Jewelers of America Birthstone List

Jewelers of America Birthstone List
The history of birthstones still remains a mystery today. No scholars can agree of how birthstones chart came about.
In the West it is widely believed that it came from the breastplate of Aaron, the High Priest in the Book of Exodus, which featured 12 gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel. This was later linked to the gemstones for each month. However, translations and interpretations of the passage in the Exodus gave rise to confusions as to what exactly the gemstones were.
In the East, there is the Mythical Birthstone List which is Tibetan in origin and dates back to over a thousand years.
There is also Ayurvedic Birthstone List which dates back to around 1500 BC and relates to Ayurvedic Indian medicine.
In Vedic astrology, a birthstone is only assigned at birth when an astrological chart is created based on the time of birth. This chart aligns the constellations, the sun and moon and the planets. Therefore, the birthstone is unique for each birth.
Here, nonetheless, I will only list the modern birthstone chart that has become the standard list in the West and that first saw light in 1912 and was created by the American National Retail Jeweler’s Association (now known as Jewelers of America).
Nevertheless, do understand that your birthstone is not confined and limited to what is set by the western culture.
* January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnet is the January Birthstone
Garnet is a health talisman, called the Stone of Health. It detoxifies, restores and harmonizes your body, and brings you inner peace.
Due to its intense red color, garnet has a strong relationship with blood. It helps in normalizing blood pressure, regulating heartbeat and stimulating blood flow to all parts of the body. It is beneficial in releasing the ills of arthritis and rheumatism.
The green variety of garnets bring vitality to life. They are considered as lucky charms. Note, the green garnets are the tsavorite, demantoid, and the uvarovite. The orange variety of garnet brings happiness and the purple garnet represents power, luxury, and nobility. Garnet is the second wedding anniversary gemstone.
The Garnet gemstone group contain different varieties, including: Almandine Garnet, Pyrope Garnet, Color Change Garnet, Star Garnet, Rhodolite Garnet, Hessonite Garnet, Mali Garnet, Malaya Garnet, Spessartite Garnet, Demantoid Garnet, Tsavorite Garnet and Uvarovite Garnet.
Garnet is the zodiac stone for Aquarius (January 21 - February 18).
* February Birthstone: Amethyst
Amethyst is the birthstone for February, the month of Cupid or Valentine’s Day. It is known as a stone of piety, sobriety and celibacy.
Amethyst is believed to be able to help people recover from radiation treatment or chemotherapy. It strengthens the immune system and alleviates headaches and clears the respiratory system.
Amethyst has been used as an alternative form of medicine with miraculous healing powers. Just as it was used in ancient Greece to prevent over-indulging in alcohol, it can also help to prevent addiction to any type of drug which includes painkillers and stimulants like coffee.
Ancient Chinese medicine prescribed ground amethyst to alleviate both physical pain and troubled mental states.
Placing amethyst in the office or working environment creates a peaceful and harmonious space and is a great bridge between employer-employee, and customer-employee relationships.
Amethyst is believed to cure weak vision, color-blindness, and give prophetic dreaming and to enhance memory.
Since ancient times Amethyst has been the symbol of the highest degree of spirituality. It has a tremendous power to oppose evil, not only in the mind but also as a spiritual force, and the evil of others. It also had the power to oppose drunkenness and the sins of over-indulgence [which include sex].
Amethyst has always been used as a protection stone against psychic attacks or witchcraft, poison and evil forms of thinking. It was a semi-precious stone used to secure the help of princess, high priests, people with wealth, influence and power.
Amethyst was used by seers, prophets and poets. It was believed that this lovely stone would help one in obtaining wisdom from the spirit world, and true spirituality and transformation.
It has been recommended that in order to harness its full benefits, amethyst should be worn as a ring on the middle finger of the left hand.
Amethyst is the sixth wedding anniversary gemstone.
