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Birth stones have meanings! 

Do you know what they are?
How did these stone become associated with different birthdays?

This article below will help you answer some those questions.

Because  Gemstones have been valued throughout history for their beauty and rarity, they have also become associated with objects and events.  There gemstones associated with each of the nine planets. There are gemstones associated with astrological signs, days of the week, and wedding anniversaries.  However, the most well know association with gemstones is the birthstone.

Giving gems often conveys a poetic and special significance and this can be made even more special when the stone relates to the month in which the recipient was born. Please, click the following link view birth gemstone chart and its history.

The idea of a stone associated with the twelve months began to evolve long ago, with the breastplate of Aaron.

Prior to 1300 B. C., gemstone legend and lore focused on mystical properties associated with gems. Gems were worn to bestow those properties upon the wearer.  Thus, a person plagued by nightmares might choose to wear peridot as protection against them and a woman hoping to have a child might wear emerald for fertility.  Other legends grew to explain the origins of the gem. For example, amethyst was said to have created by the Greek god of wine, Bacchus.  This happened with a beautiful young woman cried out to the goddess Diana for protection against the murderous wrath of Bacchus.  Diana changed the woman into a beautiful clear crystal. Bacchus then poured his wine onto the crystal, changing it to purple.  Because of Bacchus’ hand in the creation of a amethyst, it was used as a protection against drunkenness.

According to Biblical, scripture, the Priest Aaron was to wear a breastplate adorned with twelve gems, chosen by God to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. There has been some debate about which gems actually appeared in the breastplate.  This is because people did not always classify gemstones by mineral composition.  In fact,  the most frequent ancient method of classifying gems was by color, leading to confusion between such gems as garnet and ruby.

The idea of having gemstones represent specific desirable traits found in the twelve tribes of Israel led to the association between gemstones and signs of zodiac.

The gems chosen have changed many times through the centuries. For example, the Ancient Babylonians associated diamond with the astrological sign Libra.  However, to the Greeks, diamond was associated with Cancer and, to the Byzantines, diamond was linked to Aries. The jump from stones associated with astrological signs to being associated to specific months came with the spread of Christianity.

Since the church desired to downplay the use of astrology, gemstone lore to become associated with twelve apostles.  Then came a belief that people born in a certain month were assigned a specific guardian angel.  Certain gems became associated with each angel, and thus the birthstone concept was born.

Originally, wealthy European owned one of each “birthstone.” and changed which birthstone they wore each month in order to be in harmony with the celestial spirits. As the months changed, the wearer hoped the stone would bring the special properties during that month. Each stone had certain traits and protections ascribed to it by legend.  garnet would bring the wearer tranquility and protect against fevers and against harm during travel. Ruby would bring the clarity of mind and protect against harm from natural causes.

It was not until the 18th century that the idea of gemstones as birth amulets became popular.  The logic behind the change is obvious; ownership of large numbers of gemstones was not a practice that could be embraced by most people, and eventually it became the fashion to wear only the stone associated with one’s birth month.  One legend even suggested that it is unlucky for anyone who is not born in October to wear opal, but for those born in its month, opal would bring joy and contentment and protect against diseases of the eye.

The stones associated with each month have changed frequently. One reason is that identification of gemstones has been haphazard and often based on color, not composition of the stone.  Also, birthstones have varied from country to country.  And as people became more interested in wearing birthstones, less expensive stones have been substituted for some of the most rare gems.  Finally in 1912, the National Association of Jewelers assigned the standard birthstones we recognize today. However, even in this list there were choices.  A person born in March could choose between aquamarine and bloodstone, while someone born in June has the most choices with pearl, alexandrite and moonstone being equally acceptable.

Since the choice of “official” birthstones has been rather arbitrary, individuals could choose instead to wear “signature” stones based upon different standards.  For example, a person who values courage might choose diamond as his signature stone since diamonds are said to ensure bravery for the wearer.  Diamond is also a symbol of fidelity in love, which is why they have become the special stone for engagement rings. A different person might choose to wear the gem associated with their “guardian angel.”  For example, a woman born in January is said to be looked after by the angel Gabriel, whose stone is onyx.  Someone with a special affection for astrology might choose to wear the stone associated with her star sign. For example, a Libra may choose to wear peridot.  There also stones associated with seasons and days of the week.

