Objects have been endowed with meaning—since the beginning of time—through novels, paintings, and jewelry. Much like the green light in The Great Gatsby, a variety of symbolic meanings have been attributed to gemstones. Meanings vary slightly depending on the time period, the culture, and the combinations of gemstones, but for the most part the general sentiment of each gemstone seems to remain fairly constant.

Gemstone meanings were sometimes used to convey covert messages to a lover, so it might be beneficial to know what message you are unknowingly conveying to your loved one before purchasing a stone.

For instance, pearls are often associated with tears. However, pearls are also associated with chastity, power, courage, and modesty. Pearls are obviously associated with the ocean, but they are also associated with the moon. On the other hand, amethyst is associated with calmness, devotion, and tranquility.

Emeralds, the gorgeous green gems often associated with Ireland, represent hope. Emeralds were also believed to aid in fertility, improve eyesight, and give the wearer psychic powers. The verdant stone was also believed to lift depression and insomnia in the wearer.

Diamonds, usually reserved for the wealthiest because of their rarity, are associated with constancy due to the stone’s extremely durable nature. Diamonds are also associated with purification and protection against toxins and poisons. It is believed that diamonds also amplify the thoughts and strengths of the wearer.

Rubies, the radiant red gemstones, are associated with passion and love. As such, rubies are believed to give the wearer protection and help in matters of love, while warding off misfortune.

Knowing the meaning of various colored gemstones provides the insight necessary to tailor a unique engagement ring to the needs and personality of your fiancée. Selecting a gemstone to fit the dynamic of your relationship adds a level of romance and tradition that can be surreptitiously displayed for all to see.