From the history of birthstones
Birthstones have been a part of our lives since ancient times. In those days they were believed to possess a great magical force that could protect the owner or wearer of the stone.
It’s worth mentioning that birthstones were traditionally linked to the Zodiac circle. The connection between the 12 stones and the 12 signs of the zodiac can be found in writings of Flavius Josephus (1st century AD) and St. Jerome (5th century AD).
Birthstones in modern world
However, in modern culture birthstones are linked to calendar months. Each month has its own matching birthstone that posesses a certain number of properties. But modern list of birthstones has no real astrological significance. The scholars trace the idea to 18th century Poland, when Jewish gem traders first came to the region. And it was completely defined in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers (Jewelers of America) in the USA, and has been modified a couple of times since. The idea was to create a list of gems that people could actually find, since some traditional birthstones are a little on the rare side.
Today we can get many types of jewellery containing birthstones. These are birthstone rings, pendants, pins and brooches, charms, earrings and what not. A jewellery set with their birthstone is a wonderful gift! Such gifts have real meaning and significance.
What’s your birthstone?
Below you can find not only the modern list of birthstones (by month) but also the traditional list (by zodiac signs). Simply click on the name of the birthstone you are interested in to read its complete description.
Birthstones linked to the month of birth:
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Alexandrite, Pearls
July – Ruby
August – Peridote
September – Sapphire
October – Tourmaline, Opal
November – Citrine and Topaz
December – Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise