Birthstones are loved the world over, not just for their beauty, but also because these special gemstones inspire an intrinsic connection between you and the universe.
Of course, there are varied legends that surround the evolution of birthstones; but suffice to say, these crystals transcend all human classifications, unifying people with the common denominator – their birth month.
The history of birthstones dates back to biblical times. It is said that Jewish historian Titus Flavius attributed the 12 precious gemstones in the Hebrew High Priest Aaron’s breastplate (representing the 12 tribes of Israel), to 12 months of the year and the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
Zodiac signs are based on the belief that people have pre-determined personalities that are aligned to the time and month they were born. So, it makes sense that the gemstones attributed to each month might have a therapeutic effect on people born in that month.
History reveals that the world seeks to find answers to mysteries that cannot be fully comprehended; so it’s no surprise that many cultures began crediting gemstones with powers of protection, healing and renewal of energy.
Birthstones have also gained new prominence with the present generation, thanks to the ‘Hallmark Effect’ pervading the gifting domain. Everyone’s on the lookout for meaningful gifts to commemorate special occasions, and what better way to do so than with gemstones that are aligned with the month you were born.
Getting to know your birthstone is an interesting way to discover your inherent qualities. Whether birthstones are symbolic of good fortune or whether you’re just curious about the significance of your birthstone and how it may or may not affect your destiny… what follows is an interesting read.
January Birthstone – Garnet
Garnet is a symbol of loyalty and devotion. It is believed that garnets have a calming effect on you and keep you safe during travel. Garnets also have the ability to boost your energy levels and increase your self-confidence by cleansing and realigning your chakras.
February Birthstone – Amethyst
Amethyst is a symbol of strength and courage. It is a gem that encourages self-control, strengthens the bond of love and helps temper a restless mind. Amethysts are said to dissipate the negative energy surrounding you and stimulate mental and physical healing.
March Birthstone – Aquamarine
This vibrant gemstone is a symbol of good health, youthful love and hope. It rekindles married love and is supposed to protect sailors against the perils of the sea. Aquamarine also soothes the tempests raging within you, regulates hormones and boosts the immune system.
April Birthstone – Diamond
Diamond is a symbol of purity, innocence, eternity and courage. The beauty and brilliance a diamond are unparalleled and is said to amplify the strength and endurance of all your energies. It aids in detoxifying your bodily systems and helps regain physical and metabolic balance.
May Birthstone – Emerald
Emerald is a symbol of fertility, rebirth and love, which is said to have been dedicated to the Goddess of love and beauty – Venus. Emeralds are known to treat disorders of the heart, lungs, spine and muscular system and aid in detoxifying the liver.
June Birthstone – Pearl
Pearl is symbolic of purity, modesty and a stable marriage. They are worn to calm a restless mind, control temper and inspire creativity in work. Pearls are helpful in treating digestive disorders, increase fertility and ease childbirth.
July Birthstone – Ruby
Red ruby is a symbol of harmony and peace, while its color is reflective of love and passion. This ‘king of gems’ is associated with strength and nobility of character. The ruby helps overcome exhaustion and lethargy and detoxifies the body, blood and lymphatic system.
August Birthstone – Peridot
The peridot, also called the ‘evening emerald’ symbolizes strength. It is believed that you can ward off evil and underlying depression if you wear or carry this gem. The peridot strengthens the immune system, metabolism and refreshes the skin.
September Birthstone – Sapphire
The sapphire symbolizes purity, wisdom and dignity and has traditionally been worn by High Priests and royalty. Sapphires are known for their ability to treat blood disorders and poisoning, contain excessive bleeding and strengthen the walls of the veins.
October Birthstone – Opal
The opal is symbolic of loyalty and confidence and innocence. Traditionally opals were worn to repel evil and protect eyesight. Opals also strengthen memory, cleanses the blood, regulates insulin and relieves PMS in women.
November Birthstone – Topaz
Topaz is the ultimate symbol of love and affection. Yellow topaz stones are believed to promote strength and healing the for body and mind, and encourages forgiveness. It also helps in digestion, and combats eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia.
December– Turquoise
Turquoise is a symbol of good fortune and success, and rings with turquoise stones are believed to protect its wearer from harm. This gem has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties and is known for its the ability to neutralize acidity and boost the immune system.

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