A different birthstone is associated with each month of the year. Myths and legends about the healing powers of birthstones are plentiful, and according to the myths and legends, the healing powers of a birthstone is intensified by wearing it during its assigned month.
In this week's blog, we look at the birthstones for the months of January, February and March.
The name 'garnet' is derived from Latin 'granatum' meaning seed and is so called because of the gemstone's resemblance to the red seeds of the pomegranate. The garnet has been used as a gemstone for over 5000 years, is the birthstone for January and is the stone celebrating the 2nd anniversary of marriage.
In this photo: Pomegranates (photo by Canva)
The garnet can be found in a variety of colours but is best known for its deep red colour.
There are many beliefs in the power the garnet has over both physical and mental health. Some of the garnet's virtues include eternal friendship, fidelity, success, self-esteem, energy and trust. It is believed that garnets give the wearer good health and protects them during travel.
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The name 'amethyst' derives from the ancient Greek word 'amethustos', meaning sober. It was said that an amethyst could prevent the wearer from becoming excessively drunk and also instils a sober and serious mind. The amethyst has been a prized gem for centuries, is the birthstone for February, is the stone celebrating the 6th anniversary of marriage, and is the purple colour variety of quartz.
The amethyst comes in all shades of purple, however, exposure to heat and sunlight can cause the colour to deteriorate.
In this photo: Amethyst (photo by Canva)
The amethyst is cleansing, both physically and psychologically. It brings stability and promotes internal balance and harmony. Some of the amethyst's virtues include beauty, fulfilment, humility, a loving demeanour, tranquillity and wisdom.
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The name 'aquamarine' derives its name from the Latin term for seawater. The aquamarine is one of the birthstones for March and is the green-blue variety of the mineral beryl.
It has long been known as the sailor's lucky stone, protecting them from all sorts of mishaps over stormy seas.
In this photo: Aquamarine Pendant (photo by Canva)
The virtues of aquamarine include beauty, purity, fidelity, honesty and loyalty. The stone is considered to be an 'all-purpose' healing stone, treating spiritual and psychological disturbances as well as physiological disorders and disease.
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Is the second birthstone for March and is said to have formed when a few drops of Christ's blood fell on a Jasper at the foot of the cross.
For at least 2000 years, many people have believed that bloodstone has healing and protective properties. It has been thought to control bleeding and inflammation, and help with blood disorders and circulation. In Indian medicine, powdered bloodstone is used as an aphrodisiac.
The virtues of bloodstone include intuition, selflessness, self-esteem, creativity and brings good luck.
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