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BIRTHSTONES & THEIR ORIGINS

by Rachel Westbrook September 04, 2020 3 min read

BIRTHSTONES & THEIR ORIGINS

Gemstones – we love them in our jewels and to wear them close. But natural gems are not just treasured for their beauty and are revered by many across the world for their healing abilities, too.


If you are a lover of gems, I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘birthstone’ – which refers to a specific gem or crystal that is assigned to you according to which month you were born in. Being born at a certain time of the year affects our personalities - or character traits - due to planetary alignments. These traits are then assigned a particular gemstone in order to balance your sign’s characteristics in areas where your sign needs help, and also aids in highlighting those good traits. In this way, our assigned gemstones help bring out the best in us, whilst encouraging us to break away from the less-positive traits assigned to us by the planetary alignments.

birthstones and their meangins

For example, I’m a Capricorn – and my assigned stone is Garnet. As a Cappy, I’m more prone to a negative mindset at times and to get caught up on past issues with long-felt feelings of guilt. Garnet helps to balance this with its ability to dissipate negative feelings such as guilt and depression, and instead promotes mental clarity for a better peace of mind. Garnet also soothes an angry heart (and Cappy’s are well-known for their ability to hold a grudge until the end of time).  

MONTH

MODERN

TRADITIONAL

MYSTICAL

AYURVEDIC

HEBREW

PLANETARY

ZODIAC

SUN SIGN

January

Garnet

Garnet

Emerald

Garnet

Garnet

Lapiz Lazuli

Ruby

Capricorn

February

Amethyst

Amethyst

Bloodstone

Amethyst

Amethyst

Turquoise

Garnet

Aquarius

March

Aquamarine

Bloodstone

Jade

Bloodstone

Bloodstone

Aquamarine

Amethyst

Pisces

April

Diamond

Diamond

Opal

Diamond

Sapphire

Jasper

Bloodstone

Aries

May

Emerald

Emerald

Sapphire

Agate

Agate

Aventurine

Sapphire

Taurus

June

Pearl

Alexandrite

Moonstone

Pearl

Emerald

Tigers eye

Agate

Gemini

July

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby

Onyx

Moonstone

Emerald

Cancer

August

Peridot

Sardonyx

Diamond

Sapphire

Carnelian

Rock Crystal

Onyx

Leo

September

Sapphire

Sapphire

Agate

Moonstone

Peridot

Citrine

Carnelian

Virgo

October

Opal

Tourmaline

Jasper

Opal

Aquamarine

Sapphire

Peridot

Libra

November

Topaz

Citrine

Pearl

Topaz

Topaz

Garnet

Beryl

Scorpio

December

Tanzanite

Zircon

Onyx

Ruby

Ruby

Topaz

Topaz

Sagittarius

 

The History of Birthstones 

Wearing gems for their other-worldly benefits isn’t a modern phenomenon by any means, and this practice can be traced back to ancient times. Even before modern man, our common ancestors also treasured natural crystal forms and wore them as jewels – the natural elements seeming to bridge a gap that words can’t explain.

History of birthstone chart

The idea of assigned gemstones to the months of the year is most often thought to have originated from the biblical Breastplate of Aaron (brother of Moses). This breastplate was a ceremonial religious garment, set with twelve gemstones that corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and months of the year. There is today however some debate as to which gemstones were set in the breastplate, due to a more modern approach to the gem properties (and not just identifying the gemstones via colour alone).  This is why different cultures around the world have developed different birthstone lists.

birthstone breastplate, history of birthstones

Birthstone chart

 

It’s also important to remember that the historical origins of birthstones will always remain somewhat unclear, and these stones would have most likely had a much longer history rooted in astrology or calendars used over time.The modern-day list that is most commonly known within the Western world is only the most recent chart; older lists still exist – including mystical birthstone originating from Tibet, the Ayurvedic birthstone list from Ancient India and the Planetary Stone list. Some also suggest that the proper way to assign gemstones is according to astrological sign, as opposed to by month. 

 

Birthstones, peridot, spinel

Choosing your personal gemstones 

Birthstones work as guidance to your inherent birth/star sign traits – work with this, and you will reap the benefits. 

Overall, its important to remember that although we are assigned a gemstone,  gems do also choose their owners – if a topaz speaks to you over your birthstone, then it is for a reason and it is important to listen to your intuition.

You can shop for your birthstone under: SHOP BY COLLECTION >> BIRTHSTONE COLLECTION



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