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Where did the idea of Birthstones come from?
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Two major/most popular theories emerge:

1) Birthstones originally may have been worn each month by everyone, since the powers of the gemstone were heightened during its month.

2) Historians think that the first written record comes from the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. Here, the breastplate of the Hebrews' high priest is described as having twelve specific gems, one for each of Israel's twelve tribes.



AQUARIUS Jan 22 - Feb 18
Symbol Water Bearer
Planet Uranus
Planetary Stone Turquoise
Element Air
Number 11
Astrological Stone Garnet


PISCES Feb 19 - Mar 20
Symbol Two Fish
Planet Neptune
Planetary Stone Aquamarine
Element Water
Number 12
Astrological Stone Amethyst


ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 19
Symbol Ram
Planet Mars
Planetary Stone Jasper
Element Fire
Number 1
Astrological Stone Bloodstone


TAURUS Apr 20 - May 20
Symbol Bull
Planet Venus
Planetary Stone Emerald, Aventurine
Element Earth
Number 2
Astrological Stone Sapphire


GEMINI May 21 - June 21
Symbol Twins
Planet Mercury
Planetary Stone Tiger Eye
Element Air
Number 3
Astrological Stones Agate


CANCER June 22 - July 22
Symbol Crab
Planet Moon
Planetary Stone Moonstone
Element Water
Number 4
Astrological Stones Emerald


LEO July 23 - Aug 22
Symbol Lion
Planet Sun
Planetary Stone Rock Crystal
Element Fire
Number 5
Astrological Stones Onyx


VIRGO Aug 23 - Sept 22
Symbol Virgin
Planet Mercury
Planetary Stone Citrine
Element Earth
Number 6
Astrological Stones Carnelian


LIBRA Sept 23 - Oct 22
Symbol Scales
Planet Venus
Planetary Stone Sapphire
Element Air
Number 7
Astrological Stones Peridot


SCORPIO Oct 22 - Nov 21
Symbol Scorpion
Planet Pluto
Planetary Stone Garnet, Ruby
Element Water
Number 8
Astrological Stones Beryl


SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 - Dec 21
Symbol  Archer
Planet Jupiter
Planetary Stone Topaz
Element Fire
Number 9
Astrological Stones Topaz


CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 19
Symbol Mountain Goat
Planet Saturn
Planetary Stone Lapis Lazuli
Element Earth
Number 10
Astrological Stones Ruby



There are as many comprehensive birthstone lists out there than there are crystals! Some list a stone for each day, or one for each month, some have many tables of birthstones (Hindu, Tibetan, Ayruvedic, Healing, etc.) Pick which one resonates with you and your beliefs.

Month Traditional Modern
January Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst
March Aquamarine Bloodstone
April Diamond Diamond
May Emerald Emerald
June Alexandrite Moonstone
July Ruby Ruby
August Sardonyx Peridot
September Sapphire Sapphire
October Tourmaline Tourmaline, Opal
November Citrine Yellow Topaz, Citrine
December Zircon, Turquoise Blue Topaz, Turquoise


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Posted on June 23, 2015
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