Some people love theirs and some people hate theirs. Giving somebody a gift of their birthstone is a lovely thought after gift whether it be for a 16th or 21st birthday or Christmas. The fact that you looked up the persons birthstone and selected a relevant gift already shows that you put thought and effect into their gift.
There are birthstones by month, Zodiac Sign, Modern and traditional. So you have a variety of choices and when selecting a birthstone gift for yourself you can always choose another month if you prefer……………… Is this allowed you ask? Of course!!! The birthstone police are very leniant.
One can always select an item of jewellery with multiple stones in and one of them can be your birthstone. You also don’t wear the same item of jewellery every day so you can wear your birthstone once a month if you so feel. There are no set rules regarding birthstones and therefor make up your own story it’s your birth right. But before you say I hate the colour of my birthstone I want you to have a little more information.
What I am going to do month by month is give you varied information regarding your birthstone. Some you might relate to and some not. Everybody has their own individual taste, take books for instance. I like courtroom drama and you might prefer romance.
Almost every single gemstone found on earth is somebody’s birthstone.
If you like the colour wear it!!!
Who decided on birthstones?
The origins of this tradition can be traced all the way back to biblical times and the Book of Exodus. It describes the breastplate worn by Aaron, the first high priest of the Israelites, which was to be worn by all future high priests. The breastplate was adorned with 12 different stones, each representing one of the 12 tribes of Israel. These stones were said to have possessed real powers and had the ability to tell people their fate. It wasn’t until the fist century, around 500 years after Aaron’s breastplate was described in the Book of Exodus, where the historian Joseph believed there to be a connection between the 12 stones in Aaron’s breastplate, the 12 months of the year, and the 12 zodiac signs.
The tradition of stones representing your birth month with mystical powers can also be found in Hindu traditions, most likely influencing customs in the west as well. The Ratna Parksha, a 5th century Hindu text, chronicles the relationship between gemstones and deities, celestial bodies and days of the week.
Even though birthstones had already become an international trend rooted in centuries – long practice, there was still no consensus on the list of birthstones. That wasn’t until the year 1912, where the National Association of Jewelers met in order to officially standardize the list of American birthstones and each month that they represented.
Birthstone for March – Aquamarine
Pisces – Amethyst – February 20 – March 20
Aries – Bloodstone – March 21 – April 20
“By her who in March was born
No gem save Bloodstone shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity”
Aquamarine meaning – Health, honesty, loyalty, hope and youth
Those with an aquamarine birthstone can invoke the tranquillity of the sea. Like those born in the previous month, March babies can summon a sense of calm in the people around them. They are known as great communicators, deeply valued for their compassion and honesty.
Aquamarine personalities make for great mediators, adept at settling disputes in the fairest way possible. They weigh both sides of an argument and consider all parties involved. Even under pressure, they are able to think clearly, express their thoughts and make decisions.
Keywords – Cooling. Soothing, enhancement of clear communication
Spiritual – Aquamarine activates the throat chakra, facilitates communication of ones truth, soothes excessively fiery energies and promotes understanding between divergent view-points. It helps clear stagnant energy and assists one in releasing old patterns.
Emotional – Aquamarine helps one release old emotional baggage and ego roles. It calms anger and hysteria, asses in releasing vengeful thoughts, and helps one see where one is perpetuating negative emotional patterns in relationships. It is useful in moving through grief.
Physical – Aquamarine is a cooling stone. It helps counter infection and is especially useful for laryngitis or a sore throat. It supports the healing of inflammatory diseases of all types.
Healing qualities – protects travellers. Good for the brain and intellect. Helps study, communication, and courage. Builds tolerance and responsibility. Makes things happen.
Physical – good for the kidneys, lymph, blood, teeth and eyes.
Emotional/Spiritual – brings calm, compassion, spiritual awareness, and development, and reveals truth about yourself. Helps judgmental attitude. Brings you in contact with your inner and higher self. Good for centering and meditation.
Keywords – strength, courage, purification and vitality
Spiritual – Bloodstone instils courage and assist one in taking the right action. It can help one fulfil one’s commitments in the face of obstacles. It is excellent for those undergoing tremendous change in their lives due to spiritual awakening. It can help one to maintain faith in and trust the Divine and to overcome loneliness and find one’s inner strength.
Emotional – Bloodstone can keep one from becoming discouraged when one meets obstacles on one’s path. It can assist one in feeling capable and self-sufficient.
Physical – As one would suspect from its name, Bloodstone is useful for all types of blood ailments. It is also useful in balancing female hormonal imbalances and helping to stabilize the hormones throughout menopause.
Healing qualities – Brings courage, vitality, and creativity.
Physical – good for balance and getting rid of toxins. Good for health of the heart, joints, kidneys, liver, hips, spleen, blood, and bone marrow. Helps anaemia, iron deficiency, wounds and blood clotting. Regulates menstrual blood flow.
Emotional/Spiritual – good for emotional cantering and calming. Helps stress and aggression. Good for controlling and releasing bad temper.