Find Your Birthstone
The wearing of birthstone rings
is believed to bring good luck as well as help fight off any evil
presence and certain disorders. This belief is said to go back to the
first century and has been significant in many different cultures.
High Priests wore twelve jewels in their breastplate and these
powerful associations with precious stones may have originated there.
describes the breastplate of Aaron:
10 And they set in it
four rows of stones: a row with a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald was
the first row; 11 the second row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and a
diamond; 12 the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 13 the
fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They were enclosed in
settings of gold in their mountings. 14 There were twelve stones
according to the names of the sons of Israel: according to their names,
engraved like a signet, each one with its own name according to the
twelve tribes. (Taken from the New King James Version).
Some of the meanings
attached to the birthstone rings are romantic, some are practical,
while others are downright bizarre. Still, it's an excuse to wear
Every month of the year
is assigned its own gem, and each stone symbolizes different qualities.
There have been many
different sets of birthstone rings used throughout history and in
different cultures, but in 1912 the American national association of
of America, officially adopted a
list, which is currently the most widely used in the US and many other
countries, including Australia and Thailand. Some alternates have been
adopted to be a less expensive substitute.
We start at the beginning of the year, and the January gem is the
burgundy red Garnet. These birthstone rings are significant to
Christians who believe it symbolizes the crucifixion of Christ. People
in medieval times thought its powers could stop bleeding and help
inflammatory illnesses. Rose Quartz is the alternative.
If you're born in February, you should be wearing the purple Amethyst
birth stone, which is the protector of soldiers and hunters. It's also
supposed to make you more intelligent! The Onyx acts as a substitute.
Born in March? Then the Aquamarine, symbolizing happiness and
understanding is your birthstone ring. It's traditional to present it
to new brides to make them faithful and true. It's also good for
hiccups! You may also wear Red Jasper (or "bloodstone") as an
Consider yourself lucky if you're born in April because that means
Diamonds. These birthstone rings signify purity, eternal love and
faith. You could always pretend you were born in the fourth month of
the year! You may also choose Rock Crystal as a substitute.
May is represented by the green Emerald, symbolizing fidelity and
goodness. It's supposed to help memory and can be used to predict the
future. Alternatively, the Chrysoprase may also be worn.
The Pearl is the birtstone ring for June, which is the only
non-mineral, and stands for beauty and chastity. People living in the
13th century thought it could cure mental illness and broken hearts.
The alternate birthstone is Alexandrite or Moonstone.
If you're born in July, then you need to wear a Ruby ring. This gem
stone signifies passion, devotion and good health. You may also
consider wearing Jade instead.
The birthstone ring for August is the Peridot, which stands for dignity
and success. It also helps dreams to become real. Aventurine, sardonyx
and sapphire have been considered as alternative birthstones.
The month of September is represented by the Blue Sapphire, standing
for prosperity and sincerity. These are also the birthstone rings you
should be wearing if you suffer from ulcers or a cold. Alternatively
you may wear Lapis lazuli.
The Opal is October's birthstone ring. This precious stone is
considered to have magical powers and symbolizes beauty and happiness.
Pink Tourmaline is the alternate birthstone.
The yellow or golden Topaz is your gemstone if you're born in the
eleventh month. These November birthstone rings is believed to dispel
enchantment and improve eyesight. The Romans also thought it was handy
to sniff out poisons. Citrine (lemon colored) or Turquoise may also be
Finally, the month of December brings us to the Blue Zircon. In the
middle ages, this prized stone is supposed to aid sleep, bring
prosperity, as well as promote honor and wisdom. Blue Topaz, Turquoise,
and Tanzanite have been added as substitute birth stones.
It's interesting to know about the meanings behind the precious gems,
and the significance that past civilizations gave to them. Although we
may not pay much attention to mystical symbols as we go about our daily
lives, we can still appreciate birthstone rings and their beauty.
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