I remember the first time I saw birthstones used in a present. Dad and my brother and sisters purchased a lovely ring for my mother with four birthstones for her four children.
For our family it was such a big deal, my parents didn’t have much jewelry. My mother didn’t even wear a diamond engagement ring, but just the plain gold wedding band. But my dad thought that she deserved this ring, and so she did. Mom looked quite lovely in the gold ring with two red and two blue stones: ruby and aquamarine to match her her two July babies and her two March babies.
This story is even cuter because somehow the kids got one ring and dad got another!
Mom ended up with two rings! She returned one and ended up getting goods instead of cash. I remember she was pretty happy with her new mixer AND her ring. The first piece of birthstone jewelry I learned about was the Mother Day’s Birthstone Ring
Birthstones Have an Ancient History
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. There are several birthstone systems that came into fashion and then fell out of style. I primarily focus on the birthstones that were accepted by the National Association of Jewelers in 1912.
Of course there is traditional astrology, and astrological stones are very similar to the birthstones that we honor today. I also have a special interest in zodiac stones.
However birthstones are a part of ancient Indian and Tibetan cultures. Ayurvedic and mystical belief systems hold birthstones great value too.
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!
Giving the gift of birthstone jewelry, or proudly wearing it yourself is truly special and magical.
One of the first times birthstones are mentioned is in the Bible in Exodus 28: 17-21 where the Lord of Israel 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 were :
- onyx and
As you can see many of the same birthstones in the Bible that we still claim nowadays.
Later in the 8th and 9th centuries, Christians assigned the birthstones to represent each of the 12 apostles.
Birthstones for Every Month of the Year
The modern system of modern birthstones was decided in 1912 when the Jewelers of America decided to come up with a system blending the best of the ancient systems.
February born will celebrate with the beautiful February Birthstone the Purple Amethyst
And if you believe diamonds are forever, you will love the April Birthstone of the Queen of Gems: the Diamond. And you will be happy to know that there is an alternate birthstone of Quartz for April.
And of course there is June’s third birthstone alexandrite. Alexandrite has been called “emerald by day, ruby by night,” because of this rare stones ability to appear to change color from aqua green to ruby red depending on the light.
My own birth month is July – and that is good news! I can celebrate with the most beautiful of the precious jewels: the ruby the most beautiful of birthstones: the ruby. And there are two other beautiful July birthstones: the vibrant black onyx and yellow-orange carnelian.
I you have a birthday in August you will celebrate with the unusual peridot
There are two beautiful birthstones for November: the multi-colored birthstone of November the topaz and the alternative is the lovely yellow citrine
The last month of the year, December born celebrate its births with the beautiful blue turquoise . You can also celebrate December with the brilliant blue tanzanite – just discovered this century!
There are many birthstone jewelry pieces that we can wear. I love this gorgeous bracelet offered from Amazon. It has so many brilliant birthstones!
If your budget doesn’t quite match this you will be pleased to find that there’s lots of inexpensive real birthstone jewelry.
Learning the language of birthstones, and how their symbolism and beauty adds to our life adds magic to our life. Birthstone Magic is real!