Frequently Asked Gemstone Questions
NEVADA OUTBACK GEMS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GEMSTONES
11. What About Birthstones And Birthday Gemstones?
|What Are They, And How Are
Birthday Gemstones Chosen?
Designated birth gemstones or bithstones have been important since ancient times, when they were believed to possess some magical force that could protect or assist the owner or wearer of the stone. Originally, birthstones were linked to the birth signs of the Zodiac, but in modern times, birthstones are designated to specific months of the year and each calendar month has its own unique birthstone. Birthstones were used in the early days to ward off evil and bring good luck upon ones self. The possession of birthstones can be a very personal thing, and in many ways, each person determines their own meaning for their special birthstone.
Birthstones are not always the same for all countries and cultures. The traditional birthstones are of an older designation, but they are sometimes combined with the modern birthstone list. The older stones reflect societal birthstone traditions, heralding back to the 15th century Europe. Many jewelers have differing lists of these traditional birthstones. The mystical birthstones of Tibetan origin hail from a list over one thousand years old. The modern birthstone list was adopted as the official birthstone list by the American National Association of Jewelers, Jewelers of America. These gemstones were designated and officially adopted in 1912. In the USA, this is the accepted list.
The twelve months of the years represent twelve different gemstones, each having certain unique and exceptional qualities of their own. Since birthstones are symbolic of your personality and your attributes, they are also a fun way to share something about yourself. Listed below are the months of the year and the gemstone or birthstone for your month.
Birthstones can be set in a variety of jewelry types and in a range of different precious metals. A gift of birthstone jewelry shows you care and know the correct stone for that special person in your life. So birthstones work whether you are seeking blue sapphires set in white gold earrings for your wife's birthday in September, or you're keen to find a fine turquoise and silver necklace for your mother's 60th birthday next December, you'll definitely be able to find some nice birthstone jewelry to fit your budget and treat your special someone's personal tastes.
Many types of birthstone jewelry are widely available, such as birthstone rings, a birthstone pendant and birthstone earrings. Giving a birthstone to someone special as a gift means giving so much more than just a piece of jewelry. The ancient meanings associated with each of these birthstones make them extra-special, giving them a quality that is impossible to achieve with any other gem.
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