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A Gem for Every Month: Birthstone Lore

Jan 5, 2016

by Bellflower Bay

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Mother-daughter team Joyce and Jenn are the curators behind Bellflower Bay, an elegant collection of antique and vintage jewelry. What began as a quest to share their finds with the world has become a mission to make antique and estate jewelry available at any budget. 

As jewelry buffs, we gravitate toward jewelry that has meaning, and birthstones are the first connection many of us make to the world of gems. The origin and history of birthstones is a bit murky; some believe the idea originated with the breastplate worn by Aaron in the book of Exodus, which was set with 12 stones that were said to correspond to the 12 tribes of Israel — or the 12 months and zodiac signs. The modern concept of wearing a gem that represents your birth month can be loosely traced to 16th century Poland, when it became popular to wear a different stone for each month of the year. Later, jewelers seized on the idea as a marketing opportunity, promoting official lists and encouraging the purchase of gemstone-themed jewelry for birthday gifts.

No matter the origins, there’s something charming about the idea that we each have a special stone associated with the month we were born, and delving into the legends and stories around each gem only adds to the fun. We’ve put a together a list of gemstones currently considered the primary stone for each month, along with a few tantalizing anecdotes — some historical, some apocryphal — about each selection.

January: Garnet

By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.

In medieval times, glittering burgundy garnets were associated with blood and were thought to speed the healing process of hemorrhages and wounds.

February: Amethyst

The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.

Everyone’s favorite party god, Bacchus, once hit on a pretty maiden who refused his advances. The maiden, named Amethyste, prayed fervently for protection to the goddess Diana, who responded quickly by turning the maiden to a statue of icy white quartz. Bacchus, sad over the loss of such a lovely lady, solemnly poured his cup of wine over the statue in tribute, which turned the crystal to a purple color. From then on, amethyst was thought to ward off intoxication, and drinking glasses were carved from the gem.

March: Aquamarine

This exquisite stone has long been associated with focus and clarity, and is used in many psychic activities. During the 1500s, famous court astrologer, astronomer, psychic, occultist and royal consultant Dr. John Dee used an aquamarine “crystal” ball to predict the best date for the coronation of Elizabeth the First.

April: Diamond

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.

The word for diamond is derived from the ancient Greek for “unbreakable,” due to the gem’s long history as one of the most resilient materials in the world. Diamonds were first used as tools because of their strength; in the Dark Ages, they were even ingested in the hopes of curing ailments. The current reputation of diamonds as the most valuable and desired gem in the market didn’t really begin until the 1900s.

May: Emerald

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.

Historically, the emerald has been one of the most valuable gems, even more prized than diamonds. It was claimed that emeralds exert a soothing influence, so much so that the Roman emperor Nero was said to have watched the notoriously tense gladiator fights through a giant transparent emerald.

June: Pearl

Seed pearls, so named due their size and shape (less than 2 mm), became extraordinarily popular in the 19th century and were incorporated into everything from clothing to jewelry. The tiny lustrous pearls were thought to represent purity and innocence, and were also used in mourning jewelry to represent tears of grief.

July: Ruby

The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety.

The stone of devotion, love and romance, the red of rubies has long been adored by Asian cultures. The gem’s value is inherent to its color, with the deepest red, called “pigeon’s blood,” considered the most valuable.

August: Peridot

One of the few gemstones that appear only in one color, peridot is said to have been used in jewelry since Cleopatra’s reign. It was often set in gold to enhance both color and power — the stone was thought to dissolve any enchantments that may be cast on the wearer.

September: Sapphire

A maiden born when September leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

From the Greek meaning “blue stone,” the sapphire is one of the few gems that can appear in a range of colors, from blue to green to pink. However, it is most famous for the striking blue shade — so bewitching that the ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire, and the blue of the sky was merely a reflection of the stone.

October: Opal

October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Mined primarily in Australia, the gorgeous rainbows within the opal are caused by light refracting from layers of silica within the stone. It acquired a stigma of bad luck following the 1829 publication of the novel Anne of Geierstein, in which one of the characters wears an enchanted opal that causes her death. However, in the Middle Ages opal was thought to possess all the virtues of every gemstone, as it displayed every color.

November: Citrine

Though the name is derived from the French word for lemon, citron, the citrine actually boasts a beautiful spectrum of yellows, ranging from a bright sunshine to a brownish-wine tone. The color has given the gem a reputation of capturing the power of the sun for the wearer to help ward off depression and ailments.

