October 14, 2009

Little Known Birthstone Facts

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BirthstonesBirthstones have been attributed gemstones with magical properties since the ancient Babylonians.  The custom of actually wearing birthstones first gained popularity in Poland in the fifteenth century. Tradition suggested everyone wear the birthstone for each month, since the powers of the gemstone were heightened during its month. For the fullest effect, individuals needed to own an entire set of twelve gemstones and rotate them monthly.  Was this the world’s first jeweler marketing campaign?

I understand if the idea of your garnet ring making you invincible is a bit too much for you to buy into, but I think it’s similar to horoscopes–just for fun.  Who doesn’t need more useless information, right?

January’s Birthstone is Garnet.  Garnet – Symbolizes constancy, faith, loyalty, and strength; believed to endow its wearer with cheerfulness and sincerity.  Many people do not know garnets come in many shades of red, pink, purple, and even green.   My favorite is tsavorite garnets.  They are lush, grass green–gorgeous!

February’s Birthstone is Amethyst. Amethyst – Symbolizes deep love, happiness, humility, sincerity and wealth.  Amethyst is a member of the quartz family.  Amethyst was believed to prevent its wearers from intoxication.  Wine goblets were made of amethyst to prevent getting drunk.  It was also believed it kept one clear-headed in battle and business affairs.

March’s Birthstone is Aquamarine. Aquamarine – Believed to ensure continual happiness and constancy in love; symbolizes health, hope and youth.  The name aquamarine means sea water in Latin. It was associated with safe voyages as well as protection against perils and monsters of the sea.  Although most aquamarine on the market today is sky blue, the best stuff is deep greenish blue. 

April’s birthstone is Diamond. Diamond – Symbolizes brilliance, constancy, excellence, innocence, invulnerable faith, joy, life, love, and purity.  The diamond is a symbol of enduring love, and adorn most engagement rings.  Diamond tops the Mohs hardness scale at a perfect 10.  Only diamonds can cut diamonds.  We use diamonds to do our glass engraving. 

May’s Birthstone is Emerald.  Emerald – Symbolizes spring, rebirth, hope, peace, and tranquility; believed to endow its wearer with an accommodating and pleasing disposition.  Emeralds vary in color from light to deep green. The emerald belongs to the beryl family of minerals that include aquamarine (the March birthstone), heliodor and morganite.  Emeralds are one of the few gemstones that are acceptable with major inclusions.  

June’s Birthstone is Pearl. Pearl – Symbolizes beauty, faithfulness, humility, innocence, integrity, modesty, purity, refinement, wisdom, and wealth.  Pearls are traditionally worn at weddings, but most people don’t know there are four separate oysters that produce the four major groups of pearls-Akoya, freshwater, south sea, and tahitian.  Almost all pearls on the market today are cultured, with the exception of the tiny seed pearls.  Because of pearl’s delicate nature, moonstone and alexandrite are alternative birthstones for June.

July’s Birthstone is Ruby.  Ruby – Symbolizes beauty, charity, daintiness, dignity, happiness, love, and passion; believed to have the ability to dispel discord and sadness, to preserve its wearer from false friendships and to warn of imminent danger.  Rubies are the most highly prized gemstones. Large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. As a result, rubies can easily out price diamonds and other gems of the same size.

August’s Birthstone is Peridot. Peridot – Symbolizes happiness; believed to discourage betrayal and to encourage friendship and marriage.  The Peridot was regarded since ancient times as the symbol of the sun. The Greeks believed that it brought royal dignity upon its wearer.  

September’s Birthstone is Sapphire. Sapphire – Symbolizes calmness, constancy, contemplation, hope, innocence, purity, truth, and virtue; believed to bring its wearer comfort, courage, and strength, while pacifying anger, protecting from danger, and fostering constancy in love.  The sapphire is from the same mineral family as July’s birthstone, ruby. Red corundum is called the ruby, while all other gem quality forms of corundum are called sapphires.  Sapphires come in a rainbow of colors — colorless, gray, yellow, pale pink, orange, green, violet and brown — called fancy sapphires. These different colors are caused by different kinds of impurities within the crystal.

October’s Birthstone is Opal. Opal – Symbolic of confidence, happiness, hope, innocence, prayer, and tender love; believed to endow its wearer with pure thoughts and increased faithfulness.  The opal is a fragile, soft stone, easily altered in appearance by changes in heat and pressure. This mineral contains varying amounts of water. When water evaporates out of an opal, the stone creates cracks on it called “crazing.” Most people don’t know opals come in grey, blue, and black also.  Most of the black opal comes from Australia and is sold overseas where it commands a steep price.  Pink Tourmaline is the alternative to opal for October.

November’s Birthstone is Topaz. Topaz – Symbolizes divine goodness, eager love, fidelity, friendship, gentleness, and integrity; believed to bring its wearer recognition; wealth, and protection from evil.  Yellow Topaz is often substituted with Citrine to save cost. During the Middle Ages, the topaz was used mostly by royalty and clergy.  The most expensive form of Topaz is a rich reddish orange and aptly named “imperial topaz.”

December’s birthstone is Zircon. Zircon – Symbolizes respect; believed to be a charm against jealousy and theft.  The gemstone comes in a wide range of colors, and possess great brilliance, fire and clarity.  The gem was also believed to hold magic powers to fight evil spirits and aid indigestion.   Zircon is one of the few colored gemstones that displays dispersion like a diamond.  The fire/rainbow flashes inside the gem made white zircon a popular diamond substitute for years.  Zircons are softer than diamonds and often show signs of wear on the facet lines.   Turquoise is the alternate birthstone for December.

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7 Comments »

  1. […] Read more from the original source:  Little Known Birthstone Facts « Rosediamonds's Blog […]

  2. Awesome Fall 2009 Wedding Guide, I was searching for some wedding guide and design engagement rings and also some wedding band designs, and found your blog. Its very informative.

  3. Diana said,

    Ametheyst symbolizes wealth? I should start wearing my birthstone more often 🙂

  4. Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. Somtimes it takes so much effort to find even tiny useful piece of information.
    Nice post. Thanks

  5. shyann said,

    the December quote is not true. my ex-boyfriend is a December baby and he has no respect for any one.

    • rosediamonds said,

      I suppose there’s an exception to every rule:) Perhaps one could interpret it to mean that the Zircon symbolizes respect or brings respect to the wearer.

  6. great information!!!! thank you!!!


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