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JEWELLERY BELIEFS

Thai people have long believed that the nine gemstones, which include ruby, moonstone, zircon, emerald, yellow sapphire, diamond, blue sapphire, garnet and chrysoberyl, or “Nopparat” are symbol of the nine celestial bodies. These gems are highly regarded by the people due to the auspicious power they are said to hold within. They are believed to bestow great fortune on the owners. Therefore, these nine gems are of frequent use for religious and royal embellishments such as on Buddha images, the royal tonsure ceremony’s apparatuses and the kings’ personal insignias, as well as royal decorations given to particular individuals on the contribution they have made for the community.
ruby

Ruby

Success and power
diamond

Diamond

Greatness and victory
pearl

Moonstone

Peace and joy
zircon

Zircon

Wealth and prosperity
garnet

Garnet

Well-being and long life
sapphire

Blue Sapphire

Compassion and kindness
chrysoberyl

Chrysoberyl (Cat’s Eye)

Protection and safety
topaz

Yellow Sapphire

Charm and affection
emerald

Emerald

Faith and courage
ruby

Ruby

Success and power
Ruby: Success and power
The name ruby is derived from the Latin word ruber and subsequently rubinus, both of which mean ‘red.’ Ruby has enjoyed exceptional popularity throughout the ages as the most valuable gemstone and can be described as the king of gems. In ancient times, the ruby was a symbol of success and power. Often mounted on an emperor’s crown and sword, many believed the ruby could bring power, mental strength, and victory in battle. Furthermore, due to beliefs that rubies also symbolize love, compassion, wealth, and empathy, the gemstone is also often mounted on engagement rings.
• Ruby is the gemstone of choice for those born in July or the Year of the Ox.
diamond

Diamond

Greatness and victory
The Diamond is a symbol of greatness and victory. It promises to bring wealth to its wearer, aid in their sleep by protecting them from nightmares, protect and grant them victory over their enemies as well as the power to calmly address problems. This gemstone is the perfect spark for those lacking in confidence and courage as well as anyone who is lethargic, apathetic, or disinterested in matters around them.
• Diamond is the gemstone of choice for those born in April or the Year of the Snake.
pearl

Moonstone

Peace and joy
Moonstone stands out with its glimmering appearance. Having earned its name from the smooth and glittering white-blue, moonlike surface, moonstones are said to grant their wearers peace and joy while also protecting women and young children from harm and lending balance in yin and yang forces. They are gemstones that bring good luck to the wearer.
• Moonstone is the gemstone of choice for those born in June or the Years of the Ox and the Goat.
zircon

Zircon

Wealth and prosperity
The word zircon comes from the Arabian word ‘zarkun.’ Most zircon gemstones found in the market today are azure in color, and many believe that these stones can chase away demons and bring gifts of wealth, prosperity, fame, and intelligence to their wearers. In ancient times, zircon was regarded as a gemstone of luck and often featured in superstitious rituals. Some say a zircon changing its color is a word of warning to the wearer.
• Zircon is the gemstone of choice for those born in December or the Year of the Tiger.
garnet

Garnet

Well-being and long life
The name garnet means ‘seed from a red pomegranate’ and is derived from the Latin word ‘granatus.’ It is believed that the garnet is a symbol of longevity, love, and good health. The holder of this gemstone will be able to overcome obstacles in their relationships, and the stone can act as a ward against demons and spirits to prolong the wearer’s life. As a piece of jewellery, garnets can bring good luck and wealth.
• Garnet is the gemstone of choice for those born in January or the Years of the Rat and the Chicken.
sapphire

Blue Sapphire

Compassion and kindness
With a name originating from either the Persian word ‘saffir’ or the Greek word ‘sappheiros,’ both of which mean ‘blue,’ the blue sapphire represents sincerity, stability, and a protective ward for the wearer. It brings about a good life full of bright and positive energy. Some believe that blue sapphire can calm down the heat of anger as its color symbolizes calmness.
• Blue sapphire is the gemstone of choice for those born in September.
chrysoberyl

Chrysoberyl (Cat’s Eye)

Protection and safety
Often known as the cat’s eye gemstone, chrysoberyl is believed to be a gemstone that protects its wearers while also bringing about fame and honor. Some say the gem itself is like a third eye that allows the wearer to better foresee future events, chase away evil spirits, and enhance their influence, fame, and success in life. As a gemstone of the gods, chrysoberyl can keep its wearer safe from all sorts of dangers.
• Chrysoberyl is the gemstone of choice for those born in November or in the Years of the Rabbit, Dragon, and Pig.
topaz

Yellow Sapphire

Charm and affection
Yellow sapphire is a variety of corundum like ruby and blue sapphire. A yellow stone that matches up well with the natural skin color of Thai wearers, yellow sapphire is said to be a symbol of friendship, enhancing the wearer’s ability to effectively communicate while also strengthening their influence and powers of creativity. It also brings about good fortune as well as a calmness for dealing with various situations. Once made into a ring or a pendant, the stone attracts good luck and wealth as well as intelligence, courage, and joy.
• Yellow sapphire is the gemstone of choice for those born in November or the Year of the Monkey.
emerald

Emerald

Faith and courage
Known in Greek as ‘smaragdos,’ which means ‘green,’ the emerald is a symbol of faith and courage. Ancients believed the stone could chase away one’s troubles, improve romantic relationships, and bring joy, peace, and unity to people as well as a chemical balance in one’s body.
• Emerald is the gemstone of choice for those born in May or the Year of the Dog.