The Myth of Gemstones in Thailand
Thailand ‘s reputation as a center of civilization in the Orient has been reflected by the rich forms of art that has formed an integral part of lifestyle of most Thais . The artistry of Thai artisans have intrigued men and women around the world for its exquisite, delicate splendor and beauty . The long tradition of fine craftsmanship has passed through several generations and is still very much intact today . Gems and jewelry is one of the key industries which has flourished ever since ancient times. Traditional belief suggested that by wearing certain jewels and clothes which agree with the color of the day and birthday would bring good fortune and success .
There has also been a myth about decking oneself with certain gemstones based on his/her month of birth in order to capture the best fortune and prosperity. It goes like this : For those who born in the month of
Legend holds that Noah hung a large Garnet in the ark for illumination .It reportedly gives its weares guidance in the night ,protection from ,protection from nightmares Garnet are found in U.S. Africa ,Sri Lanka,Brazil and India.
The Greeks believed that Amthyst would prevent intoxication when worn. Amthyst has also symbolized peace, protection and tranquility. It is mainly found in Brazil.
March : Aquamarine
In ancient times ,the store was said to aid seafarers. To dream of Aquamarine signifies the making of new friends to wear Aquamarine earrings brings love and affection. It is the universal symbol of youth, hope and health. Aquamarine is mainly found in Brazil.
Discovered about 2,500 years ago in India,the ancients believed Diamonds were splinters from the stars ,or maybe crystallized lightening or hardened dewdrops.
May : emerald
Emerald was thought to cure a wide range of ailments , including loe IQ , poor eyesight and infertility; it also enabled the wearer to predict the future . They are characterized by a garden of included crystals trapped within, know as the “lejardin” because under magnification , you will see lovely patterns resembling foliage in garden. Emeralds are found in Columbia.
Pearl have been recognized as the symbol of modesty ,chastity and purity. They symbolize a happy marriage.
July : Ruby
Known as the “ Lord of the Gems” Ruby is said to protect their owners from all kinds of misfortune .A fine Ruby assures its owner that he will live in harmony with his neighbors. Many ancients believed the Ruby possessed an inner flame that burned eternally. Rubies are found in Burma, Thailand.
Peridot formed as result of volcanic action .Tiny peridot crystals are sometimes found in the black sands of Hawaii. They were considered powerful amulets against all evil and said to be favored by pirates. Peridot is found in China.
September : Sapphire
Ancient priests and sorcerers honored the Sapphire for it was said to enable them to foretell the future . Ancients believed the Ten Commandments were written on a Sapphire tablet. Sapphire is found in Sri Lanka
Opal has symbolized hope , innocence and purity throughout the ages. Medieval writers believed Opal could render its wearer invisible when the need arose. It is thought to banish evil spirits and favor children, the theater and friends .Opal are found in Australia mexico.
Topaz holds the distinction of being the gemstone with the widest range of curative power .it has been known to change colors in the presence of poison. The Greeks felt it gave them strength.
December : Turquoise
In the 16 th century,Turquoise was used as currency by the Southwest Indians . They believed the gemstone brings everyone good fortune . it has also been used in the preparation of cosmetics.