Masterfully crafted a pair of vintage or antique cufflinks is always a visual feast and a captivating story of skillful craftsmen’s creativity behind it. Besides the workmanship, the cufflinks value is obviously also determined by the materials they’re made of. Today we want to take a look at the medicinal qualities and symbolism as an added value of these materials, or the gems to be precise.
Look at the Cufflinks’ Gems Color
For centuries, gem’s color has had a symbolic meaning, and stones were always recommended for special purposes or to solve particular issues. For instance, red colored stones were commonly used as remedies for inflammation and bleeding, provided a calming influence and even remove anger. Yellow stones were thought to cure liver-related illnesses and especially bilious disorders (liver dysfunction). Green stones were generally used as ailment eye diseases.
During medieval times it was also believed that blue stones are able to calm the spirits of darkness and boost one’s confidence. And every black stone was believed to bring death to one’s immediate family members. Interestingly, this was true to every culture throughout the human history.
Wear Your Cufflinks In Accordance With The Season
Now that we covered certain symbolism associated with the germs commonly set in vintage and antique cufflinks, let’s take a look at the gems connection to the four seasons. For example, it was commonly believed that amethyst, green diamond, chrysoberyl, spinel (rubicelle), pink topaz, olivine (peridot), and emerald are the gems of the Spring.
If you feel like winter just wouldn’t end, opt for cufflinks with zircon, garnet (demantoid), chrysoberyl (alexandrite), spinel, ruby, or fire opal to lighten your mood and ward-off cold weather blues. All these gems were associated with summer and lightheartedness.
In a fall opt for hyacinth, topaz, sapphire, jacinth, cairngorm, adamantine spar, tourmaline, oriental chrysolite–also known as gems of the Autumn. And if crisp sharpness, focus is your thing, opt for the gems of the Winter: Diamond, rock-crystal, white sapphire, turquoise, quartz, moonstone, pearl, labradorite.
Not Feeling Well? Your Cufflinks To the Rescue
Besides the aesthetics and symbolism, gems has also been known for their medical uses and each individual craftsmen would choose gems for their work based on the client preference and also health condition. Gemstones in jewelry pieces, including cufflinks were worn in order to prevent certain diseases and illnesses. So much so, that it was important that different stones were worn on different parts of the body in order to achieve that healing effect.
A few centuries back, the indispensable materials that should be present and offered in every good reputable pharmacy included: Jacinth, sapphire, hematite, coral, jasper, emerald, topaz, and of course pearls.
Digging in still further, in the sixteenth century some rare gems were used in all tonics prescribed to protect the patients against the effects of poisons and the vicious plague. For example, ruby, jacinth, sardonyx, emerald, garnet, and coral were common ingredients. These were used alongside silver water (several pieces of high quality silver were placed in a water jar, left there for several hours, then removed from the water and the patients would drink the water to prevent cholera. By the way, jokes aside, today’s scientists recently discovered that silver water does indeed has the ability to detoxify one’s body and even kill common viruses and bacteria.
So it seems the ancients knew full well something we’re only discovering today. The pieces of jewelry, including cufflinks, were aesthetically pleasing, served garment securing functionality and could cure some illness along the way.