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Birthstones

Birthstones - A Belief

Birthstones

Mans desire to possess gemstones is as old as history itself. One of the fascinations is the belief that a special stone is dedicated to each month of the year and was endowed with a particular virtue for those born in that month. Since ancient times, colored gemstones have been thought to possess certain mystical powers or the ability to endow the wearer with certain attributes.

Because of these magical powers, they were extensively used as lucky charms and, as predictors of the future or as therapeutic aids.

Garnet - the birthstone for January

Garnet Birthstone

Garnet Gemstone meaning

The Garnet is known as the stone for a successful business. If your business is not as good as it should be, just put 3 or more garnets on your desk. It is believed that if a garnet is put under a pillow it will cure depression. Garnets can be used to make a person popular and have self-esteem when worn as jewelry. It helps protect one on trips. Garnets bring constancy to friendships. Garnets are also known for stimulating success in business.

Types of Garnet

Garnets are a related group of minerals. Members of this group include: almandine (red to violet red); spessartite (yellow, rose, or orange to reddish-brown); pyrope (deep red); grossular (white, yellow, yellow-green, brownish-red, orange or black); andradite (colorless, yellow-green, or brown to black). The most prized garnet is an emerald green variety called demantoid and is a member of the adradite group.

Healing properties of Garnet

Garnet comes in many colors, but now we will speak only about red Garnet. The Garnet is associated with the thyroid and spleen. It helps cleanse and purify both when held over the area. The Garnet is usually held in the hand or placed on top of the head when searching or meditating on past lives. Information that is beneficial and helpful will usually be released for the searcher.

The Garnet is a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of love and compassion. The information released in a search may be painful, but it will always be what the searcher needs. The Garnet will help everyone's security level and spiritual awareness.It can help increase the sex drive.

Color Red
Birthstone January (Also Feb, May, Oct)
Zodiac Aquarius (also Leo, Capricorn)
Planet Mars
Energies Luck, Money, Love, Healing
Chakra First Chakra - Base of spine
Anniversary Stone 2, 18

 

Amethyst - the birthstone for February

Amethyst Birthstone

Amethyst Gemstone meaning

Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve is called amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison.

Power Stone

It is used as a dream stone and to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.

Protection Stone

Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. The amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centers, making it one of the power stones. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.

Wisdom Stone

The amethyst is known as the Bishop's Stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.

Healing properties of Amethyst

Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. A healer will usually wear several pieces of jewelry with amethysts set in silver, especially an amethyst necklace. The person to be healed will have an Amethyst to hold while the healing is being done. The healer will place another piece of Amethyst on the area of the body in need of healing, the heart or lungs usually.

Amethyst is used for problems in the blood and in breathing problems. Amethyst crystal clusters are used to keep the air and life force in the home clean and positive.

Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts placed in a window that receives sun most of the day are very beneficial to use in healing and to heal negativity in the home. Place Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts in moonlight and everyone in the home will be feeling calmer. Using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings. Amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings. It also helps relieve headaches.

Size 1
Color Violet (light to dark)
Birthstone February (also November [ancient])
Zodiac Pisces (also Aquarius, Aries, Capricorn [ancient] )
Planet Saturn
Energies Power, Protection, Healing
Chakra Seventh Chakra - Crown or Pineal Gland
Anniversary Stone 16,17

 

Aquamarine - the birthstone for March

Aquamarine Birthstone

Aquamarine Gemstone meaning

This is the stone to help you be in touch with your spiritual being. This stone is used in deep meditations.

Aquamarine is a blue-green stone that comes from Colombia and Brazil. It has been called "Water of the Sea", because of its color. The aquamarine is the stone of sailors, believing it would be protection for them on water. Folklore says the aquamarine will protect against gossip. It is also said the aquamarine will pick up spirits. It is an excellent stone to use for meditating.

