That each of us has a horoscope according to our date of birth is known to all, but what we may not know is that depending on the birth month in which we were born we are also more tied to one type of birthstones than to another; there are those who feel attraction or predilection for a particular stone and perhaps it may be because of the date on which he was born. We’re going to show you all the stones so you can know which one corresponds to you and their meaning.
The Current List of Gemstones is as follows according to the US-Chart
- Stone of the month of birth, January – Garnet
- Stone of the Month of Birth, February – Amethyst
- Stone of the month of birth, March – Aquamarine
- Stone of the Month of Birth, April – Diamond
- Stone of the Month of Birth, May – Emerald
- Stone of the month of birth, June – Pearl, and Alexandria
- Stone of the month of birth, July – Ruby
- Stone of the month of birth, August – Peridot, and Spinel
- Stone of the month of birth, September – Sapphire
- Stone of the month of birth, October – Tourmaline, and Opal
- Stone of the month of birth, November – Topaz, and Citrine
- Stone of the month of birth, December – Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise
Birthstones: What is your stone and what is its meaning?
January Birthstones – Garnet
It means eternal friendship and trust and can be the perfect gift for a friend. The word garnet derives from the word granatum, which means seed, and is named after the garnet reminiscent of the seed of the fruit of the pomegranate. This stone has been used since before 3100 A.C. when Egyptians already embedded them in pieces of jewelry.
February Birthstones – Amethyst
It is said to maintain the lucidity and acuity of the wearer. In the Middle Ages, the important gifts of the English were decorated with amethysts because it symbolized royalty and many of the best amethysts from Russia were used in jewels of European royalty that still endure today.
March Birthstones – Aquamarine, Bloodstone
This stone was used by sailors as protection for a safe journey. Because of its serene color they also say that tempers character, offering calm to those who wear it.
April Birthstones – Diamond
This stone represents love, joy, and courage and is the ideal gift to give away in marriage petitions. If you want to know more about this stone, you can see it here, in the post we write talking about the characteristics of diamonds.
May Birthstones – Emerald
This stone is a symbol of rebirth, youth, and good fortune. The word emerald derives from the Greek smaragdus, which means green and the first ones found was around 330 A.C.
June Birthstone – Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
Pearls have been used as an ornament since ancient times and were one of the favorite gems in the Roman Empire. Later, at the time of the Tudors in England (about the year 1,500), it was known as the time of pearl. They are the only gem that comes from living sea beings and does not require polish or faceting to reveal they’re a natural beauty.
July Birthstone – Ruby
It is the strongest gem after the diamond, making it suitable to wear in day-to-day life. It is said that rubies awaken the senses and imagination and that they protect health, wisdom, and success in love.
August Birthstone – Peridot, Spinel
It is one of the components of the famous magical talismans with healing properties and protection of their possessor. This stone forms in the deep interior of the earth and goes outside through volcanoes; in Hawaii, the peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the god of fire and volcanoes.
September Birthstone – Sapphire
According to the legends of the Middle Ages, sapphire provides protection to the loved one from envy and harm and symbolizes heaven and blessings. Sapphire can be found in all colors of the rainbow and is known as pink sapphire, green sapphire, orange sapphire, etc.
October Birthstone – Opal, Tourmaline
The name opal derives from the Greek opals, which means to see a change (color). This stone inspires passion and emotions, and its beauty lies in the combination of its colors.
November Birthstone – Topaz, Citrine
It is characterized by its golden color, practically gold made of stone. It is said to bring vitality, health, and energy to the wearer. It is found in a variety of colors ranging from pastel yellow to brownish orange.
December Birthstone – Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite
It is a piece that has recently been discovered (in the 1960s) in Tanzania and is used by Masai village who offers to newborns as a carrier of fortune. It is found exclusively in this area.
History of the Gemstones of the Birth Month
Gemstones are closely related to human religions and beliefs.
The Bible records the use of gemstones,(Exodus 28 and 39), in Aaron’s pectoral (a coraza-shaped religious garment) 12 gems were embedded, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. In later writings, we know that links were subsequently made between these 12 gemstones used in the pectoral and the 12 signs of the zodiac, and the use of these stones as a talisman.
But not only is the Judeo-Christian religion associated with gemstones but in Hinduism, we also find something similar. The belief that the position of constellations and planets at birth affects life causes Vedic astrologers to use certain gems to minimize or maximize the influences of planets on people’s lives. The gems they use are nine (Hesonite Garnet, Blue Sapphire, Cat’s Eye, Yellow Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, Pearl, Coral, and Ruby), which correspond to the seven planets and two lunar nodes.
Islam is based on legends associated with Ali ibn Abu Talib (cousin and mother-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad). It was adorned with four rings adorned with four different stones. It is believed to be cornaline, ruby, turquoise, hematite. These stones conferred powers on their possessor (protection, respect, and dignity, strength, beauty, etc.).
But it would be in the sixteenth and seventeenth century when in Poland the use of the precious stones of the month of birth became very popular. The richest and most powerful members of society used for a certain month the precious stone of that period, in order to be protected from the misfortunes of life. At the time few lucky ones could use a stone each month, the less affluent, hopefully, had to settle for the one that represented their month of birth.
The list of current birthstones has little to do with Aaron’s armor. Since they have changed over the years.
In 1912 the American National Retail Jewelers Association, now known as the Jewellers of American – JA organization, published a list of Birthstones or birthstones, the list was modified in 1952, such modification followed a preference of new consumers, adding the Alexandrian, Citrino, Tourmaline and Zircón.
In 2002 AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) added Tanzanite is a birthstone of December and it was in this year, in 2016, that spinel has been added as the birthstone of the month August.
Clearly, you can’t ignore the commercial background and marketing campaign behind it, comparable to Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or the use of diamonds as a gift of commitment, synonymous with eternal love. But in the case of birthstones we find stories that speak of distant times, where man embraced his beliefs, superstitions, myths, and legends; where gems were endowed with healing, beneficial and therapeutic powers, in which they continue to be believed today; and all that, let’s not forget, is our story.