Amethyst is also the zodiac stone for Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
* March Birthstone: Aquamarine and Bloodstone
Aquamarine and Bloodstone are the Birthstones for March
Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety. In the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons. The philosopher Pliny also stated that aquamarine is excellent in curing eye diseases.
Besides being a stone of love and compassion, aquamarine also brings intelligence and eloquence in speech. Its exalted energy helps to attract success in business and gives you the drive to achieve your goals in life. Spiritually it gives foresight and heightens mediumship and clairvoyance.
Aquamarine is the 19th wedding anniversary gemstone.
* Bloodstone
Bloodstone is one of those gemstones whose history as a magical stone goes back to ancient Babylon, India, Egypt and Greece. The Magical Leyden Papyrus written in Greek but found in the ancient city of Thebes in Egypt, states that ‘the world has no greater thing than Bloodstone’ and then gave pointers on how to use this precious stone in all manners of magical rituals.
Bloodstone was highly revered in the magical realms. The high priests and priestesses of the Egyptian pharaohs used it in spells and recipes for protection. It was used in ancient times as seals and amulets.
Bloodstone was used as a powerful and effective treatment for hemorrhages and any blood disorders and detoxification. Babylonian warriors wore Bloodstone amulets in battle as it was believed they could staunch a bleeding wound. For this reason, it was also called the Warrior’s Talisman. The Aztecs used it to regulate blood flow.
Bloodstone was also used in the 1st century BC to help preserve health and to protect against deception.
Ancient Greek and Roman athletes wore Bloodstone to increase their strength and endurance. In India, Bloodstone is used as medicine and as an aphrodisiac till this day.
It was believed that Bloodstone had the supernatural powers to control the weather and the ability to cause an eclipse. It was also believed to offer protection against the evil eye and in certain circumstances render the wearer invisible. It had the gift of prophecy and was used in ancient Mesopotamia for divination purposes.
Heliotrope Plasma was highly esteemed in ancient times and was used to make powerful talismans. It was also used frequently by the Gnostics to create their magical jewel-amulets.
Bloodstone is the zodiac stone for Aries (March 21- April 20)
* April Birthstone: Diamond
Diamond is the Birthstone for April
Diamond besides being a stone of nobility was also used as an amulet and charm for protection against the night-mare and the dreaded goblin that Europeans feared so much.
Diamonds are a symbol of wealth, success and victory. A diamond represents the purity of the soul shining flawlessly. It was said that diamonds shone brightly on the wearers who were faithful to their loved ones and spouses. If the diamonds became dull, it meant that the wearers had committed unfaithfulness (adultery) towards their beloved. This belief was written in the plays of Shakespeare. Today, diamonds are the gemstone for engagement and wedding rings.
Diamond is the 10th and 60th wedding anniversary gemstone.
And it is Sapphire the zodiac stone for Taurus (April 21 - May 21)
* May Birthstone: Emerald
Emerald is the Birthstone for May
Emeralds are known as the May Stone, for the astrological sign of Cancer. They are often associated with renewal and rebirth. Some cultures even believed that by placing emeralds under your tongue, you could see into the future. Ancient civilisation also believed that emeralds could cure some diseases or acted as a truth serum.
Emerald gems belong to planet Mercury. It is known as a crystal of wisdom and communication. Agate is the astrological alternative of Emerald.
Agate is the zodiac stone for Gemini (May 22 - June 21)
* June Birthstones: Pearl, Mother-of-Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite
Pearl, Mother-of-Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite are the Birthstones for June:
The pearl was loved in ancient times as a symbol of purity, tranquility, chastity and ability and was sacred to the moon goddess.
Golden pearls represent wealth; white pearls represent purity; black pearls represent metaphysics; pink pearls represent love; red pearls represent energy and health; grey pearls represent good thinking.
The beautiful luster and polish of the pearl gives life to any type of human skin. It has been noticed that pearls lose their vitality and luster when their wearers die. So, it is recommended not to buy and wear pearls that have lost their luster as they bring bad luck to the owner.
