Birthstones Tradition

Have you ever wondered how the tradition of birthstones came about? A birthstone is gemstone worn for a person’s birth month. The modern tradition of wearing birthstones began in 15th century Poland. Back then people owned a set of 12 stones, one for each month. It was believed that wearing the stone for each particular month made the stones more powerful. They did not wear one stone all year but wore a different one for each of the 12 months.  The tradition of wearing birthstones has been around for centuries and several lists exist from different cultures. There are even designated birthstones for the days of the week. The Hindus believe that birthstones should be worn for promoting good health and their stones designations for each month are slightly different than the modern birthstones I have listed below. I personally like the idea of wearing a different stone each month instead of just the one for my birth month. 

Modern Birthstones                                                                Days of Week Birthstones

January      Garnet                                                                 Monday               Pearl or Crystal

February    Amethyst                                                             Tuesday              Ruby or Emerald

March        Aquamarine                                                          Wednesday        Amethyst or Iodestone

April           Diamond                                                              Thursday            Sapphire or Carnelian

May           Emerald                                                                Friday                 Emerald or Cat’s eye

June          Pearl, Moonstone                                                 Saturday             Turquoise or Diamond

July           Ruby                                                                     Sunday                Topaz or Diamond

August      Peridot

September  Sapphire

October      Opal or tourmaline

November   Topaz or Citrine

December    Turquoise, or zircon

Swarovski created their own birthstone chart. These sparkly crystals are often used in jewelry design from earrings to necklaces to rings and bracelets. The chart believe shows Swarovski’s designated birthstone chart for their crystals.

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I recently created a bracelet that can be personalized to hold a person’s birthstone crystal as the center focal stone. The Swarovski crystal in the center is a light amethyst for the month of June. The bracelet is simple and light weight making it a great gift for a June birthday or a recent graduate.  I love creating personalized jewelry using Swarovski crystals, which add the bling factor without the high cost of gemstones.

JRPDesigns at Artfire

http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/9283729

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