Birthstone jewelry contains stones representing the month of one's birth. For instance, if one was born in July, one would wear a ruby, which is the stone corresponding to that month. Birthstones can be worn for any occasion. If you're unsure of your birthstone, a listing is provided below.
The first stone listed for each month is the traditional birthstone. This list dates back to the 15th century. A more modern entry follows each traditional birthstone. The modern birthstones were officially adopted in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers.
Birthstone jewelry evolved from astrologers associating certain stones and their colors with the signs of the Zodiac. It was believed that different gemstones possessed healing qualities and were worn for protection, good luck or to ward off illness. It was the gemstone's color that was believed to give it its power. Birthstone jewelry is rooted in the Bible as well. It is believed that Aaron's breastplate, encrusted with twelve different gems, held the original set of birthstones.
As the years went by, birthstones began to be associated with their respective months, rather than with the signs of the zodiac. These days, the birthstone's use is more ornamental than medicinal. People wear birthstone jewelry to represent their birthday as well as their personality.
There are styles of birthstone jewelry to fit all lifestyles and price ranges. One does not have to be rich to wear her respective birthstone. In addition to purchasing pricey birthstone jewelry, one can purchase the inexpensive costume variety as well.
The newest form of birthstone jewelry is "mother" or "grandmother" birthstone jewelry. This style of jewelry uses stones representing the birth month of each child or grandchild, usually in the order of birth. This birthstone jewelry most commonly takes the form of rings or necklaces, though it's becoming more common to wear a charm bracelet with charms representing the birthstone of each child.
Whether you choose to wear a birthstone for its healing qualities or just because you like the way it looks, it's always nice to wear jewelry representing one's birth.