About birthstones

colored-stonesThe Gemological Institute of America (GIA) says the wearing of a single stone to represent the month a person was born started in the 1560’s and others say it began in the 18th century. Although lists can vary throughout time and geographical location, most can be traced back to a first century Jewish Historian named Josephus.

Josephus tied the 12 stones of Aaron’s breastplate to the 12 months of the year and also the 12 signs of the Zodiac. During his time, early Christians would keep 12 stones and wear one per month. This later evolved into a person wearing just one stone to represent the month they were born.

  • January  Garnet
  •  February Amethyst
  • March Aquamarine
  • April Diamond
  • May Emerald
  • June Pearl, Alexandrite
  • July Ruby
  • August Peridot
  • September Sapphire
  • October Tourmaline, pal
  • November Topaz, Citrine
  • December Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise


About Rob

I have been designing military coins and jewelry for nearly 40 years now.