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Birthstones can be traced back to biblical times. Although the idea of birthstones originally had a religious meaning, modern tradition dictates that the stones are assigned according to a person's month of birth. Each month is assigned a different gemstone, and these symbolize different things such as peace, love, and trust. Here is the list of birthstones and which month they represent.
Garnets come in a large variety of colors, but January is usually associated with the blood-red stone. This is a dramatic stone and perfectly suited to those born in this winter month. The garnet signifies trust and friendship and is said to protect people during their travels.
Amethyst is a pure quartz that has been found all over the world. It is a gorgeous blend of purple and red, but it is usually the deeper purple colors that are the most popular. The color purple is connected to serenity and royalty. It is said to give the wearer courage and cement relationships of the heart. It is often used to celebrate the 6th and 17th year of marriage.
Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for the month of March and a member of the beryl family. It comes in a wide variety of greens and blues, like this Blue Aquamarine Ring. It is loved by jewelers as it is strong and durable and therefore can be easily fashioned into jewelry. Aquamarine is a beautiful spring color for a March birthday. It is the color of the sea and is said to be the treasure of mermaids. It seeks the truth and encourages the holder to let go of the past.
Diamonds are the hardest gemstone you can find, and it is because of their strength that they are often used for engagement or wedding rings that are supposed to last forever. They can be found in a variety of different colors, but they are often associated with a brilliant, sparkling silver or clear color.
The emerald is also a member of the beryl family and it is best known for its beautiful green color, like this Gold Plated 5 Layer Emerald Ring. This is perfect for spring as the leaves are green and the lush grass reminds us of fertility and health. This gemstone is said to bring the owner good fortune and the gift of foresight.
The pearl is a symbol of wisdom. It is renowned for its off-white color, but it has also been found in pink and black, although these colors are much rarer. The pearl is said to have a calming effect and offers the holder a sense of safety. This is a popular gemstone for a bride to wear on her wedding day, and it also represents 30 years of marriage.
Traditionally a talisman against evil and harm, the ruby is associated in modern times with love, passion, wealth, and peace. The ruby belongs to the corundum family and gets its distinctive red color from the element chromium. All other gems in the corundum family are said to be types of sapphire.
Peridot is the modern birthstone for August. However, August is a popular month for gemstones, and other gemstones, such as spinel and sardonyx, have also been associated with this month. Peridot is found deep in the earth’s mantle and then brought to the surface by volcanoes. It is found in rich, warm colors such as yellow, green, and brown and is said to symbolize strength.
The sapphire appears in a range of colors but is most often associated with a dark blue hue. Sapphires are said to represent nobility, sincerity, and integrity. Star sapphires are some of the most desired gems in the world.
The opal appears in a wide range of colors, but it usually has a white, blue, or green background, like this Crescent & Triangular Opal Layered Necklace. The black opal is the rarest and therefore most expensive. The opal is believed to symbolize hope and purity.
Topaz is a symbol of love and affection. It was once thought to appear only as a yellow stone, but many other colors have been found more recently.
Tanzanite gets its name from the fact that it is only found in one area of Tanzania. It is usually found in blue or purple tones, but this depends on the angle it is viewed from and the light surrounding it. It is said to symbolize longevity, truth, and dignity.
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