For thousands of years, the planets and stars have been a source of inspiration to artists. From the beautiful twinkle in the night sky to the mystery of the unknown, planets and stars have influenced many people’s lives.
All artists have their own unique inspirations but the cosmos has influenced the design of jewellery for eons as many people connect the gemstones used in jewellery with their birthdates.
Jewellery is beautiful but it takes special “girl magic” - the way you wear it - for a piece to truly shine, Even with cosmic inspiration people still tend to buy pieces that reflect their birthdates. Since time immemorial, a birthstone has been associated with each month of the year.
Birthstones by Month:
The birthstone is garnet. It is thought or believed to keep the wearer safe during travel.
The birthstone is amethyst. This is believed to give its wearer courage and to strengthen relationships. The word amethyst comes from a Greek word amethystos meaning “sober.” So in ancient Greece, many believed that it guarded against intoxication.
The birthstone is aquamarine. This was believed to cure stomach, liver, and heart diseases—all a patient had to do was to soak it in water and then drink the water. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans protected them against ocean dangers.
The birthstone is diamond. This symbolised everlasting love and was once thought to bring courage.
The birthstone is emerald. It has long been associated with love, rebirth, and fertility. It was one of Cleopatra’s favorite gems. This stone was dedicated to Venus by ancient Romans. They went so far as to dedicate it to the goddess of beauty and love. Today, it is believed that it signifies patience, growth, and wisdom.
The birthstone is pearl. This has long been a symbol of purity. In ancient Greece, it was believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite the goddess of love.
The birthstone is ruby. The ancient Hindus regarded it as the “king of gems.” Today, its deep-red color signifies passion and love. Formerly, it was believed to protect its wearer from evil.
The birthstone is peridot. It symbolizes strength and is sometimes called the evening emerald because of its light green color. When set in gold, it was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
The birthstone is sapphire. It was believed that if a venomous snake was placed in a vessel made of sapphire, it would die. The gem was once thought to guard against poisoning and evil. Traditionally, it was a favourite stone of kings and priests because it symbolises wisdom and purity.
The birthstone is opal. This gem symbolises confidence and faithfulness. The name opal comes from opalus, a Latin name meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals were worn to protect eyesight and to repel evil.
The birthstone is topaz, which symbolises affection and love. It is believed to give those who wear them increased intellect and strength.
The birthstone is turquoise. It is a symbol of good success and fortune, and is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm. It is also regarded as a love charm. Rings with turquoise are thought to keep away evil spirits.
There are numerous myths and legends about birthstones including their therapeutic influence and healing powers. According to some of these legends, wearing gemstones during their assigned months boosts their healing powers. The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good health and good luck. For them to have full effect, individuals need to own all 12 gemstones and alternate them monthly.