Aquamarine is most powerful as a meditation stone, as it brings a great peace and serenity. Some people can meditate on an Aquamarine to receive the wisdom to see truth, but this is a very advanced meditation.

Healing properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is often associated with the thymus gland. It is very soothing worn as a necklace. Healers use it to help reduce fluid retention. It has been used to calm the nerves.

The Romans used the aquamarine for diseases of the stomach, and believed it could cure liver and throat troubles.

Size 1" x ½"
Color blue-green
Birthstone March (Also Sep, Oct, Nov)
Zodiac Scorpio (also Aquarius)
Planet Venus
Energies Magic, Power, Protection, Healing
Chakra Fifth Chakra - Throat
Anniversary Stone 19

 

Diamond (Hira) - the birthstone for April

Diamond Birthstone

Diamond Gemstone meaning

The diamond is the hardest gemstone and one of the most valued. It does come in yellowish colors, green and blue, but the clear or white is the most used in jewelry. Most diamonds come from South Africa.

It is said diamonds are good for coughs and mucus problems.

Diamonds are the symbol of innocence and constancy. Diamonds have been prized as Crown jewels. They are used today as an engagement ring.

Healing properties of diamond

Diamond does not have a specific healing nature. It does supplement the energy of other gemstones. The Diamond will increase the power of the Emerald and the Amethyst to a higher level. Healers often have rings or necklaces set with Diamonds surrounding the Amethyst.

Care must be used when wearing a Diamond necklace as it can block the energy flow if the wearer has negative thoughts or feelings.

Size  
Color Clear
Zodiac Cancer, Libra, Aries, Leo
Planet Sun, Venus
Birthstone April ( Feb, July, Oct [Ancient] )
Energies Protection, Power
Anniversary Stone 10, 60

 

Emerald (Marakatam) - the birthstone for May

Emerald Birthstone

Emerald Gemstone meaning

The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. It was thought to preserve love. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope. It is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy. For some the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. The emerald is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. The strongest time for the powers of the emerald is said to be spring.

Lucky for love, give your lover an emerald to stay faithful.

In several cultures the emerald was the symbol for fertilizing rain. In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope.

Healing properties of Emerald

Emerald is used by healers to help heal the heart. The power of the Emerald is highest at the full moon.

Some cultures thought the emerald would heal any disease of the eye. The emerald would be placed in a container of water overnight and the water would be poured on the eyes the next day.

Emerald is a stone of great harmony, wisdom and love. Giving your lover an Emerald will bring the lover closer if the giver's motives are pure love. The Emerald can be a bridge between 2 people. The Emerald vibrates with love.

Size tumbled - 1/2", rough - 1/2"-1"
Color Emerald green
Birthstone May, Non Traditional - Jan, Jun, Sep, Aug
Zodiac Cancer (also Taurus, Gemini, Virgo)
Planet Jupiter, Mercury, Moon, Venus
Energies Love, Prosperity, Healing
Chakra Fourth - Heart
Anniversary Stone 20, 35, 55

 

Pearl (Mukta) - the birthstone for June

Pearl Birthstone

Pearl gemstone meaning

The pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. Unlike all gems, the pearl is organic matter derived from a living creature - oysters and mollusks.

There is much folklore and tradition about the pearl. In fact so much history accompanies this stone that five months claim it as a birthstone - February, April, June (traditional), July and November.

The pearl is an astral stone for the signs Gemini and Cancer, and astrologers link it to the moon. It was said in some early cultures that the pearl was born when a single drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the heart of the oyster. Pearls have been called the 'teardrops of the moon'. Some believe that pearls were formed by the passage of angels through the clouds of heaven.

Over time, the pearl has become the symbol of purity and innocence and it is often sewn into bridal gowns, or worn as jewelry by the bride.

