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
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.
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