Origin of birthstones can be tracked down to the breastplate of Aaron that had twelve crystals representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Over time, this was translated into months of the year assigning each month different birthstone crystal.
Over the past few decades, we saw the rise of popularity of birthstone crystals. Finding your birthstone is a fun and interesting way of exploring the world of gemstones. Throughout human history we attributed secret meanings, powers, healing properties and benefits to beautiful crystals. In the past, they were worn by nobility, monarchs, kings and queens, and other wealthy individuals. Nowadays pretty much every person can afford to buy their birthstone and utilize gentle vibrations of those crystals.
It doesn't matter if you will choose to believe or not into legends and myths surrounding gemstones for millennia. Where is smoke - there is fire! There is a reason for sure why people buy gemstones for their wedding rings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, and pendants. Even though it may be superstition, wearing your month or zodiac sign birthstone won't hurt you. Moreover, it is a great addon to every person's fashion style and could be a great fashion statement or conversation starter.
In order to help you navigate and choose a gemstone that is interesting for you, I have divided them into most popular categories. By clicking on crystal associated with your month of birth you can explore your birthstone in details. Learn more about its secrets, healing energy, properties, meaning, and history.
Traditional birthstones are associated with ancient traditions and contain crystals that are selected for each month of the year. With the Bible story of Exodus and mention of the gemstones that were on Aaron’s ceremonial breastplate, crystals become more popular. At first, those crystals represented Israel tribes but over time this was translated into months of the year.
In the 15th century, mentioned crystals from the Bible gain huge popularity in Poland and people started wearing those crystals. At first, every person had owned all 12 crystals and wore each one on its selected month. Over time this custom evolved into what we have today.
Garnet is traditional January birthstone coming in a huge range of different colors but is most popular as a red gemstone. It is associated with creative energy, grounding spiritual forces, love, intense feelings, and removing negative energy. Garnet is used for balancing energy, inspiring love, and sex drive. It is often used for bringing luck, success, love, and self-confidence.
Amethyst is traditional February birthstone associated with St Valentine. If you decide to wear this gemstone it will bring into your life love, passion, insight, perception, and self-knowledge. Amethyst comes in different shades of purple color. It is considered as supporting stone for overworked and stressed people, healing mental anxieties, anger, physical tension, and negative behaviors.
Pearl is formed in freshwater and saltwater mollusks considered as traditional February birthstone. This gemstone comes in many different colors and is associated with meditation, purity, innocence, honesty, affection, charm, and sympathy. It is believed that pearl increases focus and personal integrity. Its healing properties are associated with soft organs and digestive disorders.
Bloodstone is one of the most beautiful Jasper crystals that comes in deep green color and spots of red color. The energy of this stone is associated with life, birth, blood, passion, courage, protection, and courage. Bloodstone is used for healing of the spleen, kidneys, liver, blood purification and improving the immune system. Its power can be used for emotional support during a hard time.
Jasper is a gemstone of grounding and stability that is associated with providing security, strength, and comfort. It is used since ancient time to alleviate stress and help you feel calmer and in balance. This stone is one of the best for removing negative energy, soothing, and healing. Jasper is often recommended for persons that want to ease the stress, be calmer, want to quit smoking or lose weight.
Diamond is rare and beautiful gemstone, probably most prized crystal all over the world. It is one of the best energy amplifiers that is associated with Crown and Etheric Chakra. It is highly sought after crystal that comes in many colors, from colorless to black, white, yellow, pink, blue, green, red, and brown. Diamond is a symbol of manifestation, abundance, and wealth. This stone relieves anxiety, fears, exhaustion, bring clarity, improves brain functions, nerves, combats aging, and depression.
Sapphire is blue crystal considered as a symbol of royalty, wisdom, prophecy, protection, and good fortune. This majestic stone comes in black, green, violet, orange, pink, and yellow color. It is used as a calming crystal for focusing the mind, opening it to beauty, bringing joy, integrity, love, and fidelity. Sapphire is used for healing all the body, curing insomnia, headache, fever, dementia, and depression.
Emerald is a green gemstone that is considered as the crystal of love, vision, intuition, wisdom, truth, associated with Heart chakra and eyes. It is one of the best crystals for reviving the passion for a significant person or job. It attracts love, promotes self-esteem, confidence, creativity, focus, and mental activity. Emerald is a crystal that combats aging, revitalizes heart, lungs, and kidneys.
Agate is a Quartz family crystal that comes in every imagined color, with stripes, patterns, and bands. This stone fascinates people for thousands of years for its diversity and beauty. It is used for emotional, physical and spiritual balance, harmonization of positive and negative energy. It promotes inner stability, self-confidence, security, providing protection, and helps personal expression. Agate is great for concentration, perception, healing stomach, intestines, skin, and heart.
