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Birthstones January 30, 2009

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Each one of us, has a birthstone, depicting the month of when we were born.  Some believe that the tradition of the birthstones came from ancient bibical days.  As Aarons’ breastplate had 12 stones inlayed in it, which were set in four rows across with three stones.  Each respresented a son of Israel.  These were the stones:  Sardius, topaz and carbuncle * Emerald, sapphire and diamond * Ligure, agate and amethyst *  Beryl, onyx and jasper .

Early Christians assigned birthstones to represent each of the apostles.

Others believe that each birthstones are mystical and have special healing powers, where the birthstone was either worn or grounded up and swallowed.  

In the 1500-1600 century, those in Poland believe that you were to wear the current birthstone for each month, as then the powers of that birthstone were heighten, therefore you were to own a set of 12, one for each month!

Others believed that there is a special birthstone you wear depending on the day of the week that you were born.

If I gave you a quiz, would you be able to know where birthstones belong to which month? 

Here is a poem that reflects the  Gregorian Birthstone 

             By her who in January was born
             No gem save garnets shall be worn
             They will ensure her constancy
             True friendship and fidelity.

The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.

By her who in March was born
No gem save Bloodstone  shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet, flower month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.

By her who in June was born
No gem save Pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.

Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved; alone.

A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.

 In 1912, the Jeweller’s of America Association assigned each month a birthstone, which is known world wide.  Almostly exactly to  the Gregorian Poem, March is aquamarine, and December is blue zircon.

Birthstone jewelry is still popular today, you may see it in the form of little people figures with birthstone bellies that dangle from a chain, or in a ring, representing the birth of children in the family.   

Do you like your birthstone or do you wish you had a different one? 


One Response to “Birthstones”

  1. Jacqueline Says:

    I like my birthstone – diamond – It goes with anything. My second choice would be something blue-y or turquoise-y.

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