By reuvenveksler
October 31, 2022
9 min read

What is your birthstone?

What is your birthstone?

Birthstones are a system of protection and beliefs that developed hundreds of years ago – and which are used to this day. Birthstones selected for jewelry pieces, so they bring good luck.

These stones also feature in the so-called “mothers’ jewels” – this is when mothers wear rings or pendants with the birthstones of their children.

Whether you believe in the unique strength of stones or not is totally up to you. Either way, this is an unique topic that is definitely worth paying attention to.

What is a birthstone?

Birthstones allow you to link the month of your birth to a special gem.

Birthstones were originally associated with the Bible’s book of Exodus, most especially with Aaron’s breastplate. Twelve jewels, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel at the time, fell into the breastplate. Emerald, sapphire, diamond, topaz, carbuncle, sardius, agate, ligure, amethyst, onyx, jasper, and beryl were used to ornament the breastplate.

These twelve stones became connected to the twelve zodiac signs, somewhere between the first and fifth centuries AD. It seemed that every individual ought to possess all 12 stones and wear each one during a certain month.

Is there a modern and traditional list of birthstones?

To put it simply, sure.

The customary list of birthstones originated in Poland between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, as we have already discussed. Nonetheless, a fresh, contemporary list of birthstones came out by the National Association of Jewelers at the start of the 20th century.

Most individuals today would rather concentrate on the current list. 

Birthstones by month

Jan 1

January – Garnet

The birthstone for people born in January is garnet.

The Latin word “granatum,” which means pomegranate seed, is where the term “garnet” originates. Despite being frequently linked to red hues, this stone comes in a variety of colors, ranging from red to green and from yellow to purplish.

Among warriors and nobility alike, garnet was precious for its defensive properties due to the age-old concept. Red garnets belong to energy, love, and brightness in addition to being associated with the blood that gives life.

Feb 1

February – Amethyst

The birthstone for those born in February is amethyst.

The ancient Greek word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated,” is where the word “amethyst” originates. For instance, wearing an amethyst was a way to save you from getting wasted in ancient Greece, a country with no issues with alcohol.

The color spectrum of amethyst, a quartz variant, ranges from light lilac to deep reddish. These specific imperfections in quartz are what give it its various colors of purple.

For a long time, purple has been a symbol of clergy and nobility. Amethysts were once exclusively worn by members of the aristocracy. This stone’s associations with spirituality, healing, and mental clarity have developed over time.

Mar 1

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine is the birthstone for people born in March.

The terms “aqua” and “marina,” meaning water and sea, mix to form this word. A fascinating historical note: sailors used aquamarine to ward off bad luck when sailing.

A blue to blue-green mineral belonging to the beryl family is aquamarine. There is always a slight color saturation with this stone. These days, it’s due to higher IQ and contented marriages.

Apr 1

April – Diamond

April babies are fortunate to get diamonds as their birthstone.

One of the world’s rarest, most expensive, and sought-after stones is the diamond. Although this stone is available in a variety of hues, including pink, yellow, green, and blue, the most common type of diamond is still white, or more accurately, colorless.

Diamonds are synonyms for strength, tenacity, and resistance because of their extraordinary hardness and endurance. Furthermore, with unending love. They are the most common choice for wedding and engagement rings because of this.

May 1

May – Emerald

Those born in May, toward the close of spring, have emerald as their birthstone.

The Greek word “smaragdus,” which means “green,” is where the term “emerald” originates. Emerald is a beryl variant that is green, much as aquamarine is a variety of blue beryl.

Cleopatra was the most popular gem enthusiast; during her reign, she even asserted ownership of every emerald mine in Egypt.

Emerald, along with diamond, ruby, and sapphire, is one of the “Big Four” jewels. There is a myth that emeralds provide their owners the capacity for critical and objective thought.

June 1

June – Alexandrite

June babies like us have the unique birthstone known as Alexandrite to our credit.

The gemstone known as alexandrite is a special kind of chameleon that is “an emerald by day, a ruby by night.” It’s because of its capacity to change color: Green in the daylight, it turns brownish red or purple red when lit by a lamp or candle.

Alexandrite is a popular choice for engagement ring designs since it is thought to offer good luck, particularly in the areas of love and personal money. This stone tends to foster creativity, imagination, and intuition. It also improves focus and the desire for perfection. It also gets spoken to serve as a bridge connecting the spiritual and material realms.

