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Birth Stones

The idea of each person always wearing a gemstone corresponding to the month of their birth is a distinctly modern idea that scholars trace to 18th century Poland, with the arrival of Jewish gem traders to the region. The modern list of birthstones was not defined until 1912, by the National Association of Jewelers (Jewelers of America) in the USA. Most recently, early in this century, these stones were updated to include only clear stones that look pretty together in settings such as family rings.

Just for interest sake  I have included the Colours and Flowers associated with each birth month.  


January Birthstone  (Colours Black, Dark Blue, Dark Red)(Flowers: Snowdrop, Carnation)

Traditional:  Red Garnet, Ruby, Amethyst

Modern:  Amethyst, Garnet

Metaphysical:  Rose Quartz, Moss Agate, Sugilite, Emerald

February  Birthstone (Colours: Light Blue, Yellow, Purple)(Flowers: Violet, Primrose)

Traditional:  Amethyst

Modern:  Amethyst

Metaphysical:  Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Sapphire, White Topaz

March Birthstone (Colours: White, Light Blue)(Flowers: Violet, Jonquil)

Traditional:  Bloodstone

Modern:  Diamond

Metaphysical:  Aquamarine

April Birthstone (Colours: Yellow, Red, Clear)(Flowers: Sweet Pea,Daisy)

Traditional:  Diamond, Sapphire

Modern: Diamond

Metaphysical:  Clear Quartz, Herkimer Diamond

May Birthstone (Colours: Yellow, Red, Green)(Flowers: Lily of the Valley, Hawthorne)

Traditional:  Emerald, Agate

Modern:  Emerald

Metaphysical:  Rose Quartz, Azurite, Chrysoprase

June Birthstone (Colours: Light Blue, White, Cream)(Flowers: Rose)

Traditional: Agate

Modern: Citrine (Natural?)

Metaphysical: Rainbow Moonstone, Chrysoprase, Alexandrite

July Birthstone (Colours: Green, Russett, Red)(Flowers: Water Lily, Larkspur, Delphinium)

Traditional: Ruby, Onyx

Modern: Ruby

Metaphysical: Rainbow Moonstone, Carnelian

August Birthstone (Colours: Orange, Red, Light Green)(Flowers: Poppy, Gladiolus)

Traditional: Carnelian, Sardonyx

Modern: Peridot (formerly called Topaz)

Metaphysical: Green Tourmaline

September Birthstone (Colours: Brown, Deep Blue)(Flowers: Aster, Morning Glory)

Traditional: Blue Sapphire Zircon

Modern: Sapphire

Metaphysical: Lapis Lazuli, Moss Agate, Jasper, Peridot

October Birthstone (Colours: White, Yellow)(Flowers: Marigold, Calendula, Cosmos)

Traditional: Aquamarine

Modern: Pink Tourmaline

Metaphysical:  Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Peridot

November Birthstone (Colours: Dark Blue, Red, Yellow)(Flowers: Chrysanthemum)

Traditional: Imperial Topaz

Modern :  Beryl (like Aquamarine)

Metaphysical:  Obsidian, Apache Tears, Citrine

December Birthstone (Colours: Indigo Green, Greenish Blue)(Flowers: Daffodil, Holly, Narcissus)

Traditional: Ruby, Turquoise

Modern: Blue Topaz

Metaphysical: Lapis Lazuli, Tanzanite, Onyx, Garnet

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