IIntimate, colorful, and encoded acrostic jewelry first appeared in the early 1800’s. Each letter of the alphabet was made to correspond with a different precious gemstone, and the so-called “secret language of gems” was born. For example, a Victorian favorite combo, “DEAREST”, would be “spelled”: Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, Turquoise. Get it? This is a completely personal way to celebrate an important event, express a sentiment, or wear a loved one’s name.