The gemstones have been considered of vital importance since ancient times. It has been documented that people in 3000 BC used to think that gemstones have healing and magical properties. They used to believe that the gemstones are associated with the stars and planets which is why they used to consult the astrologers when they wanted to buy gemstones. During that time, gemstones were associated with zodiac signs on the basis of the color system. In the 18th century, Polish people started wearing birthstones or zodiac stones when they got to know about the therapeutic and medicinal properties.
Significance of birthstones
The birthstones have always been thought to bring good luck and health to the person wearing it. The gemstones are believed to be sacred and also look beautiful. So, people are tempted to wear these birthstones to take benefit of its supernatural power.
Meaning of Birthstones
Garnet which is the birthstone for January is a deep red or purple-coloured gemstone that gives protection when the wearer is traveling. It brings success and good luck to the person wearing it.
Amethyst is this month’s birthstone that acts as a healing stone and reduces the anxiety of the wearer. This gemstone is believed to bring courage to one’s heart and originates from the Greek word “Amethystos” meaning “sober”.
Aquamarine is believed to have healing properties. In ancient times, people used to think that it is the stone of the Greek God of Sea, Poseidon. Sailors used to use this gem on their sea voyages and believed that it would protect them from rough weather.
Diamond has its origins in the Greek word “adamas” which meant “invincible”. This crystal clear stone symbolizes eternal love and is believed to give courage to the wearer.
Emerald is a green stone that is associated with fertility, rebirth and love. This birthstone for May is a symbol for happiness and success. It originates from the French word “esmeralde” that has meaning “green stone”.
Pearl which symbolizes purity is believed to be the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Apart from pearl, there are two other birthstones for June known as alexandrite and moonstone.
The ancient Hindus have termed ruby as the “king of gems” though it is now associated with love and passion. It is believed that this deep-red coloured gem wards off evil and is believed to make the wearer devoted and loyal.
Peridot is a yellow-green coloured gemstone which is similar to emerald. It is found in volcanic ashes and is a symbol of strength. Wearing this gem with gold can protect the wearer from nightmares.
Sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom and helps in protecting against evil. It is known to protect against poisons too. It is believed that poisonous snakes would die when they were kept inside a container made of sapphire.
Opal is a gemstone that is believed to cure eyesight problems and also repel evil. It has originated from the Latin word “opalus” which means “precious jewel”. It symbolizes confidence and faithfulness.
Topaz, the birthstone for November is a symbol for love and affection. It is believed to enhance the strength and the mind of the wearer.
The symbol for success and good fortune is turquoise that is the birthstone for December. It is believed to protect against evil and calm the wearer’s mind. This blue-green coloured gem is considered as a love charm that has originated from an old French term for “Turkish”.
The birthstones in earlier times were classified based on the colour system while they are now based on the zodiac signs. These beautiful gemstones provide benefits to the wearer and so they so much in demand these days.