Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month of the year. You get a birthstone according to the month of year in which are born. For example, garnet is the birthstone for people born in January, while the baby who is born in April will luckily get a diamond as their birthstone.
There are many myths, lore and tales about birthstone healing powers and their influence in the life or wearer. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone that matches your personality and date of birth brings positive changes to your life. There are twelve principal birthstones for twelve month which are assigned to people born in respective months. Gemstones are also known for their beauty with their wild and varied history!
History of Birthstones
The popular belief suggests that the tradition of birthstone was set in breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones for the twelve tribes of Israel. In “Book of Exodus” it is described as:
..and thou shall set in it, settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle; this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
In the above passage the Sardius, is what we call “carnelian” or “sard” Carbuncle is thought to be probably a ruby or garnet. The opinion varies about ligure, some refers it as a zircon, some calls it quartz crystal.
I believe that human fascination with gemstones are far older and humans started to know the mystical properties of these gemstones earlier than the the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year. The list of birthstones
Birthstones by Month
The gemstones featured below are arranged by month. Click on the month you were born to learn the history of your birthstone.
“Garnet” is the January Birthstone means it is the most appropriate gemstone for babies born in January. Garnet is one of beautiful gemstone and its color range from (called pyrope) to a beautiful green (called tsavorites) symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health.
Garnet is known for its ability to heal and purify. It can purify the energies in your body by removing the toxins and restoring your body to pure state. It also cleanse you mind, and spirit assuring 100% of efficiency of you all the time. The January Birthstone promotes self-empowerment and higher thinking. It can harness your creativity which can help you in all your pursuits of life. Garnet has very positive effects on strong and lasting relationships, and it can help you fill your life with love and happiness.
Garnet also helps you gain emotional stability if you’re going through tumultuous times.
The Amethyst is the stone that we use today to signify our belonging to the month of January. Amethyst is a beautiful purple quartz which can be easily distinguished from other gemstones. It is can be found in every corner of the earth and it is popular because it is widely available in difference shapes and sizes which makes it more affordable.
Amethyst purple color make its unique and it can be set in both yellow and white metals. It also enhances almost every color in your wardrobe. February birthstone, amethyst is often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability.
For individuals with March birthdays, there are two birthstones, aquamarine and bloodstone. Though, these two are different from one another in appearance, but both of them share a similar symbolism of preserving or enhancing the health of the wearer.
Aquamarine is know for its greenish blue to blue-green color which is more intense in larger stones. Aquamarine gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique. March birthstone, aquamarine is considered to be very helpful for mental health and is used widely as a symbol in Tarot. It is also known as great aligner of the spiritual and the physical, for those who feel out of harmony or alignment with their inner self. March birthstone Aquamarine has is perfect complement to any skin tone or setting.
Bloodstone, which is another birthstone for month of March is crpto-crystalline variety of Quartz. It is of dark green color and it has red blood like spots on it which is reason for its name. Another name for bloodstone is heliotrope and it is found in many places of the world. Bloodstone is hold healing powers. In history it was used as to cure tumors and stop all types of hemorrhage. Ancient alchemists also used it to treat different blood disorders, specially to draw out the snake venom from the blood.
Diamond is birthstone for the fortunate who born in April and all modern birthstone lists recognizes it has birthstone for April. It is the most prized birthstone and it comes is many beautiful cuts and shapes. It is the most precious and beautiful gemstone from nature and humans have adored for thousands of history.
Emerald is the gemstone that symbolize as birthstone for month of May. Emerald is also birthstone for Gemini is also It is one of expensive gemstones because of its its brilliant and beautiful green color. The profound varieties of emeralds are found in Colombia, Pakistan, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia. Oil treatment is most common of treatment in emeralds.
Emerald birthstone is called the “Stone of Successful Love,” Emerald is know for bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. May birthstone emerald is associated with qualities like unity compassion and unconditional love. The ideal metal to embed this stone is gold and it should be fixed in ring such a manner so it touches the skin of its user to transmit its substantial energies in the life of a human being.
June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.
June’s birthstones range from creamy-colored opalescent pearl and moonstone to the rare color-changing alexandrite—one of the most valuable gems on earth. With this spectrum of price points and color options, people with June birthdays can choose a beautiful gemstone to fit any mood or budget.