Halloween is rooted in a Celtic tradition that marked a time when the natural and spiritual world were closest together. Traditionally, people would wear scary costumes to ward off evil spirits. Nowadays, they wear all kinds of outfits and decorate homes in creative ways. But did you also know that there are many spooky Halloween stones that can add to the festivities?
We’ll start with some ordinary gemstones you can wear yourself. There are also some pretty neat cursed diamonds and gemstones from history, which we’ll touch on later.
Orange is the most popular color for Halloween. And there are a few gemstones that can help celebrate this tradition, including:
- Hessonite Garnet: Is available in a range of burnt orange colors; it’s also bright, clear, and highly durable.
- Orange Zircon: Known for its exceptional luster, zircon comes in many shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find something to match your Halloween look.
- Orange Sapphire: Some sapphires present deep and intense shades of orange. Sapphire is respected for its quality and is often regarded with prestige.
- Spessartite Garnet: Displays an eye-catching range of oranges and autumnal colors to complement that perfect Halloween look.
- Black Tourmaline: OK, it’s not orange, but the deep blacks and polished, glassy appearance can accentuate the darkest and spookiest of outfits.
Other Spooky Halloween Stones
Spooky stones for Halloween aren’t limited to orange and black. Moonstone emits a ghostly glow and its surface has an almost liquid appearance. At one time, people thought it was created by the full moon’s light. Amethyst has a classic purple color that goes with many colorful combinations of garments for nighttime parties. And, slimy green may be associated with spooky pop culture, but the sparkling lime and hint of gold from peridot can get you close. Plus, it goes great with orange, purple, and black backgrounds.
Spooky Halloween Stones from History
The Hope Diamond
First purchased by French merchant traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in the 1600s, The Hope Diamond is believed to have come from India. In 1668, it changed hands to King Louis XIV of France, and was later passed on to King Louis XV, then King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (she was wearing it when she was beheaded). Most of the stone’s owners experienced gruesome deaths and misfortunes. When it was loaned to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958, mailman James Todd who delivered it was among them. He was injured in two car accidents shortly after (then his wife died of a heart attack and dog strangled by a leash).
Thus, it’s widely thought that The Hope Diamond is cursed.
The Regent Diamond
Stolen from an Indian mine, the 140.64-carat stone once decorated Napolean Bonaparte’s sword. It was also among the stolen Crown Jewels of France in 1792. The stone was later owned by Marie Antoinette. The Regent Diamond is currently found at the Louvre.
Although it’s a pearl, La Peregrina originated near Panama in the mid-16th century and is associated with misfortunates as severe as some of the spookiest diamonds. It was handed over to Spain and then to Queen Mary I of England. Mary wore the gemstone at every one of the many executions held during her reign. Hence, her nickname Bloody Mary. Her and husband King Philip II of Spain were notorious for their rocky relationship. The stone is believed to ruin the love lives of anyone who wears it. Below is Elizabeth Taylor, famed actress and former owner of La Peregrina. Over her lifetime Elizabeth was married 8 times, after her death La Peregrina was sold for $11.8 million at auction.
Other notables include The Delhi Purple Sapphire, which is thought to inflict devastation and despair. The Black Prince’s Ruby (a cabochon spinel) has been stolen several times throughout history, and the Koh-i-Noor Diamond is associated with assassinations, poisonings, invasions, and civil wars.
Contact Jeweler’s Touch
Are you looking for diamonds and colored gemstones to wear for Halloween or any special occasion? Jeweler’s Touch has many different gems and can help you find what you want and need. We also offer engagement and wedding rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets. Custom design services are available. To learn more, browse our online catalog and educational resources, or make an appointment at our Brea store. We can also be reached at 714-579-1616.