BIRTHSTONES JULY TO DECEMBER.
JULY BIRTHSTONE RUBY
The glowing Ruby should adorn
Those who in warm July are born,
Then will they be exempt and free
From love’s doubt and anxiety.
No other gemstone shares it’s attachment to the feelings of love and passion. In the ancient world people believed that Rubies could help them predict the future. They have been worn as talismans to protect from illness or misfortune. It is also said that the wearer of a Ruby would enjoy romance, friendship, energy, courage and peace.
AUGUST BIRTHSTONE PERIDOT.
Wear a Peridot or for thee
No conjugal felicity.
The August born without this stone
‘Tis said must live unloved and loan.
Long associated with luck, many myths and legends celebrated this magical stone due to its apparent power to ward off evil spirits. Historically, if the stone was set in Gold or in any precious metal its capacity to bring the wearer luck and good fortune was even more intensified. In 2003 a NASA spacecraft identified the gem on Mars.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE SAPPHIRE.
A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind,
‘Twill kill diseases of the mind.
A stone with opulence and regality fit for a king. Sapphires are revered the world over for their beauty and mystery. In ancient times this gem has been admired for the good luck and magic associated with it. It has long been the traditional gem of choice to set along side Diamonds for a man wishing to express his love and commitment to someone special. For over a thousand years it has enjoyed a close association with royalty.
OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE OPAL AND TOURMALINE
October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know;
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.
OPAL is one of the few gemstones where every stone is different and unique. It is the enchanting wonder of a “rainbow of colours” in a gemstone. Alive with veins of ever-changing colour. It seems to breathe as light touches the surface. A very “individual” stone.
TOURMALINE comes in many colours with different associations. For instance, Black Tourmaline is associated with grieving. Generally, Tourmaline is associated with good luck and is referred to as “the stone of wisdom”. It is the stone for friendship, relationships and love. When you hold the stone it is said to balance your prana, the energy of your soul. If worn as a talisman, it will bring you good friends and good lovers. It is also said that it encourages artistic intuition.
NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONES CITRINE AND TOPAZ
Who first comes to this world below
With drear November’s fog and snow
Should prize the Citrine’s amber hue-
Emblem of friends and lovers true
CITRINE like the bright yellow sun setting on the horizon, Citrine can leave any person breathless with wonder. It is thought to have the power to disperse depression and anger. If worn by a man he is thought to become more striking and intellectual. Worn by a woman, it is said to make her fertile, happy and contented. It is suggested that it can have a cooling effect and alleviate nocturnal fears and can worn the wearer of illness and poisons. As well as removing toxins from the body it is said to be good for healing the heart, kidneys, liver, help with digestion and used by crystal healers to fight diabetes.
TOPAZ with its gorgeous brilliance and crystal clarity makes it a wonderful gift for all occasions. Having been discovered over 2500 years ago, Topaz are used to protect from enemies and are used as a symbol of love and splendour. If blue Topaz is worn alongside Moonstone it may help to create the right mindset and willpower to help with weight loss. The Greeks believed it gave them strength, relieved insomnia, restored sanity and even helped to detect poisons. It has been known as a powerful magnetic stone that attracts love and fortune. It is mentioned in the Bible as one of the gems on the holy gates of Jerusalem.
DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES TANZANITE, ZIRCON AND TORQUOISE.
If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue,
Success will bless whate’er you do.
TANZANITE in the daytime shows deep electric blues that evoke that “love at first sight” feeling and in the evening it’s purple violets and reds ignite a sense of passion. Now one of the world’s most expensive gemstones. It has been recommended to wear Tanzanite as an anti-depressant, due to the emotionally supportive, nurturing and cheering energies it is said to bestow.
ZIRCON is said to be the oldest gem on earth, ascertained to be 4.27 billion years old. In the Middle Ages it was believed to induce sleep and encourage honour and wisdom. It was said to bring prosperity to its owner, drive away plagues and evil spirits. Also it was believed to increase glory, wealth, ingenuity and would prevent travel sickness. In the Black death it was worn as a protective talisman.
TURQUOISE was reported in the 1970s as being on par with Diamonds as one of the hottest investments. It was mined by the Egyptians as far back as 5600 BC and was then embedded in almost every piece of jewellery. It was found in tombs dating back to 3500 BC and then people believed that those who wore this gem would be protected from the evil eye and would be restored to sanity. One of the rarest Turquoise gems today is found in Arizona and is called “The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise” which is getting scarcer every year.