A birthstone is the "gemstone associated with the date of one's birth, the wearing of which is commonly thought to bring good luck or health. Supernatural powers have long been attributed by astrologers to certain gemstones."
~ from Encyclopedia Britannica
January Birthstone: Garnet
Birthstone Color: Deep Red
* Consistency * Endurance * Creativity * Patience * Perseverance * Good Health *
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Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, the garnet comes in a variety of other hues, including muted yellows, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, lime greens, and violets.
The word garnet is derived from the Greek word “granatum” which means “pomegranate seed” reflecting the shape and color of the crystals. Garnet continues to be the gem of journeyers. Garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Birthstone Color: Purple
* Sincerity * Intuition * Motivation * Security * Peace of Mind * Sobriety *
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The word Amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober. Amethyst was once considered a talisman to help prevent drunkenness, but it was also a symbol of royalty by Pharoes, Kings and Queens. Amethyst was once considered more valuable than diamonds.
March Birthstone : Aquamarine
Birthstone Color: Pale Blue
* Courage * Creativity * Health * Perception * Hope * Beauty * Honesty * Loyalty *
* Friendliness * Love *
|Aquamarine Gemstone Necklace by ShadowDogDesigns|
Derived from the Roman word “Aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, this gemstone resembles the color of seawater.
Aquamarine was used by seamen to insure a safe return home.
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An alternate birthstone for March is Bloodstone, a dark green, opaque quartz flecked with red spots. The name Bloodstone derives from legendary belief that the red coloration resulted from the blood of Christ spilling onto green jasper during the crucifixion. For this reason, the stone has also been called “martyr’s stone.” Bloodstone symbolizes courage.
April Birthstone: Diamond
Birthstone Color: Clear
* Innocence * Eternity * Courage * Health * Purity * Invincibility * Good Fortune * Love * Strength *
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Up until the 14th century, only Kings were allowed to wear Diamonds because they stood for courage, invincibility, and strength. The Diamond is harder than any other substance on earth.
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May Birthstone: Emerald
Birthstone Color: Deep Green
* Love * Success * Happiness * Goodness * Faith * Courage * Foresight *
Emeralds are thought to be essential to everlasting love, but are also said to change colors in times of infertility. Emeralds have been treasured as a symbol of spring and immortality for over 4,000 years.
June Birthstone: Pearl
Birthstone Color: White
* Faith * Charity * Innocence * Health * Peace * Tranquility * Longevity * Prosperity
* Purity * Wholesomeness *
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Pearls being organic, lustrous and radiant are full of wonder and life and have always stood for purity.
Cleopatra loved pearls. Only those with royal status once wore pearl jewelry, but eventually these gems were seen among all classes of people. They continue to be viewed as a mark of taste and refinement as well as a symbol of purity, and they are often given to celebrate a marriage or birth of a child. Pearls are nature’s perfect gift, suitable for all ages, and elegantly worn with everything from jeans to an evening gown.
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June has two alternate birthstones. The first is Moonstone, a type of feldspar named because of its uncanny resemblance to the iridescent sheen of the moon. Varying in color from clear to blue-white or peach, it was considered by ancient civilizations to be a sacred stone, bestowing the wearer with great spiritual understanding. Some believed that the Moonstone could even make a person invisible!
The second alternate birthstone for June is the Alexandrite. A yellowish or brownish green in color, this gemstone has the unique characteristic of changing color to a red hue when exposed to a glowing light source, such as candlelight. Because of this quality, it has been characterized by poets as "an emerald by day, a ruby by night." Alexandrite is symbolic of joy and good fortune.
July Birthstone: Ruby
Birthstone Color: Red
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* Nobility * Contentment * Love * Enthusiasm * Strength * Success * Devotion * Integrity * Harmony *
July’s birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. The Ruby was considered to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when peril was imminent, and to return to its original color once danger was past. The Ruby is also thought to bring luck to gamblers.
