Birthstones and their meanings
Traditional Gem(s): Garnet, Rose Quartz
Modern Gem(s): Garnet
The garnet was once thought to be connected with the blood. This stone is supposed to protect the wearer from nightmares and offer guidance through the dark.
Traditional Gem(s): Amethyst, Onyx
Modern Gem(s): Amethyst
The folklore attached to he amethyst associates it with sobriety, tranquility, protection and peace. This birthstone as also been linked to improving the skin and preventing baldness, as well as protection from deceit.
Traditional Gem(s): Bloodstone
Modern Gem(s): Aquamarine
The aquamarine has been linked to the making of new friends as well as affection and love, hope and health. This stone was once also thought to protect those at sea.
Traditional Gem(s): Diamond
Modern Gem(s): Diamond
One of the most popular gems throughout history, diamonds are linked to love, eternity, and strength.
Traditional Gem(s): Emerald, Chrysoprase
Modern Gem(s): Emerald
The emerald was once linked to health and the curing of ailments, as well as being associated with the ability to see in to the future, giving them an almost bewitching, magical reputation.
Traditional Gem(s): Alexandrite
Modern Gem(s): Pearl, Moonstone
The pearl has been linked with chastity and modesty, making it something of an angelic, pure birthstone. It is also linked to successful and happy marriages.
Traditional Gem(s): Ruby
Modern Gem(s): Ruby, Carnelian
The ruby is traditionally linked with protection and harmony. This birthstone has been mined since ancient times, and boasts a spectacular beauty.
Traditional Gem(s): Sardonyx
Modern Gem(s): Peridot
Peridot was commonly linked with protection against evil and night terrors, as well as a gem that enhanced the properties of healing drugs.
Traditional Gem(s): Sapphire, Lapis
Modern Gem(s): Sapphire
The sapphire has been linked with faith and purity, as well as foresight. It was thought that the stronger the sparkle of the gem, the more faithful and honest the wearer.
Traditional Gem(s): Tourmaline
Modern Gem(s): Opal, Tourmaline
The opal has been linked to purity, hope and innocence. This gem has also been linked to healing forces, friendship and emotion, so it has experienced its fair share of folklore over the years.
Modern Gem(s): Traditional Gem(s): Citrine
Yellow Topaz, Citrine
Topaz was once linked with sanity, healing, and life, as well as being connected to strength by the ancient Greeks. This stone has even been linked to an ability to make the wearer invisible in dangerous situations.
Traditional Gem(s): Zircon, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli
Modern Gem(s): Blue Topaz, Turquoise
Turquoise was once linked to happiness, fortune and luck, making it a very popular gem in centuries gone by.
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