Birthstones and their Meanings

Birthstones and their Meanings: A Guide to Gemstones and their Properties

Birthstones are the most popular of the gemstones, which vary in color and meaning. The word “gemstone” is derived from the Greek term “geōmetría”, meaning “earth measurement” or “geometry.” Gemstones have been used as adornments since ancient times throughout different cultures around the world for their beauty and rarity.

In this article we will give a brief history, the birthstone for each month along with the meaning.

Introduction to Birthstones and their Meanings

Gemstones are typically divided into four groups based on chemical composition: organic gems (including pearl), inorganic minerals (including diamonds), metal compounds (such as turquoise) and carbonates such as lapis lazuli). Each stone varies in color and meaning, including what it heals you from, its elemental ability, where to find them, and more!

Gems can be classified into three categories: precious stones, semi-precious stones, and non-gem quality stones. For the most part, the following classifications are used:

– Precious stones are known to be rare and expensive. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphire and pearls fall under this category.

– Semi-precious stones are precious gemstones regarded as more common than precious gems (although not necessarily) but less than semi-precious stones. This category includes the following: Topaz, Onyx, Agate , Amethyst, Citrine and Amber .

– Non-gem stone is often regarded as a mineral that lacks the luster of gems. The term “Stone” can include rock or aggregate minerals (i.e. jasper, or quartz) as well as ores.

The most popular of the gemstones are birthstones. Birthstones are minerals with special powers to master personal weaknesses and enhance life forces through healing properties. Each month is represented by a different stone which varies in color and meaning.

Brief history of gemstones

Gemstones have been used as adornments since ancient times throughout different cultures around the world for their beauty and rarity. The word “gemstone” is derived from the Greek term “geōmetría”, meaning “earth measurement” or “geometry.”

The use of gemstones can be traced back to 3500 BC, when they were first used in jewelry in the Middle East. Egyptians were some of the first people to use gemstones in their jewelry, including in the tombs of their pharaohs. Many of the stones that are popular today, such as amethyst and sapphire, were first used by the Egyptians.

By 1500 BC, Indians were using a technique called lost-wax to create jewelry. In this technique, wax is shaped into a pattern of the jewelry. Then, metal in liquid form is poured over the wax and when it cools, the wax has been melted away leaving a mold for making the jewelry. 

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In ancient Greece during 776 BC, there were four primary metals that were used to create jewelry: gold, silver, copper and iron. The Greeks believed that these four metals represented the stability of the cosmos because they did not corrode over time.

Around 400 BC, the Romans became skilled in creating extravagant pieces of jewelry using techniques such as filigree which is a technique using fine wires or metal threads to create delicate patterns. Another technique that was popular during this time period was granulation, where gold or silver drops are formed using another metal with a sharp point to create small drops of melted metal at the end of t he stick. These drops are then placed on top of the piece to enhance the overall design.

– Iron age (500 BC – 300 BC) – During this time period, the Vikings began to use rings and other jewelry for making amulets and talisman and used them as protection against dark magic or evil spirits.

– Early Middle Ages (300 AD – 1000 AD) – In the early Middle Ages, metal smiths developed elaborate techniques such as filigreed work which is the use of wire-like lines to create detailed patterns.

– High Middle Ages (1000 AD – 1400 AD) – During the High Middle Ages, gemstones were used in jewelry which was usually reserved for royalty or wealthy individuals due to their high costs. One popular technique that was used during this time period is called enameling where gold is used to cover the metal, and then designs are formed on top of it by placing powdered gemstones into liquid mercury before heating it. The heat from the fire will cause the mercury to evaporate which leaves a design on the gold once cooled.

