Birthstones
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Just about everyone knows what his or her birthstone is..... Why is that? Because people still
enjoy the folklore associated with the tradition of the birthstone. They like believing that
wearing a birthstone brings them good luck and protects them.

Early civilization as far back as the Assyrians (1400 BC) invested rare and beautiful
gemstones with magical properties. Some minerals were thought to contain a force or
possess certain values and powers. For instance, amethyst was said to prevent intoxication.

Tradition associates a gem with each sign of the zodiac based on a color system. Color was
thought to unleash the power attributed to the stone.

In time, birthstones became associated with calendar months rather than the zodiac. And
people began to select birthstones in colors other than the original.
Month
Modern  
Traditional
Other
January
Garnet
Garnet
Rose Quartz
February
Amethyst
Amethyst
Onyx, Moonstone
March
Aquamarine
Bloodstone
Rock Crystal
April
Diamond
Diamond
Quartz, White Sapphire
May
Emerald
Emerald
Chrysoprase, Beryl
June
Pearl, Moonstone
Alexandrite
Opal
July
Ruby
Ruby
Carnelian
August
Peridot
Sardonyx
Jade
September
Sapphire
Sapphire
Lapis Lazuli, Diamond
October
Opal, Tourmaline
Tourmaline
Pink Tourmaline,
Zircon, Aquamarine
November
Topaz, Citrine
Citrine
Smoky Quartz
December
Zircon, Turquoise
Zircon,
Turquoise, Lapis
Lazuli
Tanzanite