  • Stimulates spiritual transformation
  • Promotes prosperity and success
  • Encloses you with an aura of calm and beauty
  • Helps with stomach, digestion and emotional stress
  • Amplifies focus, meditation skills and wisdom
  • Helps balance the solar plexus chakra

 

Ruby (Manikya) - the birthstone for July

Ruby Birthstone

Ruby Gemstone meaning

The ruby is considered to be the most powerful gem in the universe, and is associated with many astral signs. To own a ruby is said to have contentment and peace. Placed under a pillow the ruby may ward off bad dreams. Ruby rings should be worn on the left hand so as to receive the life force and have protection. Given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship and love. The ruby is also the symbol of vitality and royalty.

Love stone

The Ruby is filled with love. It also helps sexual love to be more passionate. Persons lacking in self-love should have and mediate on the Ruby. It also gives the courage to be best potential that a person has.

Healing properties of Ruby

Ruby works with the flow of blood as an aid to circulation. It aids the cleansing and removal of infection or germs in the blood. The Ruby may be worn in jewelry, but never close to the solar plexus, as the Ruby has a disquieting effect upon it. In a ring wear it on your left hand.

The color of rubies varies from vermilion to red. The most desired color is "pigeon's blood", which is pure red with a hint of blue. If the color is too pink, the stone is a pink sapphire. The same is true if it is too violet - it is a violet sapphire. The best rubies and star rubies are bright red. Most rubies come from Burma and Thailand.

Color Deep Red
Birthstone July (Also December)
Zodiac Capricorn (also Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio)
Planet Mars, Sun
Energies Love, Healing
Chakra First Chakra - Base of Spine
Anniversary Stone 15, 40

 

Peridot - the birthstone for August

Peridot Birthstone

Peridot Gemstone meaning

A  tiny island known as Zabargard (owned by Egypt) is documented as the first source of peridot, dating back as far as four thousand years. Early Crusaders who visited St. John's Island (now called Zabargard) introduced this gem to Europe upon return from battle.
Peridot is mentioned in many ancient references as chrysolite. It is mentioned throughout the Bible, and early Christians considered it sacred. Today still, Catholic Bishops traditionally wear a ring of peridot and amethyst as a symbol of purity and morality.

The peridot was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who considered it a gift from Mother Nature. Napoleon once made a gift of peridot to Josephine as a symbol of undying love and admiration. In ancient times, it was said that a dream about peridot foretold impending danger.

Healing qualities of peridot

Peridot is a stone of lightness and beauty. Only spiritual or clear-minded persons should use peridot. The person with too many earthly problems will not be able to understand the beauty of the Peridot. The very spiritual can wear peridot in a necklace with the stone at the base of the throat to feel its soothing effect. Used in a necklace, peridot is a protector against negative emotions.

Peridot has been known to have healing effect on the gall bladder and liver.

Color Green
Zodiac Libra (also Pisces, Gemini, Leo, Virgo)
Energies Protection, Money, Healing
Planet Mercury, Venus
Anniversary Stone 16

 

Sapphire (Nilam) - the birthstone for September

Sapphire Birthstone

Sapphire Gemstone meaning

A sapphire means blue in Greek. The blue goes from dark blue almost black to pale blue. The finest blue sapphires are a strong blue. The star sapphire is very valued. Sapphires of colors other than blue are always referred to with the color. There are pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, violet sapphires, green sapphires and clear sapphires. Today most sapphires are mined in Australia.

It is said a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat.

The sapphire was called the "Stone of Destiny". Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They can promote financial rewards.

The sapphire is the symbol of heaven and joyful devotion to God.

Sapphire is associated with Aquarius, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn. It is the birthstone of September and has been the birthstone of April. Sapphire is the symbol of Saturn (dark blue) and Venus (light blue).

Color Blue
Zodiac Aquarius, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn
Energies Power, Love, Healing
Planet Saturn, Venus
Birthstone April

 

Opal Tourmaline- the birthstone for October

Opal Birthstone

Pink Tourmaline gemstone meaning

Pink tourmaline is a gentle stone that directly touches the heart! The color varies widely from pale pink to deep red

Relaxing and nurturing, pink tourmaline is associated with feminine energies. It vibrates a deep resonance with the heart chakra. It has the potential to heal emotional wounds with its soft, soothinig energy to bring feelings of comfort and safety.
Pink Tourmaline opens your ability to surrender to love!

