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BIRTHSTONES

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A Birthstone is a gem associated with each month of the year, intended to be gifted to those born in that specific month. The origin of this tradition is yet uncertain, but there is an evidence of them in many times and places. According to the American Gem Society, the origin of birthstones “(...) is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. There are Biblical evidences of birthstones, as well as Tibetan and Indian.  

Given all these cultural influences, it’s only natural to find differences among Birthstone lists; hence some months have more than one Birthstone. Let’s find out what’s your birthstone, what it means and what it can do for you!


January 

 Garnet

Although garnet comes in a great variety of colors, its most popular and iconic hue is deep red. It is uncertain if the word “Garnet” derives from “Pomegranate”, or if it comes from the Medieval name of a rich, red pigment, called “granum”.

Garnet is said to promote romantic love, to be an energetic gemstone, and to help travelers and encourage successful businesses.


 

February 

Amethyst

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Amethyst is the purple variety of Quartz, with a beautiful variety of hues ranging from very soft, pastel to lush, deep violets.  It is hard enough for an everyday jewel, and it can be cut into cabochons, faceted or even worn as a rough crystal.

Amethyst has a soothing, calming power that provides with peace, clarity and balance.

 

March 

Aquamarine 

This gem, which draws its name from seawater, is the blue variety of one of nature’s most beautiful minerals: the Beryl family.  Beryl produces beautiful octagonal crystals, and when cut with precision, it provides a beautiful shine and color.

Aquamarine is a stone of courage, it is good for sensitive hearts and it calms the mind; which is perfect for anyone suffering from stress due to an excess of responsibility.

Bloodstone

A green variety of microcrystalline Quartz (like agates), bloodstone is an alternative gem for those born under the sign of Pisces. It is opaque to translucent, and it has a deep green color with specks of red (from iron oxide).

Bloodstone protects its owner by grounding negative energies and bringing in love. It’s believed to be a detox gemstone!

April 

Diamond

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A diamond doesn’t really need an introduction, as it is, to many people, THE gemstone. This beautiful gem, a crystalline form of carbon, can be completely transparent in its most popular form… or red, pink, yellow, blue, green (even neon!) and opalescent.

These gems promote strength, invincibility, courage, creativity, and imagination - perfect for all the ambitions of those born under the sign of Aries.

 


May

 Emerald

 

The rarest of the Beryl family, and known to be the star of many crowns and jewels of royalty, May’s gemstone is the Emerald. This forest-green gemstone has been the subjects of many myths and legends and has been associated with wealth for many centuries. It has been treasured by all cultures who find it.

The Vedas, the holy scriptures of the Hindus, say Emeralds promise good luck and enhance wellbeing.

 


June 

 Alexandrite

A gem suitable for a Gemini’s multiple facets, Alexandrite is well known for its dramatic color change in different lights. Green in the daylight, purple to red in the incandescent light, this gem has a long history leading to Imperial Russia.
Alexandrite is said to be good for discipline and concentration, helping those who wish strengthen their ability to learn. In Russia, it is believed to bring good omen and fortune.

Pearl

Pearl: the well known treasure of the oceans. They come in a beautiful, soft variety of iridescent colors and range from perfect spheres to baroque, irregular shapes which have captivated the imagination of mankind from early times. We have been trying to find shapes in pearls as thought they were clouds in the sky.

Pearls are said to promote charity, faith and integrity, as well as bringing emotional balance.

Moonstone

The mysterious glow of the moon, trapped within a gemstone is what we would describe Moonstone to be. Its unique iridescence makes the gem appear as though it had a light of its own. Moonstone and Rainbow Moonstone (which is actually a white Labradorite) are deeply associated with feminine energies, they are said to be great for the wellbeing and health of pregnant women.


July 

 Ruby

In Sanskrit, a ruby is called “ratnaraj”, which stands for “the king of precious stones”. This vibrant red gem is the red variety of the mineral corundum - otherwise known as sapphire. Rubies have been much treasured and associated with royalty for many centuries. It was once believed that by offering them to Krishna, one was sure to reborn as an emperor in their next life.

Ruby is an energizing gem associated with the base chakra, with aphrodisiac love; and also with emotional strength and positive attitude.

