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Who invented gemstones?

Who invented gemstones?

28 Jun, 2022 | Gemstone | Gem Selection

Gems have been prized for a variety of reasons throughout the ages. Gems may be used as gorgeous decorations, religious symbols, amulets, and good-luck charms for various reasons. Other uses for gems include trade and medicine. Some individuals have even utilized gems as investments. For others, jewels have served as a symbol of their affluence, power, and influence.

Royalty has always been associated with the most expensive stones. Even if you can't find these treasures in person, you may still learn a lot about their intriguing tales. One may think of the Black Prince's Ruby or the Timur Ruby, to name just two. The Imperial Royal, which houses the British crown jewels, contains both.


The Black Prince of England, Prince Edward, aided a Spanish monarch in a fight in 1367. A dark red, irregular diamond was presented to him as a token of gratitude by the monarch. At the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, King Henry V is said to have worn the stone in his helmet crown, which saved his life, according to legend.

Timur Ruby

The Timur Ruby, weighing 361 carats, is another eye-catching dark red stone. In 1850, it was one of the jewels brought back from India. Timur Lenk owned the diamond in the 1300s, and it bears his name. Much of Central Asia and Eastern Europe were conquered under his Muslim name, Tamerlane. Five Indian kings' names and dates may be read on the diamond. Shah Jehan, the man responsible for the Taj Mahal, was one of them.

Dealers and their treatments

Dealers used Word of mouth to spread information about gemstones and their treatments throughout the most prized periods of jewelry, including the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, and Art Deco eras. The trader's Word was worth its weight in gold, and confidence was essential. This is how diamonds were traded worldwide, despite the absence of scientific confirmation.

Dr. Eduard (Edward) Josef Gübelin laid the groundwork for understanding the regional origins of gemstones in the 1950s. Geologist and scientist Dr. Gübelin pioneered ground-breaking technologies and techniques to develop the science of gemstone origin and treatment, both of which are critical to the value of a gemstone.

Gemmology was revolutionized as a result of Dr. Gübelin's tenacity and drive to learn all there was to know about a gemstone's interior universe. When analyzing inclusions, he was concerned not only with their aesthetic value. Still, he was convinced that gemmologists might learn more about a gemstone's history by examining the "crystals, particles and bubbles visible within gemstones" (Gubelin, 2020). There must be some proof that the environment within a diamond was affected by man in any manner since it represents a picture of millions of years of our planet's history.

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