What Are Birthstones?


Birthstone jewelry is very popular today and dates back to ancient history. Throughout the ages people have had the strong desire to adorn themselves with items not only of beauty, but also meaning and birthstone jewelry is just one example. These meanings can manifest themselves in any number of ways including personal meaning, belief that birthstones posses medicinal effects or several others. When searching for a piece of birthstone jewelry, it can be helpful and interesting to understand the history behind birthstone jewelry, the beliefs that some hold surrounding it and some of the most popular forms of this type of jewelry. Afterward, you’ll be well positioned to enjoy your birthstone jewelry buying experience and find that perfect birthstone ring, necklace or bracelet.

Birthstones are precious stones or gems that are given as gifts symbolizing a particular month. It is also termed as a “birthday stone”, but then the birthday stone has a different way of assigning precious gems. Birthstones have been around since ancient times. These precious stones are classified as traditional, modern, mystical, ayurvedic and zodiac birthstones. Traditional birthstones are usually based on a Gregorian calendar and are society-based among English speaking communities. Also, the said calendar has a matching poem, from an anonymous poet, for each month with a designated birthstone. The modern birthstones, a list which was used by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912, hoping standardized the assigned birthstone for each month. An updated list was made in 2002 which added tanzanite as a birthstone for the month of December. Mystical birthstones, on the other hand, are those which were used for almost a thousand years, originated in Tibet. Lastly, the ayurvedic birthstones list came from ancient times, and was used in Indian philosophy and medicine, dating back in 1500 BC.


If one would check out these classifications of birthstones, one would notice slight differences in the assignment per year. The Traditional and Modern would almost have the same list except for the months of March, June, July, August and September. Additional birthstones are also added on the remaining months under the modern classification. For the mystical and the ayurvedic classifications they have different designations for each month with the exception of the month of July which has ruby on both of the classifications. There is also a list of birthstones according to the zodiac signs. This list was used by early Babylonians, and believed in the gem stones’ magical powers. Birthday stones, although it was used similarly as birthstones are classified differently. The birthday stones are assigned according to the “day” in week of one’s birth.

Keep digging for more knowledge by checking out the following activities with a friend or family member. Want to learn more about birthstones from an expert? Take a field trip to a local jewelry store. Speak to a jeweler about the different types of birthstones. Ask to see examples of each. Which ones are the rarest? Which birthstone is the most expensive? Which one do you think is the most beautiful? Wondering about where birthstones come from? Jump online to check out Where are gemstones mined? There you’ll learn more about how and where some of the most popular gemstones are mined. Do you live near any of these areas? Do you think it would be fun to mine for gemstones? Why or why not? Curious to know more about the birthstone for the month you were born? Do some research! Head on over to the American Gem Society’s Birthstones by Month webpage and click on the month of your birth on the left. Read all about the history and unique properties of the birthstone associated with the month you were born. Do any of the things you read ring true to you? Do you have any jewelry that features your birthstone? Share what you learn with a family member and help them research their own birthstone.

Article is posted by Luna and Stella. To buy original birthstone customized jewelry visit Luna & Stella  official web store.



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