Beestonite – a gem of an idea with many facets
Christmas is on its way – bringing what gifts? Jewellery twinkling in shop windows, lures in the present-buyers.
Each stone carries its symbolism: amber for warmth, wellbeing and nurture; amazonite for truth, harmony and peace.
Whether science or sorcery, we love to give things meaning and symbolism – and the study of gems is undeniably a fascinating topic.
We have, on our student body, the youngest ever member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain: Gem-A.
She is well on her way to becoming a registered gemologist, but I wonder what she would make of Beestonite, the precious material I mentioned in last month’s piece?
It sounds intriguing; quite rare, certainly semi-precious; tough, transparent, structured, colourful and infinitely appealing.
OK, the game’s up! Beestonite, which I simply applied as an adjective for a child at Beeston, sounds so plausible as the name of a mineral.
It is hard to resist seeking out the symbolism of gemstones that can easily apply to Beeston students and developing a library of metaphors.
The gemologist spots the stone, rubs off the dust, sees the sparkle, structure and strength, much as we greet children arriving at school for the first time. As life unfolds, we polish the gem, finding hidden depths, rare angles, reflected light and wonderful colours.
So, the symbolism of Beestonite? I hope those of amber and amazonite, of course, bringing with them confidence and good manners, but also the exuberance of days spent learning on the beach or in the woods, of epic sessions with rip sticks, magic tricks, diabolo, surf skates, caster boards or scooters.
Now there’s a few Christmas ideas!