Many people believe in the gem or precious stone that is associated to the month when you’re born, or what they refer to as birthstones. This tradition has been passed on and has been practiced for more than thousands of years now. A birthstone can be used as a piece of Jewelry or something that you keep for luck, prosperity, or simply to follow tradition. Today birthstones are being used as rings, necklace pendants, earrings, and so on. Parents take time to choose the right birthstone for the kids according the corresponding birthstone month. For example, if you were during the calendar month of January, there are 12 different birthstones that are available for you.
The most common birthstones for those born during the month of January is Garnett and Emerald. Because of the color and nature of Garnett, it is sometimes substituted by any precious stone of dark red in color. These birthstones must agree with the birthstone months otherwise the purpose of having the birthstone will be defeated. For example, if you are born on December of November, then the birthstone that you should use or have must be the right stone associated to the birthstone month.
How did people come up with birthstone months and when did it all begin? A number of experts said that the tradition of believing in birthstone month and in wearing a piece of birthstone jewelry started from the very early pagan beliefs. The pagans believed that the time of year or the month during a person’s birth has a significant effect on the behavior and characteristics of that person. Others say that it started as a result to the early traditions of people who are tuned in to the seasons and cycles of the earth. Believe in the powers of nature, religion, and astrology all paved way to the belief in birthstone months which is still followed by many people today. As years went by and as fashion evolved, different gemstones were used and assigned to a specific month. Each month of the calendar year was now referred to as the birthstone month and the particular gemstone assigned it called the birthstone.
Now, if you are wondering what the basis is for selecting the birthstone to go with a specific birthstone month, there is no specific criteria to explanation it yet. Some astrologists say that the major quality taken into consideration in choosing the precious stone to be assigned to a specific birthstone month is color. People made it a practice to own or wear a birthstone. However, it was during the eighteenth century when the association of a precious stone to a specific birthstone month became very popular. Lists were published and people started shopping for pieces of jewelry that feature their specific birthstone.
During the year 1937, National Association of Goldsmiths in Britain decided to come up with a uniform and official list of the most popular and most internationally recognized precious stone to be assigned to a specific birthstone month. Today, you may see more than one list.