Dear readers, as I promised to those who didn’t find their birthstone in my previous post on the Birthstone Jewelry (January – March), you will find your birthstones’ description in this one. By this post, we are finishing our discussion about birthstone jewelry.
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.
Well, let’s first bethink what is birthstone jewelry. Birthstone is a gemstone that is associated with a person’s month of birth. On the picture above, you have probably checked your months’ birthstone, if not, do it. Here is a list of birthstones for months from April till December.
Diamonds have been popular through centuries. Some historians estimate it was traded as early as 4 BC. Can you imagine that? It is hard to say why this gemstone was so popular. Perhaps, the reason for that was the fact that ancients thought that diamond is a lighting made real on Earth. Moreover, probably due to this, many ancient civilizations related diamond to great healing power.
The name diamond comes from Greek and means “invincible”. Many in that times thought the diamond could cure brain disease, relieve pituitary gland disorders and draw toxins from the blood.
You probably already know of the diamond’s toughness. According to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness diamond has 10th place our of 10. So, in fact, it’s the hardest gemstone that consists of just one element – carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature. The only way to cut it is to use another diamond. So, your ring will never get any scratches! Of course, except those cases when you scratch it on purpose using another diamond. But, I am pretty sure, you are not interested in that 🙂
Despite popular belief, diamonds are not only colorless. They can come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green. They range in intensity from faint to vivid. And generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value.
Throughout history, the diamond has nearly always was symbolizing eternal and lasting love. So whether you’re getting engaged or simply want to give yourself a truly meaningful gift, the diamond has both beauty and enduring symbolism.
Diamonds are considered as perfect conductors of positive energy. They bear success, wealth, love, health, longevity to the owner. But you should bear in mind, wearing a diamond is not always good, because it is a stone of amplification. That is why, it reinforces thoughts (both positive and negative), strengths and weaknesses of character. Therefore, people who are negatively inclined should not wear them.
May Birthstone – Emerald
May birthdays fall right in the heart of spring, and the emerald is the perfect gem to symbolize and celebrate this month.
There is an old mythical legend, which speaks of a stone that fell from the crown of the fallen angel Lucifer when he was exiled from heaven. It fell to the ground and in subsequently presented by the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon. Then it was inlaid into the sacred Chalice of the Holy Grail, to which blood drops of the Jesus Christ were collected. Interestingly, in the center of this legend is the history of a unique precious stone – an emerald.
Well, it is quite understandable why emerald is a symbol of rebirth, taking into account that it is a birthstone of May. It is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Emerald, derived from the word “smaragdus,” means, quite literally, “green” in Greek.
The emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old. Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emeralds. She even claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign.
The cost of an emerald depends on the place where it comes from and color intensity. The most beautiful stones of the emerald are herbaceous-green in Colombia.
Like other gemstones, the emerald has many mystical powers that come from its beauty. The stone removes the syndrome of chronic fatigue, calms nerves, normalizes state of mind. If you continuously wear this gemstone, then the work of all body systems will gradually normalize and metabolism will improve. The stone will rejuvenate and add to its owner years of life.
Today, emerald is a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace and security. This makes it not only a beautiful gem to wear, but also a meaningful gift. It is still widely popular among rich and famous, with Elizabeth Taylor’s famous emerald pendant selling for $6.5 million in 2011.
June Birthstone – Pearl
Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that are in their shells. Usually not a grain of sand, as commonly believed. These rare gems don’t require any polishing to reveal their natural luster.
The rarest, and therefore most expensive, pearls are natural pearls made in the wild. Unfortunately, the majority of pearls on the market today are cultured or farmed by pearl oysters or freshwater pearl mussels.
Pearls are very soft, ranging between 2.5 and 4.5 on the Mohs scale. They are sensitive to extreme heat and acidity. In fact, calcium carbonate is so susceptible to acid that pearls will dissolve in vinegar. That is why you should be very careful wearing them.
