Choosing an engagement ring involves a very important question: which kind of gemstone suits your future spouse best? Once you’ve found the perfect ring, you’ll want to know what it means. Along with the size and the colour, the symbolic side is equally important. BAUNAT summarises the meanings of the main gemstones here, including diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies.

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Diamond: the purity of eternal love

The most famous gemstone is diamond and it’s synonymous with purity, longevity, and long-lasting love. The word diamond comes from the Greek "adamao", which also refers to mastery and strength. In the ancient world, it was credited with the power of protecting against disease, poisons and even enemies. It still supposedly has the ability to absorb negative waves today.

Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April, which traditionally marks the start of the wedding season. The purity and symbolism of invincible love represented by diamond is what makes the gemstone the number one choice for an engagement ring.  

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Emerald: a stone meaning beauty and vitality

The mother of all precious stones, emerald symbolise love, eternal youth, and vitality. The word derives from the Greek "smaragdos", which recalls the intense green of this stone. This green colour gives the emerald soothing virtues and is also known for calming the nerves and appeasing resentment.

Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May because of its symbolic relationship to nature as the month of May is the height of spring. A symbol of hope, wisdom and courage,
emeralds have gained popularity over the years for engagement rings.

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Sapphire: a celestial stone and protective talisman

Worn since the dawn of time as a protective talisman, sapphires symbolise strength, loyalty and peace. The word sapphire comes from the Greek "sapphirus", itself borrowed from the ancient Greek "sáppheiros", which means precious stone. The blue of the sapphire is said to bring patience and serenity to a union. 

Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. While the most famous sapphire is blue sapphire, there are also yellow, purple and pink sapphires. With regards to a couple’s relationship, this precious stone is synonymous with fidelity, appeasement and prudence, which makes it a stone with quite a vintage style for an engagement ring, appreciated for its original side.

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Ruby: the passion of ardent love

A red stone favoured by kings, rubies ​​symbolise might, courage and power. Taking their name from the Latin "rubeus", which refers to their red colour, rubies have always held a special fascination and are known to be a source of energy to combat fatigue and stress.

Ruby is the birthstone of July, its vibrant colours pairing perfectly with summer. This stone is associated with those who have strong personalities. In a relationship, it is also credited with the power to prevent unfaithfulness and with stabilising emotional states. This is a perfect gemstone for the engagement ring of a strong woman who loves the heat of summer!

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To find out more about this subject…

The symbolism of a gemstone is essential in choosing an engagement ring, but the stone should match your future spouse’s style. The article below will help you learn even more about different types of stones, so you can clearly identify the style that will best suit your relationship.

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