The ancient Christian Church opposed magic but tolerated medicinal amulets as a way of healing the sick and promoting well being and developed a symbolism of its own based on gems. Encapsulated in jewelery these gems were thought of as health items rather than decorative jewels.
Gemstones have a sense of feeling attached to them and are often given as gifts as they have more meaning that the standard gift. Choosing a gem selecting the accompanying jewelery for a loved one or yourself one can be fun and exciting.
Chalcedony is a gem that has a crystalline structure so fine that you can not see the distinct particles under a microscope.
Rock Crystal is also known as Quartz, is said to have purifying effects. There are many variants of Quartz. Rose Quartz appears pink in color and is rumored to be a soothing and calming stone. Rose Quartz is sometimes referred to as the stone of love and has become increasingly popular in handmade jewelery. Another variant is Smokey Quartz, a beautiful semiprecious stone which has a brown translucent quality.
Amethyst is said to calm and protect the mind. A deep and pretty purple color, Amethyst is also commonly given to those whose birthdays fall in February.
There are of course many more gemstones that are thought to have healing and positive properties including Black Agate, Haematite pearl and Labradorite. There are a multitude of pieces of jewelery containing these gems available both on the high street and online. However, as gems are such a precious item with so much meaning, it is ill-advised to choose a mass produced piece. Handmade jewelery carries more meaning which in turn fits well with the meanings some attach to semi precious gems.
Atelier de Famille crafts high quality, specially designed handmade jewelery in their workshop just outside of Paris. They use only the best semiprecious stones and materials to give you the best possible finish.