Colours of Winter

At one time in Europe only the wealthy and high-ranking church officials were allowed to wear gemstones as it was a sign of wealth and power. The commoners wishing to mimic them would wear less expensive jewelry to add colour and flash to their festive costumes. The monotones of the winter season will sparkle when you include the rich colourful hues of these gemstones that will brighten your day and mood.

As its name implies, Tiger Eye in Eastern mythology was linked to the king of beasts; portraying courage, power and integrity. Roman soldiers carried it to deflect weapons and to encourage bravery in battle. Legends tell us that Bloodstone was formed when drops of Christ's blood fell and stained some Jasper at the foot of the cross. Warriors used to carry Bloodstone amulets with them to help stop the bleeding from their wounds and to protect them from the evil eye. In ancient times many travellers took Kyanite with them on long journeys to unknown territories. It was believed that when Kyanite was suspended from a human hair, it could follow the Earth's magnetic force in the same manner as a compass needle.