It has been noticed by ancient masters in the Occult that certain stones are favorable to some and unfavorable to others. This is the reason why they came up with a birth stone chart. Thus, it has been written that only Cancer and those born under the protection of the moon, should wear pearls as they are super beneficial to them. Capricorns and Scorpions should abstain from wearing pearls.
* Nacre and pearls come from the same organism of bivalve mollusks or marine gastropods.
The Mother of Pearl represents the Moon or the Goddess of the Dark Night who is Leto, the mother of Apollo, the Sun god and Diana (or Artemis), the Moon goddess.
One of the epithets of Mother Leto was Chryselakatos (of the Golden Spindle). Mother-of-pearl is therefore a symbol for the moon and was used to represent the mystery of the deep ocean.
She is the mother who carries within herself these two awesome powers of the Sun and the Moon. Nacre being the mother-of-pearl, is thus associated with the Mother-Goddess and her life-giving forces.
Traditionally, across civilisations, mother-of-pearl is seen as a giver of prosperity and health. It was used to treat heart palpitations, dizziness and increased blood pressure. Powered nacre is also ingested as a cure for eye ailment. Nacre is a great protector of children.
Additional birthstones for June are Alexandrite and Moonstone.
* Alexandrite is a stone of change and transition. It gives you self-discipline and self-control. It can help you with concentration, and the ability to understand and retain knowledge. It pushes you to excel, with self-confidence, peace of mind and clarity of thought.
Alexandrite also helps you in developing and increasing your intuition, imagination and creativity.
It is a gemstone that brings good luck and good omen. It brings fortune and love to the wearer. It heightens the intuitive capacity and creativity of its wearer and is a bridge between this plane and the spiritual one.
* Moonstone:
The phases of the moon are intrinsically related to the human psyche and emotional stability. It also directly affects our physiological changes in our body. In Vedic astrology, moonstone must only be worn if the moon is well positioned in the natal chart. Otherwise it is discouraged as its effects will be detrimental. In order to gain the blessing of the Moon, one should wear a high quality, eye clean Moonstone that is set in jewelry made of silver.
In the West, it is believed that holding or wearing a moonstone will aid in the connection with Gabriel who is the guardian of the moon. By putting a moonstone in the mouth at the time when the moon is waning, one will be granted spiritual guidance and the ability to foresee the future.
According to Judy Hall in 'The Crystal Bible' moonstone has traditionally been used to enhance psychic abilities and to develop clairvoyance: "it makes conscious the unconscious and promotes intuition and empathy. It encourages lucid dreaming especially at the time of the full moon."
Moonstone has the ability to bestow calmness and serenity upon its wearer. It cures anxiety, depression and mental disorders. It regulates the menstrual cycle.
It is also said to be able to foretell ill health of the wearer. Its sheen will become dull and dark thereby loses its vitality, if the wearer is sick or dying.
As moonstone resonates with the moon energy, it radiates calm and healing vibes. It inspires far-sightedness and foreknowledge through keen awareness of increased senses.
Emerald is the zodiac stone for Cancer (June 22 - July 22)
* July Birthstone: Ruby
Ruby is the Birthstone for July
Rubies have been revered as a sacred precious stone since pre-history. They have been highly esteemed by the nobility in ancient civilizations. It was even claimed that rubies are the tears of Buddha. Egyptian pharaohs believed that if a ruby touched a woman’s skin, it would grant her immediate prosperity, love and happiness.
Ancient Hindus called ruby 'Ratnaraj', which in Sanskrit means King of Precious Stones. In ancient Hinduism, it was believed that those who offered fine rubies to the god Krishna they could be reborn as emperors. Ancient Indians also believed rubies to be the fruit from the "Tree of Life".
Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power of life. Most red gemstones like Spinel, Jasper, Tourmaline and Rubies are connected with blood circulation through the body. They are associated with blood pressure and the heart.
