We are approaching holiday season, which means many presents to be given and many to be received. So while you are getting ready to get pampered by family and friends, you might want to start the season by giving a small gift to yourself. If, like myself, jewelry is your go to "feel good gift", but you are tried of all the meaningless designs, you might want to injest some significance into your pick by having your birthstone in them. Birthstones are gemstones that represent a person's month of birth and have specific unique characteristics. Ready to find out yours? These are the birthstones by month of birth.
January - GarnetMoha112100 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
For those New Years and Post-Christmas babies, it is only fitting that their birthstone will have such a warm, vibrant color. Though this gemstone comes in a vareity of colors, it is the fire-red one that is matched with this month. It is also New York's gemstone and the state mineral of Connecticut. According to legends, it is among the most ancient of talismans and was thought to have strong curative powers and protective energies. Some even refer to it as the Stone of Health. It is considered to have the power to reduce body toxins and help purify vital organs and blood. Emotionally, many treatments use it to heal from depression and provide a sense of hope.
February - AmethystParent Géry [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
The calming purple color has long been associated with February. The Romans dedicated this month to Neptune, the water-god, and found this stone to be most suitable to honor it. Ancients considered it to be a "Gem of Fire" and to be worth as much as a Diamond. Characteristics attribued to it range from love and spirituality to fire and passion, which make it the perfect selection for the month of love. Some also attach creative skills to it, suggesting it should be present around people that engage in the arts such as poets, inventors, and composers.
March - AquamarineGunnar Ries Amphibol [CC BY-SA 2.5], from Wikimedia Commons
The birth stone of March, with its pure sea water color, is known to evoke relaxation and soothing feelings. Known as the treasure of mermaids according to ancient legends, sailors and travelers have long used it for good luck and protection. This stone is deeply connected to the sea, not just in color, but also in other charactersits such as the mirror effect of reflection. It is commonly used to overcome the fear of public speaking, which makes it a great choice for people engaged in professions that require it such as teachers and public speakers. As the stone of March, people that are born in this month are thought to be intellectual, level-headed, and justice seeking by nature.
April - Diamond
April born are associated with the best known birthstone, known for its hardness and purity. Though its color suggests it is a stone of winter, resembeling ice, the diamond is considered to be a crystal of light. In ancient times, it received the nickname the Stone of Invincibility due to its hardness and was thought to provide superior strength and courage during wars. It is also a spiritual stone, embracing fidelity, ethics, and strength of character. Its prism-effect led people to use it as an energy amplifier, by absorbing thoughts and feelings and radiating them out. As a result, those born in april are thought to be empowering people, radiating good energy and surrounded by people. They also attract opprtunities and prosperity.
May - Emerald
The stone from the Wizard of Oz represents youth and renewal. It embodies the spirit-heart connection, which opens us to compassion, unconditional love, friendship, and loyalty. It is also associated with wisdom and intuition, which made it a vibal stone for furtune tellers. Though specifically being the birthstone of May, it is thought to attract love and employment opportunities to all those who wear it. It is also thought to help with bullying and low-self esteem issues as it helps to restore confidence, especially with teens.
June - PearlHannes Grobe/AWI [CC BY 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Those of you, June-born, must be thrilled to have the pearl as your birthstone. It adds elegance and sophistication no matter how it is used. In addition, many health benefits are assocaited with it. From help with allergies to relief from lung diseases, pearls have long been believed to possess curing powers. Pearls also help to balance the body's natural rhythms and hormone levels, making it the perfect gem for evoking soothing and calming emotions. The centering it provides also influence the way we think and reflect, by providing clarity and focus.
July - RubyStrangerThanKindness [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
The stone of nobility and elegance, with its bold color, is a perfect match to those born in the summer month of July. Ancients considered it to be the queen of all stones and surpass them all in virtue. Its passionate color make it a good initiator of the sensual pleasures of life. It stimulates the heart and blood, allowing people to enjoy and appreciate fully the physical world. It is recommended to carry with you if you want to overcome exhaustion, as it helps to stimulate circulation. People with superstitions find rubies helpful in reducing the fear of the evil and the removal of bad spirits. It also helps with nightmares and the restoration of the feeling of safety.
August - Peridot
"The Extreme Gem" as it is called, is born of fire. They are one of the only gemstones that only exist in one color. Its calming green shade make it a good fit for the transition period from the hot summer to the cooler fall. Ancients associated this stone with the sun, and as such attributed to it protective powers against the forces of darkness. It is also thought of being beneficial at regulating the cycles of life, including physcial, mental, and emotional cycles. Such regulations help to get rid of negative patterns and remove blockages that are due to fear and closeness of mind.
September - SapphireParent Géry [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
The stone of royalty and wisdom has long been part of ancient cultures, used by kings, spiritual leaders, and law makers. It was believed to provide the owner with the ability to see beneath the surface, discover fraud, and protect from injustices. It embraces structure and self-discipline and helps in the discovery of deep levels of consciousness. Its sense of justice and integrity also makes it the stone of commitment and fidelity in romantic relationships and helps in prolonging connections.
October - Opal
This is the "Eye Stone", inspiring hope and vision. It empowers intuition and insight and helps recognizing dangers and wrong-doing. Those who were born in October, and hence have this gem as their birthstone, tend to have their emotions on the surface. Therefore, they can sometimes be more argumantative and sensitive. Opals are known to help children restore a sense of security, provide relief from bad dreams, and help with creating a general feeling of calmness. It is also a good shield from other people's negative energies and intentions.
November - TopazLeon Hupperichs [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Associated with luxury, strength, and influence, this stone has long been closely connected with higher class. Its strong connection with the solar energy, makes it a good provider of energy, healing powers, and positivity. It is considered an enhancement stone, helping to bring joy, generosity, and warmth. It also exudes a bright light over multiple aspects of life, including love, friendship, career, and success. In addition, it behaves like a good-mood generator, by wiping away tiredness and bad feelings.
December - Turquoise
Turquoise is a stone of protection and strength. Yet, its smooth texture also make it have a soothing and relaxing effect. In ancient cultures, it was believed that turquoise has the ability to protect soldiers and riders from injuries and harm. When it comes to career, the gem promotes leadership and a strong sense of communication which is especially beneficial in managerial and sales positions. It is also considered a good crystal to carry while you travel, as it protects from theft, attacks, and falls.