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Birthstone Meanings by Month

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January's birthstone, the garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.
February's birthstone, the amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning "sober."
March's birthstone, the aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.
April's birthstone, the diamond, in addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage. In Sanskrit, the diamond is called "vajra," which also means lightning; in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, the king of gods.
May's birthstone, the emerald, was one of Cleopatra's favorite gems. It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emeralds signify wisdom, growth, and patience.
June's birthstone, the pearl, has long been a symbol of purity. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
July's birthstone, the ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the "king of gems." It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby's deep-red color signifies love and passion.
August's birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
September's birthstone, the sapphire, was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. It was believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire. Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.
October's birthstone, the opal, symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning "precious jewel." Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.
November's birthstone, the topaz, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect.
December's birthstone, turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings, in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits.
Source: Old Farmers Almanac


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Rocky'sMom 回复 悄悄话 来问候圆圆! 谢谢你分享这篇趣文,让我了解了的诞生石的含义。
南山松 回复 悄悄话 问好圆圆,周中快乐!
北美君子 回复 悄悄话 圆圆周末愉快!
夏圓 回复 悄悄话 回复 '北美君子' 的评论 :
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夏圓 回复 悄悄话 回复 '九月独处' 的评论 :
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夏圓 回复 悄悄话 回复 '南山松' 的评论 :
谢谢松松。有空我也到你家坐沙发,吃馄饨。;)

北美君子 回复 悄悄话 圆圆周末愉快!
北美君子 回复 悄悄话 Yuan,my birth stone is made by a shelled species. It is a hardened tear of joy.
Thank you for sharing.
九月独处 回复 悄悄话 Yuan, which precious gemstone here is you, my darling sis ...? :-)^&*

南山松 回复 悄悄话 沙发上看每个月诞生石的含义,很有意思:)
谢谢圆圆分享,周末快乐!
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