Romancing the Stone

Why are We Obsessed with Gemstones?

Did you know:
The Romans believed that diamonds were splinters of falling stars?
The Greeks believed they were tears of Gods?
In Europe during the Middle Ages, powdered gems were sold as medicine? 
Pearls were regarded as currency for affection and love?
Pearls are a traditional gift for a wedding to promote fertility? 
When it comes to gemstones, I've given it lots of thought...and yes - we know that they have VALUE to them, but I think there's something more. I know that there are fervent believers that gemstones bring certain types of energy or even luck. While that may be true, I think that our fascination with gemstones goes back much further (and even deeper). There's something fascinating about knowing that a gemstones (for example a diamond) is formed over thousands of years and thousands of pounds of pressure under the Earth's core. 
And history? Let's hit the Bible where gemstones are mentioned over 200 times! Plus the breastplate of the High Priest was adorned with 12 gemstones! Which is probably where the concept of birthstones was developed. 
So, why are we gaga over gemstones?
We can't overlook the VALUE. They can be expensive. We can't overlook the LIFESPAN, gemstones can nearly last forever; so we can be sentimental too. But I think it's also about the aesthetic. The sparkle, the beauty, the colors and hues.
So let's put it all together....emotional significance, intrinsic beauty and commercial value! Let's all get gaga over gemstones! 

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