The list of traditional birthstones we all know and love comes from Polish tradition and can be traced back to the 16th and 18th Century. Another list came out in 1912 when the National Association of Jewellers released a list of modern birthstones, but the gems on this list were mostly transparent. Today, most people pick from one of the two lists depending on their taste.
Birthstones can be dated back to the first century, with a Jewish historian named Josephus suggesting that the 12 stones in Aaron’s breastplate represent the 12 zodiac signs and months of the year.
The list written by the American National Association in 1912 was associated with your birth month rather than your star sign.
This means that you may have two birthstones because star signs span two months.
For example, if you are a February Aquarius you will have different stones because it was decided that a particular stone is the stone of January and Aquarius.
It’s up to you to choose the stone you feel most connected with.
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Garnet is typically red and the word comes from ‘seed’.
It is supposed to strengthen the root chakra, and just like seeds it helps you to start new beginnings and move on.
This is a powerful stone that keeps you grounded and offers safety while travelling.