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    Certain stones are associated with particular months of the year and considered lucky to people born in those months. Some attribute the origin of the tradition of birthstones to the 12-jeweled breastplate, a vestment worn in ancient times, of Aaron, the brother of Moses. Myths and superstitions gradually grew around the stones and symbolic meanings or virtues were eventually ascribed to them.

    The first record of wearing stones of the month was in Poland in the 18th century when they were worn to keep illness away. Only later was the mystic bond between the stone of the month and persons born in that month fully realized.

    The varied interpretations of the identity of the original twelve stones and substitutions by different cultures and races over the centuries has resulted in a number of versions of the stones assigned to each month.

Following is a List of what are believed to be the Ancient birthstones and the Modern
version together with their Symbolic Meanings.

MONTH

ANCIENT MODERN SYMBOLIC MEANING
January Garnet Garnet Constancy
February Amethyst Amethyst sincerity
March Jasper Bloodstone or Aquamarine Courage
April Sapphire Diamond Innocence
May Agate Emerald Love, Success
June Emerald Pearl, Moonstone, or Alexandrite Health, Longevity
July Onyx Ruby Contentment
August Carnelian Sardonyx or Peridot Married Happiness
September Chyrsolite Sapphire Clear Thinking
October Aquamarine Opal or Tourmaline Hope
November Topaz Topaz Fidelity
December Ruby Turquoise or Lapis Lazuli Prosperity

 
 

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