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Birthstones and Zodiac Stones

The belief that certain stones had special virtues associated with months of the year and zodiac signs, can be traced to the first century AD.  Josephus in his writings, proclaimed a connection between the twelve stones in the High Priest's breastplate, the twelve months of the year and the twelve signs of the zodiac.  It was not until the 18th century in Poland, that there is any documentation of people actually wearing birth stones or zodiac stones.  People wore or carried gem stones at first, for their therapeutic and medicinal properties.  These properties were then associated with characteristics of the zodiac, making them talismans for those born in the same month. Birth stones, as we know them today, is a list of stones that was first assembled in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewellers. This list has historical merit, but substitutions have been made, based on relative availability.

 MonthGemstone
GarnetJanuaryGarnet
AmethystFebruaryAmethyst
AquamarineMarchAquamarine
DiamondAprilDiamond
EmeraldMayEmerald
Pearl and AlexandriteJunePearl and Alexandrite
RubyJulyRuby
PeridotAugustPeridot
SapphireSeptemberSapphire
OpalOctoberOpal
Citrine and TopazNovemberCitrine and Topaz
Turquoise and blue ZirconDecemberTurquoise and blue Zircon

Stones in the Breastplate:

Breastplate Placement

Zodiac Sign

Stone

Stone #I

Aries

Carnelian

Stone #II

Taurus

Peridot

Stone #III

Gemini

Emerald

Stone #IV

Cancer

Ruby

Stone #V

Leo

Lapis-lazuli

Stone #VI

Virgo

Onyx

Stone #VII

Libra

Sapphire

Stone #VIII

Scorpio

Agate

Stone #IX

Sagittarius

Amethyst

Stone #X

Capricorn

Topaz

Stone #XI

Aquarius

Beryl

Stone #XII

Pisces

Jasper


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