Rachel uses creative and unexpected color combinations in her designs to uplift, inspire and remind us of life’s beauty. Her exquisite new jewelry line of gemstones, crystals and vibrantly colored minerals has that same exhilarating spirit and quality. Brimming with striking designs inspired from nature, her gemstone designs are to be treasured and collected for years to come. Rachel Roy Jewelry is alluring, elegant and uniquely classic. She encourages individual style by mixing and matching her designs of favorite gems—Citrine, Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Cultured Pearls, Amethyst, Prasiolite, Sapphire, Morganite and Chrome Diopside—
ABOUT THE GEMSTONES
Deeply steeped in history and lore, ancient cultures believed amethyst had protective and curative powers; it was closely associated with spirituality, faith, and wisdom. It was even thought to prevent drunkenness. In fact, its name comes from the Greek and means not drunk. Because of this, Amethyst is said to bring groundedness, tranquility, and calm. For centuries amethyst was reserved for the rich and the royal. Its deepest shades call to mind the power of "old money" and the sophistication of the wealthy. Amethyst is one of the better-known members of the quartz family. Color can range from soft lilac to intense purple or violet. Sources include Brazil, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Uruguay, the USA, and Zambia.
Element: Air, Water
Chakras: Third Eye, Crown
Zodiac: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo
Blue Topaz: December
London blue topaz is a darker-blue tone of the topaz family. During the Middle Ages, topaz was invested with many powers. It was believed that it could strengthen the mind and prevent death. It was once recommended as a cure for madness as well as a talisman to increase wisdom and prudence. Many believed that it could cool a bad temper and boiling water. In mythology, topaz is portrayed as a gem of peace and healing. It was first found by the Romans over two millennia ago on the Island of Topazios in the Red Sea. The gem was also worshipped in old Egypt, where it was said to hold mystical powers given by the sun god Ra. In South America, many tribes believed topaz could dispel sickness when the moon was full. The Blue Topaz also symbolizes love as well as fidelity. Blue Topaz originates from the old Sanskrit 'Tapas' meaning fire.
Chakras: Throat, Third Eye, Crown
Zodiac: Sagittarius, Virgo
The yellow to orange hued Citrine dates all the way back to the Medieval Celts and Scots. They believed that citrine pendants would protect them against the plague, bad skin, and evil thoughts. Medieval Scots even believed that citrine would heal snake bites from Scotland’s only venomous snake, the Adder. In the 17th century, Scottish men would use citrine on the handles of their swords and daggers. In 1556, citrine’s name changed from ‘yellow quartz’ to what it is known today. Citrine is formed next to its sister stone, amethyst. Citrine is a member of the quartz family, the second most abundant mineral found on earth. The quartz crystals that form amethyst or smoky quartz are turned into citrine by heat from nearby magma activity. Citrine is an unusual crystal in that it is believed to transmute rather than absorb negative energy, so it does not need to be cleared like most crystals. Which is why it is used in Feng Shui. It is said to encourage balanced emotions and calm feelings, and is even recommended to help with digestive issues because it's connected to the solar plexus chakra. Citrine is also known as the Merchant’s Stone, due to its ability to transmute energies quickly and easily, facilitating transfers of energy from one to another.
Zodiac: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra
Kunzite is a glassy stone that is naturally pale pink in color. It can also be found in colorless form and in lilac and yellowish green varieties. In 1902 that a Tiffany and Co. mineralogist by the name of George Frederick Kunz first thoroughly described kunzite. The gem was originally discovered in Connecticut, but the first large deposit was found in the San Diego area of California. Kunz determined this gemstone was an existing crystal family called spodumene, but the unique pinkish to purple color had been previously unrecognized, making kunzite unique. The next year, in 1903, a chemistry professor named kunzite in honor of Mr. Kunz. Kunzite is associated with the meaning of love and devotion. A joyful stone, kunzite is believed to open and connect the heart with the mind, encouraging communion between two. While wearing kunzite, it is thought you are better able to experience and reciprocate love. Kunzite is also believed to help heal heartache and calm nerves.
Chakras: Heart, Crown
Zodiac: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio
Moldavite: A stone born of the stars, therefore belonging to all of the signs.
“The Stone of Transformation”, Moldavite is from outer space, formed by the collision of a meteorite on the Earth’s surface. The meteor and surrounding area instantly vaporized, leaving nothing behind. The gases from this event entered the atmosphere and become solid, returning to the Earth in a harsh, glassy rain. From this ancient impact comes Moldavite, a unique bottle green gem that only comes from the Moldau River Valley of the Czech Republic. A very healing crystal, many believe, because of Moldavite’s extraterrestrial origins, it holds a very high-frequency vibration. Moldavite can be incredibly intense for some users. However, once your vibration is raised to match that of Moldavite – negative energies cannot cling to or invade your electromagnetic field.