 


August 

 Peridot

Most gemstones get their color thanks to additional substances trapped in the mineral- but not Peridots. These are one of the few “idiochromatic” gems, since their color comes from the mineral that forms them alone. Hence, peridots come exclusively in green. These lively gems have excellent transparency. In ancient times, it was considered to be a gift of Mother Earth to celebrate the annual creation of a new world, and legends also say it was Cleopatra’s favorite gem.

This vivid green gem is associated with creativity and eloquence, as well as compassion and spiritual balance.

Sardonyx

This brown banded variety of onyx was used by the Romans to produce cameos, specially with the image of Mars, the god of war. It is associated with courage and good communication, and it provides protection to the wearer.

Spinel

A once unappreciated gem, Spinel, particularly red one, was once confused for a Ruby. We now know Spinel occurs in many different colors. Its name comes from Latin “spina”, meaning “thorn”, due to its pointed crystalline form.

While all spinel colors are believed to have different properties, spinel in general is good for people who need relief from stress and renewal.

 

September 

 Sapphire

Commonly associated with blue, this gem comes in all colors of the rainbow and its hardness is only second to diamonds. In many countries, sapphire was the most desirable gem for engagement rings up until recently, as they were a symbol of loyalty.


This gem is deeply associated with wisdom, it provides prudence and spiritual strength to overcome the hardest obstacles of life.

 

October

Opal

This gemstone, known to mankind from antiquity, derives its name from “Opalus”, which means “precious stone”. Due to its color play, some even believed it to be a combination of all other gemstones.

This gem is mainly hydrated silica, in microscopical, spherical formations that provide its alluring iridescence. Opals can contain about 2% and 9% of their weight in water, which is why they shouldn’t (ever) approach fire, as water will be quick to evaporate and will literally make the opal explode.

 Tourmaline

Tourmaline, which comes from the Sinhalese word “turmali”, meaning “stone with various colors” owns its name with pride, as it is one of the most versatile gemstones of modern times. It is said to be one powerful detoxifying gemstone for the soul, bringing peace and balance. Tourmalines act on different chakras depending on their color!

November 

Topaz

 While topaz comes in many colors, the most known of this beautiful gem family is golden topaz. This gem was treasured by Egyptians, as they believed it got its wonderful golden hue thanks to the Sun God, Ra. Topaz can also be heated and treated to reach a beautiful variety of colors, such as london blue and a very vibrant sky blue. Topaz brings joy, generosity and abundance.  

Citrine

This golden variety of quartz is commonly associated with abundance and good fortune. It is actually called the “merchant’s stone” because a lot of merchants keep a piece of citrine in their cash registers to make use of its power. It also radiates positive energy!

December 

 Tanzanite

A rare gem occurring only in the base of the Kilimanjaro, Tanzanite is said to be around a thousand times rarer than diamonds and it occurs in two colors; champagne and deep violet blue; the latter is the best known form of this wonderful gem. Tanzanite usually exhibits different hues in the gemstone, due to its unique way of refracting light.Tanzanite stimulates and aligns the three upper chakras- ideal for the ones seeking for a higher consciousness and better communication.

Zircon

This amazing gemstone, which is so refractive its interior might look fuzzy, is usually confused with the artificial simulant, cubic zirconia. They are vastly different, though: while cubic zirconia is a modern diamond simulant, zircon is the oldest mineral on earth -with samples being found in Australia being over 4.4 billion years old. It provides with so much natural history insight, that gemologists have created a discipline of its own to study it and it is greatly appreciated by collectionists and gem connoisseurs. Zircon is believed to hold so much power, it can clean your entire aura! They also help you develop intuition, and finding yourself and others.

Turquoise

This beautiful, blue-green to sky blue gemstone was brought to Europe through Turkey, hence its name, which is the French word for “Turkish”. It has been used as an ornament since the most ancient times of Mesopotamia.  Its inclusions can make wonderful web-like structures of iron and other metals, giving each Turquoise a unique and mesmerizing look.

This gem is believed to offer protection and help during career building and travel. It clears communication and encourages leadership. 


References:
- www.gemselect.com
- Smithsonian "Gem: the definite visual guide."


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