- Birthstone Meanings
Birthstones are special stones associated with each month of the year. They have a place in history, mythology and science. The first association of a special gem with each month was recorded in the Bible, in Exodus 28 and 39. An original breastplate of the High Priest of the Hebrews was said to be made by Moses in 1250 BC, according to instructions he received during 40 days in the mountains. The 12 gems in the breastplate were later linked with the signs of the zodiac, and later still associated with the months in the year.
The January birthstone is garnet, which is a fiery-red gemstone that was once believed to grant the wearer protection from nightmares, ghosts and ghouls.
The February birthstone is amethyst , which is a pleasing purple gemstone that was once used to materialize peace and tranquility within the wearer.
The March birthstone is aquamarine, which has a lovely sea-green color that will look fantastic against gold and silver materials. This gemstone is believed to help the wearer make new friends and even manifest affection in others.
The April birthstone is diamond. For those lucky individuals who are born in April, the diamond signifies love, eternity, strength and everlasting affection. No wonder it’s a staple gemstone in engagement rings and wedding jewelry!
The May birthstone is emerald. This dramatic and striking deep-green gemstone was once believed to give the wearer the ability to peer into the future. Some cultures even believed that the gemstone could be used in healing rituals.
The June birthstone is alexandrite. This rare gemstone is famous for its changeable color. The original Alexandrite color is bright green, but when put in any light, it turns to bright red.
July's birthstone, the ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the "king of gems." It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby's deep-red color signifies love and passion.
The August birthstone is peridot, which is a gemstone that is produced by volcanic eruptions. Many cultures once believed that that this light-green gemstone can be used to heal the sick and protect the wearer against nightmares.
The September birthstone is Sapphire. Sapphire's are available in a variety of delicate colors in addition to the more common blue shades. They speak of dignity, loyalty, serenity, faith, purity and wisdom.
The October birthstones are pink sapphire and pink tourmaline. These gemstones are a symbol for love, peace and joy. They represent the energy of relaxation by transforming negative energy into positive.
The November birthstones are citrine and yellow sapphire. These beautiful gemstones are believed to give people strength, discipline, confidence and success .
The December birthstone is blue topaz. This versatile gemstone is attributed to strength, vitality and clarity, and comes in a wide variety of beautiful iridescent colors.