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Early civilization as far back as the Assyrians (1400 BC) invested rare and beautiful gemstones with magical properties. Some minerals were thought to contain a force or possess certain values and powers. For instance, amethyst was said to prevent intoxication. Tradition associates a gem with each sign of the zodiac based on a color system. Color was thought to unleash the power attributed to the birthstone. In time, birthstones became associated with calendar months rather than the zodiac. And people began to select birthstones in colors other than the original.

The idea that certain birthstones were associated with certain months goes back at least to the 1st century CE. Oddly enough, the idea of wearing one's birthstone - that is, wearing a piece of jewelry containing the gemstone associated with the month one was born in - appears to be much more recent.  George Frederick Kunz, in The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, states that the custom began in Poland during the 18th century. The wearing of one's birthstone is traditionally thought to be lucky.  Thus, if one was born in the month of January, and one wears a garnet (one's "birthstone"), one should attract good fortune.



List of birthstones for each month

Month Birthstone

Birthstone Chart

January birthstone Garnet
February birthstone Amethyst
March birthstone Aquamarine
April birthstone Diamond
May birthstone Emerald
June birthstone Pearl
July birthstone Ruby
August birthstone Peridot
September birthstone Sapphire
October birthstone Opal
November birthstone Topaz
December birthstone Turquoise

Zodiac Birthstones, Astrology, Birthstone signs

Zodiac signs are the astrological version of the monthly birthstones that symbolize the month of birth. The Birthstone Zodiac signs use the twelve zodiac signs instead of the twelve calendar months. Every sign of the zodiac is ruled by one of the planets in the Solar system and each planet rules over a specific gemstone according to their color. The following birthstone chart, or birthstone list, contain details of each sign and the various gem stones that are the closest to vibrate to their particular sign. The signs of the Zodiac are used to cast horoscopes from astrological calculations which are used as a guide to personality, relationships and business affairs. The twelve Zodiac signs represent the "houses" or divisions into which the heavens are charted by the astrologer. The Zodiac signs represent the placement in the sky where the sun was during the time of birth. The twelve signs of the Zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Each sign of the Zodiac influences people who were born between certain dates. Life predictions are upon the position of the planets in the "twelve houses " at the moment of the birth. The signs of the Zodiac change on, or about, the 22nd of every month. The energies associated with each planet are affected by a classical element to which the sign belongs to either fire, earth, air, or water. The gemstones assigned to each of the Zodiac signs are believed to influence both positive and negative personality traits and characteristics. Click one of the following links to find out about the personality and characteristics of each Zodiac sign and the influence of their corresponding birthstones:

Birthstone list - List of birthstones for each month
Zodiac Signs Dates of Zodiac Signs Zodiac
Birthsone for Month
Aries March 21 - April 19 Diamond Mars Fire April birthstone
Taurus April 20 - May 20 Emerald Venus Earth May birthstone
Gemini May 21 - June 20 Pearl Mercury Air June birthstone
Cancer June 21 - July 22 Ruby Mercury Water July birthstone
Leo July 23 - August 23 Peridot The Sun Fire August birthstone
Virgo August 24 - September 22 Sapphire Mercury Earth September birthstone
Libra September 23 - October 23 Opal Venus Air October birthstone
Scorpio October 24 - November 21 Topaz Pluto Water November birthstone
Sagittarius November 22 - December 21 Turquoise Jupiter Fire December birthstone
Capricorn December 22 - January 21 Garnet Saturn Earth January birthstone
Aquarius January 20 - February 18 Amethyst Uranus Air February birthstone
Pisces February 19 - March 20 Aquamarine Neptune Water March birthstone

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