Agate healing properties is already mentioned as traditional May birthstone. You may also read more about this stone by checking my article about Agate Healing Properties and benefits.
Turquoise is one of the oldest stones used throughout history by warriors, kings, shamans, and healers as a stone of protection. It is believed that this stone influences persons physical condition, protects it from falling, from evil, and bring good fortune and happiness. Turquoise is used for healing depression, panic attacks, exhaustion, improves the immune system, migraines, headache, eye and neck problems. It is associated with Throat chakra.
Cat’s Eye is a crystal that is used for enhancing awareness, stimulates intuition and dispels negative energy from the aura. It is used as one of the most interesting good luck and fortune charms. This crystal brings happiness, joy, optimism, confidence and protects from evil spirits. Cat’s eye is often used for healing organs like kidneys, liver, pancreas, and spleen.
Onyx is a crystal that comes in black color with white stripes that is considered as a powerful stone for protection. In the past, it was worn by warriors, on swords and shields. This stone will keep your mind sharp and your basic instincts. It is a great stone for strengthening physical strength, help during exercise, improving health, stamina, and focus. It is also a great crystal for boosting self-confidence.
Turquoise color, healing properties, and benefits are already mentioned as traditional June birthstone.
Topaz is considered to be enhancement crystal of potency, associated with luxury, strength, generosity, love, fidelity, and friendship. It is used as a symbol of courage, wisdom, and luck for all personal endeavors. This crystal comes in many colors from clear, white, pink, blue, purple, and brown. It is associated with abundance, good fortune, love, and friendship. Healing properties of this crystal are connected to healing whole body, metabolism, eating disorders, weight loss, anorexia, and stabilizing emotions.
Moonstone is a crystal that is connected with the energy of the Moon since ancient times. It is used as a gift for lovers, passion, wisdom, and prophecy. This stone comes in many colors like gray, white, blue, peach, yellow, and rainbow. In the past, it was called “Traveller Stone” used by people who travel especially during the night. It is great protection stone for drivers, the talisman of love, eroticism, and reunion. The energy of this beautiful crystal promotes fertility, cures insomnia and dispels bad dreams.
Carnelian is often found as glassy orange, pale pink to a brown colored stone that comes from Quartz family. It is known as a crystal of courage, endurance, motivation, and leadership. Wearing this orange crystal will bring you joy, happiness, warmth, and inspiration. It is considered for great stone for balancing energy levels, improves stamina, ambition, confidence, and courage. Healing properties of this gemstone are associated with metabolism, organs, aid during menopause, help with impotence, and absorption of nutrients.
Sardonyx is a crystal that comes as a clear stone or in black, brown and red color. It is associated with Base chakra, considered as a stone of strength and protection that promotes luck, friendship, abundance, romance, happiness, and friendship. Wearing this stone cures depression and improves perception. Its healing properties are often associated with boosting the immune system and metabolism.
Chrysolite is olive green to a deep and yellow-green color crystal that is more famous by the name Peridot. Peridot is used since ancient times for regulating life cycles, emotions, and intellect. Positive vibrations of this crystal remove negative paters, remove blockages, heals addictions, alleviate impatience, guilt, anger, anxiety, and fears. This stone is often used for healing the physical and emotional body, boosting health, helps to function of bladder, liver, spleen. It is associated with Solar Plexus and Heart Chakra.
Opal is a versatile gemstone that is known for its “play of colors” and may be found as white, yellow, green, red, orange, black, blue, brown, transparent and colorless stone. This stone reflects the mood and emotions of the person wearing it. It is considered as a gemstone that promotes security, protection, eases depression, stress, and negative thinking. It is associated with love, passion, creativity, eroticism, and deep desires. Healing properties of Opal crystal is connected to the healing of skin, eyes, nails, hair, infections, blood, and kidneys.
Aquamarine is blue Beryl gemstone that can be found in other colors like green, yellow, pink, and red. It is associated with purity, relaxation, courage, good luck, protection, happiness, youth, and communication. Aquamarine is Throat chakra stone that boosts intellect, learning, judgment, and responsibility. It is used for healing lungs, cough, fever, allergies, sore throat, and psoriasis.
Topaz is already mentioned as August traditional birthstone so scroll up for more information.
Pearl is already mentioned and described as traditional February birthstone.
Bloodstone is also traditional March birthstone so it is already mentioned and described there.
Ruby is one of the most amazing red gemstones associated with power, kings, nobility, and wealth. It is associated with passion, integrity, prosperity, high energy, courage, enthusiasm, and protection. Ruby is used for centuries for overcoming lethargy, exhaustion, as an energy amplifier, stimulation, improving relations, and concentration. It is used for healing the heart, soothing menstrual pain, sexual dysfunction, and impotence.