In many cultures around the world, certain gems are assigned to each person according to their date of birth. It is believed that these birthstones correspond with the person’s nature and/or assist in protection.
This practice has been apparent in Indian Aruveydic philosophy for at least 1500 years. In Tibet the tradition dates back 1000 years.
In the Western world, birthstones are linked to signs of the zodiac and the Gregorian calendar.
A new list of birthstones was compiled in 1812 by the association “Jewelers of America” in an attempt to standardize the system.
In 1870, Tiffany & Co published a pamphlet based on a Gregorian poem by an unknown author which is featured below.
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The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the Amethyst will wear.
Most experts agree that the 12 gemstones used were the same as those set in the “Priestly Breastplate” according to biblical description. The stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel and also correspond with the 12 signs of the zodiac or months of the year. However, due to some debate by different cultures regarding which stones were actually used, there can be some variation.
For the purpose of this site, we will concern ourselves only with the examples mentioned in the Gregorian poem above based on traditions going back as far as the 15th century.
You can find many examples to purchase online via this website. A birthstone ring can be worn by anyone and makes a long lasting and thoughtful gift for friends and family.