Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month of the year. Each one has a unique meaning and is said to represent people that are born within that month.
Want to know what your birthstone means and whether it corresponds with your personality? Well, read on to find out.
January – Garnet
This gemstone has a number of positive attributes for its wearer. Which include inspiring imagination and safeguarding during travel and against getting stuck by lighting. This is in addition to symbolising friendship and trust.
February – Amethyst
This gemstone is said to strengthen relationships and increase courage. Once upon a time, the gemstone was said to be an antidote for drunkenness and insomnia. This is most likely a direct result of the word amethyst deriving from the Greek word amethystos, meaning sober.
March – Aquamarine
According to ancient folklore, the wearer of the aquamarine gemstone is made youthful and fearless. Furthermore, it is meant to safeguard mariners from danger, incite hope, denote innocence and purity of spirit.
April – Diamond
The diamond is meant to bring courage and because of its associations to everlasting love, it makes the perfect gift for a significant other. The courage links continue in Hindu mythology, where it was the weapon of Indra, who was the king of gods.
May – Emerald
The emerald was one of Cleopatra’s favourite gems and it’s not hard to see why. The vibrant green stone has long been associated with fertility, rebirth and love. Another attribute of this gemstone is that it is meant to preserve the marriage bond, strengthen one’s eyesight and safeguard the wearer whilst travelling.
June – Pearl
Not strictly a stone but the pearl has been associated with jewellery for centuries. Naturally beautiful, timeless and a symbol of purity, success, happiness and love. Furthermore, the ancient Greeks linked pearls to the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
July – Ruby
The ruby used to be regarded as the “king of gems” by the ancient Hindus. It is meant to protect the wearer from evil, as well as signifying love, passion, energy and courage.
August – Peridot
The peridot symbolises strength and is said to protect the wearer from nightmares and harm. It is also meant to make the wearer powerful and influential. Perhaps it is the birthstone of a president?
September – Sapphire
This gorgeous blue-toned gem denotes innocence, loyalty, trust, joy, and devotion. It can also guard against evil and poisoning, as well as protect the eyes and heart.
October – Opal
This one-of-a-kind gem represents faithfulness and confidence. When worn in necklaces, the gemstone repels evil and protects eyesight. The word, opal, derives from the Latin – Opalus, which means “precious jewels”.
November – Topaz
This calming and balancing gemstone symbolises affection, balances emotions, releases tension and love. It also increases strength and intellect.
December – Turquoise
The oldest and most eccentric of the twelve birthstones, turquoise is regarded as a love charm. It incites good fortune and success, as well as warding away evil spirits.
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