Gemstones

Amee Philips, our founder and lead designer, takes her energy and inspiration from gems. She is a gemstone purist and chooses only the best quality natural valuable gemstones for use in her jewellery designs set in 18K (750) White, Yellow and Rose gold.

These magical minerals are the heart of all Amee’s designs and at the core of our business. Before her name became synonymous with masterful creations and craftsmanship, Amee was known for her gemstone expertise.

Here is a concise guide to the properties of some of these gems.


Alexandrite

Color: Changing Symbolism: Love, Luck Anecdote: Named after Alexander II of Russia. The finest Alexandrite is a bright green but when put in any reddish light, the stone became bright red. Source: Brazil, Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Tanzania.

Amethyst

Color: Violet (light to dark) Birthstone: February Symbolism: Stability, peace, balance, courage and inner strength Anecdote: A stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober mind. Amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness” Source: Brazil, Uruguay, Austria, Russia, India, United States and Zambia.

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Aquamarine

Color: Blue – green Birthstone: March Symbolism: faithfulness, courage, friendship, awareness, easing communication Anecdote: The Romans used the Aquamarine for diseases of the stomach and believed it could cure liver and throat troubles. Source: Columbia, Brazil, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

Blue Topaz

Color: Pale white Symbolism: Love, Power, Healing, Protection and Money Anecdote: Topaz is one of the twelve breastplate stones of the High Priest (Exodus). The breastplate stones are considered sacred to twelve mighty angels who guard the gates to Paradise. Sources: Brazil, the United States, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Russia, Australia, Tasmania, Pakistan, Mexico, Japan.

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Citrine

Color: Translucent yellow to golden brown Birthstone: November Symbolism: individuality, confidence and renewed determination Anecdote: Called the “Merchants Stone”. Put a citrine in the cash drawer and it will bring you wealth Source: Brazil, Bolivia

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Diamonds

A diamond (from the ancient Greek ἀδάμας – adámas, meaning "unbreakable", "proper", or "unalterable") is one of the best-known and most sought-after gemstones. Diamonds have been known to mankind and used as decorative items since ancient times; some of the earliest references can be traced to India.

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Diopside

Not often heard of, but a beautiful green colour gemstone quality diopside is found in two forms: the black star diopside and the chrome diopside, which includes chromium, giving it a rich green colour). Due to the deep green nature of the gem they are sometimes referred to as Siberian emeralds.

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Emerald

Color: Green Birthstone: May Symbolism: loyalty, faithfulness, friendship, memory, clairvoyance and faith Anecdote: Some cultures thought the emerald would heal any disease of the eye. The emerald would be placed in a container of water overnight and the water would be poured on the eyes the next day. Source: Columbia, Brazil, India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Zimbabwe

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Garnet

Color: Red Symbolism: January Energies: Purity, Truth, Faithfulness and Friendship Anecdote: It is believed that if a garnet is put under a pillow it will cure depression Source: Russia, Brazil, US - Dematoid Garnet: Emerald green variety of Garnet - Mandarine Garnet - Tsavorite Garnet: Light to deep green variety of Garnet

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Jadeite

Jadite - The Emperor's Stone Color: Green Symbolism: Anecdote: It was believed to cure kidney stones if it was rubbed against the side of the afflicted person's body Source: California, the United States, Myanmar, New Zealand, Guatemala, Itoigawa, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, British Columbia, Canada, Italy and Turkestan.

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Kunzite

Color: Pink, violet, green, clear, yellow Symbolism: Love, Power, Good Luck, Healing Anecdote: Discovered at the Pala Chief Mine near San Diego, California, US. Named after gemologist GF Kunz. Source: US, Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar and Afghanistan

Opal

Color: Blue Birthstone: October Symbolism: Hope, innocence and purity and the quality of happiness, loyalty and confidence. Anecdote: it is said to be the stone of love but only to faithful lovers. The opal will bring misfortune to an unfaithful lover Source: Australia, Ethiopia, the United States, Brazil, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Indonesia.

Pearl

Color: White Birthstone: June Symbolism: Symbol of loyalty, faithfulness, friendship, modesty, chastity and purity. Anecdote: In some early cultures it was said that the pearl was born when a single drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the heart of the oyster. Source: China, Japan, Australia, Philippines, Myanmar and Malaysia.

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Peridot

Color: Green Birthstone: August Symbolism: Love, Truth, Faithfulness loyalty, Fame, Dignity and Protection Anecdote: Napoleon once made a gift of peridot to Josephine as a symbol of undying love and admiration. Sources: St John Island, Arizona and Hawaii, Myanmar, Australia, Norway, South Africa and Brazil

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Ruby

Color: Deep Red Birthstone: July Symbolism: devotion integrity, courage, happiness, enhanced energy, generosity and success. Anecdote: Placed under a pillow the ruby may ward off bad dreams. Also given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. Source: Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Greenland, Macedonia.

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Sapphire

Color: Blue Birthstone: September Symbolism: truth, sincerity and constancy. Anecdote: The sapphire was called the "Stone of Destiny". Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They can also promote financial rewards. Source: Australia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Kenya, Melawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania.

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Sphalerite

Color: Silver, Black, Red or yellow Symbolism: Power, Healing Anecdote: Sphalerite is used by healers to benefit athletes with physical energy, recover from exercise, assist the immune system, and prevent infections. Source: Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Russia, Canada, the United States

Spinel

Color: Red and Pink to blue to mauve, brown and black Symbolism: Renewal, Hope, Imagination Anecdote: Famous spinels: The Black Prince's Ruby and the "Timur ruby" in the British Crown Jewels, the "Côte de Bretagne", formerly from the French Crown jewels. The Samarian Spinel is the largest known spinel in the world, weighing 500 carats (100 g) and is part of the Iranian Crown Jewels Source: Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar

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Tanzanite

Color: Blue Birthstone: December Symbolism: Optimism, humor, philosophy, intelligence Anecdote: Tanzanite activates several chakras from the heart to the crown and is used to link the mind with the heart. Sources: Tanzania

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Topaz

Color: Pale white Symbolism: Love, Power, Healing, Protection and Money Anecdote: Topaz is one of the twelve breastplate stones of the High Priest (Exodus). The breastplate stones are considered sacred to twelve mighty angels who guard the gates to Paradise. Sources: Brazil, the United States, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Russia, Australia, Tasmania, Pakistan, Mexico, Japan.

Tourmaline

Color: Commonly black, but can range from colourless, brown, violet, etc. Symbolism: Luck and Happiness. Anecdote: Tourmaline was sometimes called the "Ceylonese [Sri Lankan] Magnet" because it could attract and then repel hot ashes due to its pyroelectric properties Source: Myanmar, the United States, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Zambia. - Rubellite Tourmaline : Pink variety of Tourmaline - Paraiba Tourmaline - Bi-colour Tourmaline

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Turquoise

Color: Blue-green Symbolism: Luck, Love, Protection and Healing Anecdote: as turquoise is the symbol of friendship, if given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. Source: Mexico, the United State, Iran, Afghanistan, Australia, India, Chile, Turkestan.