A birthstone is the gemstone associated with the date of one's birth, the wearing of which is commonly thought to bring good luck or health.
“Supernatural powers have long been attributed by astrologers to certain gemstones." - From Encyclopaedia Britannica
Each birthstone occupies its own pedestal in history and myth. From folklore tales, biblical texts, and the annals of history, these gems have had a special place in both the hearts and minds of humanity.
Birthstones are a fun way to celebrate your birth month. Each month has its very own gemstone. Wearing your birthstone is considered very lucky and is thought to provide the wearer with good fortune. Gifting personalized birthstone jewellery has become extremely popular, as it is makes a wonderful customized gift.
Colour: the versatile garnet comes in a virtual rainbow of colours, including pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, colourless, occasionally black, brown and many shades of red and green. The most common colour of garnets is reddish brown. Bohemian Garnet is deep red gemstone, Russian
Source: largest supply of garnets comes from the continent of Africa.
Benefits: Garnet is excellent for blood deficiency diseases. It combats depression and lethargy; protects against depression and impure thoughts; cures fever and promotes good health. This stone of passion stimulates sexual drive.
Trivia: In December 1996, a student in Central Australia discovered what is thought to be the largest single garnet ever found - measuring nearly one hundred feet across!
Colour: it comes in deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve.
Source: Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay, Africa and Europe.
Benefit: is perhaps the most useful all-purpose healing crystal. Therapists say that the amethyst has a sobering and cleansing effect and is also esteemed as a stone of friendship.
Trivia: Amethyst is the perfect gem to be given on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
Colour: all the shades of light blue and often mixed with a hint of green.
Source: Brazil is the chief source of producing the world famous Aquamarines.
Benefits: brings compassion, trust, and marital harmony.
Trivia: Since ancient times, it has been regarded as the sailors' lucky stone. Its name is derived from the Latin 'aqua' (water) and 'mare' (sea).
Colour: The traditional colour associated with the Diamond is white, or colourless.
Source: Australia, Ghana, Zaire, Russia, USA and Brazil.
Benefits: The traditional metaphysical properties for the April birthstone Diamond are balance, clarity and abundance.
Trivia: it is the ultimate gemstone, having few weaknesses and many strengths. It is well known that a Diamond is the hardest substance found in nature, but few people realize that Diamond is four times harder than the next hardest natural mineral, corundum.
Colour: The proper name for the emerald is beryl, but there are different colours of beryl. Emerald green is the name of the colour, as well as that of the stone.
Source: The best beryl comes from Colombia and Brazil. Emeralds can also be found in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe.
Benefits: Emerald is used by healers to help heal the heart; it is a stone of great harmony, wisdom and love.
Trivia: The name emerald comes from the Greek 'smaragdos' via the Old French 'esmeralde', and really just means 'green gemstone'
Source: Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Mannar, the South Pacific, the Gulf of California, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific coast of Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Benefits: loyalty, faithfulness and friendship, modesty, chastity and purity.
Trivia: the queen of all gems, it is known to enhance personal integrity.
Colour: Red, which is the colour of love.
Source: Burma, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya and Afghanistan.
Benefits: a ring set with a precious ruby bears witness to that passionate, unbridled love that people can feel for each other.
Trivia: the king of the gemstones. In the fascinating world of gemstones, the ruby is the undisputed ruler.
Colour: vivid green with just a slight hint of gold.
Source: the most beautiful Peridots come from the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However Myanmar, China, USA, Africa and Australia are also large producers.
Benefits: it is said to heal the heart, lend strength and help make dreams come true!
Trivia: it is famed for its brilliant colour and durability.
Colour: mainly blue sapphires are popular across the globe, but the pink, yellow, green, blue and white sapphires look equally charming.
Source: the best are mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Benefits: Sapphires also have healing powers and are very effective in curing eye diseases. They also stand for loyalty and honesty in a relationship.
Trivia: Sapphires in recent times have started giving the ever-popular diamond engagement ring stiff competition. A trend that was initiated by Prince Charles when he slipped a sapphire engagement ring on Princess Diana’s fingers.
Colour: overall it has colourless feel with hints of white, yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, grey, brown, and black as its base colours.
Opals are supposed to further enhance the positive characteristics for people born under the zodiac sign of Cancer. Black Opal is recommended to those born under Scorpio, and Boulder Opal is the lucky stone for Aries. Opal is the birthstone of Libra as well.
Source: Australia is the popular country of origin. Almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts.
Benefits: Opals are like human emotions: you always experience them different and anew.
Trivia: The name Opal was probably derived from Sanskrit upala, meaning valuable stone. This was probably the root for the Greek term opallios, which translates as colour change. It is the gemstone for the 14th and 18th marriage anniversaries.
Colour: it comes in all the hues comes in yellow, yellow-brown, honey-yellow, flax, brown, green, blue, light blue, red and pink
Source: Brazil, India, Srilanka, and Nigeria.
Benefits: glandular health, regulates heart rhythm, and reduces inflammations such as arthritis.
Trivia: the colour of Blue Topaz is said to aid in meditation, discernment, and forgiveness. Its calm blue quality is said to help wearers release their anger, especially from old hurts, fostering forgiveness and reconciliation that leads to a calmer, fuller life
Colour: It is usually in a pure blue, similar to fine sapphire, or an intense violet-blue all its own. Tanzanite with a bluish purple body colour is also popular.
Source: Mount Kilimanjaro in the Manyara Region of Northern Tanzania
Benefits: strengthening immune system, detoxifying blood, improving vitality, treating psychological problems, anxiety, stress, relieving headaches
Trivia: It changes colours when it is viewed from different directions. This shifting of colours has been said to facilitate raising consciousness. It aids in realizing your own ideas and transforms destructive urges into constructive ones.