The Meaning And Significance Of Birthstones

Published: 10th December 2009
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Do you know what your birthstone is? Surprisingly many people dont. And even fewer people understand the mythological 'power'behind their birthstone and the impact they are renowned to have on the wearer

As an introductory guide you will find listed below the different birthstones and the meaning attached to each. Hopefull this information will be helpful next time you are trying to find a perfect gift for someone.

1. January. The birthstone for January is garnet, which is a bright red colour. This colour has traditionally given it an association with blood, and therefore life.

This stone is also said to possess the ability to protect you from nightmares and dangers associated with the dark. If you wear garnet on a regular basis, you will posiibly possess greater patience and an ability to deal well with lifes tough situations.

2. February. For people born in the month of February, you have amethyst as your birthstone. Peace and clarity are said to be qualities found in the wearer of this stone.

3. March. For people born in the third month of the year your birthstone is aquarmarine. This stone is said to make its wearer a more friendly person, and someone capable of great loyalty and companionship.

As would be expected with the name and the colour, this stone also offers protection whilst swimming, or travelling over water.

4. April. If you are born in April, then your stone is the diamond which provides strength, innocence and longevity. The hardest of all the gemstones, the diamond represents success and excellence.

5. May. For people born in May your gemstone is the emerald which represents healing and peace. Wearers of this stone are also gifted with a greater level of foresight and improved communication skills.

6. June. if you were born in the month of June, you have Pearls as your birthstone. This month has a long standing association with weddings, and the pearl has therefore come to be associated with successful marriages, faith and loyalty.

7. July. The stone for July is the ruby. The fiery colour of this stone has given birth to its connections with courage, vitality and strength. It is also said to inspire wearers to seek greater harmony with others.

8. August. If you are born in August your stone is the little known peridot. Dignity comes to the wearer of this stone as well as good fortune. This gem is also meant to give some protection from evil intentions.

9. September. The birthstone for September is the sapphire. This stone increases clarity of thought and builds greater wisdom in the wearer. It is also said to allow for a greater discernment of the truth, no matter how deeply covered it is with lies.

10. October. Opal is the birthstone of poeple born in the month of October. The opal has a wide range of colours, and has come to be associated with the wide range of human emotions.

A person who wears the opal is granted a greater level of empathy as well as an innate sense of hope.

11. November. For those of you born in Novemeber, Topaz is your birthstone. Good health in both the body and the mind is represented by this stone.

You are said to have a greater ability to heal yourself if you wear topaz. It also bestows upon the wearer creativity and practicality.

12. December. If you were born in December your birthstone is turquoise which is meant to bring luck and prosperity as well as banishing the negative vibes that can diminish happines and good fortune.

Birthstones make a great gift as they communicate a certain message to the recipient and show some thought has gone into the birthday gift


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Kate Stephen is the Director Of Red Ribbon Gifts - a boutique online gift store located in Australia that specialises in stylish retail gifts from smaller manufacturers and up & coming designers. Originally focusing on gifts for her, the business has recently expanded to include a gifts for him and a corporate gifts range. Visit Red Ribbon Gifts today to find birthday gifts for her

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