Birthstones Guide

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Birthstones Are special Stones for everyone

Giving the gift of birthstone jewelry, or proudly wearing it yourself is truly special and magical. That is because the history of birthstones is surrounded with mystery, and that adds to the value.

The history of birthstones is surrounded with mystery: one of the first times they are mentioned is in the Bible in Exodus 28: 17-21 where the Lord of Israel was to have told Moses “Fashion a breast-piece for making decisions–the work of a skilled craftsman……..and in verse 21 we read “There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.”

The original stones listed in the Old Testament were : ruby, topaz, beryl, turquoise, sapphire, emerald, jacinth, agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx and jasper.

These lovely, mystical birthstones – at least one for each month – make jewelry fun and meaningful. Various systems of birthstones have existed for years, although jewelers currently use a system that has been in place since 1912.

As you read on you will learn that there are several birthstone systems that came into fashion and then fell out of style. I focused on the birthstones that were accepted by the National Association of Jewelers in 1912. There are beautiful birthstones for every year.

The more I learn about rocks, stones and gems the more I love them. I cannot attest to to all the various claims of those who love crystals about which stone to use for which purpose, but I do feel energy around them. I hope you have fun learning about the birthstones in your life!

What is your birthstone?

Which of the beautiful birthstones is yours?

Learn Birthstones all Through the Year with this birthstone calendar

Each of the birthstones have a special characteristic, and these little fairies show them delightfully.

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Garnet Birthstone Jewelry

January’s Birthstone is Garnet

Garnet comes in a multitude of colors including green, but it is best known for a lovely reddish-orange.

It is believed that Noah guided his ark and all the animals with a garnet lantern!

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February amethyst jewelry

Lovely mysterious amethyst is known to be very spiritually powerful. In the past people believed they could drink from an amethyst goblet and it would protect from drunkenness!

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March Birthstone Aquamarine

Aquamarine is the Special Protective Stone of Mermaids

All birthstones, in fact all gems, are believed to have special powers that can be used in crystal healing. Lovely light-blue aquamarine is also the guardian stone of mermaids!

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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend!

Diamonds are the Birthstones of April

Diamonds are known as a symbol of glamour and beauty. Marilyn Monroe believed that diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

Diamonds are best known in a clear color, but they also come in black, yellow, pink and a rainbow of other hues.

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May’s Lovely Birthstone Emerald

I always think of Dorothy in the Emerald City when I think of this May birthstone. Emerald is a precious jewel, along with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.

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Do you believe in the magic of birthstones?

From the ancient Egyptians, to the Israelites of the Old Testament, to the Native Americans on the other side of the globe – people have believed that certain stones have significance. And that these gems are particularly powerful for people who are born in that month.

Astrologists have their own system, which is often the same as that in modern use, but not identical.

Many people believe in crystal healing, and will use the birthstones that way as well.

Do you believe in a birthstone magic?

June Birthstone: The Pearl

Pearls are one of the only gems that are of a natural origin other than mined. Pearls form as oysters try to protect themselves against little irritants inside and put down beautiful nacre.

Even the mother of pearl inside of the oyster is beautiful.

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Birthstone Jewelry is Perfect for Gift-Giving the Year Round

Do you have a special Christmas gift to give? Don’t give a Christmas tree ornament – give a finger ornament full of precious jewels!

The ring is the most popular gift for Christmas, birthdays and Mother’s Day. My birthstone is the ruby, my brother’s and sister’s the aquamarine and bloodstone. I think that would make a beautiful ring.

My first son also has the March birthstones, and my eldest son the pearl. I am going to be giving them hints about this when ever they have got past the allowance state to earning their own wages.

Ps – I recently learned that there are birth flowers for each month. I have learned a delightful world, as I am learning to speak the language of flowers!

The Crystal Bible is a great resource for learning about birthstones and all other gems

The Crystal Zodiac deepens the focus to birthstones

All birthstones are gemstones and crystals – and they are all purported to have powers. There is no better source of this information than The Crystal Bible.

I came into contact with this book first at a huge jewel and gem table at Pantheacon. Pantheacon is a huge pagan celebration where jewelry and gems are very important because it is believed that stones and jewels are very powerful. The woman who was selling the crystals and gems truly believes that they are very powerful, and every stone came with a description of what the stone delivered. When I asked her how she got the information she showed me an extremely well used copy of this book – in fact it was dog-eared and held together by tape.

The author of The Crystal Bible is Judy Hall; definitely the authority in the field of crystals and gems. British born Judy Hall is a psychic and karmic astrologer – and she has written more books about every aspects of all kinds of crystals than anyone else. Ms. Hall runs crystal healing workshops, uses crystals with her counselling and just basically is the go to person when it comes to rocks.

The second book by Ms. Hall is perfect for the crystal healing student who wants to center in on birthstones.

The Crystal BibleThe Crystal BibleThe Crystal BibleJudy Hall's Crystal ZodiacJudy Hall’s Crystal ZodiacJudy Hall's Crystal Zodiac

 

The Wonderful Birthstone of July: Ruby

I was born in July, so I love the birthstone of the ruby.

Although, since it is a precious gem I do not have as much of it as I would like!

When it comes to rubies, the redder the better.

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August Birthstone: Peridot

The Lovely Green-Yellow Gem

Peridot is the only birthstone featured that comes in only one color: a lovely apple-green.

This stone speaks of optimism, and brightens anyone’s life that is lucky enough to receive it.

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September Birthstones Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire

September has two amazing birthstones: sapphire and lapis lazuli.

Both are ancient, well known to people in times of the Bible and ancient Egypt.

Sapphire and lapis are both best known for deep blue hues, although sapphire comes in pink as well.

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October Birthstone: Opal

Opal is one of the most rich and mysterious of all of the gems.

Traditional opal is known for it’s play of color – the ever-changing rainbow inside the gem as you turn it.

There is also a Mexican fire opal – full of brilliant orange red colors.

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November’s Birthstones

Topaz and Citrine

You have two lovely choices if you are buying for someone who has been born in November: topaz and citrine.

Topaz is one of the world’s most versatile gems. It comes in a wide range of colors, including white topaz which is often used as a diamond substitute.

Citrine comes in only one color, but what a beautiful bright yellow color it is. Citrine is known to bless you financially!

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Turquoise: December’s Birthstone

December actually has several blue birthstones that serve to make the month special.

You can also celebrate your December birthday with blue topaz, blue zircon (not cubic zirconium) and tanzanite.

But turquoise is ancient, full of history and loved world wide.

First found in Persia, turquoise also has been used in Native American jewelry.

Sometimes turquoise will be pure blue, but often it is made special by its matrix of veins of rock fragments or oxides that make each piece of turquoise absolutely unique.

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There is a world of birthstone jewelry awaiting you

No matter what your birthstone, you can find beautiful jewelry that is gorgeous as well as mysterious. What is your beautiful birthstone?


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  1. Sara0129

    Lovely pieces. My favorite is the January birthstone dangling earrings.

  2. I’ve always loved birthstones and had to use a birthstone guide for my mother in laws grandchildren necklace. Beautiful jewelry.

  3. I absolutely love all types of jewelry. There are some very pretty pieces here. My birthstone is a sapphire.

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