Birthstone Writing Prompt Tag

Choose a prompt based on your birthstone! Feel free to tag someone to participate as well!

Garnet

Garnets stand for Love and Friendship. With associations with the heart, blood, inner fire, and life force, garnets have long been considered symbols of love. Garnet symbolism also extends to friendship. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate. This reference makes sense as small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Fire, Friendship, Love, Passion, Pomegranate, Bravery, Adventure.

Amethyst

The gem’s purple colors represented purity of spirit. Its purplish and reddish hues represented the chastening and purifying effects of suffering. Some people believe the colors alluded to the wounds of Christ. Thus, amethysts are used to aid the healing of wounds.

The name amethyst is derived from the ancient Greek word “amethustos”. This word means sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the bearer from becoming drunk and also instills a sober or sharp mind. It was believed that if a person drank from a goblet made entirely of amethyst, they would not get drunk at all no matter how much they drank. In Greek mythology, amethyst was rock crystal dyed purple by the tears of Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. 

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Purity, Intelligence, Wine, Revelry, Healing.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is also associated with tranquility, serenity, clarity, and harmony. As the first of the spring birthstones, the sea blue crystal represents transformation and rebirth. It is said to embody youthful vitality, purity, loyalty, hope, and truth. It is also said to have oceanic healing powers.

There are a few legends surrounding this gemstone. The Romans believed that if the figure of a frog were carved on an aquamarine, it served to reconcile enemies and make them friends. The Greeks and the Romans thought the aquamarine was the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe passage across stormy seas. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Water, Sailor, Healing, Loyalty, Truth, Hope, Invisibility, Frogs, Rebirth, Reconciliation.

Diamond

Diamonds are associated with strength, love and health. Diamonds have been worn by leaders or power figures often to symbolize strength and invincibility.

Ancient Greeks named the diamond “adamas,” meaning “invincible,” “indestructible” and “untamed.” Warriors in ancient Greece wore diamonds. They did this because it was said that the stones would strengthen the warriors’ muscles and bring them invincibility.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Purity, Warrior, Strength, Invincibility, Untamed, Strong.

Emerald

The emerald has been known as a symbol of truth and love. In ancient Greece and Rome, the emerald was said to be the gemstone of the goddess Venus. Emeralds were also believed by the Egyptians to be a source of eternal life. The Chaldeans believed the stone contained a goddess. In Ancient Rome, Nero supposedly watched gladiator fights through a large transparent emerald as he found the color to be calming. In some legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail is described as being fashioned from an emerald. Many others think that the Emerald brings good luck.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Good luck, Life, Goddess, Grail, Venus.

Alexandrite

The Alexandritehas been thought to bring luck, good fortune and love. In Russia, it is considered to be a stone of good omen. It is believed to bring balance in the interaction between the physical manifest world and the astral world.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Balance, Spirituality, Fortune, Love, Healing.

Ruby

The Ruby is considered the king of gems. The ruby symbolizes love, passion, energy, and success. “A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth” is how the ruby is described in the Orient. The name ruby comes from the Latin word ruber, which means red. It is favorite gem among those in power and those in love, inspiring more emotion than almost any other stone. Some ancient cultures believed that rubies grew on trees, just like fruit. The rubies would begin budding as small white gems, and would slowly grow and ripen, turning red in the light of the sun. When the ruby was saturated with red color, it was ready to be plucked. 

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Fruit, Passion, Love, Energy, Heart, Blood.

Peridot

The Peridot is known as the “Gem of the Sun”.  This gemstone is the green color of nature and is associated with harmony, good health, restful sleep, and peacefulness. It is also known as the stone of compassion, peridot calms anger by giving renewal to all things. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Health, Sleep, Dreams, Harmony, Peace.

Sapphire

 The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. Some believe that the name sapphire is derived from its association with the planet Saturn. The name can be roughly translated to mean “dear to the planet Saturn” in numerous languages.

Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphire stones. To some religions, the blue color of the sapphire represents the heavens. Sapphires are stones of the apocalypse, and ancient lore held that the tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were written, were actually sapphire.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Sky, Blue, Apocalypse, Time, Tablet, Saturn, Ancient.

Opal

The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone,”. Then, later on in history, it came from the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.” Opals have sometimes been viewed as symbols of bad luck and bad omens but this is not true throughout all of history as the meaning of the stone varies quite a bit depending on time and location. In Asia, for example, it is seen as a symbol of hope.

And in medieval times, blonde maidens wanted a necklace made of opals, as this was considered to prevent their hair from fading or darkening. The opal was also thought to make a person invisible whenever he wished, and for that reason, it was called Patronus forum (patron of thieves).

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Thief, Iridescent, Hope, Bad Luck, Iris.

Topaz

Topaz gets its name from the Greek word topazion, which may originate from the Sanskrit tapas, meaning, “fire.” The name might also come from the name of the Egyptian island of topazos (now St Johns island) in the Red Sea. 

Most likely due to this yellow color, some believed topaz had the mystical ability to attract gold. Some think it also represents empathy and serenity. This is related to the symbolism of the brown and gold colors relating to the family and the home.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Home, Hearth, Family, Empathy, Fire, Gold.

Blue Topaz

The Blue Topaz gemstone symbolizes love as well as fidelity.  It is also associated with wisdom, communication, and finding the perfect pathways to success and opportunities.

Topaz was once was considered one of five elemental substances that would bring protection to the deities. The figure of a falcon engraved upon a topaz would bring the wearer goodwill and kindness of the powers that be. 

This gemstone is also has been said to work with ones creative energies. Topaz is also excellent for promoting concentration.

Use one or all of the following words as themes for your next writing project:

Falcons, Creativity, Concentration, Protection, Love.

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