Precious stones and gems have been used to signify when a person was born for thousands of years.
The breastplate of Aaron had twelve stones signifying the twelve tribes of Israel, and the first century Jewish historian proclaimed a connection between them and the twelve signs of the zodiac. People would rotate which stone they wore in order to coordinate with the signs.
The idea of wearing a single birthstone throughout the year is only a couple of centuries old, beginning in 18th century via Poland. The modern list of stones and their assigned months was established in 1912 by the National Association of Jewellers.
So here we have it, a much demanding list of the most commonly recognised Birthstones.
January birthstone: Garnet
Varying in a wide range of colours, the most important sources of garnets are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India. The Garnet symbolizes eternal friendship and trust.
February birthstone: Amethyst
The Amethyst is said to keep the person wearing it quick witted and clear headed. Found throughout the globe, the gem is a beautiful purple quartz. Russia traditionally produced the finest amethysts, but Brazil is the main supplier today.
March birthstone: Aquamarine
This light blue-green gemstone was said to guarantee safe voyages. In modern times it is believed to cool the temper and keep one level headed of the game.
April birthstone: Diamond
The diamond is often considered the gift of choice for a loved one. Although they are usually clear, there are rare stones that have a natural hue. This is because of the popularity of the different diamond colours starting to rise. Manufacturers have begun artificially introducing them.
May birthstone: Emerald
This green gem was mined as long ago as 330 B.C. It symbolizes rebirth, and is believed to give the wearer foresight and good fortune. Emeralds of high quality are rare and considerably expensive.
June birthstone: Pearl
The Captains Pearl is unique in that it is produced by a living sea creature and requires no faceting or polishing. In order to achieve more perfect shapes, culturing pearls has become a common practice.
July birthstone: Ruby
Rubies are harder than any natural gemstone, with the exception of diamonds of course. They are said to grant health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love. When purchasing a ruby, the colour is the most important quality in determining value.
August birthstone: Peridot
The Peridot forms inside the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. It is said to bring the wearer power, influence, and wonderful moments in life.
September birthstone: Sapphire
The most prized sapphires are usually a medium to medium dark blue. Traditionally, Sapphire jewellery is believed to guard loved ones from harm and envious people. They are used to symbolize heaven or heavenly blessings.
October birthstone: Opal
The colour of the Opal ranges from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, red, orange, green, and blue. Opals gain their radiance both from their colours and their surroundings.
November birthstone: Topaz
In antiquity, all yellow gems were called topaz, but the gem is a separate material from either Citrine quartz or smoky quartz, both of which are commonly misnamed. The most valued topaz colour is known as the Imperial topaz, which is a shade of orange with undertones of pink.
December birthstone: Turquoise
One of the oldest recognized gemstones, Turquoise varies from greenish blues through to the same shade of blue as a robin’s egg. Turquoise varies in transparency from translucent to opaque, as well.
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