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Birthstones

January - Garnet

February - Amethyst

March - Aquamarine

April - Diamond

May - Emerald

June - Pearl

June - Pearl

July - Ruby

August - Peridot

September - Sapphire

October - Opal

November - Topaz

December - Turquoise

 

JANUARY

Garnet: Lights the way
PURITY o TRUTH

Deep red is generally the colour that comes to mind when thinking of garnets. The use of garnet dates back to biblical times. Legend has it that a large garnet adorned a pedestal in the middle of Noah's Ark. The brightness of the stone was said to illuminate the sea, allowing the ship to travel safely through the night.

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FEBRUARY

Amethyst: The purple princess
STABILITY o PEACE

This gemstone has been used for thousands of years for magic, healing and psychic empowerment. Amethyst is seen as a spiritual stone because its purple colour is the same as that of the crown (head) chakra. It is also believed to calm the emotions and reduce stress, transmit the healing power of the universe and increase psychic awareness.

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MARCH

Aquamarine: Goddess of the sea
FAITH o COURAGE

The word aquamarine is Latin for seawater. Aquamarine's association with the sea comes from the brilliant range of hues in which it appears - from an almost transparent blue to a deep ocean azure. It is renowned for its soothing and calming qualities and is said to bring joy, happiness and peace.

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APRIL

Diamond: Queen of them all
BALANCE o CLARITY

Considered the most famous of gemstones, diamonds have taken pride of place in the hearts of many women throughout recent history. Largely as a result of clever marketing, the diamond is now renowned as "a girl's best friend" and has become the traditional stone used in engagement rings.

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MAY

Emerald: The enviable gem
LOYALTY o FAITHFULNESS

Emerald, a mystical stone known to soothe weary eyes and instil the wearer with wisdom, has long been perceived as one of the more "talented" stones. With a colour that reflects new spring growth, the emerald was the perfect birthstone choice for May.

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JUNE

Pearl: Treasure of the sea
MODESTY o FRIENDSHIP

Pearls are the most romantic of gemstones, perhaps because of the ancient legend surrounding their first appearance. Myth has it that the first pearls were made when Venus, the Goddess of Love, came out of the sea shaking herself dry. The water droplets that propelled off her body reputedly hardened into pearls and fell back into the sea.

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JULY

Ruby: The true red
DEVOTION o INTEGRITY

Next to diamonds, the ruby is often referred to as the most expensive gemstone in the world. The vivid red colour of the ruby is the most attractive characteristic of the stone. Often associated with fire and blood, the gemstone invokes powerful feelings of warmth for mankind.

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AUGUST

Peridot: The gem of light
LOVE o TRUST

Known as the gemstone born in fire, Peridot can be found in volcanic rock. The Romans called it the evening emerald, whereas the Greeks believed it bestowed royal dignity upon its wearer. However, the Egyptians dubbed it the gemstone of the sun because of its ability to ward-off anxiety.

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SEPTEMBER

Sapphire: Gem of the sky
TRUTH o SINCERITY

So well-reputed is the sapphire's radiant blue colour that, according to legend, a giant sapphire, upon which the Earth reportedly rested, was believed to have given its reflection to the sky. The French believed that the sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and petulance to good temper, while warriors presented their wives with sapphire necklaces so they would remain faithful.

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OCTOBER

Opal: Australia's national gemstone
HAPPINESS o CONFIDENCE

Is there any other gemstone more mysterious and captivating than the opal? An Aboriginal dreamtime legend has its own explanation for the creation of opals, which tells the tale of the creator coming to earth on a rainbow in order to bring the message of peace to all human kind. When his foot touched the ground, the stones were awakened and started sparkling in every colour of the rainbow.

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NOVEMBER

Topaz: The happy stone
JOY o HARMONY

Sparkling gems make everyone smile, but topaz is the true "happy stone". The ancient Greeks believed it give the wearer increased strength and intellect. Its mystical curative powers wax and wane with the phases of the moon. Topaz is a strong symbol of friendship and harmony.


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DECEMBER

Turquoise: The fortune gem
PROSPERITY o SUCCESS

Turquoise is the gemstone of the people. It is a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm. Considered a holy stone, turquoise rings in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits.

 

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