Pearls used to be found in many parts of the world, but natural pearling is now confined to the Persian Gulf waters near Bahrain. Australia owns one of the world’s last remaining pearl diving fleets. And still harvests natural pearls from the Indian Ocean.
Today, most freshwater cultured pearls come from China. South Sea pearls are cultured along the northwestern coastline of Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.
In many cultures, pearls symbolize purity and innocence. That is why it’s traditional for a bride to wear pearls on her wedding day. Besides being a birthstones for June, the pearl is a frequent gift on 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th wedding anniversaries.
Pearls protect love and can help preserve chastity. A very strong amulet for lovers. Helps to achieve reciprocity, and then to keep love throughout life. Its owner can find a common language with almost any person. Smoothes evil hearts. Can not stand adultery.
July Birthstone – Ruby
Rubies have been particularly famous in Asian countries. Records suggest that rubies were traded along China’s North Silk Road as early as 200 B.C.
Accordingly, the name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby comes from the word ratnaraj, which meant “king of precious stones.”
Tough and durable, ruby measures 9 on the Mohs scale. Diamond is the only natural gemstone harder than ruby.
In many cultures ruby is a symbol of true love. Therefore, it was a perfect wedding gem.
Indian magicians said that it is able to give unlimited power. Have an irresistible impact on people. At the same time, the ruby strengthens the feeling of oneness with other people, generosity and the ability to compassion.
Possession of a ruby gives courage and dignity. Helps to cope with heartache and restore lost interest in life. Ruby gives women fertility. Ancient Chaldeans said: “Give a ruby to woman who can not give birth and she will do it immediately.”
People believed before that weak people should not to look at the ruby. They risk to fell into the illusion.
Many still believe that the ruby, by changing color shades, warns its owner of the danger.
August Birthstone – Peridot
Well, honestly saying, peridot is not so widely famous as diamond, ruby or garnet. However, it’s beauty is unbelievable. It seems that it radiates the light energy of the spring sun and young grass.
The origin of this gem’s name is unclear. Most scholars agree that the word “peridot” comes from the Arabic faridat which means “gem”. However, some believe it comes from Greek word peridona, meaning “giving plenty.” Perhaps, that’s why peridot is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune.
Peridot is not so expensive as compared to diamonds and rubies. However, you probably know that existing classification of gemstones into precious and semi-precious is misleading. If not, check out our recent post explaining why this is true.
Most of the world’s peridot supply comes from the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona. Other sources are China, Myanmar, Pakistan and Africa.
Peridot only measures 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. So, while raw crystal is prone to cracking during cutting, finished gemstones are fairly robust and easy to wear.
People believe that the stone helps to become more determined when realising important plans and dreams. It sharpens intuition and protects against bad decisions. The person who wears jewelry with peridot feels easy, calm and happy. He/she realizes that problems lie outside, do not touch and do not hurt him/her. And their solution turns out to be simple and obvious.
September Birthstone – Sapphire
September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers.
When people say “sapphire,” they’re usually referring to the royal blue variety of this gem. Although it can occur in all colors of the rainbow (except red, which is classified as ruby instead). I doubt, you didn’t know that.
The name “sapphire” comes from the Latin sapphirus and Greek sappheiros meaning “blue stone,” though those words may have originally referred to lapis lazuli.
In 1902, French chemist Auguste Verneuil developed a process to make synthetic sapphire. The abundance of synthetic sapphire unlocked industrial applications. Among them integrated circuits, satellite communication systems, high-durability windows and scientific instruments.
This gem became a symbol of royal love in 1981 when Britain’s Prince Charles gave Lady Diana a 12-carat blue sapphire engagement ring. Prince William later gave this ring to Catherine Middleton when he proposed in 2010.
This stone-talisman strengthens the informal power of man over other people. Strengthens the spirit and is a stone of high-level teachers. In the countries of the East, it has associations with such fine human qualities as friendship, modesty and unselfishness. In some legends there is a mention of a ring with a sapphire, which helped to distinguish the truth from the lie.
