What are birthstones

 

"What is Birthstone?" or "What is my Birthstone?" The birthstones are a gemstone that associated or represents a person's month of birth or zodiac signs of the month. Usually, the birthstones are held in a form of jewelry like earrings, rings, pendants or necklaces. Birthstones can be precious stones or semi-precious stones depending the month of birth.

 

The origin of birthstones

 

Now that you know what birthstone is "What is my Birthstone" and "where did it originate?" The origin of birthstone is believed to date back to one of the earliest written stories, the story of Exodus in the bible. In the book of Exodus, there is a passage regarding the breastplate of Aaron. Aaron wore a breastplate with twelve jewels as a high priest during the time of Moses. The breastplate had four rows of three stones,  stones that are engraved with names of the each twelve tribes of Israel. The order of the name of the stones in a breastplate is still debatable, as it varies from different translations of the bible.

The Jewish historian from the first century named Josephus believed that there is a connection of Aaron's breastplate, the twelve signs of the zodiac, and twelve months of the year. But the list of birthstones that Josephus gave and recorded on bible was different. The cause of a difference in the list of birthstones was believed because of breast plate that Josephus saw in the second temple was not the same as described in Exodus.

The common birthstone

The commonly known list of birthstone has little resembles or not at all, to the breastplate of Aaron, or the list of Josephus. The National Association of Jewelers met in 1912, to standardize the birthstones which became the first officially adopted birthstone list. Later in 1952, the Jewelry Industry Council of America updated the birthstone list by making few changes. Lastly, The American Gem Trade Association finalized the list of birthstone by adding one more stone to the list which is the current list of birthstone that we know.

 

What is my birthstone

 

You may wonder "What is my Birthstone?" Depending on a person's birth month you can easily find out your birthstone. If you are born in January, your birthstone will be Garnet. If you are born on April, your birthstone will be a diamond. There is also alternative way, you could also find out your birthstone with your zodiac signs. For example, if you were born between 23 September – 22 October your zodiac sign is Libra. Libra's Birthstone will be a sapphire. If your zodiac sign is Aquarius, your birthstone is Amethyst. The list of matching birthstone may vary, but it is the list that you believe and use. 

 

Birthstones by the month and zodiac signs

MonthBirthstone
January Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine, Bloodstone
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal, Tourmaline, Rose zircon
November Topaz, Citrine
December Turquoise, Zircon,Tanzanite
Zodiac signsDatesBirthstone
Capricorn 22 December – 19 January Garnet
Aquarius 20 January – 18 February Amethyst
Pisces 19 February – 20 March Aquamarine
Aries 21 March – 19 April Diamond
Taurus 20 April – 20 May Emerald
Gemini 21 May – 20 June Alexandrite
Cancer 21 June – 22 July Ruby
Leo 23 July – 22 August Peridot
Virgo 23 August – 22 September Opal
Libra 23 September – 22 October Sapphire
Scorpio 23 October – 21 November Topaz
Sagittarius 22 November – 21 December Turquoise

 

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