Monday, May 21, 2012

Birthstones 101

Did you know that birthstones have a deep and meaningful history related to Christianity? In Western custom, first century Jewish historian Josephus proclaimed a connection between the twelve stones on Aaron the Levite’s breastplate, the twelve months of the year, and the twelve zodiac signs. In the eighth and ninth centuries, religious treaties were written associating a particular stone with an apostle, and practice then was to keep a total of 12 stones and wear one every month. The list often changed, but was finally standardized in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers. Nowadays, birthstones have little to do with their religious origins, but are still worn as symbols of the various qualities that symbolize the wearer’s month of birth.

Leading online diamond retailer Brilliance Corp. releases its latest infographic, Facts about Birthstones. The handy informational tool gives a brief description of each birthstone from each month, from January to December, as well as the corresponding symbolism of the stone. Also included in the graphic are fun facts that can help you learn more about your unique birthstone, or help you choose the perfect stone for a loved one.

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