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The History of Birthstones



Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with individuals based on their birth date. The most commonly known type of birthstone is determined by the month in which a person is born. However, there are various other types of birthstones, including those linked to one's zodiac sign or Chinese zodiac sign. Interestingly, some birthstones even have multiple gemstones assigned to them. For instance, monthly birthstones typically have both a traditional gemstone and a modern gemstone associated with them. Ultimately, each stone is believed to be connected to cosmic alignment, and choosing a birthstone aligned with our birth month brings benefits to our lives. The tradition of birthstones dates back to the first century where, according to the book of Exodus, twelve stones were found on Aaron's breastplate - one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved with the name of one of the 12 tribes. During the eighth and ninth centuries, religious writings emerged linking specific gemstones to individual apostles, with the intention of having "their name inscribed on the Foundation Stones, along with their virtues." As time went on, the practice developed where people would keep twelve stones and wear one each month. The tradition of wearing a single birthstone, however, is relatively recent, with varying opinions among modern experts regarding its exact origin

. The Gemological Institute of America traces the original list of birthstones back to Germany in the 1560's. Others, such as American mineralogist George Kunz, attribute its beginnings to 18th century Poland. While it's origin is uncertain, the popularity of this original list is undeniable as it continued to gain recognition over time. Eventually, poems, songs, & lists began to dictate the association of these gems with specific months. In 1870, the renowned jeweler Tiffany & Co. released a pamphlet containing anonymous Gregorian birthstone poems, believed to have been written long before its publication. Each month was accompanied by a concise poem that connected it to a particular gem, establishing a distinct association between the two. This is potentially the first formal compilation of "modern birthstones" & their respective months. Then, in 1912, the National Association of Jewelers published a list of what we now refer to as "modern birthstones." Rumor has it, the purpose behind this second list was to facilitate the creation of "mothers rings," which showcased the birthstone of each child a woman had. Industry leaders added stone alternatives for some of the months in 1952. In addition to birthstones associated with specific birth months, individuals are also assigned a gemstone that aligns with their zodiac sign. Zodiac signs are determined based on the alignment of planets, the sun, and the moon at the time of birth. This celestial moment is believed to have a profound impact on one's life, influencing all aspects - from your abilities to your fears to your "powers," shaping who they are and what they do. Ultimately, your zodiac sign is considered a guiding light.


Knowing the gemstones associated with our astrological sign supports our commitment to balance and healing. Just as your zodiac sign is interconnected with various facets of your life, so do the zodiac gemstones. Their spiritual energy helps stabilize our minds, calm internal turmoil, and provide us with strength or gentle balance, depending on the moment. They harmonize with our soul and the broader world, often amplifying our powers of manifestation. While there is no universally standardized list of birthstones for astrological signs, there are traditional associations that propose 12 birthstones corresponding to the zodiac.

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