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Birthstone is a playful and colourful tradition where a gem is associated with each month of the year. For example, the birthstone for January is a garnet, while those lucky enough to be born in April get a diamond as their birthstone. Often, you will get a jewel with your birthstone.
The origin of birthstones points back to the story of Exodus, as mentioned in the Bible, and the breastplate of Aaron, a high priest during the time of Moses. The breastplate was set with twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The gemstones were said to have been chipped off the throne of God and have magical powers – probably mainly because of the fascinating light emanating from the stones. However this original breast plate was lost when the first temple was burned down and our Modern Birthstone List was created by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912.
There are numerous legends and myths about gemstone’s healing powers and their therapeutic influence and wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers.
Here are some traits associated with modern-day birthstones:
October: opal/hope and tourmaline/strength
November: topaz/prosperity and citrine/awareness
December: turquoise/peace and tanzanite/balance
Why do some months have more than one birthstone? Different traditions can be given, but the most significant reason is that some gemstones are too rare and expensive, and others just aren’t that popular.