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The Meaning And Significance of Birthstones by Month

Aug 17, 2007
Throughout the ages, people have revered gemstones as beautiful and even magical. In fact, some people used to believe that gemstones carried mystical powers and that each gemstone could bestow these powers to its wearer. For instance, a cool blue sapphire implies that the wearer is cool under pressure, while a red ruby implies that the wearer is passionate and fiery. Eventually people began to relate a given gemstone with a zodiac sign or month of the year. People born in that month of the year were thought of to possess qualities resembling that of the gemstone or "birthstone" linked to that month.

Over the years, a certain aura of confusion arose surrounding which birthstones were associated with which months. In fact, for some months, competing birthstones arose and competed for public acceptance.

The Modern Birthstone list contains the official birthstone list from the American National Association of Jewelers, Jewelers of America. These gemstones were officially adopted in 1912. In the US, this is the accepted list.

Listed are the Birth Months and thier respected Modern Birthstones:
January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March - Aquamarine
April - Diamond
May - Emerald
June - Pearl
July - Ruby
August - Peridot
September - Sapphire
October - Opal
November - Yellow Topaz
December - Blue Topaz

Apart from the modern birthstones there are other birthstones like the traditional birthstones, mystical birthstones and ayurvedic birthstones.

The Traditional Birthstone are older birthstones and is sometimes combined with the modern birthstone list. These stones reflect societal birthstone traditions, heralding back to the 15th century. (Many jewelers have differing lists of traditional birthstones.)The Mystical Birthstone are of Tibetan origin from over a thousand years ago. The Ayurvedic Birthstone are from Ayurvedic Indian Medicine - a type of medicine used for over a thousand years.

The Star Sign stone chart below offers another slant on birthstones/planetary relationships.

Sun Sign and their respective birthstones

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)-Ruby,Agate, Garnet

Aquarius(Jan. 20-Feb. 18 )-Garnet, Moss Agate, Opal, Amethyst

Pisces(Feb. 19-Mar. 20)-Rock Crystal, Sapphire, Amethyst, Bloodstone

Aries(Mar. 21-Apr. 19)-Bloodstone, Diamond

Taurus(Apr. 20-May 20)-Sapphire, Turquoise, Amber, Blood Coral, Emerald

Gemini (May 21-Jun. 20)-Agate, Chrysoprase, Pearl

Cancer(Jun. 21-Jul. 22)-Emerald, Moonstone, Pearl, Ruby

Leo(Jul. 23-Aug. 22)-Tourmaline, Sardonyx, Onyx

Virgo(Aug. 23-Sep. 22)-Jasper, Carnelian, Jade, Sapphire

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)-Opal, Lapis Lazuli, Peridot

Scorpio(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)-Aquamarine, Topaz

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)-Sapphire, Amethyst, Turquoise, Topaz

Gemstones have a direct effect on our lives and this has been scientifically proven. Luck can mean fortune, force that operates for good or ill. There are many forces and vibrations flowing about us all the time, and gems which are nothing but minerals have a peculiar ability to concentrate these powers or forces on our lives. these forces can be both of the positive or the negative energy. So, choosing the correct stone can make the life force much more good luck friendly. This way we can influence the forces to be kinder to us.

Gemstones have living energy. Every gemstone has several attributes. Good luck is a part of the energy of many stones. There are times it may be more helpful to use more than one stone for the luck needed. As we change our way of life our vibrations change, that is why some gemstones will work differently on the same person at different times.

The best way to know what gemstones will be lucky for you is to hold it in your hand. The gemstones help change the life force around you and that is how gemstones can change your luck.

Every gemstone signifies or symbolizes a different meaning of its own, The stones may be precious or semiprecious stones thats is why what matters is that one chooses a personal gemstone of their own.

It is common today to have a personal stone. The personal stone may be a stone associated with a zodiac sign or a birth month. A personal stone may be a gem that has been passed down in a family. A personal stone could be a stone of a person's favorite color. A personal stone can be anything that a person wants it to be as long as the feeling for the stone is deep.

I hope this information can help you select a gemstone that has personal meaning to you and will give you much joy and pleasure.
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