The Persians used the Ruby in magical rites as a charm against demonic forces.
It was believed that rubies promote virility and guard against opposing forces. Burmese warriors often wore rubies in order to be invincible in battle. However, it wasn’t enough to just wear the rubies. They had to insert them into their flesh and make them part of their bodies.
In Asia, rubies are connected with Dragons. As a matter of fact, in almost every country where rubies are found, they are connected with dragons (or guardian serpents).
It has been written that Dragons guard the mines of rubies as well as emeralds. In Hindu scriptures, the King of the Serpents is said to be adorned with precious gemstones, one of them being rubies which the Great Serpent King carries on his head. The Dragon represents the power of the Abyss, the poisonous secretions of motionless dark waters.
It was said that if you engrave the figure of a dragon on a red ruby, it will increase the wealth of the wearer and also brings happiness and pleasure to him.
In ancient China, rubies were often placed at the foundations of important buildings in order to give such buildings a good destiny or Feng Shui. Its virtues are supernatural, and is employed the same way as jade as a precious sacred ornament.
Since ancient times, red has always been deemed a sacred color. It symbolizes passion, power, love, seduction, danger, fire, blood, lust, and seduction. It has the power of manifesting and keeping material love. It is a remover of obstacles, giver of victory, and revealer of hidden treasures.
The ruby was described as the Stone of the Sun. Pliny the Elder says that rubies are not affected by fire. The ancient Greek philosopher and naturalist Theophrastus called rubies Anthrax or the glowing coals as he compared its color to the red sun.
Ruby represents life, power, happiness and was used as an amulet against plagues, poison, sorrow and evil spirits. These evil spirits feared the glimmer of fire in this precious stone from the hand of a good person.
To dream of a ruby always means a good omen and success in every undertaking.
Onyx is the zodiac stone for Leo (July 23 - August 23)
* August Birthstones: Peridot and Spinel
Peridot and Spinel are the Birthstones for August
Peridot is said to drive away evil spirits and the ghosts of the night and the influences of demons. It protects the wearer from unhealthy obsessions. It also breaks the spells of witches set against you.
It gives the wearer hope, strength, inspiration, and banishes all despair, illogical and insane forms of thinking, and gives the gift of prophecy.
In order to obtain the gift of prophecy, Francis Barret, an English occultist, says that one must put Peridot under the tongue. In order to increase the power of Peridot, it is recommended to set it in gold, and wear it around your neck. According to the great Roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder, peridot must be worn on the right arm to work at its most potency.
Peridot also gives eloquence and cures fevers and it is good for the lungs.
Peridot was valued in ancient times more so than diamonds and it was called "the" precious stone.
* August Birthstone – Spinel
Spinels are a rejuvenating, re-energizing and inspiring gemstones. It is a destroyer of obstacles, giver of optimism and determination to succeed in whatever project you have set your mind to accomplish.
The revitalizing metaphysical property of spinel helps you in your career goals and in your amorous courtship. It also helps you to let go of negative relationships. Not only that, but each Spinel bring its own metaphysical healing properties: such as,
*Red spinel - encourages physical vitality and strength.
*Blue spinel - stimulates clear communication.
*Orange spinel - stimulates creativity, intuition, and balances emotions.
*Violet or purple spinel - stimulates spiritual development.
*Pink spinel – is protective and calming.
Spinels were believed to be created from the blood of Christ that fell as he was crucified on the cross.
Spinel symbolizes perfect health, prosperity, life, and rebirth, marriage and fertility, offspring, regeneration, good luck and good fortune. It is a gem of happy omen; a protector of envious, destructive and evil forces. Spinels gives inspiring thoughts and purifies the imagination.
Spinels are to be put at each corner of the house if you want it to protect your home environment from calamity. The same thing can be done in your garden or cornfields and it will protect the harvest from storms and lightning, and thus give you a plentiful harvest.
