gems had powers to win love, ward off misfortune, and charm friends and enemies. A gift of a gem may no longer be believed to have the power to inspire devotion. But, let's face it: it definitely doesn't hurt!

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