Birthstones, Star Stones and Day Stones

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Birthstones, Star Stones and Day Stones

It’s not only babies and magpies that love shiny things. Since the beginning of time, people across cultures have been charmed and fascinated by the glow of gem stones, attributing mystic powers to them.

Historically, certain gemstones have been linked with the months of the year. Scholars say the Old Testament contains the first recorded instance of the importance of gemstones, Exodus 28: 15-30 has precise instructions for making the Breastplate of Aaron, high priest of the Hebrews. This ritual garment was set with twelve gemstones, representing the tribes of Israel, the Zodiac signs and the months of year, each numbering twelve.

The tradition of wearing birthstones originated in Poland, sometime during the fifteenth century. People would wear a stone associated with a particular month, in the belief that the stone’s powers were at their maximum during that time. Ideally therefore, a person needed to possess a collection of twelve gemstones, rotating them through the months.

Birthstones and their associated months vary across cultures. Ayurveda, the Indian health tradition, has its own prescribed gemstones. Tibetan Buddhism attributes sacred, energising properties to another set of stones.

In most English-speaking countries, people wear gemstones associated with their birth month. Some opt for stones assigned to their Zodiac sun sign. Still others pick a stone linked with the weekday on which they were born or one that’s considered lucky if worn on a certain day! Here’s a rundown:
Sun SignMonthGemstone
Aquarius                  January 21 - February 19Garnet
 Pisces February 20 - March 20Amethyst
 Aries     March 21 - April 19 Bloodstone
 Taurus  April 20 - May 20   Sapphire
 Gemini May 21 - June 21Agate
 Cancer June 22 - July 22Emerald
 Leo  July 23 - August 23Onyx
Virgo August 24 - September 22Carnelian
 Libra September 23 - October 22Peridot
 Scorpio October 23 - November 22 Beryl
 Sagittarius November 23 - December 21Topaz
 Capricorn December 22 - January 20Ruby
Day Stones: Birthday StoneWeek Day   Lucky Stone    

What do they signify?
Amethysts are for peace and sincerity while emeralds signify fertility and happiness. The ruby signifies nobility and beauty. Emeralds bring happiness, sapphires wisdom and serenity. Peridots offer protection, garnets stand for loyalty. And diamonds? No prizes for guessing, love, of course!

Whether or not one believes in gem power, the gift of a birthstone always makes its recipient feel special!

Topaz          SundayYellow stones
Pearl Monday  Pearl
RubyTuesday  Ruby
AmethystWednesday   Sapphire
SapphireThursdayGarnet/Red Stones
CarnelianFriday  Emerald/Green Stones
Turquoise SaturdayDiamonds

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