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All about Birthstones and Birthstone’s colors.

By  , Monday, August 29, 2011 7:18 AM


 

All birthsones together

Often combined with modern birthstone lists, traditional birthstones are older society-based birthstones. Since many different cultures had their own list, jewelers' lists are often inconsistent over what constitutes a traditional birthstone. The table below contains many stones which are popular choices, often reflecting Polish tradition.

 

The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether these verses below originally are of the Gregorian calendar or not. In fact Tiffany & Co. published these poems "of unknown author" for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.

Modern birthstones

In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the organization Jewelers of America officially adopted a list, shown in the "Modern" column in the table below. It is currently the most widely used list in the United States and many other locations, including Australia and Thailand.

The first century Jewish historian Josephus proclaimed a connection between the twelve stones in Aaron's breastplate, the twelve months of the year and the twelve signs of the zodiac. The Breastplate of Aaron, referred to in Exodus 28:17-20:

 

10 Then they mounted four rows of precious stones on it. In the first row there was a ruby, a topaz and a beryl;
11 in the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald;
12 in the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst;
13 in the fourth row a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. They were mounted in gold filigree settings.
14 There were twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.
 

The precise list of birthstones however can be found in Revelation 21:19-20 where the foundation stones of the new Jerusalem are listed, in the order of the Roman calendar:

 

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. . .
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
 

The custom of actually wearing birthstones first gained popularity in Poland in the fifteenth century. Tradition suggested everyone wear the birthstone for each month, since the powers of the gemstone were heightened during its month. For the fullest effect, individuals needed to own an entire set of twelve gemstones and rotate them monthly.


 

Birthstones are fascinating.

The popularity of wearing birthstones began in Poland during the 15th or 16th century. Historically, it was believed that the effects of the benefits of wearing birthstones were increased during the specific month that corresponded with that birthstone. So, everyone would wear the birthstone of the month to get its full effect.

 

Gem scholars agree that birthstones arose from the breast plate of Aarons: This is a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.

The Months of the Year and the Corresponding Birthstones.

garnet pendant

January Birthstone

Garnet is the birthstone for this month. It is of a deep red color and it symbolizes love. Garnet birthstone is good to be worn when traveling as it promotes safety.

amethyst earrings

February Birthstone

Amethyst is the gemstone of this month. This light to deep-purple gem has a sobering and cleansing effect. It enhances friendships, trust and piety. This birthstone also promotes sobriety. Show your appreciation to your designated driver and give this gem as a gift.

aquamarine swan engagement ring

March Birthstone

Aquamarine is a pale-blue-green gem called a sailor's lucky stone and the gem for matrimonial harmony. Traditionally a married woman wearing this gemstone is promised joy, wealth and a happy marriage.

diamonds

April Birthstone

Diamond is a white, clear stunning gemstone. It symbolizes everlasting love and is the hardest substance on earth.

emerald engagement ring set

May Birthstone

Emerald- this beautiful, intense, radiant-green gemstone promotes good luck and enhances the wearer's well-being. It is the gem of beauty and constant love. The world largest emerald is the so-called Mogul Emerald dated back in 1695; weight 217.80 carats and 10cm tall. On September 28, 2001 it was auctioned by Christie's of London to an unidentified buyer for 2.2 million US dollars. An emerald gemstone is known for rebirth. Start your new life off with this gemstone. A new job or new marriage will benefit when you wear this gemstone.

moonstone

June Birthstone

Moonstone is a sacred gemstone effective for the wearer to heal headache and nose bleed.

ruby ring

July Birthstone

Ruby- this is the gemstone of passion and love. It radiates warmth and vitality. It is the most valuable gemstone on earth. It is said, a perfect ruby is as rare as perfect love. The ancients believed this gemstone contained an unquenchable fire. Use it to start your own eternal flame.

peridot

August Birthstone

Peridot- a bright, yellow to green gemstone promotes success, peace and good luck.

3 stone sapphire custom ring

September Birthstone

Sapphire-this blue stone promotes sincerity, loyalty, expression of love and longing faithfulness.

opal

October Birthstone

Opal- this gemstone gives healing to people with depression and helps in finding true real love.

yellow topaz necklace

November Birthstone

Topaz- color is yellow and is known to ward off sadness and anger.

blue topaz rings

December Birthstone

Blue Topaz- Has healing powers against insanity, asthma, weak vision and insomnia. It symbolizes love and fidelity.

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