Legends about Uncut Gem Stones That Go Way Back in History

Uncut Gem StonesUncut gem stones have a long history in the U.S. and throughout the rest of the world. Due to this, legends and tales about the powers and properties of uncut gem stones have developed, some of which are a little bit bizarre.

  • Tourmaline – Tourmaline is a type of gemstone that is known for its myriad of colors. In Egyptian legend, it is believed that as tourmaline made its way from the center of the Earth towards the sun, it travelled along a rainbow, collecting colors as it went.
  • Topaz – Topaz was often the stone of choice for members of royalty. It gained this status due to the belief that topaz would change color if it was ever in the presence of poisoned food or drink.
  • Turquoise – In Native American legend, it is believed that there was once a chief who had skin the color of turquoise. When he was running away from his enemies one day, he knelt down to take a rest, and the drops of his sweat fell down to the ground, formed into a pile of rocks, and eventually turned into turquoise.
  • Quartz Crystal – Legend states that those in ancient civilizations believed that quartz was water from heaven that the gods had frozen into ice. Until the 16th century, scientists believed that quartz was fossilized ice instead of a gem.

Whether you want to buy rare, uncut gem stones because of a legendary belief or just because you like the look of a certain gem, turn to us at Mosteller American Gemstones to discuss which stones are currently available.