Colours of Summer

The arrival of summer is a very welcomed time of year with its warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. The colours of the gemstones in this collection are reminiscent of that time of year. Their beautiful subtle hues representing the slow awakening of the flora from its winter slumber.

The “Inca Rose” (Rhodochrosite), discovered by an Incan ruler and worshipped by its people who believed it to be the solidified blood of their ancestral kings and queens. Aventurine was used by the ancient Tibetans to decorate their statues; commonly for the “eyes” to symbolically increase the statue’s visionary powers. Citrine was used as a gem in Greece as far back as 300 B.C. and believed by some cultures to carry the power of the sun; its warmth and energizing life giving properties. Amazonite is said to have adorned the shields of Amazonians; a fierce tribe of female soldiers. Originally thought to be mythological but evidence now suggests they were a matriarchal society of the Bronze Age.