July 1

July – Ruby

The birthstone for July is ruby.

A type of corundum called ruby receives its rich red hue by chromium. This stone’s name, “rubeus,” comes from the Latin word meaning red. The priciest gemstones are premium rubies, which may fetch record prices of over $1,000,000 per carat.

Ruby is thought to symbolize life and boost bravery. For protection and bravery in battle, Burmese soldiers would, for instance, implant rubies under their skin in ancient times. Additionally, rubies are said to ease rage and assist the wearer in managing intense feelings.

Aug 1

August – Peridot, Spinel

August birthstones are peridot and spinel.

Peridot is actually a gem quality olivine; in Hawaiian mythology, it represents the tears of the volcano goddess Pele.

On the other hand, spinel is a gem related to corundums (rubies and sapphires); red spinel was once mistaken for a ruby.

It comes in a variety of colors, from pink to orange, from blue to even black. It seems that wearing peridot can open and purify one’s heart. At the same time, spinel has long been used in rings to symbolize love.

Sep 1

September – Sapphire

September babies are known to have sapphire as their birthstone.

This gem is a deep blue form of corundum, similar in color to ruby. The Latin word sapphirus, which meaning “blue stone,” is whence its name originates. Nonetheless, sapphires come in a range of hues; some are even white or yellow.

Sapphire qualifies as a stone of protection. It might protect the wearer against malicious intent, jealousy, and bodily damage. Additionally, sapphires may have therapeutic qualities. Priests wear blue sapphire, which serves as a very spiritual stone.

Finally, sapphires are one of the rare stones that can display a six-rayed star pattern of natural asterism.

Oct 1

October – Tourmaline

Tourmaline is the birthstone for people born in the midst of fall.

The term “tura mali” in Sinhala for mixed-colored stone is where the word “tourmaline” originates. In actuality, tourmaline is a collection of minerals that appear by many hues rather than a single stone.

Some people think that tourmalines can relieve stress and promote healing. Tourmalines are a favorite among authors and artists and have also been linked to increased creativity. Wearing them also helps people heal from heartbreak.

Nov 1

November – Golden Topaz, Citrine

Golden topaz and citrine are November’s two birthstones.

A more popular stone connected to November is topaz. Its name derives from Topazios, the Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea. It was a place where some yellow gems were mined, but they were probably not topaz.

The kind and quantity of impurities affect topaz’s hue. Gold or yellow are the most popular colors due to their popularity. A yellow topaz is the stone that can disclose secrets. As a talisman, it aids in contract negotiations and signings by enabling its owner to discern a business partner’s intentions and make the best choice.This stone helps one become influential and transforms them into a leader. Moreover, this stone chases away sorrow and promotes happiness.

Citrine is a type of crystalline quartz that ranges in color from yellow to reddish-orange. Happiness and healing belong to this particular gemstone. Citrines seem to provide relief from headaches, sleeplessness, and general stress.

DecDec 1

December – Tanzanite, Blue Topaz, Blue Zircon

There are several different birthstones that go well with December, including blue topaz, blue zircon, and tanzanite.

One thing unites all of these stones: their rich blue hue. Tanzanite is among the most fascinating gems to be found among them. Thisuniwue stone was just recently discovered in 1967 in Tanzania. Trace levels of vanadium are responsible for the intense blue color of tanzanite.

Tiffany & Co. came up with the name “tanzanite” because the Maison, which later became the stone’s main distributor, wanted to honor the region where tanzanite comes from.

People believe that tanzanite enhances perception, intuition, and higher awareness. It is also possible that the user will feel calmer because to its blue hue.

The gem known as blue topaz has a connection with fortune. Trade names for the stone include “Sky Blue,” “London Blue,” and “Swiss Blue.” The color of London Blues is either grayish blue or dark steel blue. A highly saturated greenish blue appears in Swiss Blues. Sky Blues have light blue hues and a tone and color that can be similar to aquamarines.

When it comes to gemstones, blue zircon is a naturally occurring gem that has been worn and adored since ancient times. It is not surprising that blue zircons correspond to purity and tranquility because blue is typically thought of as a calming and spiritual color.

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