With the huge number of “correct” choices available to each person, the wearing of a birthstone can be individual and distinctive. Whatever stone is chosen, one thing is certain, the stone has a rich mythic tradition that can add depth and interest to your choice.

Choose the gemstone traditionally associated with your birth month or choose the ones you like the best.

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Gemstone meaning

January

Birth Gemstone:  Garnet
Color: Dark red

Garnet

Consistency, endurance, creativity, patience

February

Birth Gemstone:  Amethyst
Color: Purple

Amethyst

Sincerity, intuition, motivation

March

Birth Gemstone:  Aquamarine
Color: Pale blue

Aquamarine

Courage, creativity, health, perception, hope

April

Birth Gemstone:  Diamond
Color: Clear

Diamond

Innocence, eternity, courage, health

May

Birth Gemstone:  Emerald
Color: Deep green

Emerald

Love, Success, happiness, goodness

June

Birth Gemstone:  Pearl
Color: Pearl

Alexandrite
Red

Pearl: Faith, charity, innocence, health, peace
Alexandrite: Love, joy, luck, courage

July

Birth Gemstone:  Ruby
Color: Red

Ruby

Nobility, contentment, love, enthusiasm, strength

August

Birth Gemstone:  Peridot
Color: Green

Sardonyx

Peridot: Success, peace, married happiness, luck, courage

September

Birth Gemstone:  Sapphire
Color: Deep blue

Sapphire

Clear thinking, wisdom, serenity, purity, truth

October

Birth Gemstone:  Opal
Color: Multi-color

Pink Tourmaline

Opal:  Hope, purity, health, innocence
Tourmaline:  Love, compassion, peace

November

Birth Gemstone:  Golden Topaz
Color: Yellow

Citrine
Yellow

Topaz: Courage, fidelity, wisdom, serenity
Citrine: Energy, warmth, optimism

December

Birth Gemstone:  Blue Topaz
Color: Deep Blue

Turquoise or Lapis
Blue

Topaz: Success, love, luck, happiness, prosperity
Turquoise/Lapis: Patience, happiness, peace

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  • Garnet:  January’s Gemstone

    The Jewelry Hut January Birth Gemstone, the Garnet

Garnet is the birth stone for month of January and the anniversary gemstone for second year of marriage.  Garnets are found in Brazil, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, Siberia, Africa, and the USA.
Nearly everyone thinks of garnet as a red gem. In fact, this family of gemstones is available in all colors except blue. Garnets offer enough variety in appearance to suite every taste.
There are many ancient traditions and legends about garnets. Some Hebrew writers include it as one of the 12 gems in Aaron’s breastplate. Christian tradition long considered the blood red garnet symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice. The Koran holds that it illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems.  Garnet was said to give its guidance in the night allowing him to see when others couldn’t.  Legend claims that Noah hung a large garnet in the ark for illumination.  According to the Egyptians, garnet is an antidote for snake bite and food poisoning.

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  • Amethyst:  February’s Gemstone

    The Jewelry Hut February Birth Gemstone, the  Amethyst

Amethyst is the birth stone for February and the anniversary gemstone for sixth year of marriage. It is found mainly in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, the Ural Mountains of Russia, Madagascar, and Zambia.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz, ideally deep medium purple with rose colored flashes, however it ranges from pale lilac to nearly black purple shades.
The ancient Greeks believed that whoever wore an amethyst or drank from an amethyst chalice would not fall victim to intoxication.  It is also said to have a sobering effect on those over excited by love’s passion.  It has symbolized peace, protection and tranquility. Some say it will prevent baldness and improve complexion, while protecting from treason and deceit.  Because royalty has always adored the color purple, amethysts abound in the ornaments of ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and in the British Crown Jewels.

