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Garnet

Garnet – the modern birthstone of January – is known as the stone of health - ridding the body of negative energies and transmuting them to a beneficial state. Garnet was also known in the past as a stone of commitment . The power of garnet tends to reflect the attributes of devotion, bringing the love of others in expressions of warmth and understanding.  It both monitors and adjusts the flow of energy, providing for a balanced energy field around the physical body and aligning the emotional and intellectual bodies with the perfection of All that is. (from Melody's book Love is in the Earth)

 
Amethyst

Amethyst is symbolic of piety, spirituality, and a devotion to God. The rich purple gemstones are used worldwide to ornament churches and crosses used in religious ceremony, and they are frequently found in the rings and on the rosaries worn by bishops and priests. It is also believed that amethysts bring on pleasant dreams because they allow one to "channel" positive universal energy. As a result many people place an amethyst under their pillow before going to sleep at night to enjoy "sweet dreams" throughout the night.


Aquamarine

Picture the cerulean blue waters of the Mediterranean, and you will understand why the birthstone for March is named Aquamarine. Derived from the Roman word "Aqua," meaning water, and "mare," meaning sea, this pale blue gem does indeed resemble the colour of seawater. A gift of Aquamarine symbolises both safety and security, especially within long-standing relationships. Some people even say that the Aquamarine reawakens love in a tired marriage, so if you want to bring back that spark in your partner's eyes, you might consider this gem as an anniversary gift!


Diamond

The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth. Diamonds have been revered throughout history. Diamonds have long been used to embellish such items as crowns, swords and emblems as well as jewellery. A gift of a Diamond is symbolic of everlasting love. There is no more convincing a promise of an enduring relationship than this brilliant and romantic gemstone that has endured in people's hearts throughout the ages.

 
Emerald

May birthstone jewellery is usually made with emeralds. Emerald symbolises fidelity and goodness. This beautiful green birth stone looks beautiful in any type of jewellery especially a May birthstone ring. Birthstone rings are especially nice as the wearer can view these wonderful stones all day. It is often believed that Emerald jewellery can bring wisdom, patience and growth to its wearer. May birthstone jewellery is best presented as a gift by a lover who would want to incorporate all of the mentioned virtues in the present relationship. After all, who does not wish for love to be strong and to endure all things.


Pearls

In the ancient mythologies, the pearl was associated with the moon, as it was believed that pearls were born out of teardrops of the moon that fell into the ocean. Of course, throughout history, June’s birthstone symbolized numerous traits of those born in this month. Because of its clean and simple appearance, it has the associations of purity, wisdom and loyalty for those who celebrate their birthday in June. The ancient Chinese believed the pearls could give eternal youth to the owner, and even to this day, pearl is incorporated into cosmetics that are meant to give a youthful look. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls could prevent brides from crying and perpetuate happiness among the owner’s friends.


Ruby

The Ruby was considered to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when peril was imminent, and to return to its original colour once danger was past—provided it was in the hands of its rightful owner! Rubies were thought to represent heat and power. Ancient tribes used the gem as bullets for blowguns, and it was said that a pot of water would boil instantly if a Ruby was tossed into it. Ground to powder and placed on the tongue, this crystal was used as a cure for indigestion.


Peridot

Peridot brings friendship, prevents envy, and is even purported to lift depression. Peridot sources divine inspiration and signifies strength and happiness in both individuals and in a relationship. It is recognised to enhance the efficacy of medication, and has been said to even improve speech. Worn as a talisman, Egyptians believed in its protective qualities against infection and evil. Powdered peridot was used as a remedy for asthma and the thirst brought on by fever.


Sapphire

Sapphires are calming for the mind and release unwanted mental tension and thoughts. They engender joy, peace of mind and serenity allowing the mind to open up to intuition and beauty. Sapphires bring balance in the body, by aligning the physical, mental and spiritual body. Sapphire releases depression. Sapphire is known as a prosperity stone, eliminating frustration, with the power of sustaining the gifts of life and fulfilling dreams and desires.


Opal

The Romans thought the opal was the symbol of hope and purity, believing that those wearing opal would be safe from disease. The Arabs believed that opals fell from heaven in lightning flashes while the Greeks thought opals gave them foresight and prophecy abilities. The Aborigines believed opals had spiritual value and that they represented something left behind by their ancestors as a sign of their presence.


Citrine

Ancient cultures felt citrine had magical powers that protected travellers, guarded against sickness and evil, and helped achieve calmness and intuition. Today it is symbolic of hope, creativity, strength and joy. Believed to bring light and clarity to the owner Citrine gives the power to see through deceptions, banish fears and protect against snake bites. Considered to be the merchant’s stone, a citrine placed in a money drawer will attract prosperity.


Blue Topaz

Only the blue variety of topaz, the color created by irradiation, is recognized as the modern birthstone of December, with turquoise a second alternative. The name comes from Sanskrit “tapa” which means fire. Blue topaz is symbolic of love and fidelity. The ancient Greeks believed that a person wearing a topaz could become invisible and experience an increase in strength.

 

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