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BIRTHSTONES

Throughout the ages, and across many different cultures, people have appreciated the beauty of gemstones with the shaman or priests of those cultures associating and assigning special powers and attributes to them. 

The Babylonians and ancient Indian cultures, (of over 3,000 years ago), both attributed gemstones with magical properties.  Over time, gems with special colours and qualities, became associated and linked with the twelve signs of the zodiac.  Each sign was given its own name and characteristics, so giving rise to the astrological system that we use today. 

Over the centuries different cultures around the world developed their own charts.   During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it became the custom in Poland, to wear the stone that was associated with your birth month, as it was commonly thought to bring good luck or good health or both.  It is from this custom that the

Birth Stone Charts.  

The modern day list that we know today is only the most recent list and was first assembled in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewellers, (ANAJ). This list has historical merit and is closely linked to that first used in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, but some stones were substituted due to the ease of availability.   

Below you will find both the Birth Stone Chart and the Zodiac Chart, though there are many others that you may wish look at such as Mystical and Ayurveda Charts etc.  If you would like more information about the history of birthstones then the following books may be of interest:  

·        The Curious Lore of Precious Stones by George Frederick Kunz 

·        The Crystal Zodiac by Judy Hall

·        Gemstones by Cally Hall

Below you will find both the modern birthstone and zodiac sign charts.  I have also included details of the birth flower chart, in case you want to make someone's birthday that extra little bit special.

Month

Birthstone

Zodiac Sign

Dates of Zodiac Signs

Birth Flower

January

Garnet

Capricorn

December 22 - January 20

Carnation or Snowdrop

February

Amethyst

Aquarius

January 21 - February 19

Violet or Primrose

March

Aquamarine

Pisces

February 20 - March 20

Jonquil ( Daffodil )

April

Diamond

Aries

March 21 - April 20

Sweet Pea or Daisy

May

Emerald

Taurus

April 21 - May 20

Lily of the Valley

June

Pearl

Gemini

May 21 - June 21

Rose

July

Ruby

Cancer

June 22 - July 22

Larkspur or Water Lily

August

Peridot

Leo

July 23 - August 23

Gladiolus or Poppy

September

Sapphire

Virgo

August 24 - September 23

Aster or Morning Glory

October

Opal

Libra

September 24 - October 23

Calendula (Marigold)

November

Topaz

Scorpio

October 24 - November 22

Chrysanthemum

December

Turquoise

Sagittarius

November 23 - December 21

Narcissus

 

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