Birthstones

January

Garnet is your birthstone. The gemstone can occur in every color except blue, but the most traditional color is the redish to redish purple.

In history, Garnet was carried as an amulet to avoid accidents while traveling, used as bullets by southwest indians, used as a royal gem by the Persians, and also thought to relieve fever and cure jaundice.

February

Your birthstone is Amethyst. Amethyst is quartz that occurs in light to dark purple.

Amethyst was used by the ancient Greeks as a charm against intoxication.

Bacchus, God of Wine was angered and vowed to turn the next human he saw into a tiger. Amethyst was a beautiful maiden on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana, the huntress. 

Diana turned Amethyst colorless to protect her and Bacchus poured his wine over her giving the purple color.

March

Your birthstone is Aquamarine, a blue to bluish green form of Beryl. 

The name comes from the latin word for sea water. In 1910 a 243 pound aquamarine crystal was found in Brazil.

April

Your birthstone is Diamond. Diamonds can be found from clear to shades of blue, pink, green and yellow.

The western civilization considers the Diamond the symbol of marital happiness and good luck. It is the ultimate symbol of Love and Commitment.

Historically, a Diamond was thought to give the wearer superior strength and courage.

May

Your birthstone is Emerald. Emerald is the green variety of beryl. It varies from very light to very dark green with the top color being an intense medium tone of slight bluish to yellowish green.

Nero is said to have used a large emerald as sunglasses while watching chariot races. Wearing an Emerald was thought to strengthen the owner's memory and quicken intelligence.

June

Your birthstone is Pearl. Pearl is an organic gemstone made from layers of nacre formed in an oyster or muscle.

Pearl was once a royal gem and its use was restricted by decree. It was originally believed to have been formed by a drop of dew that fell into the sea. If the dew fell in dark weather a dark pearl was formed, in good weather a light pearl was formed.

June also has an alternate birthstone called Alexandrite. Alexandrite has the unique ability to change color when viewed in different types of lighting.

July

Your birthstone is Ruby. Ruby is a rare variety of corundum found in colors from medium to dark red. Rubies of 2 carats or more are very scarce and rare.

Ruby is thought to eliminate evil thoughts, lover's disputes and to rekindle desire.

August

Your birthstone is Peridot. Peridot can be a light lime green to a dark vivid green with a slight hint of gold.

The ancient Romans were fond of Peridot and its radiant green shine. They named it the emerald of the evening because its color did not change in artificial light.

Today Peridot has regained its popularity as a gemstone due to its versatility in fashion.

September

Your birthstone is Sapphire. Sapphire is found in many colors including violet, reddish orange, clear, pink, and of course blues in shades from very light to almost blackish.

Sapphire symbolizes truth, sincerity and constancy.

Before Sapphire was recognized for its value as a gemstone it was used as a flint for fire making.

October

Your birthstone is Opal. Opal is a variety of silica that displays color flashes.

Opal can display a wide range of color from milky white with little color play to intense blues and greens with flashes of orange and pink.

Romans considered Opal as a symbol of hope and purity. Arabs thought it came from heaven in flashes of lightning.

October also has an alternate birthstone called Pink Tourmaline.

November

Your birthstone is Topaz. Topaz occurs in shades of yellow, brown, and orange brown. Topaz is also found in shades of red, blue, and violet.

Marco Polo's voyages of the 13th century marked the beginnings of topaz as jewelry. It was worn as a necklace to dispel enchantment. Topaz was powdered because it was thought to cure asthma, insomnia, burns and hemorrhage.

December

Your birthstone is Blue Zircon. Blue Zircon is a very brilliant gemstone that sometimes displays a slight hint of green.

December is one of the few months that has alternate birthstones. These are Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, and Turquoise.

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