History of BirthStones

BirthstoneGemstones are often associated with a person’s birth date and zodiac signs. Some even associate the birthstones with the hour in which they were born.

These beliefs and practice has been done for ages already. Some claim that this practice has been done since the 1st century as the stone of the month can give that person certain benefits. This is because there were speculations that the 12 stones in the Jewish High Priest Breast plate may have had something to do with it.

During the 8th and 9th centuries, the interpreters of the revelation associated the stones to the attributes of the 12 apostles of Christ. The Hindus had their own interpretation about these rocks.

Here are the stones that have been associated with the 12 apostles:

Peter – Jasper

Andrew – Sapphire

James – Chalcedony

John – Emerald

Philip – Sardonyx

Bartholomew – Brown Chalcedony

Matthew – Peridot

Thomas – Beryl

James the Less – Topaz

Jude – Chyrsoprase

Simon – Zircon

Judas – Amethyst

There are lots more of other reasons associating the history of the gemstones as personal markers. The only thing certain is that a person wearing his or her own ornament or ring with a birthstone makes the person feel more associated with the jewelry. Now, people would just consider having birthstones as a sign of being imaginary and romantic.

Since the birthstone also comes in different colors, some people also associate the different colors with certain mystical powers. Some just associate the stones to what is the best as a fashion statement.

As mentioned above people often associated the stones giving mystical powers to the owner. Emeralds were believed to be great for the eyes of a person, yellow stones to cure jaundice, red stones to stop the blood’s flow. If a person didn’t have money but still believed in curing oneself, they just painted the pebble with the color associated with the mystical powers.

The gemstones also believed to signify the personality of a person. Blue sapphires worn by a man was associated with being a man of wisdom. If worn by a woman it meant haughtiness, pride and obstinacy. At least during the ancient times, men will know that the girl has a nasty attitude because she has a blue sapphire. Emerald signified decline of friendship, transitory hope and joy. A woman wearing an emerald meant change, unfounded ambition and childish delight.

These gemstones associated with certain things are really all meant to be for fun and additional plus to the person’s identity. There are many more stones out there that associate with a whole lot of things. Sooner or later, you might find out that there are pebbles associated with each day of the year.

Tom is a free lancer writer of www.theshould.com/ and he loves share his knowledge on spending money on engagement rings.


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