Birthstones

There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers.

January – Garnet
Legend has it that the garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth. The garnet also symbolized deep and lasting friendship. With that legend in mind, give a garnet to someone whose friendship you deeply value.

No matter why or how you wear garnet, this beautiful gemstone is perfect for those who share January birthdays and get to start each New Year with a sense of goodwill, happiness, and purpose.

 

February – Amethyst
This gemstone was said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Many wearers of amethyst throughout history and even today prize the gem for its symbolism as well as its beauty. Leonard da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts. Other qualities like peace, stability, courage and strength are said to be derived from this gemstone.

Today, many wearers simply prize the amethyst for its beautiful shade and the way it complements both warm and cool colors. The amethyst is not only the February birthstone, it is also used to celebrate the 6th and 17th year of marriage.

 

March – Aquamarine
The serenely colored aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene blue or blue-green color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.

The stone is said to help one cultivate more inner tranquility. It is also considered by some to be a great aligner of the spiritual and the physical, for those who feel out of harmony or alignment with oneself. Not only is aquamarine one of the March birthstones, it’s also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries.

No matter how you use aquamarine—either as a piece of jewelry or as an aid in a spiritual journey—its cool, tranquil color is the perfect complement to any skin tone or setting.

 

April – Diamond
Many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth. Perhaps this is the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers.

Throughout history, however, the diamond has nearly always symbolized eternal and lasting love. So whether you’re getting engaged, or simply want to give yourself a truly meaningful gift, the diamond has both beauty and enduring symbolism.

 

 

May  – Emerald
As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. It was also thought to be able to ward off panic and keep the wearer relaxed and serene. Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emeralds. She even claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign.

Today, emerald is a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace and security, making it not only a beautiful gem to wear, but also a meaningful gift to be treasured by the receiver.

 

 

June – Pearl/Moonstone
The lucky people born in June have a choice of gemstones between pearl and moonstone.

Pearls
The ancient Greeks believed pearls were tears of the gods. Japanese folktales told that pearls were created from the tears of mythical creatures like mermaids and nymphs. Early Chinese civilizations believed that dragons carried pearls between their teeth, and the dragon must be slain to claim the pearls—which symbolized wisdom. Other cultures associated pearls with the moon, calling them “teardrops of the moon.”

Pearls symbolize wisdom acquired through experience. They are believed to attract wealth and luck as well as offer protection. Known for their calming effect, pearls can balance one’s karma, strengthen relationships, and keep children safe. The pearl is also said to symbolize the purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of its wearer.

 

Moonstone
As its name implies, moonstone is closely associated with lunar mystery and magic. Its calming, balancing energies can supposedly attune to natural biological rhythms. Moonstone acts as the ultimate fertility crystal by sparking passion in new lovers and reuniting old ones.

Since ancient times, many cultures have held that moonstone can attune its wearer to the natural rhythms of the moon. Known for its calming, soothing aura, moonstone has been used to treat insomnia and sleepwalking, ward off nightmares and promote vivid dreams.

Moonstone has been used as a beautiful adornment and a powerful talisman since ancient civilizations. The Romans admired it, believing it was formed from moonbeams. In India, moonstone is considered a sacred and magical “dream stone” that can bring beautiful dreams at night. Also known as the Traveler’s Stone, it’s believed to protect travelers at night.

Florida adopted moonstone as its official state gem in 1970 to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing and other spaceflights that launched from Florida.

 

July – Ruby
Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the color red, the vibrant ruby is said to bring love and success. Due to its deep red color, ruby has long been associated with the life force and vitality of blood. It is believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage and bring success in wealth, love and battle.

Symbolic of passion, protection and prosperity, the ruby has been revered since ancient times. Chinese noblemen adorned their armor with rubies because they believed the gem would grant protection. They also buried rubies beneath building foundations to secure good fortune.

Many cultures also admired ruby as a symbol of love and passion. Rubies have long been considered the perfect wedding gem.