The Spinel is also referred to as The Stone of Immortality. It boosts your vitality and stamina and allows you to overcome any health issues.
Spinels were known as The Perfect Health Stone, and it was used as a charm to be worn over the solar plexus.
It is a booster of energy, and it can help you to recover from a sickness and get you up on your feet quickly.
Carnelian is the zodiac stone for Virgo (August 24 - September 22)
* September Birthstone: Sapphire
Sapphire is the Birthstone for December
Sapphires are one of the four highly priced gemstones in the world, the others being Diamonds, Rubies, and Emeralds.
From ancient times, the sapphire have had a reputation of being a sacred gemstone. It was the gemstone sacred to Phoebus Apollo, the Greek god of light; prophecy, poetry, music and healing.
The light of Apollo represents inner (intuitive or revealed) knowledge, truth, righteousness, moral purity and mental illumination. Its light is not the same light as that of Helios, the material Sun.
Apollo is the God who slayed Python [the Dragon who had guarded and restricted entrance to the most holy site of the Oracle at Delphi]. After the dragon died, people could make pilgrimage to this sacred site and receive wisdom from the gods.
Apollo, the God of Light and Music and Poetry and Healing, fits well with the metaphysical properties of the sapphire gemstone.
Sapphire vibrates healing energy by its soothing blue color. Gazing at a sapphire is recommended for protection against any harm.
Eye infections and even poor eyesight can be improved using sapphires. It was said that applying powdered sapphire mix with milk on the eye relieves pain in the eye.
For heart problems, it is recommended that a sapphire be placed near the heart and this would fortify the heart.
Sapphire was very important as a pharmaceutical remedy for all types of ailments of the body, from inflammation to poisons, melancholy and even flatulence.
It was used as a charm against witchcraft, treachery, quarrels between friends, evil forms of thinking and demonic influences.
Sapphire was also used in magical and religious ceremonies. For instance, it was used as an amulet that would protect the wearer from the larvae of the demonic spiritual plane, and from poisonous vermin on this material plane.
Sapphire was considered powerful against poisonous insects.
Ancient priests wore Sapphire as a symbol of their chastity. For accordingly, no evil men, of evil thoughts and of evil habits could touch this sacred gemstone which was the gemstone of Apollo who used it to consult the sacred Oracle at Delphi.
A drunkard and a drug addict should never wear a sapphire. This is because the sapphire would not tolerate such vile hands or persons as the brilliance in the sapphire would simply be dimmed.
Sapphire was considered the gemstone of heaven, and a great talisman against devils and demons and witches, and all forms of evil forces. Ancient Persians believed that the heavens were in fact the reflection of a giant sapphire.
In Indian Vedic astrology, sapphire is one of the nine principal gemstones known as Navratnas. It is called the Neelam Stone. The ruling planet for this stone is the planet Saturn that rules the intelligence quotient in people. Wearing this stone enhances intelligence and communication skills.
Buddhists say that the sapphire opens closed doors, brings inner peace that helps you to access the silence that comes with meditation.
Sapphire is the gemstone of angelic guidance and help, of friendship and goodness and truth.
It gives warning to the wearer of hidden dangers, and heightens intuition and other extra sensory perceptions.
The Star Sapphire is a valued charm for securing the love of friends, for faithfulness and living in harmony with others. And it protects you from dangers. Sapphires restores our sense of emotional balance.
Chrysolite is the zodiac stone for Libra (September 23 - October 23)
* October Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline
Opal and Tourmaline are the Birthstones for October
The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians used opal as a powerful protection against diseases; and named it the “Gem of the Gods”.
The famous anthropologist Louis Leakey discovered that people were making jewelry from Precious Opal thousands of years before the pyramids of Egypt were built.
They called Opal the Child Beautiful as Love, or the Cupid-Paederos. They also called it the Orphan or ORPHANUS, because it alone was all glorious, with no father and no mother to be equaled to.
