By: Jade McCampbell
Three of the most well known gemstones are often referred to as “The Big Three” and include ruby, sapphire, and emerald. These beautiful gems have been enchanting people for thousands of years, including royals throughout history. The elusive “Big Three” gained prestige by being worn by some of the most prominent people in the world. It’s easy to see why rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are part of this exclusive club; their beauty and rich history are undeniable!
Also known as the “king of gemstones,” rubies’ rich, vibrant color has mesmerized royalty from the very beginning. Because rubies are both vivid and durable, they became a sought after gemstone after their discovery around 3000 BC. An example of their beauty is showcased in the French Crown Ruby Parure. This stunning set of tiaras, necklace, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and a belt were made for Marie-Therese, the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. What a lucky girl!
From their discovery about 4000 years ago, the deep green of emeralds has been a symbol of eternal youth and life. This lore made emeralds popular among Egyptian pharaohs, and Cleopatra often adorned herself with emeralds from mines in Egypt. Little did she know she was setting a jewelry trend that has lasted for thousands of years!
Sapphires symbolized truth, sincerity, and faithfulness, and over time became a common choice for engagement and wedding rings. Blue sapphires have been especially popular - a trend still seen today in a British royal’s dazzling blue sapphire engagement ring. Sapphires are among the top choices for engagement rings as an alternative to diamonds.
To learn more about these magnificent beauties visit JTV’s Gemopedia and tune in now through June 27th for The Crown Jewels event!