A gemstone is a mineral or rock or a petrified substance which when cut and polished is transformed into a dazzling material, which is mainly used as jewellery. Gemstone and its formation take thousands of years with the right combination of weather, chemicals and conditions. Gems also vary in their origins; some are formed in igneous environments, others in contact metamorphic deposits. Often they are found in sedimentary deposits caused by weathering of the rocks. Once found by humans and treated by a good cut and polish they are transformed into spectacular pieces of jewelry. Gemstone and man seem to be something very difficult to part.
Gemstones always have had an air of mystery behind them. Some gemstones are thought to have mystical powers. Certain gemstones are thought to rule over the birth months and Zodiac signs. Yellow gemstone and purple gemstone for instance are believed to have magical properties.
The group of Yellow gemstone consists of Amber, Beryl, Citrine, Garnet, Tourmaline Sapphire and Topaz. Of this Golden Sapphire is the Birth stone of September and the stone of the Zodiac sign Taurus. Citrine is for the 13th wedding anniversary and Topaz is for the Sagittarius zodiac sign.
The yellow color denotes bright and sunny disposition and optimism. Wearing yellow is supposed to help in public performances and decision-making and protects against lethargy and depression. Yellow gemstone is ruled by the planet Mercury. In India, it is the color of the 3rd energy chakra, the color yellow stands for intelligence. They are used in magical or mystical meditations.
A popular yellow gemstone is citrine, which is a transparent, coarse-grained variety of the silica mineral quartz. Citrine is a semiprecious gem that is valued for its yellow to brownish color and its resemblance to the rarer topaz. Citrine symbolizes light-heartedness, joy and happiness. Citrine is believed to be a great protective talisman. Amber is a semi-precious gem material composed of fossilized tree resins. Since the Early Stone Age, amber's golden color has been revered for its beauty and resemblance to the sun's radiance. Amber was particularly praised in pagan sun-worshiping cultures, which wondered at the mystical powers of the substance.
Purple gemstone consists of Amethyst, Garnet, Saphire, Dugilite and Spinel. Purple is the color of royalty. These gemstones have been long used by mystics and to create psychic powers. In India, purple is the symbol of the 6th Chakra. Purple gemstone and man are supposed to have a strong mystical connection.
Amethyst is of the great importance. Amethyst is a transparent purple quartz and the most important quartz variety. It is the Birthstone of February, stone of 6th anniversary and the stone ruling the Zodiac sign of Pisces. It is also associated with the apostle Mathias according to Christian traditions and is found in British Crown Jewels. Purple gemstone is thought to encourage celibacy and piety and hence valued by the Catholic Church.
Gemstones have fascinated man since prehistoric times. The rare gemstone is still sought after for jewelry, for its beauty and its mystic powers. They are the rare gifts of nature that continue to dazzle man.