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  • Aquamarine:  March’s Gemstone

    The Jewelry Hut March Birth Gemstone, the  Aquamarine

Aquamarine is one of the traditional birthstone for March. It is also the anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage. Aquamarine is found mainly in Brazil, Nigeria, and Zambia.
The ideal color of aquamarine is a refreshing sea blue.  If you are looking for a big, durable gemstone, aqua is readily available in larger sizes and is truly dramatic when cut in rectangular or oval shapes.  It is a member of the important beryl family, which also includes emerald.
Derived from the Latin meaning “sea water,” aquamarine was said to aid seafarers; thus it makes an excellent gift for sailors or those who travel frequently by sea. To dream of aquamarine signifies the making of new friends.  To wear aquamarine brings love and affection. They are thought to give the wearers knowledge, foresight and assist in an individual’s inspiration.  It is a universal symbol of youth, fidelity, hope, and health.

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  • Diamond: April’s Gemstone

    The Jewelry Hut April Birth Gemstone, the  Diamond

Diamond is the birth stone for month of April, and besides being the most popular gemstone for engagement rings, is the anniversary gem for the 10th and 60th years of marriage. Diamonds are found in Australia, Congo, Botswana, Russia, and South Africa.
Even though the diamond is the hardest of all gemstones known to man, it is the simplest in composition: it is common carbon.  The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth. It was even said by some that they were the tears of the Gods or perhaps crystallized lighting or hardened dew drops. The truth is, however, that the exact origin of diamonds is still something of a mystery, even to scientist and geologists.
In ancient times only kings wore diamonds as a symbol of strength, courage, and invincibility.  Over the centuries, the diamond acquired its unique status as the ultimate gift of love.  It was said that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds which have a magic that nothing else can ever quite equal. But it wasn’t until 1477, when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, that the tradition of engagement rings began. Even the reason a woman wears it on the third finger of her left hand dates back to the early Egyptian belief that the vena amoris, vein of love, ran directly from the heart to the top of the third finger, left hand.

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  • Emerald: May’s Gemstone

    The Jewelry Hut May Birth Gemstone, the  Emerald

Emerald is the birth stone for the month of May and is also the anniversary gemstone for 20th and 35th years of marriage.  They are found mainly in Colombia, Brazil Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The emerald is known as the Queen of Gems, and the gem of queens.  The most prized is pure green or slightly bluish green. Emeralds are often characterized by the garden of included crystals trapped within.  Under magnification, you will see all sorts of lovely patterns resembling foliage in a garden. A flawless, clear emerald is very rare and is usually found in small sizes.  Small to medium sized stones are often faceted in the “step” or emerald cut. The gem is also lovely when cut into a Cabochon or dome shape. Sometimes emeralds are even carved.
The ancients held the emerald in great esteem, believing they sharpened the wearer’s eyesight and mind.  The earliest engravers kept emeralds on their work tables to gaze upon from time to time to rest their tired eyes. Travelers relied on emeralds as protection against the hazards and perils of long journeys. The green gem was also said to give its owner the power to predict the future.

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  • Cultured Pearl:  June’s Gemstone

    The Jewelry Hut June Birth Gemstone, the  Pearl

Pearl is the official birth stone of the month of June.  It is also the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 3rd and 30th years of marriage.
A pearl is the product of an oyster’s defense mechanism. When a foreign irritant is introduced naturally or by man (cultured), the oyster immediately surrounds it with layers of a substance called nacre. This forms the exquisite gemstone known as pearl.  Pearls come in a wide range of colors from delicate rose white to black.  They should be relatively free from skin blemishes.  The more  perfectly round the shape the better.  The higher the luster or “orient,” the more valuable the specimen. Besides the popular round shape, there are stylish mabe (large hemispherical cultured pearls), fresh water (elongated in interesting shapes and colors), and South Sea (large cultured pearls 10 mm and up from Australian and Indonesian waters), to name a few.
The oriental pearl is known as the gem of the moon.  They have been recognized as the emblem of modesty, chastity, and purity. They have also come to symbolize a happy marriage.

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