Jewellery made with birthstones has long been a popular trend amongst women, as it is sometimes believed that each gem holds a different characteristic that can benefit the wearer.
According to the American Gem Society, some women believe that purchasing the birthstone assigned to their own birth month is the most successful way to benefit from the healing powers of the stone. Others believe that owning all twelve stones and wearing each one in its designated month is the most effective way to tap into its powers. Then again, some just like the personalisation of wearing a stone that represents their birthday!
Here is a mini guide of the 12 birthstones, and what they're commonly thought to signify:
January – Garnet
Symbolises long lasting bonds between friends, and is a great gift for someone you're quite close to.
February – Amethyst
Ensures the wearer is always thinking quickly and has been associated with royalty.
March – Aquamarine
Perfect for those all set to travel, as it's thought to assure a smooth trip.
April – Diamond
Rewards the wearer with success in relationships and inner strength.
May – Emerald
Emeralds symbolise rebirth and are believed to give the wearer enhanced insight, youth and better luck.
June – Pearl
Pearls are symbolic of friendship, loyalty and faithfulness, so they are great for sharing with friends and loved ones.
July – Ruby
Who doesn't want to be healthy, wealthy and wise? Rubies symbolise all of these things, making them a perfect gift for any loved one with a July birthday.
August – Peridot
Peridot is thought to have powers that encourage influence and better luck throughout the months, in addition to protecting the wearer from nightmares.
September – Sapphire
This gem discourages injury or envy from befalling those close to you, so a great choice as a leaving-home gift.
October – Opal
Enhances visualisation, imagination, dreams and healing, and aids with confidence.
November – Topaz
Aiding with a variety of ailments and disabilities, topaz can help the wearer to overcome the difficulties of physical problems.
December – Blue Topaz
Stands for communication, leadership and tranquillity.
Those who believe in the powers of birthstones often think the properties are heightened if the wearer is born in the month of the stone, but even if you don't believe the hype, there's no denying these stones are a unique and beautiful way to show off your unique style.
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