Ever since gemstones were first found humans have been using them for all sorts of purposes.  The most obvious is for decoration; we're still making and wearing gemstone jewellery today.  Gemstones were also used to denote status as only the wealthiest members of society could afford them; in some cultures certain gems were reserved for royalty and other social elites.  Mythology and superstition were also firmly tied to gemstones, with aquamarine used to bring luck to sailors on long voyages at sea and citrine for financial success.  One other ancient use of gemstones that have pervaded into the present day is as cosmetic products.

 

Cleopatra has many tales involving gemstones associated with her, the most well-known being the time she dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it as a display of wealth.  She was also said to bathe in water infused with gold and rose quartz.  Gemstones like malachite were crushed and mixed with animal fats to make an ancient form of eye-shadow, while rubies were crushed to make shimmering lip pigments.

 

We're not suggesting you take your jewellery and crush it into beauty products, but in the modern world we have diamond and pearl facials where powdered stones are used to exfoliate and brighten the skin.  Pearls contain a high level of glutathione, an antioxidant which is said to reduce sun spots and other signs of ageing.  Gemstone infused cosmetics are having something of a renaissance at the moment and products like peridot infused lip balms and face creams are quite popular among those looking for something new to add to their skincare routine.

 

Amethyst is one of the most useful gemstones, associated with lots of positive and cleansing qualities.  Amethyst body polishes help improve the circulation and the look of the skin, but it is also linked to the crown chakra and mental clarity, so by wearing the stone and using it in your skincare routine you can help your emotional balance too.

 

Jade is a stone that is often found in the wellness industry, very often in the form of jade skin rollers that are used to massage and stimulate the layers of your skin and into the muscle below.  It is used to purify and strengthen the skin – jade face rollers can help tone muscles and enhance the contours of your face without make up.  The smooth, cool surface of a jade roller helps to awaken muscles and reach deep into the tissues to improve their outward appearance, while it also stimulates the lymphatic system, encouraging toxins to leave the body.  Jade rollers have been used for thousands of years, so this isn't a new trend, but one which has endured many centuries of tried and tested success.

 

Our jewellery is the perfect finishing touch to every outfit, but we all know there's much more to looking great than clothes and jewellery.  These are the routines and products that enhance your natural beauty, and what better way to serve that natural beauty than to use natural gemstones in your skincare routine?