August Birthstone: Peridot
Birthstone Color: Yellow Green
* Success * Peace * Married Happiness * Luck * Courage * Fame * Dignity * Protection * * Passion * Family Happiness *
Peridot is formed as a result of volcanic activity.
Ancient Egyptians called them the “gem of the sun,” because of their dazzling brilliance when seen in the desert sun. It was believed that the Peridot glowed even as darkness fell.
Peridot was used in powder form as a cure for asthma and fevers.
|Sardonyx and Fire Opal Necklace by talicreations|
An alternate birthstone for August is Sardonyx, a type of translucent or opaque quartz with alternating bands of brownish red and white. The stone was worn as a talisman by the Egyptians to protect against infections and evil. A gift of this stone is considered symbolic of happiness within a relationship.
September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire
Birthstone Color: Deep Blue
* Clear Thinking * Wisdom * Serenity * Purity * Truth * Faith * Love * Mercy * Victory * *Foresight *
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Sapphires are one of the few Gemstones that are popular in all different shades of the rainbow. You can find them in lovely shades of yellow, green, even orange. The only color Sapphire does not come in is red….the red version of a Sapphire is Ruby!
Ancient civilizations believed that the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection.
October Birthstone: Opal
Birthstone Color: Multi-colored
* Hope * Purity * Health * Innocence * Happiness * Truth * Friendship * Emotion *
Opals are soft and very fragile, but offer a great Kaleidoscope of colors.
The wearer of Opals is said to be embodied by the power of foresight and prophecy. Opals are considered a coveted lucky charm, and are believed to bring success, happiness and beauty. Ancient monarchs treasured Opals, for their beauty and for their presumed protective powers. Opals were set into crowns and worn in necklaces to ward off evil and to protect the eyesight. Opals were also ground and ingested for their healing properties and to ward off nightmares.
An alternate birthstone for October, Pink Tourmaline has the magical property of taking on a static electric charge when heated, making it capable of attracting lightweight objects. No wonder this gemstone
was revered for its mystical properties many years ago! Considered the “stone of the muse,” it was believed to stimulate the creative process of the wearer. Colors of Pink Tourmaline range from pastel pink to ruby red. A gift of this stone is symbolic of hope.
November Birthstone: Citrine
Birthstone Color: Yellow Gold
* Courage * Fidelity * Wisdom * Strength Serenity * Providence * Good Luck * Friendship
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The name Citrine comes from an old French word, “citrin,” meaning lemon. One of the more rare forms of quartz, this gemstone ranges in color from pale yellow to dark amber (Madeira). Citrine, like all forms of quartz, was believed to have magical powers and was worn as a talisman against evil thoughts and snake venom. It is believed that some Citrine may have actually begun as Amethyst, but heat from molten rock changed it to the yellow form of quartz. Citrine is known to change color when heated.
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The alternate birthstone for November is Yellow Topaz. Its golden color was believed by the Egyptians to be the glow cast by a sun god. Yellow Topaz ranges in color from a peachy blush to a deep cognac. A gift of this gemstone is said to symbolize friendship, and to strengthen the capacity to give and receive love.
December Birthstone: Blue Topaz
Birthstone Color: Blue
* Success * Love * Luck * Fortune * Happiness * Prosperity * Piety * Courage * Harmony * Contentment *
|Blue Topaz Ring by SavvySilver|
As cool and inviting as a blue lake on a blistering summer day, December's birthstone is derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas," meaning fire. This is because Blue Topaz was considered by ancient civilizations to have cooling properties. Not only was it believed to cool boiling water when thrown into the pot, but to calm hot tempers as well! This gemstone was believed to cure insanity, asthma, weak vision and insomnia. The Blue Topaz was even thought to have magical properties in its ability to make its wearer invisible in a threatening situation.
An alternate birthstone for December is Turquoise, one of the first gems to be used in jewelry. Turquoise was considered to be a sacred stone, protective against all types of evil and ill health. A gift of Turquoise represents friendship and luck.
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