Birthday Gemstone Guide

A lot of people ask me what gemstones go with what birthdays. To make it easy I thought I'd make an quick guide for stone identification. Facts about the stones are printed below.

January: Garnet: Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

February: Amethyst: Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Amethyst is purple quartz, a beautiful blend of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth.

March: Aquamarine: The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones.
BloodStone: This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders. It is sometimes called the martyr's stone as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ's blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross.

April: Diamonds:
There are the standard diamonds and Fancy-color diamonds which are natural, rare and truly exotic gem of the earth. Diamonds in hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green range in intensity from faint to vivid and generally the more saturated the color, the higher the value. In fact, diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size.

May: Emerald: Emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.

June: Pearl: They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500s were known as the pearl age.
Alexandrite: A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite, was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities.
Moonstone: Considered a sacred stone in India, moonstones often are displayed on a background of yellow (a sacred color) and are believed to encapsulate within the stone a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune.

July: Ruby: Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. Ruby is a variety of the gems species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is durable enough for everyday wear. If the gem is too light or has too much purple or orange, it will be called a fancy-color sapphire.

August: Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

September: Sapphire: Sapphires will protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.

This very rare stone demands extremely high prices on the market today.
Tourmalines are credited with the power to enhance one's understanding, increase self-confidence and amplify one's psychic energies, and aid in concentration and communication.Conversely, they are said to neutralize negative energies, and dispell fear and grief.Tourmalines were also believed to be usefull in relaxing the body and the mind, and to help in the treatment of many different diseases such as anxiety, blood poisoning, arthritis, and heart disease.

Opal: The ancient Greeks believed opal could give to the wearer the power of foresight.
The Romans revered opal as the symbol of hope and purity, and believed it could protect from disease. Eastern people regarded it as the symbol of truth. The Ancient Arabs believed it came from heaven, and that it acquired the play of color from flashes of lightning.
In the Middle Ages, opal was thought to be beneficial for eyesight, some people even believed it could render the wearer invisible.

November: Topaz: When worn as amulet, topaz was said to drive away sadness and strengthen the intellect.
Mounted in gold and hung around the neck, it was believed to dispel bad charms.
Reduced to powder and put in wine, topaz was a cure for insomnia, asthma, burns and hemorrhage.
Topaz was also said to change its color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.
All these mystical powers were believed to increase and decrease with the phases of the moon.

Citrine: Citrine, the other birthstone for November is known as the "healing quartz". This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer.

December: Tanzanite:
It's a recent discover so there is no folklore connected to it.
Tanzanite is more delicate than other gemstones and should not be set in a ring that will be worn during strenuous activity.
Never clean tanzanite in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Zircon: Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep.

Turquoise: Turquoise is one of the oldest known gem materials. The Egyptians were mining turquoise in the Sinai as early as 5,500 BC.

The blue color of turquoise was thought to have powerful metaphysical properties by many ancient cultures.In ancient Mexico, turquoise was reserved for the gods and could not be worn by mere mortals. In Asia, turquoise was considered as effective protection against the evil eye. In Tibet even today, turquoise is by far the most popular of all materials used for personal adornment, and still play an important part in religious ceremonies. In the United States South West, the Apache believed that turquoise helped warriors and hunters to aim accurately. The Zuni believed that it protected them from demons. Another belief was that turquoise had the power to protect the wearer from injury from falling, especially falling from horse-back, and that it made the horse more sure footed.

Turquoise was also thought to promote prosperity and is, alternating with zircon, the birthstone for December.


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