Turquoise – December’s Birthstone

Turquoise, the Birthstones For December

Turquoise, the Birthstones For December

 

Turquoise – December’s Birthstone

Not only is Turquoise the traditional birthstone for December, but it is also regarded as a lucky gemstone and a stone of prosperity. It is also believed that if Turquoise is given as a gift it bestows wealth and happiness upon its receiver, and brings happiness and good fortune – therefore making it an ideal Christmas present!

Unfortunately I can’t guarantee any of the claims of the properties of gemstones, but there surely must be something in it, given that every culture has its beliefs surrounding the supernatural properties of gemstones, some going back thousands of years.

Gem scholars are of the opinion that the tradition of “birthstones” came from the Breastplate of Aaron which is mentioned in the Old Testament book of Exodus.  This is believed to have been a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones, each representing the twelve tribes of Israel, and which also corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year.  Turquoise is said to be the last of the twelve gemstones set in the ceremonial breastplate of Aaron.

Turquoise is thought to be one of the oldest known minerals and was one of the first gems to be mined. It is said to have been mined more than 6000 years ago in Sinai.

Turquoise and marcasite necklace

Throughout history Turquoise has been thought to protect the wearer from evil and bad fortune, guarding against violence and accidents – and was also a valuable amulet for travellers

It is still considered to be a stone of prosperity and some believe that Turquoise brings the wearer good fortune and a prosperous life, inspires cheer, wellbeing and spiritual harmony.  Healers believe that Turquoise attracts healing spirits, making it a premier healing stone. It is said to be a cure for many ailments and is thought to guard against all diseases.

So with all its claims who could resist?!  Not only does it have many traditions and folklore attached to it but it also a beautiful gemstone.  And Turquoise is considered primarily to be a stone of friendship and loyalty, so yes, it makes an ideal Christmas (or birthday) present for a loved one!

For more detailed gemstone information, please go to my Gemstone Information pages.

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Opal - October's Birthstone

Opal and Tourmaline – October’s birthstones

Tourmaline - October's birthstoneOpal and Tourmaline – October’s birthstones

Those born this month are lucky to have two birthstones, opal and tourmaline.

Opal, as the name suggests inspires hope. It’s known as the eye stone, possibly because it is so pleasing to the eye, its beautiful rainbow colours reflecting in the light. But not all opal has the rainbow coloured “flash of colour”, the common opal is quite opaque and milky, but still a beautiful gemstone.

It’s considered a stone of protection, and believed to deflect negative thoughts and energies. It is used to bring on a sense of calm, ease stress and depression. But it goes further than that, it’s thought to be a seductive stone, associated with love, passion and desire. You won’t be surprised to hear that it is used to aid conception, and once that goal is complete, is a great aid to pregnant women worried about their pregnancy or childbirth, it is believed to help alleviate fears associated with that, and once the baby arrives too. For that reason, it’s a great present for expectant or new mothers.

When it comes to the body, opal is associated with the eyes but also with hair, skin and nails. Healers believe that it helps to alleviate water retention and to get rid of infections, purify the blood and reduce fever. It is also thought to help with any issues to do with pregnancy and childbirth, unsurprisingly, and also ease pains associated with PMS or menopause.

Tourmaline too, is a protection stone, ancient magicians used it to protect them against demons. It’s quite similar too in that it dispels negative energy and turns them into positive vibes.

Tourmaline occurs in almost any colour. Multi-coloured specimens are common, and some resemble watermelons with two to five colours, a pink centre surrounded by green being the most sought after.

Tourmaline is also used in electrical circuits for conducting television and radio frequencies.  This is because it is so durable.

It basically seems like a stone to absorb a load of rubbish, fears, people that cause you problems, pollutants, etc. and makes it all better. Sounds amazing!  But not only that, it clears the head to focus on positive thinking and action, to give you direction.

Because of the getting rid of rubbish bit, it’s often used to help with diseases associated with bowels (literally getting rid of the bad stuff!) and colon.

It’s also linked to the reflex points of the lower back, legs, ankles and feet and used to provide pain relief for torn muscles, arthritis and numbness.

So I would say that if you were born in October, you’ve pretty much got a lot of bases covered with these two stones, and combining the two together in a piece of jewellery will look just wonderful.

Please take a look at what I’ve got available currently in my shop, and if you do want something designed that contains both stones, then please do get in contact.

Also just a reminder that it’s getting ever closer to Christmas too, so don’t leave it too long if you would like something designed, I don’t want you to be disappointed!

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Garnet Pyrope

Garnet, January’s Birthstone

Garnet, January’s Birthstone

 

You’d think that garnet, January’s birthstone would be something white or colourless, to reflect the wintery, snowy weather, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Those with a New Year birthday are blessed with garnet as their stone; its name is derived from the Latin ‘granatum’, meaning pomegranate, because the stone represents the deep red seeds of the fruit.

It’s one of my favourites, which is just as well, as it’s also my birthstone. Although most commonly seen in red, garnet does in fact refer to a group of minerals that exist in a rainbow of colours – from black and blue to the rarer green and colourless variations.

In ancient and medieval times, garnets were worn to enhance strength, endurance and vigour, which is why warriors wore them during conflicts, both to encourage victory and protect against injuries.

As you can imagine, the vibrant red of the garnet had a strong link to blood, so the properties of the garnet include remedies for haemorrhages, regulation of the heart and other blood disorders.

By that nature, red garnet also represents love (why isn’t this February’s birthstone?!) loyalty, devotion and trust. In fact, it’s summed up perfectly by this verse that I found:

“Her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”

Representing love and friendship, but also sexual and sensual energy, it’s kind of the ancient version of Viagra (!), but more than that, it inspires faithfulness, monogamy and commitment (it really should be February’s birthstone!)

So, not only a gift for a January birthday, but in general, perfect for a friend or lover, its message says far more than words could ever. It’s also a lovely present for someone that’s going to pastures new, perhaps to university, moving to a new city or a new job, it is also believed to help encourage friendships too.

I was surprised to read that garnet is believed to be extremely beneficial to those in business. If you wear garnet, the properties of the stone cause people to be attracted to you (singletons, take note…) which can be really useful for drawing in customers, especially if your business is one which is people-oriented, and definitely one for those who frequent the networking circuit! Also, taking into account the strength giving properties I mentioned earlier, one to help when overcoming the trials and tribulations of working life.

So all in all, it’s a pretty good stone to have as part of your jewellery collection, passion, energy, love and friendship, what’s not to like about it? Its beautiful deep colour will instantly attract attention and can really bring a necklace, bracelet or ring to life.

I’ve got some lovely pieces in my collection and some are online for you to browse through, but as always, get in touch if you’ve got your own idea in mind. And although it’s January’s birthstone, don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, with all those associations with love and friendship, what could be more perfect for a gift for your loved one?       Click here for Garnet Jewellery 

Garnet, January's Birthstone

Garnet, January’s Birthstone