But first, some history. If you can believe it, birthstones originated in the Bible, from the Torah. Taken from a passage in the book of Exodus describing the breastplate of Aaron, the stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel. Scholars later connected these gemstones to the 12 zodiac signs, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that the stones were assigned to specific months.
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So when did we start putting birthstones in jewelry? Tiffany & Co were the first to incorporate birthstone jewelry into their product line in the late 1800’s. This part didn’t surprise me because come on, it’s Tiffany! We all know he was a genius when it comes to romancing women with beautiful objects. Then in 1912, the National Association of Jewelers defined a modern day list of birthstones. This list has since been updated and become more commercialized so the religious connection doesn’t get mentioned anymore, but there’s still spiritual and healing properties that are pretty amazing.
So, let’s talk about the awesome characteristics of each month’s stone and what they say about you! A little side note here: some months have more than one stone that are commonly used. For those of you with multiples, you get to pick your fav or just have both!
January: You’re a hopeless romantic.
The gorgeous deep red garnet stone, symbolizes peace, prosperity, & good health. Representing love and enhancing sexuality, this stone brings warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity & honesty to your relationships. It’s also said to help purify the heart, lungs, blood and regenerate DNA. Lastly, it’ll boost your immune system and energy levels.
February: You’re the dependable one.
If you’re born in February, your stone is amethyst, which can vary in color from bright purple to light green. Said to strengthen relationships and bring the wearer courage, this stone helps cleanse negative energy and promote greater understanding. When you wear amethyst, you will have a greater sense of contentment and centered energy. It helps with physical ailments of the nervous system, nightmares, insomnia, and balancing the crown chakra. An energy balancing stone, it’s also great for emotional issues because it keeps you grounded.
March: You’re the zen master.
Tranquil blue aquamarine is known as a symbol of youth, health and hope. With its soothing energy it calms fears and phobias, by bringing you courage and protection. It’s often used to promote verbal self-expression, enhance spiritual communication & clear communication blocks.
April: You’re the peacemaker.
All you April peeps get lucky with your stone, the diamond. Symbolizing purity, commitment and fidelity, this stone is often associated with love and relationships. The pure white light of this stone creates a cohesiveness to your life. They assist in relieving fear and anxiety. Known to encourage truth and trust, the diamond creates a harmonious energy within the wearer.
May: You’re the unifier.
Bright and beautiful green, the emerald is a very rare stone. It’s a symbol of rebirth, love, loyalty, and domestic bliss. It promotes friendship by keeping partnerships in balance and enhancing unity. An interesting characteristic of the emerald, is that it can signal unfaithfulness by changing color. Stimulating the heart chakra, it has a healing effect on emotions and the physical heart.
June: You’re the balancer.
June is one of the lucky months with two stones! Alexandrite reacts to a change in health of the wearer by changing color. Known as a strong and powerful stone, it improves blood circulation, purifies blood & strengthens blood vessels. It has a positive influence on the spleen and pancreas.
The other June stone, pearl, is a symbol of purity. It promotes faith, charity and integrity. Known to help connect the wearer to feminine energy, it is great for balancing emotions.
July: You’re the beacon.
July’s ruby represents love, health, and wisdom. It’s said that wearing a ruby brings you good luck and shields against negative energy. You can really feel limitless and full of courage and joy while wearing a ruby. It’s also known to enhance leadership qualities and selfless work in all spiritual endeavors.
August: You’re the leader.
The bright lime green peridot is said to instill power and influence within the wearer. It can alleviate jealousy, resentment, spite, bitterness, irritation, hatred and greed. While also reducing stress, anger and guilt. If you’re starting a new relationship, peridot is the perfect stone for you because it opens hearts to joy and enhances confidence and assertion. It can also be great for overcoming difficult life decisions because it motivates growth and change.
September: You’re the wise one.
The truly radiant dark blue sapphire will protect its wearer from harm. Known as the “wisdom stone,” it releases mental tension, depression, unwanted thoughts and spiritual confusion. Giving a sapphire as a gift represents loyalty and trust. Use this stone for true mental clarity and spiritual truth.
October: You’re the confident one.
Another month with double the fun, October babes get to choose from pink tourmaline and opal. Pink tourmaline helps emotional problems and promotes self-confidence by dismissing fears. It also attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance, and prosperity. Feeling overwhelmed? Use tourmaline to release tension, remove blockages and balance your male-female energy within the body.
Fiery opal inspires love, hope, innocence, purity, luck and happiness. Acting to sooth and clear the emotional body, it helps you find the joy in your life. Opal is a great memory enhancer bringing mental clarity and creativity while also promoting leadership and intuition.
November: You’re the sunshine.
Two lovely golden toned stones claim November, topaz and citrine. Considered a gift from the sun, citrine removes negative energy, relieves depression, self-doubt, anger, and irrational mood swings. A stone of prosperity, citrine helps you manifest your biggest dreams and brings success.
Topaz is a stone of reestablishment able to direct energy where it’s needed the most. It soothes, heals, stimulates, recharges, re-motivates, and aligns the meridians of the body. A stone of love and good fortune it promotes truth and forgiveness, joy, generosity, abundance, and good health. Lastly, it’s a stone of love and good fortune.
December: You’re the wanderer.
December has three beautiful blue azure stones: blue topaz, zircon and turquoise. Blue topaz is great for relaxation because it helps release tension. You can use topaz to bring out truth and wisdom, while also aiding in clear communication. It’s known as a crystal of joy, generosity, abundance and good health.
Blue zircon protects travelers while also promoting prosperity and honor. It’s also a great energy cleanser.
Turquoise benefits the whole body, especially the immune, respiratory, waste and skeletal systems. By far the coolest characteristic of this stone is its ability to help you master your own happiness by identifying things that bring you joy and focusing on them instead of things that cause you unhappiness or frustration. Also, it’ll protect you from external influences allowing you to truly be the keeper of your own feelings.
So, there’s all the birthstones and what they say about you. Do you see any parallels between yourself and your birthstone? Or are you surprised by what you read? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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