The importance of the gemstones was known to people since the Babylon period. Its history goes back to nearly 3000 BC when the gemstones were considered to have magical properties. During that time, astrologers were consulted before buying any gemstone. The classification of the gemstones was done based on each zodiac sign. A color system was used to assign each gem to the zodiac sign. This system was followed by both Indian and Babylonian systems. Even though there was no documentation of the usage of birthstones till the 18th century, Josephus had proclaimed in his writings that there was a connection between the twelve months and the twelve stones in the High Priest’s breastplate. Poland was the first to use gemstones because of their therapeutic and medicinal properties. In the 18th century, people started wearing birthstones or zodiac stones in Poland.
Significance of birthstones
Most people are drawn to the materials that are considered sacred. The birthstones have always been associated with good luck and good health so people are lured to wear the gemstone for their birth month. These beautiful natural gems are considered powerful and special by the wearer.
Meaning of Birthstones by Month
The birthstone for January is Garnet which is considered to provide safety to the wearer during travel. The Garnet is a beautiful deep, rich red or purple-red coloured stone that is known to bring luck and success to the wearer.
Amethyst, the birthstone of February gives courage to the wearer and improves his relationships. In ancient times, this gemstone was considered as a healing stone which would calm the wearer and reduce his anxiety. Amethyst originates from the Greek word “Amethystos” which means “sober”.
The March birthstone, Aquamarine is a blue colored gemstone and is thought of having healing properties. During ancient times, people believed that drinking the water in which this gem was soaked would cure ailments related to heart, liver and stomach. Another March birthstone is bloodstone that gives strength and increases physical strength of athletes and warriors.
The birthstone for April is diamond that comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means “invincible”. This gemstone is a symbol of everlasting love and was thought to provide courage to the wearer.
Emerald, the birthstone of May comes in a mesmerizing green hue that symbolizes success and happiness. It has originated from the French word “esmeralde” which means “green stone” and is associated with fertility, rebirth and love.
The birthstone for June is pearl which is considered a symbol of purity. It gives the wearer health and longevity properties. The two other birthstones for June are alexandrite and moonstone.
Ruby, the birthstone for July is termed as the “king of gems” by ancient Hindus and is believed to protect the wearer from evil. This dark red precious stone is associated with devotion and loyalty.
The August birthstone is peridot that symbolizes strength. This yellow-green coloured stone is found in volcanic ashes and is believed to protect the wearer from nightmares when it is paired with gold.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and is believed to protect against evil and poisoning. Since, it is a symbol for purity and wisdom, many priests and kings prefer this gem.
The birthstone for October is opal that is a symbol for faithfulness and confidence. It originates from the Latin word “opalus” which means “precious jewel”. It is believed to protect the wearer’s eyesight and ward off evil.
The birthstone for November is topaz which is considered to increase the strength and intellect of the wearer. This gemstone symbolizes love and affection for others.
Turquoise, the birthstone for December symbolizes good fortune and success. It is regarded as a love charm and is known to protect the wearer from any harm. It relaxes the mind and repels evil spirits.
The gemstones are considered to have supernatural powers and so are attributed to good luck and protection. Astrologers believe that wearing the birthstone is very beneficial for the wearer.