Gemstones as Birthstones, Anniversary Stones, and Zodiac stones |The five questions to ask yourself before buying a gemstone

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This page is dedicated to helping you find the best gemstone for the occasion.  Including lists of gemstones as birthstones, anniversary stones, and zodiac stones.  There is also the five questions to ask yourself before buying a gemstone.

Birthstone goes back as far as the first century. It started out that people believed the birthstone that was assigned to the month had a special virtue or cure for anyone born in that month. It is referenced in some books about the Jewish high priest wearing twelve stones in his breastplate may be some reference to birthstones. The Bible’s book of Revelation ascribes attributes of each of the twelve apostles to each of the stones. The Hindus have their own interpretation.

The list below was adopted in 1952 by the major jewelry industry associations for birthstones.

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Birthstones also know as zodiac stones

Their powers are from early Hindu legend.


Month                         Birthstone                  Alternative Stone

January                      Garnet

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 21) – Garnet – to guarantee true friendship when worn by Aquarius

February                    Amethyst

Pisces (Feb.22-Mar 21) – Amethyst – protects Pisces wearer from extremes of passion

March                         Aquamarine               Bloodstone

Aries (Mar. 22-Apr. 20) – Bloodstone – endows an Aries wearer with wisdom

April                           Diamond

Taurus (Apr. 21-May 21) – Sapphire – protects from and cures mental disorders if Taurus wears

May                            Emerald

Gemini (May 22-June 21) – Agate – long life, health, and wealth if worn by Gemini

June                            Pearl                            Moonstone or alexandrite

Cancer (June 22-July 22) – Emerald – eternal joy if worn by Cancer

July                             Ruby

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) – Onyx protects Leo from loneliness and unhappiness

August                       Sardonyx (carnelian)  Peridot

 Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Carnelian guarantees success in anything must wear on hand

September                 Sapphire

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – Chrysolite (peridot) Frees wearer from an evil spell

October                      Opal                            Tournaline

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov 21) – Beryl guarantees protection from tears of sad repentance

November                  Topaz                          Citrine

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec 21) – Topaz protects Sagittarius but only if they show the stone

December                  Turquoise                  Lapis lazuli, zircon

 Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan 21) – Ruby a Capricorn who has ever worn a ruby will never know trouble

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 Anniversary Stones  years 

1.  Gold jewelry   2.  Garnet   3.  Pearl   4.  Blue topaz   5.  Sapphire

6.  Amethyst   7.  Onyx   8.  Tourmaline   9.  Lapis lazuli   10.  Diamond

11.  Turquoise   12.  Jade   13.  Citrine   14.  Opal   15.  Ruby

20.  Emerald   25.  Silver jubilee   30.  Pearl jubilee   35.  Emerald   40.  Ruby

45.  Sapphire   50.  Golden jubilee   55.  Alexandrite   60.  Diamond jubilee


Gemstone Color and Mystical Symbolism when worn by males and females

 Yellow  Man = secrecy

Woman = generosity

White (colorless) – Friendship, integrity, and religious commitment

Man = purity, affability

Woman = contemplation

Red        Man= command, nobility, lordship, and vengeance

Woman = pride, haughtiness, and obstinacy.

Blue      Man = wisdom and high, magnanimous thoughts

Woman = jealousy in love, politeness, and vigilance.

Green    Man = joyousness, transitory hope, decline of friendship

Woman = unfounded ambition, childish delight, and change

Black     Man = gravity, good sense, constancy and strength

Young woman = fickleness and foolishness

Married woman = constant love and perseverance

Violet     Man = sober judgment, industry and gravity

Woman = high thoughts and spiritual love

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Five questions to ask yourself when buying a gemstone

Is the gemstone the color I desire; shape I want; does it have zip or liveliness; do I like and feel excited by it; and finally can I afford it?

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Jewelry and Gems The Buying Guide, by Antoinette Marlins, PG and AC Bonanno, FGA, PG, ASA

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