Each month of the year is associated with its own birthstone, and each birthstone has its own significance and meaning. Here are some fun things you may want to know about yours, you never know what kind of mystic powers or protection your birthstone could give you!
January - Garnet
Garnet can be many shades, from purple to deep red. The name is derived from a Greek word meaning seed, because of its resemblance to a pomegranate seed! Garnet is known as the fiery stone and can spark passion into your relationships, and it has also been found to help eliminate depression, and promote confidence and mental clarity. In medieval times Garnet was believed to help treat heart palpitations, heart disease, and inflammatory diseases. It’s safe to say Garnet we could all use a little Garnet in our lives to help balance our mind, body
February - Amethyst
A gemstone suited for royalty—literally. It is included in royal collections from Ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels. The name comes from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “not drunken.” This is because it was believed by Ancient Greeks to be a remedy for intoxication. Amethyst is believed to keep the wearer quick witted, clearheaded and activate spiritual awareness and intuition. Wearing amethyst can promote a feeling of powerful mental strength, and it is believed to have healing properties such as reducing headaches, regulating hormones, and enhancing your immune system.
Aquamarine gets its name from two Latin words, aqua meaning ”water,” and marina meaning “of the sea.” Aquamarine was believed to be a precious treasure from mermaids! Sailors would wear aquamarine amulets to protect them at sea, and ward off seasickness. Aquamarine is believed to calm your nerves and reduce anxiety, because of this it is used as a powerful meditation tool to this day!
Diamonds are symbols of everlasting love. In fact Ancient Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were diamond tipped, which just might be the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love. The word diamond is from the Greek word adamas, which means “invincible.” This refers to its hardness, but also its belief in ancient times that diamonds could protect from any attack. Diamonds have even been used in treating fertility problems, reproductive health, and promoting relationship healing through reconciliation and forgiveness.
Emerald gets its name from the Greek word smaragdus, meaning “green gem.” Ancient folklore stated that putting an emerald under your tongue would give you the ability to see the future. Ancient Romans believed that Emerald had therapeutic properties in relieving eye strain and soreness, which is backed up by modern findings that the color green soothes the eye and has stress relieving properties! Emerald can revive lost passion, enhance intellectual thinking, and restore confidence for its wearer.
Pearls are timeless and have long been known as a symbol of purity. It is believed that pearls can absorb the energy of the wearer, and even store good memories, so wearing your pearls on a day you want to remember forever is a good idea! Wear your pearls for storing good memories, relieving stress and overcoming feelings of guilt.
Ruby gets its name from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red.” Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Rubies symbolize power and protection, some even believed rubies could foretell misfortune or danger and provide a shield against negative energy. Wearing Ruby can increase creativity, spirituality, confidence and wisdom.
The name peridot comes from the Arabic word faridat, meaning gem. Peridot was
believed to shield from evil spirits and terrors of the night.” Some believe that putting peridot under your pillow can help prevent nightmares, and restless nights. Peridot is perfect for relieving stress, releasing toxic energy, and attracting those good vibes we all need right now!
Sapphire is a symbol of sincerity, love, and faithfulness. Sapphire was once thought to protect its wearer from evil. Ancient Persians believed the sky was blue because Earth rested on a giant sapphire. Wearing sapphire is believed to keep your relationships loyal and honest.
Ancient Greeks wore necklaces of opal to repel evil and protect eyesight, they believed opal endowed the gift of prophecy and protected them from disease. Opal is another stone that is believed to soak up your vibes and energies, and amplify them (that is good and bad so we’ll have to be careful with that). Wear Opal to boost faithfulness, confidence, and protection!
Citrine gets its name from the French word for lemon, citron. Citrine is known for being extremely positive. It attracts prosperity, happiness, and protection against negativity for its wearer. Citrine can also help you articulate and express your thoughts and feelings to others. Wear citrine to lift your spirits, and keep them that way!
December- Blue Topaz
Topaz is commonly blue or brown but can also be found in many different colors.
Ancient Greeks believed that wearing topaz could increase strength, and prepare you for future hardships...they also thought it could make the wearer invisible. Not sure how they proved that to be true to each other but hey,I’m not going to knock it! Topaz is good for soothing, healing, and recharging. It directs energy to where it is needed the most, and promotes truth, and forgiveness while attracting abundance, and good health.
What do you love most about your birthstone? Do you wish you had a different option? At Design House, we encourage you to wear the stones and colors you LOVE. Come check out our birthstone jewelry options in person at 319 S. 4th St, B100, or shop online at designhousejewelry.com.