Mottoes and Precious Stones During the 1700s

Gemstones - (Clockwise from top left) Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, and Amethyst, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Gemstones – (Clockwise from top left) Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, and Amethyst, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Zodiac stones have been around for a long time and thought to have a talisman influence. During the 18th century, in England and France, bracelets, brooches, rings, etc., were often set with precious stones, including zodiac stones. When the stones were combined the first letter of each stone spelled words that indicated some tender or significant sentiment or motto. Sometimes the stones also implied good fortune. The reason this was done was because it was thought that the formation of these words would “strengthen their astral or planetary influence and…render them more potent charms.”

Examples of some of the mottoes achieved from combining the first letter of stones is shown in the following list: The first column shows the motto or sentiment, the second column shows the expensive gems, and third column shows less expensive gems.

G
O
O
D

L
U
C
K

Garnet
Onyx
Obsidian
Dendrite

Lapis-azuli
Uralian Emerald
Cat’s Eye
Kunzite

Garnet
Onyx
Obsidian
Dendrite

Labradorite
Unio Pearl
Carnelian
Krokidolite

F
A
I
T
H
Fire-Opal
Alexandrite
Iolite
Tourmaline
Hyacinth
Flint
Amethyst
Idocrase
Topaz
Heliotrope
H
O
P
E
Hyacinth
Opal
Pearl
Emerald
Hematite
Olivine
Pyrope
Essonite
L
O
V
E
 
M
E
Lapis-lazuli
Opal
Vermeille
Emerald
 
Moonstone
Essonite
Labrador Spar
Onyx
Verd Antique
Essonite
 
Moonstone
Epidote
D
E
A
R
E
S
T
Diamond
Emerald
Alexandrite
Ruby
Emerald
Sapphire
Turquoise
Demantoid
Essonite
Amethyst
Rubellite
Epidote
Spinel
Topaz

Sentiments for some of the gems mentioned above, include the following:

  • Alexandrite — Undying devotion
  • Amethyst — Deep love and prevents intoxication
  • Carnelian — Prevents misfortune
  • Emerald — Immortality and conquers sin
  • Garnet — Insures power, grace, and victory to the wearer
  • Hyacinth — Gives second sight
  • Moonstone — Sacred stone of the orient and represents good luck
  • Onyx — Conjugal Felicity
  • Opal — Hope, innocence, and purity
  • Pearl — Purity and innocence
  • Ruby — Charity, dignity and divine power
  • Sapphire — Constancy, truth and virtue
  • Topaz — Friendship and fidelity
  • Turquoise — Prosperity and soul-cheerer

References:

  • Kunz, George Frederick, Natal Stones, 1892
  • Kunz, George Frederick, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, 1915

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