Birthstones
Month Birthstone
January The Garnet is known to dispel sadness. This blood red stone used as a necklace ensures friendship and fidelity.
February The bright purple Amethyst was originally very expensive. Ancient Greeks decorated goblets and other expensive pieces with them. Often worn for protection from contagious disease, the Amethyst was also thought to bring tranquility to the wearer's life.
March The Aquamarine has been thought to bring intelligence, youth and happiness. The Bloodstone, another March gem, was carried by Roman soldiers to keep them from bleeding to death.
April The Diamond, stone of April, is known as the "fire of love." Diamonds bring love and protect from evil. They are also thought of as the frozen tears of past princesses.
May This month has several stones, the main one being the Emerald, where value depends on the color and number of flaws. This brilliant green stone reinforces love and creates harmony in the family.
June The Moonstone protects against danger at sea and is thought to bring financial gain and protect against turbulence. Another present day stone for June is the Pearl which is said to preserve modesty, chastity and purity.
July The Ruby protects its wearer from fear and financial stress while its strength banishes evil spirits.
August The stone of August is the Sardonyx. It is said to create courage and make the most timid brave. A present day addition is the Peridot, a clear, normally green stone of gem quality Olivine.
September The Blue Sapphire often heals the body of illness and despair.
October The mystical Opal is filled with all the colors of the rainbow. Historically, this stone was considered to cause disaster to those who wore it; but today it is said to bring only good fortune and happiness. The Tourmaline was added to the list in more current times.
November The Topaz symbolizes good fortune and longevity. According to legend, this golden stone possesses the power to cure many diseases. Citrine, a transparent yellow quartz gem many of the best of which come from Brazil, is a current day birthstone for this month.
December The vibrant turquoise was believed to be a defender against bad luck to those that wore it. It has been said that cowboys always carry a blue turquoise on their journey's so that they might be blessed with success. A present day addition is the Zircon, whose naturally found brown clear crystals are heated to turn into the beautiful blue gemstone.
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