Introduction to 12 Birthstones
January Birthstone: Garnet
The Garnet gemstone significance has been established since ancient times and was originated from the Latin word “granatum”, which implies pomegranate, a reference to Garnet's extraordinary red shading that takes after the shimmering, dark red seeds of the organics. Garnet was loved by early medieval gemstones specialists who mounted Garnet onto everything ranging from rings, pins to necklaces. And, after it is all done, other than just a piece of fashion jewelry, Garnet was also believed to be a protective charm against negative energy. Having the exceptional beauty, Garnet is connected with the heart chakra, making this dark red gemstone extraordinarily different from the other stones like Jade and Rose Quartz.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
In Greek myths, the Lord Bacchus poured his wine over the stone in homage, coloring the crystal with a deep purple and that became the amethyst. The ancient Greeks and Romans trust that amethyst had the ability to protect wearers from poison. They would likewise stud their drinking vessels with amethyst and wear amethysts on their bodies. An amethyst worn near the navel was considered to calm the wearer. Medieval warriors wore amulets of amethyst for protection in war, believing that amethyst had healing powers and would keep them composed. Catholic bishops wore rings, the ecclesiastical rings, made of amethyst to shield them from divine intoxication and helped one to be keep the individuals grounded with pious spiritual thoughts.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine has been long considered a “mermaid gemstone” in undersea treasure trove. Sailors would take Aquamarine with them, wishing for safe voyages and good fortune. Roman fishers were said to have first named the gemstone aqua marina (seawater), believing that it would bring them plenteous fish catch. Egyptians and Sumerians believed Aquamarine was a symbol of satisfaction and would grant everlasting youth. Archeologists have discovered Aquamarine in numerous Egyptian tombs. Greeks has been using Aquamarine in their art for more than two thousand years. Additionally, in the medieval times, individuals thought Aquamarine could smooth over disputes between married people and restore love to estranged couples.
April Birthstone: Diamond
Diamond is something beyond aesthetic – it is a symbol of love and commitment. Diamond’s name came from the Greek word “adamas”, which means "unconquerable." Given the name, diamond thus signified the remembrance of eternal love. The earliest diamond was found in India in the 4th century BC, despite the fact that diamonds were formed 900 million years ago. Diamond’s rarity, excellence, and quality make it a fitting image of longevity of marriage. While diamonds are commonly used in the crafting of wedding rings, they are also used as gifts on the 60th wedding anniversary as a blessing.
May Birthstone: Emerald
Emerald has been respected in numerous civilizations for more than 6000 years, and has been sold in the Babylonian market since 4,000 B.C. Emerald was a gemstone adored by the Incas, believed by the Chaldeans to be a symbol of goddess, and was exceptionally respected in every major civilization for its spiritual power and magnificence. Emerald was viewed as eternal life in ancient Egypt and a gift from Thoth, the god of wisdom. The Emerald mined in Upper Egypt, one of the most aged places on Earth and were called Cleopatra's mines for her love. Emerald was used as amulet by Aristotle, Alexander the Great and Charlemagne. Emeralds were mounted on regal crowns of numerous nations for long time. As indicated by Indian lore, the name Emerald was first interpreted from Sanskrit as Marakata, meaning "the green of growing things." Later the old French and vernacular Latin, Esmeraulde became the present name, Emerald.
June Birthstone: Pearl
Pearl has different histories among different civilizations around the world. Arabs believed pearls were the tears of gods fallen into the sea and advancing into the oysters. Greeks believed that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, shed pearls as tears. The Gates of Heaven were portrayed as gates carved out of pearl in the Bible. Krishna, the Hindu god gave his dearest wife pearls when they were married. The Romans greatly adored pearls and only people of highborn would wear them. In the time of British Empire, pearls were reserved solely for the royalty and nobility as the value of pearls were too high for common people to afford. The passion for pearls spread from Spanish navy to the Mexican Gulf, from France to French Polynesia, from Britain to Australia, and finally to the entire world.