Chakra: Crown, Third Eye, Heart
Zodiac: All sun signs
Morganite: October, November
In 1911, morganite was discovered in Madagascar and was quickly hailed as an exciting gem alternative to pink tourmaline and kunzite. Around the same time, morganite was also found in San Diego County in southern California. These discoveries triggered a keen interest in collectors and jewelers, including George F. Kunz, Tiffany & Co.s chief gemologist/buyer, and J.P. Morgan.Morganite, the sister stone to emerald and aquamarine, did not always have a special name. For many years morganite was known simply as pink beryl. Regarded as an exciting new gem alternative to pink sapphire, pink tourmaline and kunzite, it was Tiffany’s celebrated gemologist, George Frederick Kunz who renamed this unique gemstone morganite. By selecting this name, he paid tribute to New York banker and personal benefactor, JP Morgan, John Pierpont Morgan who was also a great admirer and collector of gemstones. Morganite owes its pastel coloring to the presence of manganese. Morganite is believed to encourage love, patience and enhance communication skills as well as bring about the brighter side of life. Morganite is said to promote peace, calm and relaxation. The limited availability of morganite cannot sustain high market demands and intensive mining could quickly deplete existing resources. Two major sources of morganite are Brazil and Madagascar, though other notable sources include Afghanistan, China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia and the United States.
Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewelry was considered the ultimate status symbol. ... According to legend, Cleopatra crushed a pearl into a glass of wine to prove to Marc Antony that she could give the most expensive dinner in history. During the Dark Ages, maidens of nobility were adorned in delicate pearl necklaces, knights often wore pearls into battle. They believed the magic of these gems would protect them from harm. The Renaissance saw the royal courts of Europe awash in pearls. Because pearls were so highly regarded, a number of European countries actually passed laws forbidding anyone but the nobility to wear them. The pearl is a symbol of perfection and incorruptibility; it is a symbol of long life and fertility, and because of its luster it is often considered a MOON symbol. Buried within the OYSTER shell, the pearl represents hidden knowledge, and it is highly feminine.
Element: Water, Earth
Chakras: Root, Heart, Third Eye
Zodiac: Gemini, Cancer
Prasiolite: Februrary, August
Prasiolite is a transparent to translucent quartz variety, usually produced from amethyst. A pastel green this variety of quartz is a soft color. Sometimes incorrectly referred to as "green amethyst" or "lime citrine," Prasiolite is an stunning gem in that it looks beautiful in large sizes with high transparency and great durability. One of the folkloric attributes of prasiolite is that it fosters compassion. This stone encourages self-acceptance and self-honor, it ignites love and brings spiritual ideals into everyday life.
Chakras: Heart, Crown
Zodiac: Capricorn, Scorpio
Rhodochrosite: September, October
Rhodochrosite is a minor ore of manganese. Manganese gives rhodochrosite its red color. It is commonly a rose-red color but can vary in shades of pink to light brown. Incas considered rhodochrosite the fossilized blood of their ancesters/leaders. This is why it is sometimes called "pink Inca". Rhodochrosite has many remedial attributes. It has been said to be able to reduce anxiety and stress, negative attitudes towards oneself, and painful emotions from the past. It stimulates activity, compassion, and understanding, helps stabilize emotions, and has long been known as a remedy for lung disorders and digestive problems. Rhodochrosite is believed to stone promote overall harmony. It is made of carbonate manganese deposits with some iron traces, calcium, magnesium, zinc, cobalt and cadmium. The manganese dissolves in water when it infiltrates in the earth and forms mainly after with carbonate, very often under the form of stalactites in caves. Notable occurrences are in Romania and at Butte, Montana, and Leadville, Colorado, in the United States. In Argentina, it is considered as the national stone. It is also the official stone of the state of Colorado in the USA.
