Birthstones and their History

Far back in history Precious Stones have been held in high estimation by all nations. Primarily because of their beauty but also on account of their virtues, as transmitters of good luck and to avert misfortune. The association of Gems with power, civil and religious adds to the mystery in the history of birthstones.

The history of birthstones involves the lives of many historical figures as Precious Stones are seen as signs of power, wealth and luxury. The history of birthstones and precious jewels have therefore played an important part in the lives of the great, not only on account of their beauty but because they contained the equivalent to a large sum of money and in times of danger could easily be concealed and carried from place to place. Click one of the following links to access facts and information about you favorite jewels and gemstones including Pearls, Diamonds, Aquamarine, Opals, Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires, Turquoise, Peridots, Topaz, Garnets and Amethyst.

Earliest History of Birthstones
It is difficult to determine with any certainty in what country Precious Stones were first worn as ornaments, but the consensus of opinion seems to point to India, as far as recognised history is concerned, as their birthplace because their first mining and production is always associated with the East. The earliest records of history also include the discoveries of travellers and the traditions of South America, evidence proving an inheritance from past civilisations of great antiquity.

History of Diamonds
Read about the history of diamonds from the Romans to the Middle ages. There is also a history timeline about diamonds. Did you know that diamonds were once considered to be a charm against insanity?

History of Emeralds
The history of emeralds from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that emeralds were once considered to be beneficial to the eyes?

History of Turquoise
The history of turquoise from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that turquoise was once believed to appease hatred, relieve and prevent headaches, and to change colour when its owner was in peril or ill-health.?

History of Pearls
The history of pearls from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that pearls were once considered considered unfortunate for those in love and if worn by the married signified “torrents of tears”?

History of Aquamarine
The history of the aquamarine from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that the aquamarine was once considered to have the ability to reawaken the love of married couples?

History of Rubies
The history of rubies from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that rubies were once considered to to attract friends and good fortune?

History of Peridots
The history of peridots from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that peridots were once believed to protect the wearer from enchantment and against melancholy and illusion.?

History of Opals
The history of opals from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that opals were once considered to be especially helpful in arresting the glance of envy?

History of Sapphires
The history of sapphires from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that sapphires are considered to possess the virtues and qualities essential to its dignified position as the badge of the Pope?

History of Topaz
The history of topaz from the Romans to the Middle ages. Did you know that the topaz was once considered to to protect its wearer against perils and dangers in travelling and to avert all complaints of the chest and bowels?

History of Garnets
Did you know that the garnet was once believed to increase energy, will power and self image helping all those with a nervous disposition?

History of Amethyst
Did you know that the Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst would provide protection from the effects of drunkenness?

Month Birthstone

Traditional Birthstone:

Contemporary Birthstone:

Mystical Birthstone:

Ayurvedic Birthstone:

Alternate Birthstone:

January

Garnet

Garnet

Emerald

Garnet

Rose Quartz

February

Amethyst

Amethyst

BloodStone

Amethyst

Onyx, Moonstone

March

Bloodstone, Jasper

Aquamarine

Jade

Bloodstone

Rock Crystal

April

Diamond, Sapphire

Diamond

Opal

Diamond

Quartz, White Sapphire

May

Emerald, Agate

Emerald

Sapphire

Agate

Chrysoprase, Beryl

June

Alexandrite, Emerald

Pearl, Moonstone

Moonstone

Pearl

Opal, Alexandrite

July

Ruby, Onyx

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby

Jade or Carnelian

August

Peridot, Sardonyx, Carnelian

Peridot

Diamond

Sapphire

Jade, Aventurine, Sardonyx, or Sapphire

September

Sapphire, Peridot

Sapphire

Agate

Moonstone

Lapis Lazuli, Diamond

October

Tourmaline, Aquamarine

Tourmaline, Opal

Jasper

Opal

Tourmaline, Zircon, Aquamarine

November

Citrine, Topaz

Yellow Topaz, Citrine

Pearl

Topaz

Diamond, Citrine or Turquoise

December

Zircon, Ruby

Blue Topaz, Turquoise

Onyx

Ruby

Tourmaline, Lapis Lazuli or Tanzanit

Day Birthstone

Day Of Birth

Day Birth Stone

Austrian Crystal Colors*

Monday

Pearl

 Cream or White Pearl

Tuesday 

Garnet

Garnet

Wednesday 

Cat’s Eye

Olivine

Thursday 

Emerald

 Emerald

Friday 

Topaz

Topaz

Saturday 

Sapphire

 Sapphire

Sunday 

Ruby

 Siam

Hour Birth-Stone

Birthstones by your Hour of Birth

Gemstone

Austrian Crystal Colors*

1am

Quartz

2am

Hematite

3am

Malachite

4am

Lapis Lazuli

5am

Turquoise

6am

Tourmaline

7am

Chrysolite

Peridot

8am

Amethyst

Amethyst

9am

Kunzite

10am

Sapphire

Sapphire

11am

Garnet

Garnet

12 Noon

Diamond

Crystal

1pm

Zircon

Blue Zircon

2pm

Emerald

Emerald

3pm

Beryl

4pm

Topaz

Topaz

5pm

Ruby

Ruby

6pm

Opal

7pm

Sardonyx

8pm

Chalcedony

9pm

Jade

10pm

Jasper

11pm

Lodestone

12 Midnight

Onyx

Jet

Season Birth-Stone

Season

Gemstone

Austrian Crystal Color*

Spring

Emerald

Emerald

Summer

Ruby

Ruby

Autumn

Sapphire

Sapphire

Winter

Diamond

Crystal

 

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