  • Emotional balancer and cleanser
  • Alleviates stress and obsessive behaviour
  • Assists in changing patterns to better align with spiritual growth
  • Radiates kindness, tolerance
Chakra Heart Chakra
Element Water Element

 

Citrine- the birthstone for November

Topaz Birthstone

Citrine Gemstone meaning

Citrine is a yellow-to-golden member of the quartz mineral group. A deep golden variety from Madiera Spain can resemble the costly imperial topaz gem stone, which is one reason that citrine is a popular birthstone alternative to those born in November.

Citrine has been called the "stone of the mind". Ancient cultures believed that placing a citrine on the forehead of an elder would increase his psychic power.

Money energies of citrine

Citrine is known as the lucky "Merchants Stone". If you are in any type of sales, just put a citrine in the cash drawer and watch what happens. Also used by healers to:

  • increase self esteem
  • protect from the negative energy from someone else's abuse
  • open the mind to new thoughts
  • promote clarity of thought

 

Healing properties of citrine

 

Citrine is sometimes used by healers to help with digestion as it is considered beneficial to the endocrine and digestive system - cleansing, purifying and eliminating poisons that have built up. Citrine is an excellent stone to calm and soothe distressed conditions. Some use it to help relieve depression, digestive problems (including constipation and diabetes). It will give joy and love to the owner.

Color Translucent yellow to golden brown
Zodiac Gemini, Leo (Ancient)
Planet Jupiter
Birthstone November (Ancient)
Energies Money, Luck, Protection, Healing
Chakra Third Chakra - Solar Plexus
Anniversary Stone 13

 

Zircon - the birthstone for December

Zircon Birthstone

Zircon is considered to be a very brilliant stone because of its high refractive index. It is also very hard and well suited for a wide range of jewellery uses. An important identification mark for all Zircons, (except the green) is a strong double refraction easily seen under the loupe at the facet edges. Blue and Green are the most desirable Zircons. Zircon is said to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and promote honor and wisdom for its owner. It can be used as an amulet for travelers. It brings the wearer financial success and protection from being struck by lightning. In the symbolic Kalpa Tree of the Hindu religion, Green Zircon represents the tree’s foliage. Zircon is found in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar and Australia and is one the birthstones for the zodiac sign of Capricorn, with the other one being Turquoise.

Turquoise - the birthstone for December

Turquoise Birthstone

Turquoise Gemstone meaning

Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures.

Strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world
If given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home.

This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner.

Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it. It is one of the oldest stones known. This is a stone that a person must learn to attune to instead of the stone attuning to the person. It is important that the owner of a Turquoise give it the proper attention.

  • Healing properties of Turquoise
  • Neutralizes overacidity
  • Alleviates rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, viral infections
  • Increases growth, muscular strength
  • Alleviates pain, relaxes cramps
  • Contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects
  • Application: should be worn on the solar plexus
  • Use with copper to increase the power of turquoise.

History of Turquoise

Turquoise is a stone that has been prized for many years. The ancient Egyptians used turquoise in jewelry. Turquoise is greenish-blue or pale sky blue. The name means "Turkish stone" as it came to Europe by way of Turkey. Turquoise was mined more than 6,000 years ago in Sinai. The best turquoise comes from Iran, but not much is exported now. Much turquoise comes from Mexico and the United States today.

Color Blue-green
Zodiac Aquarius, Capricorn, Pisces, Sagittarius (Ancient)
Planet Venus, Jupiter
Birthstone December, (June, July [Ancient] )
Energies Luck, Love, Protection, Healing
Chakra Fifth Chakra - Throat
Anniversary Stone 11