Birthstone Chart by Month and Zodiac Sign
Origins of Birthstones | A Comprehensive Guide
In the first century AD a Roman born Jewish historian called Josephus (Yosef Ben Matityahu) wrote that each of the twelve gemstones in the high priest breastplate mentioned in the book of Exodus represented the months of the year and the twelve signs of the zodiac. It's generally believed this was the origin of the tradition of birthstones.
There is a great deal of debate over the exact gemstones that were used in the breastplate not only because of inaccurate translations but also because names have changed over the years. For this reason birthstone charts now feature many different gemstones. Josephus himself is believed to have given two different lists and scholars ever since have continued to debate on this matter. As an example the gemstone sapphirus was once believed to be sapphire but it's now known it was actually lapis lazuli. Garnet belonged to a group of stones known as carbuncle whilst peridot is believed to have been known as topazios.
Most birthstone charts feature several different lists, those seen most often include traditional, modern, ayurvedic and mystical birthstones. Mystical birthstones are believed to have originated in Tibet whilst the list known as ayurvedic has its roots in Indian medicine and Vedic astrology. There are however many older birthstone charts in circulation. The modern day list is considered to be the most recent although changes are still being as different gemstones grow in popularity. Some argue that the correct way to assign a birthstone is according to the astrological sign and not month of birth.
Wearing or carrying your birthstone is widely believed to bring luck and/or good health but at the same time many superstitions and supernatural powers have also been attributed to them for hundreds and possibly even thousands of years.
Zodiac Birthstone Chart | Birthstones by Star Sign
|Aquarius||January 21 - February 19||Garnet|
|Pisces||February 20 - March 20||Amethyst|
|Aries||March 21 - April 19||Bloodstone|
|Taurus||April 20 - May 20||Sapphire|
|Gemini||May 21 - June 21||Agate|
|Cancer||June 22 - July 22||Ruby|
|Leo||July 23 - August 23||Onyx|
|Virgo||August 24 - September 22||Carnelian|
|Libra||September 23 - October 22||Peridot|
|Scorpio||October 23 - November 22||Beryl|
|Sagittarius||November 23 - December 21||Topaz|
|Capricorn||December 22 - January 20||Ruby|
Month Birthstone Chart | The Essential Guide
|Month of Birth||Traditional Birthstone(s)||Modern Birthstone(s)||Mystical Birthstone||Ayurvedic Birthstone|
|June||Alexandrite, Emerald||Moonstone, Pearl||Moonstone||Pearl|
|October||Tourmaline, Aquamarine (Beryl)||Opal, Tourmaline||Jasper||Opal|
|November||Citrine, Topaz||Topaz, Citrine||Pearl||Topaz|
|December||Zircon, Ruby||Turquoise, Blue Topaz||Onyx||