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Birthstone Months and Gems of The Zodiac

Updated on June 20, 2011

Birthstone Gems and Zodiac Talisman

Since ancient times gemstones have been thought to have magical properties that bring luck and healing to believers the world over. In particular, the gems that represent our individual birth month or astrological zodiac sign have become especially powerful personal talismen. One theory to our bond with these stones may be due to the fact that every gemstone has a unique energy signature, which may resonate with our own to produce positive results.

Although over thousands of years, differing birthstone systems have been used, in 1912, The American National Association of Jewelers, assembled the most commonly used birthstone chart seen today. This chart is based on each of the twelve calendar months and more loosely on the twelve signs of the Zodiac.

"These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of." ~George Eliot

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garnet

January's Birthstone

Garnet

January's birthstone is Garnet. (Stone of Constancy, Passion and Friendship):

Dates back to around 3100 BC. with the Egyptians. "Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed." (1)

Symbolizes faith, truth, grace, sincerity, loyalty and fidelity.

Garnet as the Passion Stone- to attract a lover, wear a heart shaped garnet in a red velvet bag over your heart.

Stops hemorrhaging, cures inflammatory diseases, and cures anger and discord.

Balances yin and yang energies.

Place under your pillow to ward off bad dreams and evil spirits.

(1) AmericanGemSociety.Org

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amethyst
amethyst

February's birthstone

Amethyst

February's birthstone is Amethyst. (Stone of Sincerity):

It's name is derived from the Greek word "amethystos" meaning "not drunken." -ancient Greeks and Romans believed the Amethyst protected them against drunkenness, excessive passion and warded off the intoxicating powers of the god Bacchus.

Lucky talisman of hunters, businessmen, sports-men, sailors, soldiers and lovers (engraved with a Cupid, it attracts true love to the wearer).

A ring worn on third finger on the left hand, aids hunters, and offers sailors and soldiers protection

One Pisces legend claims that the amethyst can control negative or evil thoughts. To guard against negativity, wear it on a satin cord or on a silver chain.

As a meditation stone, it can aid in spiritual and psychic development, when held in the hand or placed on the third eye chakra.

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Reduces mental tension, induces pleasant healing dreams, prevents over indulgence and encourages transformation and the breaking of bad habits.

aquamarine
aquamarine

March's Birthstones

Aquamarine or Bloodstone

Aquamarine (Stone of Courage):

Good luck talisman for sailors, fishermen, divers, sweethearts, and those born in both March,and October. The word aquamarine comes from the Latin words "aqua marina", meaning "sea water". The aquamarine was known in ancient times as the "Gem of the Sea Goddess" and legend has it that it protects against storms.

The aquamarine symbolizes beauty, honesty and loyalty. Wearing aquamarine earrings can bring love and affection into your life. It is also said that an anniversary gift of aquamarine will re-awaken love in long-time married couples.

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diamond

April's Birthstone

Diamond

April's birthstone is the Diamond. (Stone of Innocence):

Diamonds are a good luck charm for an Aries. It prevents nightmares, protects against evil when sleeping. Balances energy, brings confidence, divine wisdom and conscious awareness.

The traditional symbol of love, since ancient Greece. Symbolizes peace, fidelity, innocence, and serenity. It was once believed that diamonds endowed the wearer with charm and the ability to attract others. Ancient myth claims that Cupid's arrows were tipped with diamonds, and cast a magic spell of passion, nothing else could equal.

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emerald
emerald

May's Birthstone

Emerald

May's birthstone is the Emerald

The word emerald hails from the Greek word "smaragdus" meaning "green". It symbolizes peace, love, eternal life, and re-birth.

When worn or carried it strengthens love, intelligence, eloquence, and popularity.

- The emerald has been considered an especially lucky stone for expectant mothers since ancient Egyptian women began wearing them around 300 BC.

- When worn as a ring, it warns the wearer against poisons, strengthens the memory, protects against demonic possession, and ensures success in love.

- When worn by travelers, it brings good luck, and is known to calm storms at sea.

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june birthstones
june birthstones

June's Birthstones

Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone

June's birthstone is the Pearl, Alexandrite, or Moonstone.

Pearl: Symbolizes love, purity and wisdom.

Greek legend tells tale that pearls were once the hardened tears of joy, wept by the goddess of love, Aphrodite.

In China, Pearls reflect wisdom gained through experience, and will quicken the law of karma, to bring about success, engagements and love relationships.

- Used for healing charms, to protect against fire and to ward off evil.

