Birthstones and monthstones
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions mingled with Pagan legends led to the association of certain stones with different months, astrological signs, Tribes of Israel and Apostles but also with healing powers for social, physological, metaphysical and even medical conditions. Not that we necessarily promote or believe such claims, but we think they can make for an interesting conversation.
In the 18th century the relationship of stones with months was popularized but it was based mainly on the colours of the stones. Owing to the fact that several stones have the same colours, confusion resulted, so that in 1937 the National Association of Goldsmiths of Great Britain established a uniform list (with some alternatives for the more costly stones).
|March:||aquamarine and jasper|
|April:||diamond and rock crystal|
|May:||emerald and chrysoprase|
|June:||pearl and moonstone|
|July:||ruby, cornelian and onyx|
|August:||peridot and sardonyx|
|September:||sapphire and lapis lazuli|
|October:||opal and tourmaline|
|November:||topaz and citrine|
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