What are birthstones
"What is Birthstone?" or "What is my Birthstone?" The birthstones are a gemstone that associated or represents a person's month of birth or zodiac signs of the month. Usually, the birthstones are held in a form of jewelry like earrings, rings, pendants or necklaces. Birthstones can be precious stones or semi-precious stones depending the month of birth.
The origin of birthstones
Now that you know what birthstone is "What is my Birthstone" and "where did it originate?" The origin of birthstone is believed to date back to one of the earliest written stories, the story of Exodus in the bible. In the book of Exodus, there is a passage regarding the breastplate of Aaron. Aaron wore a breastplate with twelve jewels as a high priest during the time of Moses. The breastplate had four rows of three stones, stones that are engraved with names of the each twelve tribes of Israel. The order of the name of the stones in a breastplate is still debatable, as it varies from different translations of the bible.
The Jewish historian from the first century named Josephus believed that there is a connection of Aaron's breastplate, the twelve signs of the zodiac, and twelve months of the year. But the list of birthstones that Josephus gave and recorded on bible was different. The cause of a difference in the list of birthstones was believed because of breast plate that Josephus saw in the second temple was not the same as described in Exodus.
The common birthstone
The commonly known list of birthstone has little resembles or not at all, to the breastplate of Aaron, or the list of Josephus. The National Association of Jewelers met in 1912, to standardize the birthstones which became the first officially adopted birthstone list. Later in 1952, the Jewelry Industry Council of America updated the birthstone list by making few changes. Lastly, The American Gem Trade Association finalized the list of birthstone by adding one more stone to the list which is the current list of birthstone that we know.
What is my birthstone
You may wonder "What is my Birthstone?" Depending on a person's birth month you can easily find out your birthstone. If you are born in January, your birthstone will be Garnet. If you are born on April, your birthstone will be a diamond. There is also alternative way, you could also find out your birthstone with your zodiac signs. For example, if you were born between 23 September – 22 October your zodiac sign is Libra. Libra's Birthstone will be a sapphire. If your zodiac sign is Aquarius, your birthstone is Amethyst. The list of matching birthstone may vary, but it is the list that you believe and use.
Birthstones by the month and zodiac signs
|June||Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite|
|October||Opal, Tourmaline, Rose zircon|
|Capricorn||22 December – 19 January||Garnet|
|Aquarius||20 January – 18 February||Amethyst|
|Pisces||19 February – 20 March||Aquamarine|
|Aries||21 March – 19 April||Diamond|
|Taurus||20 April – 20 May||Emerald|
|Gemini||21 May – 20 June||Alexandrite|
|Cancer||21 June – 22 July||Ruby|
|Leo||23 July – 22 August||Peridot|
|Virgo||23 August – 22 September||Opal|
|Libra||23 September – 22 October||Sapphire|
|Scorpio||23 October – 21 November||Topaz|
|Sagittarius||22 November – 21 December||Turquoise|
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