July Birthstone: Ruby
The red hot and charming Ruby is a stone of nobility and respectability. It is considered the most eminent of all gemstones, and is praised as "the queen of stones" and "the stone of kings". Ancients believed Ruby outperformed all other valuable gemstones in goodness, and its value surpassed even diamond. The Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan was said to have offered a whole city in return for a sizable Ruby. Ruby can sharpen senses Ruby mixes the blood and invigorates the mind, encouraging one to appreciate being in the world. Ruby is associated with love, passion, commitment, and closeness. Ruby can also stimulate desire and sexual vitality. In the past, Rubies were viewed as immaculate wedding stones.
August Birthstone: Peridot
Peridot is one of the oldest identified gemstone, and were mined as early as 1500 B.C. Peridot is a gemstone particularly related to the old Egypt, and some of the historians believe that the well-known emerald of Cleopatra were actually peridot. The formation of Peridot is unique. Most gemstones are formed in the Earth's crust - with the exceptions of peridot and the precious diamond, which are formed a lot deeper in the mantle. It is pushed to the surface by volcanic activities. People believed that Peridot is always associated with the sun and can keep you on the bright side of life. Wearing this sprightly and vitalizing stone will give you a lift with its leaf-colored hue, defensive and natural qualities.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
The eminent and heavenly Sapphire is the gemstone of wisdom and divine. It has always been connected with sacredness. It is a gemstone with the history and legend in almost every religion. In the medieval world, Sapphire represents divine faith and the confidence in one’s faith, and was believed to bring protection, good luck, and spiritual power. Sapphire was also a symbol of strength and wise judgment. In Hebrew lore, King Solomon and Abraham both wore amulets of Sapphire, and the Law given to Moses was said to be engraved with Sapphire. Greeks wore Sapphire for intelligence when looking for answers from the Oracle at Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Buddhists trust Sapphire could bring commitment and spiritual illumination, and Hindus use Sapphire for love and offering to deities in temples, believing it could influence them with mysterious power. In Christianity, Sapphire was utilized as religious rings, and was treasured by kings and nobility for its forces of protection and understanding.
October Birthstone: Tourmaline
During the 1500s, in Brazil, a Spanish conquistador washed the dirt from the first discovered tourmaline and confused it with emerald. His perplexity stood until researchers confirmed tourmaline to be of a different gemstone category in the 1800s. The perplexity about the tourmaline is even reflected in its name, which originates from “toramalli”, which means "anonymous gemstones of blended hues" in Sinhalese (a language spoken by an ethnic group in Sri Lanka). This is the term given to the colored gemstone that was found in Sri Lanka during that period. In case you are feeling overwhelming stress in your life, the energy of tourmaline will give you reliefs. The energy of Tourmaline will draw in affection and let you believe in love and that you can live in love. Pink Tourmaline also assists you in releasing your sentiments and pains from the past. Pink Tourmaline will always be exceptionally useful in fixing breaks or gaps in your aura.
November Birthstone: Citrine
Citrine is a brilliant gemstone full of vitality. Everything about Citrine exudes energy and happiness. Indeed, even its name, which is originated from the French word for lemon, conveys a feeling of sunlight and bliss. Citrine has already been an ornament as early as in 300 B.C., and the most loved by jewelry merchants in the ancient Greece and Rome. Later in the 17th century, Queen Victoria was seriously interested by the shine of Citrine. Because of citrine's natural autumn hues, it is perfectly fit for being the birthstone of November. There are many trusted implications, known as the “merchant's stone” or the “stone of success”, the citrine properties of wealth are most notable. For those who wish for success in the business sectors, this is the stone to help.
December Birthstone: Blue Topaz
Blue topaz is by nature a romantic gemstone and often features in love stories and honeymoon. This gemstone represents beauty, uniqueness, love and reveals a sense of endurance. Blue Topaz is the most notable member amongst the Topaz family because of its brilliance and eye-catching color. Topaz is also the Texas state gemstone. Although, the color blue is available with many gemstones like in the darker tones of Sapphires, Tanzanite, Aquamarine, etc. But none of the above are perfect for everyday wearing jewelry such as rings, pendants and it is because they do not possess the perfect hardness as Topaz. London Blue Topaz shows the darkest tone of blue among all the topaz. It owns a firm and concentrated grayish-blue color.