About Birthstones in general.
Throughout time people have worn amulets and charms to appease the gods or curry favor from them. They also chose certain stones because it was believed those stones brought luck or increased health or made them victorious in love and war.
The concept of monthly birthstones may date back to the breastplate of Aaron with its twelve stones, one for each of the tribes of Israel. Early historians found a connection between Aaron’s 12 stones and the 12 months of the year and the 12 astrological signs.
Over time certain stones became associated with an individual month as its birthstone. Originally, the relationship was based on the color of the stone and since more than one stone could have that color, some confusion ensued. As a result, some stones have remained with those months and others have shifted. Several months are paired with more than one stone and there are differences between which stones are found on today’s modern birthstone chart and older traditional charts. Several other charts are also used in other parts of the world.
Birthstones are traditionally worn in rings but can be in any piece of jewelry. The original practice was to own all 12 stones and wear each one during its corresponding month. In modern times people have tended toward wearing the stone of their own birth month but the idea of having a stone for each month is certainly alluring. Many people like to wear the birthstones associated with their children. There is little need for excuses to buy and wear fabulous jewels.
We will have posts on each month and its birthstone. Also, we will be posting on the related topics of navaratna jewelry from India and gems with religious and medicinal properties. Keep posted!!
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