The practice of wearing a stone associated with your birth month is a popular and ancient tradition. Most gem scholars concur that this custom was originally inspired by the Breastplate of Aaron, which was set with twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel, also corresponding to the twelve months of the year, and twelve signs of the zodiac. Each stone was thought to have heightened influence during the time of the year to which it was attached, so many people collected all the stones, and wore them in successive order.
Wearing a single birthstone associated with the month you were born is a more recent custom, beginning several centuries ago in either Germany or Poland. The modern birthstone chart was not developed until 1912, when the National Association of Jewelers adopted the official list most people are familiar with today. Either list can guide you to a special piece of jewelry to celebrate the birth of a special someone.
Jewel of Havana carries jewelry featuring many modern and traditional birthstones, including ruby, amethyst, jasper, agate, opal, peridot, turquoise, and lapis lazuli. A birthstone ring, bracelet, necklace or pendant feels special to wear and makes a very personal gift, whether you purchase it for a friend, a loved one -- or for yourself!
1/22/2015 03:31:21 am
Very interesting the changes for March, June, and August!
1/22/2015 05:57:30 am
Thanks Vallerie! This was a fun post to research. There are so many different birthstone tables available in addition the the two I've shared. I may add them in the future!
1/22/2015 09:16:05 am
Love my birthstones - June pearl, moonstone, alexanderite wear them often . Love your work. Thanks, Beverly
1/22/2015 10:19:48 am
You have a good month Beverly!! Sidney's birthday (our Security Department & Company Mascot) is on June 6th so I'm partial to the pearl! It's on my "mommy pendant" with her paw print in copper! :)
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Ana is a metal clay certified artist creating handcrafted nature inspired artisan jewelry from her Baton Rouge studio. If you love natural gemstones and metal, welcome home!