 

August – Peridot
Ancient Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” believing it protected its wearer from terrors of the night. Egyptian priests believed that it harnessed the power of nature, and used goblets encrusted with it to commune with their nature gods.  In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava. Perhaps that’s why peridot is associated with prosperity and good fortune.

Also known as “the Evening Emerald” because its sparkling green hue looks brilliant any time of day, peridot is said to possess healing properties that protect against nightmares and evil, ensuring peace and happiness. Babies born in August are lucky to be guarded by peridot’s good fortune.

 

September – Sapphire
A precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. Greeks wore sapphire for guidance when seeking answers from the oracle. Buddhists believed it brought spiritual enlightenment This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers.

When people say “sapphire,” they’re usually referring to the royal blue variety of this gem, although it can occur in all colors of the rainbow (except red). Sapphires symbolize loyalty, nobility, sincerity and integrity.

September’s birthstone, the sapphire, has been popular since the Middle Ages. Back then, the celestial blue color of this gem symbolized heaven and attracted divine favor and wise judgment.

 

October – Opal
According to Arabic legend, opals fell from the sky in bolts of lightning. Australian aborigines, meanwhile, believed that the creator came to earth on a rainbow, leaving these colorful stones where his feet touched the ground. During the Middle Ages, people believed that the opal possessed the powers of each gemstone whose color appeared in its sheen, making it a very lucky stone.

But Sir Walter Scott’s 1829 book, transformed opal’s lucky perception. The story featured an enchanted princess who wore an opal that changed colors with her moods. A few drops of holy water extinguished the stone’s magic fire, though, and the woman soon died. Within a year after publication, opal sales in Europe fell by 50 percent.

Opal amplifies traits, whether those traits are good or bad, and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. It enhances self worth, confidence and self-esteem, and helps you to understand your full potential. The stone is said to help stimulate originality and creativity.  A karmic stone- it encourages putting out positive emotions and teaches that what you put out comes back to you. The opal is also a representative of justice and harmony, and is a protective stone in dangerous places.
November – Topaz/Citrine
Individuals born in November can choose between two sunny gemstones to brighten up this chilly month. November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

Topaz
Topaz aries in color from pale blue and colorless, to yellow, orange, brown and pink  – it is a symbol of love and affection. Topaz is a soothing stone that has been said to calm tempers, cure madness and eliminate nightmares.Topaz has been said to work with ones creative energies, promoting concentration and increasing one’s appreciation of beauty. It is said to give a person the capacity to see both the larger picture and the minute detail, recognizing how they interrelate.

An excellent stone for those whose lives contain abnormal amounts of stress or tension, topaz can stimulate a person to maintain a brighter outlook on life. It has also been said to be an ideal stone for travelers, protecting them from homesickness and danger.

 

Citrine
Sometimes known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm, citrine can release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings.

Citrine  is all about personal will, free thinking and the realization of hopes and dreams. The yellow quartz energizes, breathing new life into anyone who uses it  for new beginnings, new pursuits and living a full life.

It’s even called the “merchant’s stone” for its tendency to attract wealth and prosperity, ushering in success in every venture. It is especially good for people who are looking forward to start a new business.

 

December – Turquoise
For centuries Turquoise has been recognized as possessing the power to protect riders from injury due to falls. First used as amulets by Turkish soldiers, on their persons and attached to their bridles and trappings, it later came to be used for protection against falls of any kind. Believing turquoise guaranteed protection, Persians adorned their daggers and horses’ bridles with it. Their name for turquoise, pirouzeh, meant “victory.” Apache Indians believed that attaching turquoise to bows (and later, firearms) improved a hunter’s accuracy.

In the workplace, Turquoise promotes leadership, assists relocation or regular travel associated with career, and helps avoid unwise investments. It is a perfect companion for those who travel a lot. It protects them from thefts, accidents, or any unwanted incidences, bringing good fortune to the owner.

Historically, Turquoise is credited with being the symbol of friendship, saying that “he, or she, who owns a Turquoise will never want for a friend.”