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A Cool List of Planet-wide Birthstones,
Plus Zodiac Birthstones, and a Fascinating
Birthstone History, How it All Evolved... 

The Planet-Wide Appreciation of Birthstones Celebrated 
By Diverse People Worldwide Over the Millennia                                                                                                                               

The concept of birthstones dates back thousands of years. Birthstones were 
worn by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Incas, Aztecs and Persians who 
believed that gems had curative and protective powers. 

Some believe that the original connections between gemstones and the months 
of the year evolved from twelve stones that were mentioned in the Bible. This 
connection dates back to the breastplate of Aaron, who was a Hebrew high priest, 
and mentioned in the book of Exodus. 

The Bible records that God ordered Aaron to create a breastplate with twelve 
gemstones. Some believe they represented the twelve tribes of Israel, some say 
each gem represented one the twelve months of the year and eventually, and 
even in those distant times, the twelve stones were linked to twelve zodiac signs. 

There were also myths and legends over the many centuries and gems were 
considered powerful healing and protective amulets and talismen, and safeguards 
for the soul. And not all cultures agreed on which gems should correspond to each 
month. As human history marched on, diverse lists of birthstones evolved, based 
for the most part on gemstone availability in that region and its price. 

Taking a more modern look at the evolution of birthstones, we learn that the 
custom of a person wearing and giving birthstone jewelry is believed to have 
become popular in Poland during the 16th or 17th century.

That said, across time and across the planet, gemstones set aside as birthstones by 
peoples of diverse global cultures have come to be quite varied, yet these gems are 
bestowed the same reverence -- all are representative of the symbolism of wearing 
a precious gemstone that honors the month of the wearer's birth.

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Today's modern birthstones were first compiled by the National Association of 
Jewelers in the US who created a birthstone list back in 1912. But the birthstone 
designations that I uncovered actually have not only these modern roots, but also 
have traditional, mystical, ayurvedic, sun/star signs, zodiac, talismanic, planetary, 
society-based, cultural and religious origins.

In other words, my birthstone list below features not only traditional (jewelers') 
birthstones for each month, but also lists multiple birthstones that I researched 
which honor the beliefs, customs, superstitions, legends, myths, celebrations and 
long-held traditions of diverse peoples worldwide.

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JANUARY -- TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONE - GARNET

Other stones associated with the month of JANUARY are emerald, ruby, agate, amethyst, onyx, 
jasper, moss agate, opal, sugilite, turquoise, coral, rose quartz, sapphire, serpentine, garnet

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FEBRUARY  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONE  - AMETHYST

Other stones associated with the month of FEBRUARY are bloodstone, garnet, moss agate, opal, 
pearls, turquoise, jasper, aquamarine, bloodstone, jade, rock crystal, sapphire, onyx and topaz

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MARCH  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONES BLOODSTONE 
AND AQUAMARINE

Other stones associated with the month of MARCH are jade, jasper, opal, amethyst, sapphire, ruby, 
diamond, and topaz

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APRIL  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONE - DIAMOND

Other stones associated with the month of APRIL are opal, sapphire, bloodstone, topaz, jasper, 
coral, amber, turquoise, emerald, moonstone, aventurine, pearls, and garnet

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MAY  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONE - EMERALD

Other stones associated with the month of MAY are sapphire, agate, carnelian, coral, turquoise, 
tourmaline, aventurine, pearls, jade, garnet, amber, rose quartz, tiger's eye, chrysoprase, citrine, 
and white sapphire

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JUNE  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONES - PEARL AND ALEXANDRITE

Other stones associated with the month of JUNE are moonstone, agate, chalcedony, emerald,
chrysoprase, tiger's eye, white sapphire, ruby, sapphire, turquoise, citrine, rhodalite and pearls

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JULY  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONE - RUBY

Other stones associated with the month of JULY are carnelian, sapphire, onyx, sardonyx, emerald, 
moonstone, pearl, diamond, tourmaline and turquoise

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AUGUST  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONES - SPINEL, PERIDOT, SARDONYX