It was believed that Opal came from heaven, and thus the Greeks gave it the name of KER-AUNIUS; and the Romans called it CERAUNIUM.
The early Greeks believed the opal bestowed powers of foresight and prophecy upon its owner.
Opal was used as a protective amulet against evil forces, as well as a protection against lightning strikes, and against the terrors that comes with the night.
In the Middle-Ages, Opal was called OPTHALMIOS, the Eye Stone. This was because OPHTHALMIS LAPIS was famous as an eye healer more so than the emerald and other gemstones that had the healing properties to cure eye problems. It helps soothe the eyes and nerves.
Opal was also known as Patronus Furum (the Patron of Thieves) because supposedly it bestowed the gift of invisibility.
Opal protected the wearer from malignant diseases such as cholera and sickness of the kidneys.
It was recommended that you place Opal between the eyes for clarity of thoughts; also, to hold an opal with your left hand and gaze upon it for manifestation of your desires.
Opals are said to be stones of hope and bringers of the virtues of innocence and purity. Opals stimulate healing and increase friendship and healthy emotions.
* October Birthstone - Tourmaline
An ancient Egyptian legend states that the myriad colors of tourmaline were created when an ugly evil spirit who was so envious of anything beautiful became enraged when he saw the stunning rainbow above him. He then cast an evil spell to capture the full spectrum of the rainbow and carried them into the crevices and clefts of the cave where they were hidden and left behind until prospectors found them in pieces, crushed by the rage of this evil spirit.
The ancient Egyptians firmly believed that tourmaline could heal the nervous system, blood diseases and lymph glands. Ancient magicians relied upon this stone for protection against evil spirits.
Today, tourmaline is still revered as a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies on all fronts.
Tourmaline promotes healing and brings balance to the soul. It is often referred to as a stone of wisdom as it inspires positive attitude and stimulates creativity and learning.
Furthermore, the green tourmaline helps strengthen the immune system.
The black tourmaline relieves the pain of arthritis as well as aches in the feet, ankles, legs and back. It also protects you from EMFs [electromagnetic fields] radiation.
The red tourmaline helps the heart, circulation and reproductive system.
The blue tourmaline is helpful with the throat area while pink tourmaline can help with relief from heart problems.
Beryl is the zodiac stone for Scorpio (October 24 - November 22)
* November Birthstones: Citrine and Yellow Topaz
Citrine and Yellow Topaz are the Birthstones for November
Citrine to the ancient Chinese was called “The Stone of Success." Chinese emperors loved citrine jewellery because they believed that this sacred gemstone increased their knowledge and understanding and made them wise.
Citrine was used as an amulet for protection against epidemics, plagues, evil forms of thinking such as alcoholic obsession. In today's context where drug use is rampant, I'm sure citrine will help, too, in stopping people from the vice traps of drugs and any obsession.
Citrine has been called the “merchant stone” because it is strongly believed to bring success in business and augment profit. It is a stone that can help you acquire wealth and increase abundance in any business ventures.
It was also used as a protection against libels, scandals and betrayal and to ward off hatred and envy.
Citrine is known as a stone of manifestation. It helps to clear blockages and gives strength and fortitude to challenges and gives you the spur to move forward and accomplish your goals.
* November Birthstone – Yellow Topaz
Topaz has been used as a gemstone since ancient times by the great civilisations of Hindus, Greeks and the Egyptians.
In the Old Egypt (around 3000 BC) the rich people loved to wear gemstones and especially the colored ones. They believed that the topaz got its gold color directly from the Sun god Ra and that this gem could protect them against the evil ghosts.
The ancient Egyptians and Romans associated the yellow and orange topaz with the energy of the sun god. This solar energy touches everything, heals everything, and revives everything.
Topaz destroys the fear of death, and makes it easier to transit from this material plane of existence to the spiritual one with ease and no pain.
