Monday, October 12, 2015

Gemstone Names - Part One

I've recently been introduced to Cartoon Network's fairly new TV show, Steven Universe, about a boy named Steven who teams up with the Crystal Gems to save the world (in a nutshell)! It's a great show about friendship, family, young love, relationships, and being true to yourself (again, in a nutshell). The main Crystal Gems in the show are Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl - so I was inspired to make a post about gemstone (and mineral) names!

Since there are so many cool options, I'll be splitting up the gemstone and mineral names over three days. I also won't be splitting them up by gender, since many are unisex. 

Let's begin!

I included this name because of its connection to Alex, Alexander, and Alexis. This gemstone is associated with creativity and is considered a good omen - not a bad "meaning" at all! It could be a cool way to get the nickname Alex but keep a unique full name. It's also one of the birthstones for June.

This incredibly popular gem name peaked in the 1980's and is on its way back down. So it may be considered unique today, but many kids will recognize it as a "mom name". Amber is associated with healing and protection, and it's soft golden-orange color is beautiful for a summer or fall baby.

This name seems perfectly poised to pose as a prénom (sorry, but the alliteration was too enticing). It's similar in sound to Amy, Amanda, and Amelia, and connects via color to Violet and Indigo. It's the birthstone for February, and its history associates it with royalty and as an antidote to intoxication (who knew?)

Cards on the table - I originally included this name because of my love for The Fox and the Hound. After some thought, however, I think it could definitely work for a human child. It's not far from Connor, Cooper, or Carter, and the color is divine. The metal is associated with money and positive relationships - love and friendship, for example. The only drawback I've heard is the connection to a nickname for police officers, but even that slang term has died down quite a bit - and I think Copper could honor a cop in the family!

Recently used as the name of Nemo's mom in Finding Nemo, I think Coral could make a cool comeback (it's been at the bottom of the top 1000 list since the 1930's). It's close to Cora, or even as a Carol honorific? It's associated with meditation and visualization, and the ocean feeling might be perfect for a baby born by the sea.

This name immediately conjures up the feelings of luxury, wealth and power. The name comes from the Greek for "invincible". This name might not be totally accessible, but the cute nickname Dia will tone it down. Diamonds are also the April birthstone.

Growing up, this was one of my favorite stones - probably because of its similar sound to Emily! It will fit right in with Emma and Emerson too. The Latin variation Esmeralda is also well known. The stone is associated with "successful love", and it's the May birthstone.

Stay tuned for the next installment!

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