Happy Birthday March Ladies!
|Moss Aquamarine Line Necklace - Your Daily Jewels|
Do you know that #birthstones actually have a long history? They are just not made-up like a Hallmark holiday, (as I mistakenly thought). And throughout history, many have believed birthstones to be imbued with specific healing and protective qualities.
According to the book of Exodus in the Bible, Aaron, a Hebrew high priest was ordered by God to create a breastplate with twelve gemstones. One stone for each of the names of the sons of Israel, and each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.
These twelve gemstones have been linked to today's modern birthstones.
Last Month's birthstone - February - Amethyst - from Urban Pearl Studio on Etsy
|Purple Amethyst Druzy & Black Pearl Necklace - Urban Pearl Studio|
During the eighth and ninth centuries, Christians assigned stones to represent the twelve apostles. And it is believed that the astrological birthstone that we are familiar with today was Tibetan in origin.
Gorgeous - Garnet - Lucky January Birthday Gals Birthstone from Earth Energy Gemstones on Etsy.
|Red Garnet Chakra Bracelet - Earth Energy Gemstones|
In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers standardized the list, and in 1952 this was updated by the Jewelry Industry Council of America.
Among the changes were the addition of alexandrite to the month of June- woohoo!, citrine to November, pink tourmaline for October (my birthstone - yay - pink is key), lapis <as an alternate> was replaced with zircon for December, and March’s primary and alternate gemstones of aquamarine and bloodstone were switched (another change to be thankful for). In 2002, tanzanite was added as a December stone.
- January - garnet
- February - amethyst
- March - aquamarine
- April - diamond
- May - emerald
- June - pearl
- July - ruby
- August - peridot
- September - sapphire
- October - opal
- November - yellow topaz
- December - blue topaz
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Every April birthday girl I know claims Diamond as her birthstone. Some charts show diamond and some show CZ. Actually, Crystal quartz is a pretty and affordable alternative for April's birthstone, whichever one you go with. My sister's birthstone:
|Mystic Chrysoprase Pendant - Your Daily Jewels|
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