Topaz was believed to cure insanity. Till today, it is used as a powerful amulet of protection against any type of danger. It is said to protect the wearer from epidemics, wild passions, witchcraft and the envious look of the Evil Eye. It gives extra-sensory perceptions like a glimpse of the afterlife.
Topaz can also help the wearer receive and understand the messages sent from other intelligent and conscious beings living in the universe.
The topaz was called the Stone of Power, because it was thought to give sexual potency and strength. It was believed that in each full and new moon, this power manifests itself into its highest potential.
Like most sacred stones, topaz enhances intuition and psychic abilities and attracts wealth and prosperity to one's life.
Topaz is a bringer of truth and wisdom, promoter of clear thinking, giver of power and positivity.
Yellow Topaz helps you in manifesting your intentions. It gives you that Faith, that mental power to bring all good blessings into your life.
The Imperial topaz is the birthstone for November and the 23rd year anniversary gemstone. It is a symbol of love and affection.
Blue Topaz, on the other hand, is the birthstone for December and the 4th year anniversary gemstone.
Citrine is the zodiac stone for Sagittarius (November 23 - December 21)
* Turquoise, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, Blue Zircon are the Birthstones for December
* December Birthstones – Turquoise
In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, turquoise has been esteemed as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune and health.
It is one of the best healing stones in the world. It creates a connection between Mother Earth and the Spirit World. It promotes an energetic flow of love and happiness. This flow of energy has a therapeutic benefit in inducing tranquility and calm.
Legends say that turquoise reflects an abundance of positive energy and love by the light of the new moon.
It has been used since ancient times as a talisman, amulet and as a sacred stone. The ancient Egyptians, Mesoamericans, Native Americans, Tibetans, Persians, and Mohammedan believed that turquoise held supernatural powers.
For example, many believed that turquoise was a protective stone, keeping the wearer away from harm. It was also believed that it was a good luck stone, giver of a good long life.
In Feng Shui, turquoise carries water energy.
* December Birthstone - Tanzanite
The color blue is one of the most sacred colors and in many ancient civilizations it represented Heaven. Maasai people believe that Tanzanite is a sacred gift given to them by the gods. In the Maasai tradition, a piece of Tanzanite is given to new mothers and their babies for good luck and prosperity.
Tanzanite is a bridge between the spiritual plane and the physical plane. It enhances one’s psychic abilities and brings the gift of fortune, clairvoyance, intuition and self-knowledge.
Purple is another sacred color that was loved by the ancients worldwide. In Rome, purple was the sacred color of royalty. In ancient Rome, the blue and violet-hued colors were attributed to Jupiter, the same colors found in Tanzanite.
Tanzanite can be placed on the crown chakra as it is this Sphere that is the source of true light. True light is not colorless but a rainbow of colors. The crown chakra is the connection between the Heavens and the Earth, it is from here where messages and blessings from Above are first received.
Though metaphysical properties of Tanzanite have not been documented coming from the legends of the Maasai people, psychics believe that this is a powerful magical gemstone that strengthens the immune system, regenerates blood cells, reduces migraines and expedite recovery after surgery with less painful side effects.
Tanzanite is also believed to have the power to bring people out of coma just as it has the power to regenerate cells in the body including the regrowth of hair.
* December Birthstone - Blue Zircon
Zircon is the oldest gemstone ever discovered; to be precise, it is 4.4 billion years old!
Zircon comes in a variety of colors: reddish brown, yellow, green, gray and colorless (in rare cases, pink, purple and red).
Zircon possesses many healing properties. In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honour and wisdom.
It is said to be beneficial in all of the chakras as it stimulates energy and activates them. It gives inspiration to the wearer to act with purpose and confidence.
Each color in Zircon have different metaphysical and healing properties. For example, the colorless zircon is great for purifying the mind.
White Zircon is believed to bring good fortune to those born under the sign of Taurus and Libra.
Ruby is the zodiac stone for Capricorn (December 22 - January 20)