Image: AmericanGemSociety.org

ruby
ruby

July's Birthstone

Ruby

July's birthstone is the Ruby.(Stone of Contentment):

Symbolizes success, devotion, passion, love and integrity.

- A ruby engagement ring expresses passion and promise of the heart. Ancient lore is that ruby is capable of reconciling lover's quarrels.

- A heart shaped ruby, attracts love when worn over the heart in a red velvet bag filled with seashells.

Once regarded by ancient Hindus as the "king of gems." It was believed to protect its wearer from evil, bring peace of mind, remove impure thoughts, banish sorrows and prevent nightmares.

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peridot
peridot

August Birthstones

Peridot, Sardonyx

Peridot (Gift from the Sun): Symbolizes strength.

Peridot is often found in the ash of volcanoes; in ancient Hawaiian culture, peridot represent the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

Helps us open our inner sight to the spiritual Sun, develops inner vision and the ability to look into the future, frees one of jealous thoughts, counteracts negative emotions and when in a gold setting prevents nightmares.

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September's Birthstone

Sapphire

September's birthstone is the Sapphire. (Stone of Clear Thinking):

- The sapphire symbolizes wisdom, purity, sincerity, harmony, peace, and faithfulness. In the Middle Ages it was thought to symbolize heaven's blessings.

- As a lucky charm, given by a man to his wife on their wedding day, it is thought to guarantee a happy marriage. It can also help ensure faithfulness between lovers.

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October's Birthstones

Opal or Tourmaline

Opal (Stone of Cupid) or (Stone of Hope):

Opal, depending on the source, either comes from the Greek word "Opallos", meaning "to see a change (of color)", or from the Latin word "opalus", meaning "precious jewel." It symbolizes emotion, faithfulness and confidence.

The opal is thought to bring passion, love, and emotional feelings to the bearer.

Image: AmericanGemSociety.org

November Birthstones

Citrine or Yellow Topaz.

Citrine (Stone of Wealth) (Healing Quartz):

It symbolizes hope, youth, health, wealth and fidelity.

Believed to promote happiness and be useful against depression.

Topaz

Symbolizes new beginnings, friendship and fidelity.

In many parts of the world, topaz is given as gifts between friends to ensure that the friendship will last forever.

Stimulates the intellect, increases courage, happiness, longevity, beauty, intelligence, protects against injury or attack.

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December's Birthstones

Tanzanite, Blue Zircon, and Turquoise

Turquoise:

Known by many ancient names, turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones in the world. The current word for turquoise originates from the 13th century, French expression "Pierre tourques" or "Turkish stone".

It is a good luck talisman for friends, accountants, media broadcasters, and horseback riders.

Throughout history, turquoise has been a symbol of friendship, it is even thought to be powerful enough to make a friend of one's enemy.

It is often used as an evil eye counter-charm. To protect against evil influences, wear as a ring or carry a piece of turquoise in a blue charm bag on a Wednesday.

- A turquoise carving will bring good fortune into your household.

- Turquoise is thought to protect the bearer against poisonous bites, blindness, assassination and accidental death.

- Turquoise is also known to absorb negative feelings and possess strong healing vibrations.

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      ccorrig 

      7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Sapphire all the way!

    • JeremiahStanghini profile image

      JeremiahStanghini 

      7 years ago

      Aquamarine here! :-)

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      kimbesa 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great education on beautiful stones. Thanks...and **angel blessed**!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading about what the different birthstones "mean". Great job!

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      7 years ago

      Another great addition to the Jenga Tower!

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      monarch13 

      7 years ago

      @Lady Gotrocks: Thanks Lady; I bow to the gem expert!

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      monarch13 

      7 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: Actually Lapis can be an alternate in December, according to some sources!

    • Lady Gotrocks profile image

      Lady Gotrocks 

      7 years ago

      very nice lens. Going to roll it into some of my gem lenses.

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      Paul 

      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      LOvely lens.

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. It was quite interesting to find out the meanings of the birthstones.

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      Glenn619 

      7 years ago

      Mine is Opal :) Nice lens liked the idea and layout

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      TeacherSerenia 

      7 years ago

      Mine is Emerald and green is my favourite colour - directly influenced by Emerald of course. I do find it interesting that no month has Lapis Lazuli as a birthstone - I love that blue colour.

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      Jhangora LM 

      7 years ago

      My birthstone is Ruby. Great job - just a few more Lenses before the Jenga Tower reaches the magic score of 50.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Wonderfully explained about the birthstones and the zodiac. My birthstone is the diamond....it is funny though, I really don't care for diamonds. I do believe in the energy and benefits of the different stones though.

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