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What Your Birthstone Really Means?


The Month: January

The Stone: Garnet

Garnets get their name from the Latin granatum (seed) because of their resemblance to the shiny red pomegranate seed.This gem's earliest use dates back to the Bronze Age ( approximately 3300 to 1300 B.C.), through you're likely more familiar with its application in the ancient Rome.

A popular stone setting for signet rings, garnets harken back to ancient times when many wealthier families used signets as seals for personal documents, pressing them into hot wax to form a stamp.


These days, in addition to being an excellent gift for January-born individuals, it represents external friendship and trust.

The Month: February

The Stone: Amethyst

"Historically, Amethyst ( the color of wine) was believed to prevent drunkenness.In Greek mythology it is known as Dionysus, the purple Stone was thought to make its weather clearer headed and quicker witted, like an ancient sobriety talisman of sorts.


Amethysts' bold coloring is no mythical coincidence. "The gem is a type of quartz - the most abundant mineral on earth - and the presence of iron gives it its incredible purple color,".

Today, it's not only adorning our baubles, the Stone is also a popular home accent.

The Month: March

The Stone: Aquamarine

Alternate Stone: Bloodstone

It's really no wonder Aquamarine was often carried by sailors.It is widely believed the water-colored Stone could ensure a safe and prosperous journey, some claiming that it came from the treasure chests of mermaids.

It is derived from the Latin words aqua (water) and marina ( of the sea).

In fact, Aquamarine is thought to have many palliative properties.

It is also " fosters moderation, tempers judgmental tendencies, improves self-expression, encourages preparedness, and also carries a calming effect."

And you thought it was just a serene color.

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Bloodstone is a second Birthstone for March. This form of quartz is a dark- green Jasper that's flecked with vivid red spots, and it's also thought to have healing powers. The red spots are caused by a presence of iron oxide particles.

The Month: April

The Stone: Diamond

The diamond, regarded for centuries as an object of magic and sacred beauty, has in recent times become the object of precise scientific calibration to the be possessed by advanced technological means.

Diamonds, in addition to being the strongest and most durable of all stones, are a classic choice for engagement rings.

They're are also lucky April's Birthstone.

In fact, the glistening diamond you're accustomed to weren't readily available until the practice of cutting finally envolved in the 14th century, and the potential of the stone was finally unlocked.

It is represents a paradigm of human thought over the last two thousand years and constitutes - in every sense - the riches of the earth.

The Month: May

The Stone: Emerald

Sure, Emerald can be worn any time of year, but " they are said to be most powerful in the spring, a fitting choice for May's birthstone.

It is also serve as a symbol of fertility, renewal, and growth, to their rich, green coloring, which is reminiscent of something freshly bloomed.

Apparently the ancient Egyptians were of the same belief, and Cleopatra was a huge fan.


The historical significance doesn't end in Egypt, either.

" In some legends of King Arthur, " Weiner adds, " the Holy Grail is described as being fashioned from an emeralds were believed to reveal what was true or false."

Even more magically, emeralds were said to enable people foretell the future if [ the Stone ] were put on the tongue or worn on the left side of the body.

The Month: June

The Stone: Pearl

Alternate Stones: Alexandrite and Moonstone

In this guide, you'll notice there are some months that have more than one birthstone. While we chose to highlight only one for each month, we want to provide as full of a picture as possible.( And, as wide a selection as possible for shopping purposes).

There is some variation in the stone since they relate to both a person's birth month and astrological sign.

Stones, though different, do often relate in term of their mythical properties and color.


June is a perfect example. This Month actually has three gems associated with it:

  • Pearl
  • Alexandrite
  • Moonstone

    And, all three share similarly lunar properties like enhance female energy, magnify love, illuminate the way for nighttime travelers.

The Month: August

The Stone: Peridot

There's a reason there aren't many peridots available to purchase online. The stone is formed deep inside the earth and is only brought to the surface by volcanoes.

If that sounds that too tricky, maybe you can get your hands on a meteorite, where the green stones are sometimes found inside.

Yes, this extraordinary gem is extremely rare.

It's is also one of a few to appear in only one color, though it ranges from yellowy greens to almost brown shades.

The intensity of the green tint corresponds directly to how much iron is present in its crystal structure.


" Peridot derives its name from the French Peridot (gold) for its golden undertones.

In the Middle Ages, the coveted stone brought from Egypt to Europe by medieval crusaders - adorned the robes of many a clergyman.

Today, we'd settle for:

  • Necklaces
  • Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Earrings

The Month: September

The Stone:. Sapphire

Sapphire is a very variety of gem that occurs in all colors of the rainbow.

(Remember, its red version is actually the ruby.)

For September, we focus on blue sapphire, which is commonly:

Associated with truth




Many ancient civilizations associated the stone with heaven." In ancient Persia, people believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the sky".

For millennia, this blue stone's healing powers have been associated with the eyes.

Egyptian physicians created an eye wash with sapphire, and medieval texts refer to it as an elixir for the eyes ( particularly when dissolved in milk).

Ancient medicine was often mystical, of course, and the eyes are metaphors for spiritual seeing and vision.Sapphires help us to more clearly 'see' our path and purpose in life


Sapphire have long been used to protect the wearer by boosting the immune system.All the more reason to wear that sapphire pendent you've been eyeing.

The Month: October

The Stone: Opal

Alternate stone: Tourmaline

You've probably heard the superstition that it's bad luck for those not born in October to wear Opals.

This story has been circulating for centuries.

During medieval times, Opals were known to be symbols of evil, and said to bring sickness and bad luck those who carried them.Unfortunately, people tends to remember the ominous stuff over the good.


People also have history of being symbols of hope, innocence, and purity.

Opal is said to bring lightness and spontaneity to the wearer.It is emotionally associated with love and passion, and is said to bring loyalty and faithfulness, which made them energetically perfect for use in engagement rings.

You've likely noticed the anti-poisonous diamond- ring trend taking hold among this season's brides- to-be. The gem lore doesn't end there.

The ambiguous stone is also thought to contain a life of its own and be reactive to the true character of its wearer.

The Month: November

The Stone:. Citrine

Alternate stone: Topaz

November also has two birthstone. The similarities between Citrine and Topaz namely their shared orange color make them equally popular for those born in this month, despite belonging to separate and unrelated mineral species.


The name Topaz meaning is " fire".

Centuries ago, the stone was thought to control heat.It was believed that Topaz had the power to instantly cool boiling water as well as heated anger.

Some heat- sensitive citrine may have actually begun as Amethyst, and toasty conditions transformed the purple quartz to this orange form.

The Month: December

The Stone: Blue Topaz

Alternate stone: Turquoise and Tanzanite

The stones were prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans ( probably more so than diamonds), and frequently appeared in the jewelry of the aristocracy during the medieval era.

Topaz come in many colors - the rare blue tint is sometimes referred to as " pingos d' acha," meaning " drops of water."


It is mystically known as 'the sky stone' for its color.

It is a positive healing energy and as a protector.

The stone is beloved to bring good fortune and is con by many to be holy, providing a strong connection to the spirit world.

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