Priyanka is passionate about gemstones, hand-selecting each stone for its outstanding beauty and soul. A gemstone will always evoke an immediate emotional response, and it will tell you if it is meant for you. In India, it is believed that precious gemstones are linked to the planets, which in turn affect your fate and fortune. Ayva’s collections reveal those old world mysteries shrouded with secrets. Her passion for colored gemstones, leads her and her husband to travel to exotic and thrilling destinations in search of the most extraordinary gemstones with special qualities, often revealing overlooked gems whose depth of color and unique characteristics attract the intuitive wearer.
In ancient times the diamond was a symbol of courage, its name from the Greek ‘adamas’ meaning ‘invincible’, aka “King of Gems”. Formed by carbon atoms, diamonds are the hardest natural substance found on earth. Diamond is the only gem made of a single element: It is typically about 99.95 percent carbon. The other 0.05 percent can include one or more trace elements, which are atoms that aren’t part of the diamond’s essential chemistry. Some trace elements can influence its color or crystal shape. Diamond is a powerful love stone. It bonds relationships and enhances love. It generates longevity and honesty of relationships.
Diamond is a stone that is used to bring energies of longevity, balance, clarity, intensity, success, and abundance. It also brings eternity, purity, and high frequency energy.
In the gem trade, Sapphire without any color prefix refers to the blue variety of the mineral Corundum. The name Sapphire derives from Greek ‘sappheiros’ meaning blue, yet sapphires come in a wide array of colors including pink, yellow, orange, white, purple, grey, black and green. Sapphire is a gem quality variety of the mineral corundum – aluminum oxide that crystallized into gemstones with the presence of small amounts of other elements, especially iron and chrome that are responsible for the color. A ruby-red sapphire colored by chrome is actually a Ruby. Sapphires are the second hardest substance on earth after diamond. In times of antiquity and the Middle Ages, the term sapphire actually referred to lapis lazuli but in the early 19th century, the description and definition of sapphire was changed to what we know today.
Throughout history Sapphire has symbolized truth, loyalty and protection.
Tourmaline is the most colorful of all gemstones. It occurs in all colors, but pink, red, green, blue and multicolored are its most well known gem colors. Scientifically, tourmaline is not a single mineral, but a group of minerals related in their physical and chemical properties. The mineral Elbaite is the member of the Tourmaline group that is responsible for almost all the gem varieties. Tourmaline is the gemological name for an important group of complex gem-quality boron silicate minerals. Its name is thought to be derived from the Sinhalese word ‘turamali’ or ‘stone with mixed colors’ as tourmaline can be found in all colors of the rainbow from brown, yellow, pinks to blues. Most red, pink and brown to yellow tourmaline is colored by manganese, while iron and titanium can result in greenish to bluish-black colors. The rare emerald-green tourmaline is colored by chromium (and sometimes vanadium).
Tourmaline has been known since antiquity in the Mediterranean region with the Dutch importing it in 1703 from Sri Lanka to Western and Central Europe. Tourmaline is also the national gemstone for the United States, where it has been mined for centuries. Tourmaline is said to be a powerful detoxification stone that invites positive energy.
Amethyst is one of the most popular gemstones, and has been considered valuable since ancient times. Its name derives from the Greek “amethystos”, which means “not drunken”, as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness. Amethyst was once highly regarded among the precious gemstones like Ruby and Emerald, but discoveries of huge Amethyst deposits since the 1800’s have made Amethyst fairly inexpensive and very obtainable. Amethyst colors range from light to dark purple, and the transparent deep purple colors are the most highly regarded.
Amethyst is considered to be a powerful and protective stone, protecting the wearer from all kinds of harm. Its also said to activate spiritual awareness, open intuition and enhance psychic abilities.
In ancient times, Southeast Asia’s mines yielded exceptional large spinel crystals, which became the treasured property of kings and emperors, often passing through many hands as spoils of war. Spinel crystals are so perfect, in Burma they are said to be “nat thwe” or “polished by the spirits.”
Spinel comes in a variety of colors, but the most commercially important are red and pink. Mauve- or lilac-colored spinel’s are also attractive, and some blue spinel colors can be intense.
Spinel is a stone that can bring high energy to all efforts and all realms. Spinel is used to attract money, wealth and prosperity.
Aquamarine, like Emerald is a member of the beryl family. The name ‘aquamarine’ was derived from Latin ‘aqua marina’ or ‘water of the sea. Aquamarine can range in color from light blue to bluish green to a very rare deep blue. Aquamarine has excellent clarity and transparency compared to many other similar gems. While emerald is colored by trace amounts of chromium (and vanadium), aquamarine color is the result of iron impurities within colorless beryl crystal.
Aquamarine is the stone of balance, harmony and protection especially when travelling.
Named for its moon-like sheen, Moonstone is a Feldspar mineral exhibiting a soft, watery opaqueness and a silvery-white reflection called chatoyancy that changes on the surface with light. Moonstone comes in a variety of delicate sheens from peach, blues and greys.
Since ancient times, Moonstone has been linked to the magic of the moon. Moonstone is considered a sacred stone in India with a special significance for lovers, and is a traditional wedding gift there. It was a popular choice for jewelers in the Art Nouveau period, and in Europe was believed to reconcile estranged lovers and to cure sleeplessness.
Moonstone is known as the Traveler’s Stone for the protection it affords, especially at night, and because of its uplifting quality of hope, has long been worn as a talisman to enhance the personality.
Tanzanite is named after the East African state of Tanzania, discovered only in 1967 and is a gem variety of Zoisite. Its color ranges from pure blue to purplish-blue. Due to its popularity, Tanzanite is becoming increasingly rare and expensive and is particularly highly prized because it is found in only one place in the world.
Tanzanite is called a “stone of magic” that helps with spiritual awareness and psychic insight. It is also sometimes called the “workaholic’s stone”. This is because it helps you slow down and take it easy.
Tsavorite, discovered in the late 1960s in Tsavo, Kenya, is a form of Grossular garnet and is often mistaken for Emerald due to its deep green colour that comes from exposure to chromium and vanadium deep within the earth. In fact, it is clearer, more brilliant and more durable than Emerald. Larger Tsavorite specimens are almost non-existent which is why we usually only see Tsavorite in smaller sizes.
Tsavorite is a rare stone and today only has 4 small mines in production in Africa. Tsavorite garnet is thought to provide its wearer with strength, vitality and positivity.