Symbolism of Gemstones: Ruby

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Ruby has been considered by many cultures throughout time to be the most powerful gem in the universe. I know, you’re thinking of the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz right now, and when you read through the list of symbols attributed to the ruby, you’ll get a new look at what those magical, powerful slippers offered Dorothy. And you’ll also see all the positive, empowering symbolism that you can bring to yourself if you select wedding rings or wedding day jewelry with a ruby (or lots of tiny rubies!) in the design!

First, here are some fun FYIs about rubies:

  • If you place a ruby under your pillow, you may ward off bad dreams
  • Rubies should be worn on the left hand to get the most life force out of them, and experience greater protection.
  • Rubies help sexual love to be more passionate
  • Rubies are said to give you courage to reach your higher potential
  • Some cultures warn against wearing a ruby necklace too close to the solar plexus, to raise yours up a bit!
  • If your ruby looks more pink than red, it may actually be a pink sapphire. What you want is the gemological description of ‘pigeon’s blood’ that’s red with a blue undertone for a real ruby tone. Too purple, and you’ve likely got a violet sapphire.
  • Many rubies come from Burma and Thailand.
  • Rubies are commonly exposed to high heat to bring out the deepest, richest red color possible.
  • Beryllium-infused rubies will be on the market sometime soon, perhaps at a lower price point!

Okay, enough with the FYIs. What’s the symbolism of the ruby, all of those good portents you’ll attract by wearing and owning them?

  • Passion
  • Smoldering desire
  • Inextinguishable inner fire
  • Courage
  • Power
  • Friendship and love, when given as a gift
  • Vitality
  • Royalty
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Symbolism of Gemstones: Amethyst

Amethyst is a crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or deep mauve, and according to the American Gem Trade Association, great thinkers in history (like Leonardo DaVinci) believed that amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and boost intelligence.

Funnily enough, amethyst symbolism also includes “guarding against drunkenness,” since the word ‘amethyst’ comes from a Greek term meaning “without drunkenness.” Not that you can wear an amethyst necklace or bracelet and drink all throughout your reception without getting buzzed – or completely wasted – but it’s an amusing symbolism attributed to this stone.

Here are some other symbolic meanings for this purple gem:

  • Guard against fearful feelings
  • Guard against guilty feelings
  • Guard against self-deception
  • Humilty
  • Piety
  • Spiritual wisdom
  • Focused energy
  • Calmness
  • Royal (purple is traditionally the color of royalty!)

Wedding Symbolism: The Finch Brings Happiness, Joy, Health and a Fun Celebration to your Big Day

Photo: TopAnimalSites.net

Photo: TopAnimalSites.net

 

Weddings are full of symbolism, bringing good luck and all kinds of wonderful, positive things to a marriage. So it’s no wonder that brides choose hummingbirds, dolphins, dragonflies and all kinds of lovely symbolic motifs into their wedding invitation designs, their wedding décor, their bridal showers, and even their personal wedding websites. Each of these symbolic animals – also known as ‘totems’ in some cultures – add a touch of good luck to the couple’s happily ever after.

Right now, birds are a top trend in wedding motifs, and I’ve chosen for this new Wedding Symbolism post a pretty, bright little bird: The Finch. Here are the symbolic meanings of the Finch:

  • Appreciation
  • Diversity
  • Enjoying the Journey
  • Happiness
  • Healthful Diet
  • High Energy
  • Honoring Resources
  • Joy
  • Simplicity
  • Variety

Legend has it that finches symbolize ‘bright times ahead’ or ‘bright days on the horizon,’ which couldn’t be more perfect for a wedding.

Native American culture holds the finch as a bird of happiness, since they’re so brightly-colored, and their flight patterns are joyful, ebullient, a bouncy, joyful pattern of bobbing through the air in complete delight. As a symbol for your marriage, think ‘We won’t always go from Point A to Point B in our marriage, but we’re going to make the journey a fun, playful one.’ The lesson of the finch is this: enjoy the journey!

Native American symbolism also calls the finch a harbinger of upcoming celebration, which again fits so perfectly with a save the date card or wedding invitation – a great celebration is on the way! And looking ahead at your many years of happy marriage, even more upcoming celebrations are ahead of you. So says the finch.

Getting a little deeper, animal symbolism also calls the finch’s birdsong to be an invitation to listen to your own song, and to sing it out loud. Don’t hide your brilliance from the world.

If you’re confused about the healthful diet symbolism of the finch, here’s where it comes from: a finch’s bright color comes from the food that it eats. The healthier its diet, the more vibrant it is. So that old adage ‘You are what you eat’ is reflected in the finch, as a lesson to make healthy living a top priority in your future together, so that both of you can be bright, happy, energetic, radiant and at your best.

Since finches are known to nest in a variety of places, the symbolism for the finch is ‘make a happy home,’ or ‘thrive where you are,’ or ‘appreciate where you are in life, and make your place your own.’

Finches brighten the day of anyone who sees them, and since they’re not a rare bird, they’re pretty much visible everywhere, and very often. So show up and make someone’s day even brighter…which you and your groom will definitely do on your wedding day!

Here are some of my additional Animal Symbolism posts for your wedding décor and wedding theme planning:

Seahorse: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/wedding-symbolism-the-seahorse/

Dolphin: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/wedding-themes-the-dolphin-and-its-magical-symbolism/

Dragonfly: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/wedding-decor-symbolism-of-the-dragonfly/

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Wedding Decor: Symbolism of the Dragonfly

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Dragonflies are everywhere…particularly in decor motifs for Save the Dates, wedding invitations and programs, placecards and as themes for nature-inspired bridal showers.

Since weddings carry a great deal of symbolism from the meanings of different flowers to wearing veil, I’d like to share the symbolism of the dragonfly.

According to Animal Symbolism experts, the dragonfly represents a number of fabulous things that apply especially beautifully to the occasion of your wedding. Here’s the list:

* Dragonflies represent change, since they are creatures of the ever-changing winds. So you could say that the ever-changing winds of the future will carry you to unexpected and beautiful places.

* Dragonflies are creatures of the water, and water symbolizes the most essential element of life, as well as the subconscious, so you can expect pleasant dreams.

Other symbols attached to the dragonfly are:

* Prosperity

* Good luck

* Strength

* Peace

* Harmony

* Purity

These meanings are inspired by Native American and Asian lore, and some tribal educators say that dragonflies carry messages requiring deep thought, so ‘pay attention to your deepest wishes.’

Not to be morbid, but a dragonfly lives a short life, so it’s a reminder to live life to the fullest as well.

If you’re choosing a dragonfly for your wedding motif, or a bridal shower motif, you might be delighted to learn these symbolic meanings, and you’re always free to ascribe additional meanings to it, for your own personalization. You might think, “There are no limits to where the dragonfly can go,” and “We’ll be explorers of our world.”

I’ve got the scoop on all types of animal symbolism, so just let me know which ones you’d like to see in an upcoming post!

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