Gemstone Review – What Does Your Birthstone Mean? – agate gemstone rings
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Through history, gemstones have been endowed with symbolism. We know that in the middles ages, people made andave jewelry containing stones that they thought would help them in certain areas. For instance, many crowns had rubies in them because one of the characteristics given to the ruby was power.
Many kings and queens had crowns that would contain at least one ruby. A good example of this is the Black Prince's Ruby, which is one of the oldest of the Crown Jewels of England (the fourteenth century) ,. Of course, in this case, as I have reported previously, this "ruby" is actually a spinel. In any case, this stone is not possible because of its size, 170 carats, which makes it approximately the size of a chicken egg. This is one major statement of power!
Some of the other powers attributed to rubies are: glory, courage, charity, dignity and passion. Now, red, and of course the ruby, is primarily used to denote passion. Which is why the ruby is such a wonderful stone to give on Valentine's Day. Now, this stone is the birthstone of July, which is supposedly to excuse July's children from "lover's doubts and anxiety" according to the published published by Tiffany & Co. in 1870. A fine example of advertising from a well know jeweler!
If we go on deeper into birthstones, there are also many qualities attributed to them historically from the bible, Tibet, and India. If you want to be really confused, there are also stones attached to your astrological sign and to the days of the week! So, if you want to be really correct with your birthstone, you should be wearing about 5 stones, one each for the month (according to the Tiffany verse), one for your day of birth, one for your health (from India Ayurvedic beliefs ), one mystical stone from Tibetan origin and finally one for your astrological sign. So, as an example, for someone born on Thursday, September 30th, their stones would be:
Sapphire (for the month), Emerald (for Thursday), Moonstone (Ayurvedic), Agate (Tibet or mystical), and Peridot (for the Astrological sign of Libra).
This would make for a large birthstone ring, and just think what would happen to the popular mother's jewelry.
Well, if I reported on all the possible stones and their meaning, this article could easily turn into a book. So, to keep things simple, I will stick with modern birthstones as listed by Tiffany and Co. and commonly used by jewelers. I have already reported on the meaning of the Ruby, which is the birthstone of July; so that leaves us with 11 more months to cover.
- January – Garnet
- February – Amethyst
- March – Aquamarine
- April – Diamond
- May – Emerald
- June – Pearl or Moonstone
- July – Ruby
- August – Peridot
- September – Sapphire
- October – Opal
- November – Citrine
- December – Turquoise
In addition to the various gemstones attached to your birthday according to all the different cultures and beliefs, there were also meaningings attached to each stone as I wrote earlier about the Ruby meaning passion. In addition, the list we use today was actually originally published by Tiffany and Co. Now, they made this list based on an English poem from 1870 that not only listed the birthstones for each month, but stated what characteristics each stone had. Today we do not use these meanings much, but they still persist in some fashion or other. An example is the pearl, which still today stands for purity, which is why pearls are worn by many brides. And, the diamond denotes faithfulness, which is why it is usually used in an engagement ring.
As I stated earlier, there are gemstones that are attached to your date of birth that have mystical qualities and healing properties (Indian Ayurvedic), as well as gems that connect you to your Zodiac sign and the day of the week you were born. A complete list of all these gemstones would make this article too long. If you want more information about Zodiac gemstones as well as which gems are associated with each day of the week, you can find this information on my blog: www.jewelrybyjaynemarie.blogspot.com
– What Does Your Birthstone Mean?
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