Other stones associated with the month of AUGUST are diamond, sapphire, ruby, moonstone, alexandrite, 
black spinel, carnelian, tourmaline, onyx, citrine, zircon, jade, and jasper

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SEPTEMBER  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONE - SAPPHIRE

Other stones associated with the month of SEPTEMBER are agate, moonstone, zircon, peridot, 
sardonyx, citrine, carnelian, jade, jasper, opal, and lapis lazuli

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OCTOBER  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONES - OPAL AND PINK 
TOURMALINE

Other stones associated with the month of OCTOBER are jasper, aquamarine, coral, beryl, garnet, 
peridot, sapphire, lapis, agate, topaz, ruby, and amethyst

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NOVEMBER  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONE - CITRINE

Other stones associated with the month of NOVEMBER are topaz, pearls, chrysoprase, beryl, 
aquamarine, garnet, ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and turquoise

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DECEMBER  --  TRADITIONAL BIRTHSTONES - BLUE TOPAZ AND 
TURQUOISE

Other stones associated with the month of DECEMBER are blue zircon, tanzanite, apatite, lapis, 
onyx, ruby, chrysoprase, agate, garnet, amethyst, sapphire, and beryl

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WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? 
TAKE A LOOK AT ZODIAC BIRTHSTONES FOR EACH SIGN
 

Aquarius Birthstones - (Jan. 20-Feb.18)
Garnet, Amethyst, Jasper, Amber, Hematite, Aquamarine, Opal, Turquoise, Pearl, Jade

Pisces Birthstones - (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
Amethyst, Labradorite, Jade, Pearl, Moonstone, Opal, Ametrine, Fluorite, Amazonite, 
Quartz, Tourmaline 

Aries Birthstones - (Mar. 21-Apr. 20)
Diamond, Carnelian, Jasper, Citrine, Magnesite, Aquamarine, Opal, Aventurine 

Taurus Birthstones - (Apr. 21-May 21)
Emerald, Sapphire, Rose Quartz, Agate, Turquoise, Smoky Quartz, Coral, Garnet, 
Bronzite, Peridot, Black Spinel
 
Gemini Birthstones - (May 22-Jun. 21)
Pearls, Agate, Turquoise, Citrine, Tiger's Eye, Amethyst, Moonstone, Amber, Bronzite, 
Tiger's Eye

Cancer Birthstone - (Jun. 22-Jul. 22)
Ruby, Emerald, Carnelian, Moonstone, Aventurine, Jade, Clear Quartz, Labradorite, 
Pearl

Leo Birthstones - (Jul. 23-Aug. 23)
Peridot, Spinel, Crystal, Garnet, Onyx, Topaz, Tourmaline, Amber, Tiger's Eye, Jade 

Virgo Birthstones - (Aug. 24-Sep.22)
Sapphire, Carnelian, Citrine, Prehnite, Amazonite, Jasper, Amber, Zircon, Agate, 
Pearl, Moonstone 

Libra Birthstones - (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)
Opal, Peridot, Agate, Prehnite, Sapphire, Aventurine, Bronzite, Citrine, Apatite, 
Smoky Quartz, Jasper

Scorpio Birthstones - (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)
Topaz, Prehnite, Jasper, Black Spinel, Hematite, Opal, Aquamarine, Coral, Carnelian, 
Pearl, Citrine 

Sagittarius Birthstones - (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
Turquoise, Amethyst, Sapphire, Topaz, Ruby, Labradorite, Fluorite, Tourmaline, Onyx

Capricorn Birthstones - (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Black Onyx, Quartz, Fluorite, Hematite, Malachite, Moonstone, 
Peridot, Opal

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Please note that the Birthstone History and Birthstone Lists are a joyful diversion. 
This birthstone information was created by FavoriteBlings.com and intended purely 
for entertainment purposes.  

Be sure to also check out my Jewelry Blog links below, including Dawn of the Bling - 
the History of Jewelry. Thank you for visiting and tell your friends!

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