Birthstones are a collection of precious and semi-precious gemstones, with each stone representing a month of the Gregorian calendar. The idea behind the birthstone can be traced back to the Breastplate of Aaron, a religious garment holding the twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. In today’s present culture, each birthstone carries special characteristics that are believed to hold true to its wearer.
JANUARY – GARNET
This stone represents faith, love and constancy. Garnet may provide directional guidance in the darkness, making it ideal for frequent travellers. Its wearers may feel an increase in will power, self image and energy levels, while nervous people may feel calmer.
FEBRUARY – AMETHYST
Amethyst signifies peace, temperance, serenity and royalty. Wearing this birthstone during the month of February may strengthen relationships and provide courage when it is needed. The amethyst stone is also known to protect its wearers from intoxication.
MARCH – AQUAMARINE
The aqua birthstone promotes good health, as its thought to help cure heart, liver and stomach diseases, all that had to be done was to drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Sailors in the past believed the sea god Neptune blessed the stone, protecting its wearers from the dangers of the sea.
APRIL – DIAMOND
Diamonds are a well-known stone, symbolizing everlasting love and invincibility. Its wearers are thought to carry great courage, making it possible to conquer times of hardship. It was once believed that diamonds could help ward off insanity and the evils associated with it.
MAY – EMERALD
This stone has always been associated with fertility, rebirth and love, making it perfect for mothers and future mothers. Today, emeralds represent wisdom, growth and patience. The Ancient Romans dedicated this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
JUNE – PEARL
Pearls promote the idea of purity, chastity and marriage. Its wearers are believed to have an increase of personal integrity and growth. Ancient Greeks believed that pearls were created from he hardened tears of joy of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
JULY – RUBY
The ruby stone provides strength and nobility, helping protect its wearer from the evils in the world. It signifies love and passion while attracting good friends and good luck. Rubies are used to increase vitality and confidence with hopes of bringing a life full of success of prosperity.
AUGUST – PERIDOT
The peridot stone signifies beauty, strength and morality. Some believe that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When the stone is set in gold, it can protect its wearers from depression, evil and nightmares.
SEPTEMBER – SAPPHIRE
The strengths associated with the sapphire gemstones are used to shield the evils of poisoning of body and mind. Many believed that placing a venomous snake in a vessel made sapphire could kill it. This stone symbolizes wisdom, dignity and loyalty.
OCTOBER – OPAL
This stone may bring faithfulness and confidence to its wearers. Opal necklaces in particular are thought to guard against evil and protect eyesight. It can also be used to protect wearers from envious, mal-intentioned people who try to bring negativity into your life.
NOVEMBER – CITRINE
Citrine is associated with strength and healing for both body and mind. It can offer good mental health as it clears the mind and gets the soul to action. Wearing citrine can help its owners in keeping an optimistic mindset and will help to embrace a positive point of view.
DECEMBER – BLUE TOPAZ
The blue topaz stone can be used to promote a happy life full of good fortune. It is a symbol of peace and relaxation, making it the ideal stone to relieve and prevent headaches. Blue topaz wearers are thought to have increased wisdom and the feeling of invincibility.