Coco Chanel once said: “Each woman should have a little black dress…”, while we would add “… and a birthstone jewelry ring”. Birthstone jewelry is a trend beyond fashion. It is a prefect gift for every woman, a protector and a healer. That is why, birthstone jewelry already was and will be here for centuries to come.
What is birthstone jewelry?
Well, it is very easy. Birthstone is a gemstone that is associated with a person’s month of birth. Simple as that. And, of course, they are typically worn as jewelry, more specifically, as rings and pendants.
Do you know what is your birthstone? What is the meaning behind it? Which gemstone will bring your luck and prosperity once your wear it? If not, I know. Jump in, I promise to tell you as well.
What is the meaning of birthstone jewelry?
On the picture above, you have probably checked your months’ birthstone, if not, do it. Each gemstone on this planet has its own history, its own legend behind, its own meaning and magic. The variety of gemstones existing on Earth is overwhelming, but we will now talk only about few of them. Let’ start.
January Birthstone – Garnet
Garnet is my favorite stone. Although, I was born in February, garnet is a forever type of love for me. Even now, while doing this post, I am wearing a red garnet ring. And a bracelet. And earrings. Ok, yes, and a pendant. 😀 I told you, this is forever type of love.
But honestly saying, I still sometimes feel that it is not the best stone for me to wear every day and I sometimes need to have some rest from wearing it. That is why I believe that picking up a stone that fits you based on your month of birth is important.
Garnet is an incredibly beautiful semi-precious gemstone. It is most commonly red, but can be in a rainbow of other colors. Some green garnets (called tsavorite), even through they are semi-precious, can be more expensive that the mid-quality emeralds. If you want to know how is it possible, check our latest post on Why precious and semi-precious gemstone classification is misleading.
The garnet is a very durable gemstone (6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale) with deposits all over the world, including Wyoming, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and India.
Remains of garnet jewelry were found as far back as the Bronze Age. Other references go back to 3100 BC when the Egyptians used garnet as inlays in their jewelry and carvings. The Egyptians even said it was the symbol of life.
The word “garnet” comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red.
The folklore on garnet is extensive. Legend has it that the garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. The garnet also symbolized deep and lasting friendship. With that legend in mind, give a garnet to someone whose friendship you deeply value.
Some call it the “Gem of Faith,” and believe that for those who wear it and do good, more good will come. Conversely, it brings very bad fortune to those who commit bad acts while wearing it. Another say it has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth.
But you should bear in mind, red garnet will bring happiness only to an energetic and passionate person, supporting his/her activity. Inert and very calm people, wearing it can feel exhausted and depleted as he prefers dynamic energy.
February Birthstone – Amethyst
For individuals with February birthdays, like me, the amethyst is a perfect birthstone. Amethyst jewelry was found and dated as early as 2000 BC. Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid.
Amethysts is a semi-precious purple quartz. But for many years, amethyst was one of the most precious gemstones, often favored by royalty. Therefore, during the Middle Ages English regalia included decorations with amethysts that symbolized royalty.
The name “amethyst” comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated.” That is why, Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness.
Nowadays, amethyst is extracted all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Brazil and Zambia.
By its properties, amethyst boosts intuition, stew mental pain, anxiety, fills the aura with good intentions, helps to control evil thoughts. Strengthens weak and unstable aura. Moreover, according to Indian Ayurveda amethyst helps to control emotions.
Sometimes, surprisingly, people believe that amethyst is a stone that attracts loneliness. However, this is not quite true: amethyst is a symbol of faithful, strong and devoted love. Therefore, there is a belief that one of the spouses, in the case of the death of the second, wears an amethyst decoration as a sign of sorrow for the rest of his life, thereby showing that his love is higher than death, and it is eternal.
This ability of the stone – to help the owner carry love through the years – became the reason for the appearance of such a name as a “widow stone”. Many young people who lost their beloved, wanted to keep their feelings for them for life: girls and boys could not or did not want to fall in love again.
So, don’t be afraid! This stone promises to beloved and newlyweds many years of cloudless life, happiness, mutual understanding and unquenchable love. You rock, Amethyst! Oh, oh, oh, Love is in the air…
Consider that, amethyst is not only the February birthstone, but also a traditional gift for celebration of the 6th and 17th years of marriage. So, you can surprise your loved ones.
March Birthstone – Aquamarine
The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.
Aquamarine is not only March birthstone, but also popular to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries, like Amethyst.
Aquamarine is a talisman of true love, preserving friendship and justice. This stone protects from dangers and deceit, strengthens spirituality and attaches prudence. Moreover, people also believe that aquamarine can tame the raging sea, save from disasters on the water. As an amulet aquamarine protects marital happiness, promotes well-being in life.
The distinctly blue color of the crystal indicates a transparent and bright perspective in the life of the owner. Unexpected changes in color to the green side warns, reporting possible troubles. Reducing the transparency of the stone – a warning about the inevitable personal troubles.
Wearing or daily tactile connection with a precious mineral makes a person bolder. Reducing the sensitivity of nerve endings, aquamarine as believed helps to calm the nervous system as a whole. The beneficial influence of the stone helps to stabilize emotions and increase mental endurance.
And this is probably all for today. For all those, who have Birthdays in the period of April – December, please, check our next post for you personal birthstone description.
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Thank you for your attention and remember: There always will be trends that come and go, but Birthstone jewelry is here to stay!
References: Blue Nile, American Gem Society