Natural sapphire strengthens eyesight, cleanses the eyes, destroys blood spots in them. It treats kidneys’ diseases, bladder and urinary ducts, contributes to the removal and resorption of stones in the kidneys. It helps the treatment of diabetes, headaches, inflammation of the joints and middle ear. Has a beneficial effect on eczema and other skin diseases and epilepsy.
October Birthstone – Pink tourmaline
The name “tourmaline” comes from the Sinhalese words tura mali, which mean “stone of mixed colors.” As its name implies, tourmaline stands apart from other gems with its broad spectrum of colors in every shade of the rainbow.
By its nature, tourmaline is not one mineral. It is a fairly complex group of minerals with different chemical compositions and physical properties. However, most commonly only pink tourmaline is listed as birthstone for October.
Tourmaline deposits are available t in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S.—mainly Maine and California.
Tourmaline is desirable because of its sheer range of color options. Combined with a good hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, tourmaline makes very wearable jewelry.
Pink tourmaline helps unfortunate lovers. Tourmaline improves the state of the endocrine and nervous systems, helps with oncological diseases, improves sleep.
Citrine quartz was popular since ancient times. The name citrine was used to refer to yellow gems as early as 1385, when the word was first recorded in English.
Brazil is the largest supplier of citrine. Other sources include Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the U.S. (Colorado, North Carolina and California). Different geographies yield different shades of citrine.
Unfortunately, citrines appear rarely in nature. Therefore, most citrine on the market is heat created from other varieties of quartz. This is usually less expensive purple amethyst and smoky quartz—to produce golden gems.
With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, citrine is relatively durable against scratches and everyday wear-and-tear—making it a lovely option for large, wearable jewelry.
Citrine is sometimes famous as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm. It can release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. People sometimes call it the “merchant’s stone” for its tendency to attract wealth and prosperity.
Due to its crystalline form and yellow color, citrine is a stone that has absorbed solar energy. So the owner of the citrine has the right to rely on energy support from its side with the decline of vitality, apathy, depression.
Citrine elevates self-esteem, adds self-confidence, organizes thoughts, encourages creativity. It is able to attract good luck in financial affairs. A crystal citrine, located close to cash, will contribute to the growth of wealth in the house. This stone, like the sun, brings warmth and light to the house, it is able to establish relations between people.
December Birthstone – Turquoise
Cultures around the world have admired the distinct color of turquoise since ancient times. The word turquoise dates back to the 13th century, drawing from the French expression pierre tourques, which referenced the “Turkish stone” brought to Europe from Turkey.
The earliest evidence comes from ancient Egyptian tombs, which contain elaborate turquoise jewelry dating back to 3000 BC. Egyptians set turquoise in gold necklaces and rings, used it as inlay and carved it into scarabs.
The U.S. is now the world’s largest turquoise supplier. Nevada, New Mexico, California and Colorado have produced turquoise, but Arizona leads in production by value, as well as quality. The stone’s popularity here makes it a staple in Native American jewelry.
The main property of turquoise is to reconcile everything hostile, to calm quarrels, to establish peace in everything, to remove unjustified anger and malicious thoughts.
Turquoise brings happiness in love, establishes peace in the family, stops the quarrel between spouses, attracts friends and arouses sympathy for its owner. It brings prosperity and wealth (attracts money to the owner), strengthens intuition, makes a person ambitious, brave, prudent, discerning, protects its owner.
Blue turquoise feeds the person with its energy. If it drastically changes color (turns pale or green), then it signals a serious illness of the person who wears it.
You should bear in mind that turquoise is good only for psychologically mature people.
And this probably all with birthstone jewelry. The variety of colours that is presented in this post is spectacular. Indeed, nature is the best artist and creator ever.
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, Michael Hill, American Gem Society.