– Late Middle Ages (1400 AD – 1600 AD) – During this time period, goldsmiths would create beautiful pieces of jewelry using an alloy metal called “tutenag” which was created by combining gold and copper. This has a more orange color than gold, and the effect of it is quite stunning on their jewelry as can be seen with crown jewels such as those made for Queen Elizabeth II. Today, this technique is still being used by goldsmiths which is why they are so unique.

goldsmith working

– Present day – Today, new techniques are constantly being developed for creating jewelry of the finest quality. Techniques such as plating metal with different metals to enhance their durability and color, coating metals with chemicals to create a different colored finish that are resistant to corrosion are among the many techniques that are still popular today.

The birthstone for each month and each stone means

January: Garnet  – The birthstone for January is the garnet. It symbolizes “Eternal Love” as old legends think that a garnet can dissolve into a powder that will bring back the love that has faded away. When worn as a necklace by a woman, it is said to protect her from the evil eye.

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February: Amethyst  – The birthstone for February is the amethyst and it symbolizes “Imagination” and creativity. It also represents royalty and spirituality, and thus many people wear this stone as a necklace to ensure they are able to have peace of mind and is also said to keep the wearer from being dependent on liquor or drugs.

March: Aquamarine  – The birthstone for March is the aquamarine, which symbolizes youthfulness. It is said that if an aquamarine is placed in water, it will turn the water into wine. It also represents friendship and is thought to allow the wearer to see monsters and creatures that are invisible.

April: Diamond  – The birthstone for April is the diamond, which symbolizes “Forever” and eternity as diamonds do not fade over time. It is said that a diamond that is worn as a charm will protect the wearer from bad luck.

May: Emerald  – The birthstone for May is the emerald, which symbolizes “Good Luck” and it also represents health, wisdom, and peace of mind. It also brings harmony to a relationship which makes it a popular choice to give to a loved one as a gift.

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June: Pearl  – The birthstone for June is the pearl, which symbolizes purity and innocence. It also represents femininity and modesty, so it is said that the wearer will become more beautiful each day they wear this gemstone.

July: Ruby  – The birthstone for July is the ruby, which symbolizes “Strength” and courage. It is also said to be able to give the wearer the ability to see through illusions which makes it a popular choice for engagement rings.

August: Peridot  – The birthstone for August is the peridot, which symbolizes hope. It represents love and peace, and it is said to bring the wearer good luck if worn on their right side.

September: Sapphire  – The birthstone for September is the sapphire, which symbolizes “Sincerity” and loyalty. It also protects the wearer from harm when worn as a necklace or bracelet by keeping them safe in dangerous situations.

October: Opal  – The birthstone for October is the opal, which symbolizes “Good Fortune”. It is said that if two opals are placed together, they will unite to become a solid stone.

November: Topaz  – The birthstone for November is the topaz and it represents strength and endurance. It also brings friendship to the wearer which makes it a popular choice to give as gifts.

December: Turquoise  – The birthstone for December is the turquoise, which represents “Good Health” and ensures that good fortune comes to those who wear it. It is also said that this gemstone provides protection from bad spirits and it is a popular choice to give as gifts.

How to use gemstones in your life

Gemstones have been used for centuries as a way to bring good luck and ward off negative energy. They can be worn as necklaces, bracelets, or rings, or they can be used in other ways to bring their properties into your life.

healing gemstones

Another popular way to use gemstones is by placing them around your home or office. This is said to create a positive energy field that will keep you healthy and prosperous. You can also place them on your body if you need to achieve a certain goal, such as using a diamond for protection during travel.

You can also use gemstones to attract love into your life by carrying them on your person or wearing the color that corresponds with the stone on your date of birth. For instance, if you were born in October then pink tourmaline would be a good choice to attract love.

You can also use gemstones for their healing properties. By placing the stone near you, it will absorb your negative energy and replace it with its positive vibration which will restore your health over time. For example, wearing citrine stones are said to heal conditions of paralysis or gout.


Birthstones are a popular choice for jewelry and they have been used for centuries to heal ailments and bring good fortune into the lives of their wearers. Each birthstone has its own properties which can be helpful in many ways, from making your home safe from negative energy to giving you strength when going through trying times.

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