Gemstone Rings and Earrings to Put Under the Christmas Tree 

December 1, 2014 | By More

Gemstone rings and earrings are a welcome gift under any Christmas tree. But, do you know how the Christmas tree came to be?

While there are several legends about Martin Luther being the first to decorate an evergreen tree for Christmas, it’s more likely that that the Christmas tree originated as a prop in medieval plays. By the late Middle Ages, “paradise trees” were used in plays celebrating the nativity, which incorporated the story of creation. At the time, Christmas Eve was observed as the feast day of Adam and Eve, and these trees were hung with fruit to represent the Garden of Eden.

Cushion-Cut Garnet and Diamond Ring, 14K White Gold

When these plays were banned in many locations in the 16th century, people began setting up trees in their homes. These early Christmas trees were known as “paradises” and were often hung with round pastry wafers symbolizing the Eucharist. In the two centuries to follow, this custom gained popularity, and was often accompanied by a shelf bearing candles, one for each family member. Eventually, these candles were placed on the tree, a tradition which foreshadowed the modern used of electric lights.

While some clergy complained that these trees took the focus off of Christ, the “true evergreen,” this practice endured. The Christmas tree came to America with German and Dutch immigrants, and the United States soon embraced the custom.

Today, the evergreen tree remains a meaningful choice to represent the life that Christ gives. Even in the darkest time of year, a green Christmas tree adorned with lights is a reminder that Jesus is the Light of the World.

1 Carat Art Deco Peridot Engagement Ring, 14K White Gold

The glimmer of Christmas lights reflects beautifully off of gemstones of all colors and gemstone rings are always welcome finds under

any Christmas tree. The Cushion-Cut Garnet and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold would look particularly beautiful against the glow of holiday lights. This undeniably sophisticated ring features a 1.30 carat cushion-cut garnet that adds a welcome splash of rich crimson to the wearer’s finger. A total of 30 diamonds frame this stone and stud the slender band, creating a style that glimmers from every angle.

If you’re seeking a vintage touch, consider the 1 Carat Art Deco Peridot Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold. A gleaming lotus flower opens up, like the bow on a Christmas package, to reveal a lively 1 carat round peridot, while a motif of leaves and swirls renders the band that holds it far from ordinary.

Emerald Stud Earrings, 14K White GoldGemstone stud earrings also make excellent gifts, adding bursts of colors in timeless styles. For example, Apples of Gold’s Emerald Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold add a festive, classic touch to any Christmas ensemble, and they’ll be enjoyed for years to come. Choose from several stone sizes for just the right amount of pop.

Any gemstone ring or pair of earrings would be a welcome and meaningful surprise under the tree. As Christmas lights reflects off of gemstone jewelry, they create a picture of the way we are to reflect the Light of the World.

 

 

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