Make a wonderful surprise with a unique piece of birthstone jewelry
From the first time people discovered gemstones, they were amazed by their beauty and grace. They understood right from the start that they were unlike any other rocks they could see every day. So they started looking for an explanation and a reason why these precious stones were present on Earth.
This has puzzled many people throughout history and yielded to numerous conclusions that were themselves mysterious and romantic at the same time. Some said that they were a gift from gods. Others believed they were actually stolen from them. Ancient priests used gems to worship the divinity, to bring rain and keep the peace.
Besides the religious importance, some theories suggested that gems have curative capabilities or even that they help increase sexuality.
Birthstones were first introduced in the cultures of the antiquity as a form of standardization to make it easier for the elite of that time to understand the importance and the role of each stone. They attributed to each of the twelve months of the year a certain precious stone. Thus the wealthy ones could purchase gems that now had an even more important meaning for them, as they represented the month they were born in.
Gemstones are almost as old as the Earth. Some date back 3.5 or 4 billion years. They are older than the first man or the dinosaurs. This fact has also added to the fascination that people have for them.
Nowadays, birthstone jewels are as popular as ever. People love to have something that reminds them that we’ve been on this planet only for a short period of time.
Why are there more than one birth stone for each month?
That’s because of the way the stones were organized evolved over the millennia. The current birthstone list was standardized in 1912 by an international meeting of jewelers associations.
Another reason for this is the fact that antique civilizations organized the birth stones differently. The roman birth stones were different from those of the Hebrews or the Sumerians.