This search was not only for the gemstones themselves (hard enough by itself) but also for the bible references, translations, and folklore surrounding them. We found references to gemstones in The Bible not only in Revelation, but also many (perhaps all) of the same stones were listed in Aaron's Breastplate of Judgement and again in Ezekiel 28.
I was amazed at the amount of folklore and legends surrounding these gems. And the controversy regarding the specific gems refered to . . .
In Exodus - no matter whose translation of the word or scripture you read - Protestant, Catholic, Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian, Babylonian or Assyrian - you will note the placement of stones in the breastplate differ - as do the names of each. The people of the Old Testament times and in Christ's day were not versed in mineralogy. There were no specific names given to gemstones as there are today. Many were named regionally, sometimes several stones were referred to by the same name. Some carried the name of the city or country of origin such as Chalcedony (Turkey). They did not analyze these favored stones by their composition or crystalline form in those days. Because of this and the many translations (and retranslations) of the Bible, we found that many of the gems can be clearly traced to modern gemstones but for others there is much controversy regarding the actual stone represented.
Despite the confusion surrounding the various names, many believe (as I do) that the gemstones listed as the Foundation Stones of the New Jerusalum are the same twelve sacred gemstones from the Mountain of GOD, "The Stones of Fire", and the same stones that are in "Aaron's BreastPlate of Judgement".
The twelve gemstones of Revelations are Jasper, Sapphire, Chalcedony, Emerald, Sardonyx, Sardius, Chrysolite, Beryl, Topaz, Chrysoprasus, Jacinth, and Amethyst.
All of the GemStones used in the necklaces and bracelets are genuine stones. The Cultured Pearls in some of the designs symbolize the Twelve Gates of The City, each carved of a single Pearl. Our designs are shown on the main page. Each necklace/bracelet is crafted individually by hand. Click on the small images to see a larger one.
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