Birthstone Descriptions

Wearing your birthstone is considered very lucky and is thought to provide the wearer with good fortune.

Most gem scholars agree that the tradition of birthstones arose from the Breastplate of Aaron: a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and also corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.  It is referred to in Exodus 28:17-20: 10.  Then they mounted four rows of precious stones on it. In the first row there was a ruby, a topaz and a beryl; in the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and an emerald; in the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; in the fourth row a chrysolite, an onyx and a jasper. They were mounted in gold filigree settings.  There were twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.

Another list of birthstones however can be found in Revelation 21:19-20 where the foundation stones of the new Jerusalem are listed, in the order of the Roman calendar. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. . . And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

The custom of actually wearing birthstones first gained popularity in Poland in the fifteenth century. Tradition suggested everyone wear the birthstone for each month, since the powers of the gemstone were heightened during its month. For the fullest effect, individuals needed to own an entire set of twelve gemstones and rotate them monthly.

January – Garnet

January Garnet

February – Amethyst

Amethyst

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine

April – Diamond

diamond

May – Emerald

Emerald

 June – Pearls, Moonstone and Alexandrite

akoya-pearls

July – Ruby

ruby

August – Peridot

peridot (2)

September – Sapphire

sapphire

October – White and Pink Opal

pink opal stones

November – Yellow Topaz

yellow topaz (2)

December – Blue Topaz, Turquoise and Blue Zircon

Blue Zircon