Thursday, 31 July 2014

What is your birthstone?

Well that depends to some extent on whether you use the traditional, modern or even Zodiacal lists

traditional -garnet
modern - garnet
zodiac - Capricorn 22nd Dec - 19th Jan  - ruby, Aquarius 20th Jan - 18th Feb  garnet

traditional - amethyst, pearl
modern - amethyst
zodiac - Aquarius 20th Jan - 18th Feb  garnet,  Pisces 19th Feb - 20th March amethyst

amethyst bracelet

traditional - bloodstone, jasper
modern- bloodstone, aquamarine
zodiac - Pisces 19th Feb - 20th March amethyst, Aries 21st March - 19th April  bloodstone

traditional - diamond, sapphire
modern - diamond, rock crystal
zodiac - Aries 21st March - 19th April  bloodstone, Taurus 20th April - 20th May Sapphire

traditional - emerald , agate
modern - emerald, chrysoprase
zodiac - Taurus 20th April - 20th May Sapphire, Gemini 21st May - 20th June Agate

traditional - cat's eye, turquoise agate
modern - pearl, moonstone, alexandrite
zodiac - Gemini 21st May - 20th June Agate,  cancer 21st June - 22nd July emerald

cat's eye earrings 

traditional - turquoise, onyx
modern - ruby, carnelian
zodiac - cancer 21st June - 22nd July emerald,  Leo 23rd July - 22nd August onyx

carnelian tree of life

traditional -sardonyx, carnelian, moonstone, topaz
modern - sardonyx, peridot
zodiac - Leo 23rd July - 22nd August onyx, Virgo 23rd August - 22nd September carnelian

traditional - chrysolite
modern - sapphire, lapis lazuli
zodiac - Virgo 23rd August - 22nd September carnelian, Libra 23rd September - 22nd October chrysolite

traditional - opal, aquamarine
modern - opal,  tourmaline
zodiac -  Libra 23rd September - 22nd October chrysolite, Scorpio 23rd October - 21st November beryl

traditional - topaz, pearl
modern -topaz, citrine
zodiac - Scorpio 24th October - 21st November beryl,  Sagittarius 22nd November - 21st December topaz

traditional - bloodstone, ruby
modern-  turquoise, lapis lazuli, tanzanite, zircon
zodiac- Sagittarius 22nd November - 21st December topaz, Capricorn 22nd Dec - 19th Jan  - ruby,

So what are birthstones?
birthstones are gemstones used to symbolise the month of your birth.
In early Christianity, birthstones were linked to Aaron's breastplate and believers used to have a set of all 12 stones wearing one stone for each allocated month.
There is now some confusion around when the introduction of wearing a stone for your birth month started, some place it in Poland in the 18th century others Germany in the 16th century  and our list of birthstones today have lost their link with Aaron's breastplate totally, in fact our modern day list was drawn up by a group of American jewellers in Kansas in 1912 to help them sell their stones, an amazing marketing success!