The Evolution of Birthstones
It is believed as early as the first century that a spacial gemstone was dedicated to each month which possesses a special virtue or "cure" that it could transmit to those born in that month. In the eighth and ninth centuries, the interpreters of the Bible's book of Revelation claimed attributes of the twelve apostles to each of those gemstones. The fact of the matter is clear that an owner of a piece of jewelry set with a birthstone is more intimately associated with his or her personality than any other gemstone no matter how beautiful or costly.
The following is a list of birthstones adopted by many jewelry associations since 1952.
The following is a list of the zodiacal gems and their spacial powers has been passed on from an early Hindu legend.
|Jan 21 - Feb 21||Aquarius||Garnet||Believed to gaurantee true friendship when worn by an Aquarian|
|Feb 22 - Mar 21||Pisces||Amethyst||Believed to protect a Pisces wearer from extremes of passion|
|Mar 22 - Apr 20||Aries||Bloodstone||Believed to endow an Aries wearer with wisdom|
|Apr 21 - May 21||Taurus||Sapphire||Believed to protect from and cure mental disorders if worn by a Taurus|
|May 22 - Jun 22||Gemini||Agate||Long life, health, and wealth were gauranteed to a Gemini if an agate ring was worn|
|Jun 22 - Jul 22||Cancer||Emerald||Eternal joy was gauranteed to a Cancer-born who took an emerald along his/her way|
|Jul 23 - Aug 22||Leo||Onyx||Would protect a Leo wearer from loneliness and unhapiness|
|Aug 23 - Sep 22||Virgo||Carnelian||Believed to gaurantee success in anything a Virgo tried if worn on the hand|
|Sep 23 - Oct 23||Libra||Chrysolite||Would free a Libra wearer from any evil spell|
|Oct 24 - Nov 21||Scorpio||Beryl||Should be worn by every Scorpio to guarantee protection from "tears of sad repentance"|
|Nov 22 - Dec 21||Sagittarius||Topaz||Protects Sagittarians, but only if they always show the stone|
|Dec 22 - Jan 20||Capricorn||Ruby||A Capricorn who has ever worn a ruby will never know trouble|