12 Gemstones to Bling Up Your Wardrobe, Based on Your Birth Month
Birth stones are more than just pretty things! They're essentially crystals with their own healing properties, and hit two birds with one stone when incorporated into jewelry.
Granted, most gemstones can cost a pretty penny. Whether you want to save it for a special occasion or wear it out to get your money's worth, it's good to have a birthstone accessory to add to your everyday collection.
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Garnet is mostly known as a red gemstone but can come in many colors. It can symbolize many meanings depending on the culture: for the Romans and Native Americans, it was worn for protection during battle. In India, it is worn for self-confidence, mental clarity, and positivity. Some call it the "Gem of Faith," said to bring in more good karma for those who do good. For others, its fiery red color invokes passion and sensuality.
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Amethyst was traditionally used by the Greeks as a way to prevent drunkenness or intoxication, interestingly enough. Historically, it has been a favorite of various royal figures over the centuries, from Catherine the Great to the Duchess of Windsor. Even in its raw form, the amethyst is a staple among crystal enthusiasts for promoting calm and balance, and is excellent to have on hand during meditation.
March: Aquamarine / Bloodstone
March babies are the first in the calendar to have more than one birthstone! Aquamarine was traditionally used by sailors to keep them safe at sea, while bloodstones are used by athletes for strength. Bloodstones also carry religious significance: During Jesus' crucifixion, a few drops of his blood were said to have dropped on a jasper stone, giving birth to the bloodstone. For their healing properties, aquamarine sharpens intellect while bloodstone is said to improve the condition of blood-related disorders.
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Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and April babies are lucky to have such an esteemed gem for a birthstone. Now, diamonds are the most sought-after for engagement rings, but even before this tradition, they were believed to have possessed magical properties that repel evil and protect its wearer. It is also a symbol of strength, because it is one of the toughest stones in the world. Universally, it is the ultimate symbol of love.
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The cool and soothing, green color of the emerald relieves stress and eye strain, and even doctors can attest to this. It was also known to hold magical powers, such as being able to see into the future and being able to speak eloquently if placed on one's tongue. Emerald is also the symbol for rebirth, and Cleopatra was known as an avid collector of them.
June: Pearl / Alexandrite / Moonstone
June celebrants are lucky to have three different gemstones to choose from, which are all beautiful in their own right. The classic pearl is associated with humility, purity, and innocence, also called "tears of the Gods" according to the Persians. Moonstones are believed to have the power to bring health, wisdom, and victory to those who wear it. The rare alexandrite is a perfect (and expensive!) symbol for Gemini babies due to its ability to change color from green to red.
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Ruby is called the "king of precious stones" in India, where it is believed to have the power to predict misfortune or danger, while Burmese warriors believed it could make them invincible in battle. Burma is also a popular source for rubies, where the reddest are called "pigeon's blood" rubies. It is also said to guard against wicked thoughts, amorous desires, and disputes.
August: Peridot / Spinel
The peridot has been used for centuries as a talisman to protect its wearer from evil spirits and nightmares. It was also worn by priests and was often used to decorate churches and chalices in Europe during the Middle Ages. Peridots are also called "evening emeralds" because they appear greener under artificial light. On the other hand, the spinel was often confused for a ruby, said to alleviate anger, promote harmony, and reconcile differences.
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Sapphire has traditionally symbolized sincerity, truth, and devotion. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed it protected their owners from harm and envy. It was also used as a stone to ward off poison, as it was said to repel snakes and spiders. Priests from medieval times often wore sapphire to help protect them from impure thoughts. This gem also supposedly darkens if someone is being unfaithful.
October: Opal / Tourmaline
In Ancient Greece, opals were believed to bestow the gift of prophecy and protection from disease. Also called the "Queen of Gems," it is unique because it is capable of containing the colors of other gems. It was also believed to make its wearer invisible, hence becoming a favorite talisman among thieves and spies. There is also a superstition that suggests that it is bad luck to wear an opal if it is not your birthstone.
Because tourmaline comes in many colors, mystics believed it could inspire artistic expression. Black tourmaline is believed to absorb negative energy. Pink tourmaline embodies love, compassion, and gentleness. Green tourmaline promotes courage, strength and stamina.
November: Topaz / Citrine
In the Middle Ages, Europeans believed topaz could thwart curses and dispel anger, while citrine is believed to soothe tempers and calm the wearer. Topaz promotes creative energy, concentration, and good fortune, and is believed to help heal depression, induce productivity, and balance emotions. Also known as the "light maker," citrine is associated with positive energy and loyalty in friendship, while the Chinese believe it brings in financial prosperity.
December: Turquoise / Tanzanite
In medieval times, tourmaline was believed to protect the wearer from falling (especially off horses), and would break into several pieces to warn of impending disaster. Hindi people believed holding a turquoise under a new moon ensured an abundance of wealth, while the Native Americans believed attaching tourmaline to a weapon made one’s aim more accurate.
Tanzanite is a recently discovered gem, unearthed only several decades ago. It originally comes in a brown hue, but when heated enough reveals a purple color underneath. It represents truth and dignity.
If you're attracted to more than just your birthstone, we can't blame you! The good thing is that your choices don't need to be limited to your birth month, since every gemstone has its benefits. Feel free to snag all of them, if your wallet allows it!