Chakras: Heart, Solar Plexus, Root
Zodiac: Leo, Scorpio, Cancer
Russian Chrome Diopside: May
In 1988, rumors of a momentous new green gem from Russia started circulating in the trade. Dealers who saw this material when it first surfaced in Europe raved about its deep color green that did not need to be heated to be the brilliant green hue. After the Berlin Wall fell and dealers began exploring the new possibilities for marketing Russian gems, the rush was on. Since then the new gem has been granted class one export status among Russia's mineral resources, a ranking that includes Diamond, Emerald, and Alexandrite. The recently-discovered gemstone chrome diopside, gets its mesmerizing deep green, from the mineral chromium. Chrome diopside is mined almost exclusively in the mountains of Siberia, Russia during the months of June – August only because the other months are too frigid to mine. It ranges in color from light, bright green to almost black, with color growing darker as the gem size increases. Diopside is believed to be a creative stone, increasing creative visualization and helping to manifest desired goals. It has also been said that it can improve the wearer's intellect, particularly with regards to mathematical and analytical abilities. It is said if you do not care for meditating, lie down with a chrome diopsode gemstone placed on your chest and relax allowing its power to penetrate through the heart chakras.
Zodiac: Pisces, Gemini, Virgo
Sister stone to the Ruby. Pink sapphires are made up of the mineral corundum that is colored by trace elements of chromium, this is how they get their color. If the chromium content is high then you get a deeper red color, which in turn makes the stone a ruby. Sapphire was believed that it could protect kings from harm and envy; it is a symbol of trust, faithfulness, nobility, and royalty. The ancient Persians believed sapphire to be a chip off the pedestal on which the earth balances. Pink Sapphires symbolize trust, loyalty and sincerity. They’re also believed to carry good fortune and intense love. The earliest accounts of sapphire engagement rings – given by bridegrooms as tokens of their sincere intentions – date back to Ancient Rome. In medieval Europe, sapphires were worn as talismans. In India they were believed to cure scorpion bites if mixed with water. The leading producer of natural pink sapphires is Madagascar. Pink sapphires were considered incredibly rare prior to the 1990s when the Madagascar mines were discovered.
Chakras: Throat, Third Eye
Zodiac: Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius
Turquoise was among the first gemstones ever mined. The oldest mines are in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. One sat near an ancient temple dedicated to Hathor, the Greek goddess of love and joy who was worshiped as a protector in the desert and as the patron saint of mining. Egyptians called turquoise mefkat, which meant “joy” and “delight.” Ancient Persians decorated extensively with turquoise, often engraving it with Arabic script. Believing turquoise guaranteed protection, Persians adorned their daggers and horses’ bridles with it. Turquoise covered palace domes because its sky-blue color represented heaven. This later inspired the use of turquoise in buildings like the Taj Mahal. Meanwhile, pre-Columbian Native Americans mined the turquoise gemstone throughout the present-day southwestern United States. Shamans used it in sacred ceremonies to commune with the spirit of the sky. Apache Indians believed that attaching turquoise to bows (and later, firearms) improved a hunter’s accuracy. Turquoise became valuable in Native American trade, which carried North American material toward South America. Consequently, Aztecs cherished turquoise for its protective power and used it on ceremonial masks, knives, and shields. The turquoise-studded silver jewelry that’s commonly associated with Native Americans today originated in the 1880s, when a trader convinced a Navajo craftsman to transform a silver coin into turquoise jewelry. Copper gives turquoise its range of blue hues while iron is responsible for its green colors. Turquoise is said to bring good fortune and happiness to those who wear it.
Element: Earth, Air, Fire
Chakras: Throat, Third Eye
Zodiac: Scorpio, Sagittarius, Pisces
Radiant zircon is the oldest known gemstone, with some crystals dating back 4 billion years, but also perhaps the most misunderstood. Unfortunately, due to the similarity of zircon's name to the lab created diamond simulant cubic zirconia, many people don't realize that zircon is a beautiful, naturally occurring stone with its own merits. Thanks to its tremendous fire and dispersion, it has been considered a less-expensive stand-in for diamond for many years, although zircon gives us many reasons to sing its praises and appreciate it in its own light. Marbode, in the 11th century, wrote that zircon was an excellent amulet for travelers and would ensure safety, rest and a warm welcome at the end of a journey. Some later cultures attributed the stone with lending prudence in practical things (linked thereby to financial success), and providing protection from lightning. In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honor, and wisdom. Zircon is said to make up the leaves of the sacred wish-fulfilling Kalpavriksha tree in the Hindu religion. Zircon was a particular favorite in Victorian times, when fine gems were often featured in English estate jewelry dating from the 1880s. Gemologist George Kunz—Tiffany’s famed gem buyer—was a notable zircon advocate. He once proposed the name “starlite” to promote the gem’s fiery nature. The name never caught on. A natural gemstone with a high refractive index and strong dispersion, is available in a broad color range - yellow, brown, orange, red, violet, green, blue, and colorless.
Chakras: Crown, Throat, Root, Sacral
Zodiac: Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius