Gemstone Legends

Ammolite Specimen. Photo Credit: Rock Hounds.


Legend of the Syamantaka Mani
The East Indian legend of how one man caught the attention of the gods and received the gift of the world's most magnificent diamond.

The Legend of Umina & Fura and the Emerald Mountains
One of the most intriguing legends of the emerald's birth.

The Gemstone Legends of Ceylon
The story of Sinbad's exciting voyage to Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Discover the mysteries and excitement of The Pearl of India and Adam's Peak, as well as several other notable legends of the wealth of the island.

The Butterfly Lovers
The haunting tale of two lovers bound together by love and honor, but separated by culture and tradition. This is the Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet.

Peridot: The Gift of the Goddess Pele
The legend of the accidental gifts of Hawaii's fiery goddess, Pele.

St. Valentine, Amethysts, and Valentine's Day
Explore the connection between the saint, the stone, and the holiday we all love to love.

Opal's Bad Rap: Superstitions of the 19th and 20th Centuries
How modern-day superstitions surrounding the gemstone opal developed and took hold, before the advent of social media.

The Blackfoot Legend of Ammolite
A brief account of how an ancient gemstone saved a people from winter famine.

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