December: Turquoise

If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.

Most popularly associated with Native American culture, turquoise has actually been used in jewelry for centuries. It gained special prominence in the 1800s, when Queen Victoria attributed sentimental qualities of love and devotion to the stone, going so far as to give each of her ladies-in-waiting a small portrait ring (of her — she was queen, after all!), surrounded by turquoise.

Editor’s Note: The poetry quotes come from a birthstone pamphlet published by Tiffany & Co. in 1870.

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226 comments

  • BemusingBaubles

    Sarah Laguna from BemusingBaubles said 4 years ago

    Great article - those poems are lovely. They remind me of one of my favorites from when I was little. I think it was called "Monday's Child."

  • UnderMilkWood

    UnderMilkWood from UnderMilkWood said 4 years ago

    Lovely article, - lovely gems - like reading their descriptions. beautiful and unusual jewellery finds - my months little poem was missing though, I shall have to look it up to see if it exists.

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 4 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and so romantically stated!

  • FascinatingHobbies

    FascinatingHobbies from FascinatingHobbies said 4 years ago

    thanks for this article with wonderful pictures of vintage jewelrries, you are making us dream with the poems !!! very glad to discover such nice shops

  • materialrat

    Margarita Rat from PackRatJewelry said 4 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing article! And the poems make it so special and fresh read! Thank you so much for sharing (:

  • GoldSmack

    GoldSmack from GoldSmack said 4 years ago

    I really enjoy gemstone lore and their mystical properties! Thank you!

  • bbqqueenie

    Sharon from OrchhaJewels said 4 years ago

    Really nice article - love looking at the meaning behind gemstones always fascinating read! thanks for that :D

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    What a great article! I really enjoyed it and the gems are just beautiful!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful rings! Loved this article!

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 4 years ago

    Loved the little poems to go with each birthstone, nice touch!!

  • openrangepres

    Jane from OpenRangePreserve said 4 years ago

    So interesting! All the legends surrounding different stones, their properties, their sources. Thanks for a great read.

  • theloosegoose

    nicole from theloosegoose said 4 years ago

    Enchanting in so many ways! The historical background info is so interesting paired with exquisite pieces of jewelry and stunning photography. Loved it!

  • CuriousLemon

    Karine Fournier from CuriousLemon said 4 years ago

    Awesome insect brooch !

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 4 years ago

    Amazing and highly interesting. Have to love the Victorian Garnet insect.

  • SpaceMauve

    Caroline Bee from SpaceMauve said 4 years ago

    Great article !

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry! Love to have one of each! Interesting folklore that is behind some of the stones. Great feature!

  • kadydesigns

    Denise Vining from kadydesigns said 4 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry!!! I love all kinds of gemstones!!! Sapphires are my favorite!!! Awesome feature!

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography said 4 years ago

    Adorable...

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 4 years ago

    rubies are “pigeon’s blood"? :)

  • ACESfinds

    Alison Herr Scates and Chuck Scates from ACESFINDSVINTAGE said 4 years ago

    Lovely pieces, and poetry. Thanks for sharing. There is such a great variety of jewelry on Etsy! :)

  • Lola2020

    Jenn from BellflowerBay said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much, everyone! The poem had alternate versions of the some of the traditional birthstones, and didn't match up with the ones we used, but it is a fun read nonetheless :)

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 4 years ago

    Very very beautiful and charming to read!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 4 years ago

    Beautiful Antique & Vintage Jewelry! I love mother and daughter teams. Turquoise and rubies are my personal favorites. Thanks for sharing - great success to you both.

  • KrysPettitArtwork

    Krys Pettit from KrysPettitArtwork said 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful pieces -- and nice explanation of the myth of each birthstone.

  • AnastasiaSavenko

    Anastasia from FineJewelryAS said 4 years ago

    Hi, thank you for placing my yellow sapphire ring as an opening photo, I am very honored.

  • grimmandgrete

    Lisa from REBELbyFATE said 4 years ago

    Great article + collection, I found some new faves. ♥ the poems!!!

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 4 years ago

    Love that Bling!

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 4 years ago

    Love that Bling!!

  • montgomerycrystalco2

    montgomerycrystalco2 from MontgomeryCrystalCo said 4 years ago

    beautifully done, thank you!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous picks! One of each, please.

  • mariedoll69

    mariedoll69 said 4 years ago

    I thought topaz was the November birthstone. Gorgeous gems! Love the folklore.

  • artlover2013

    Kay from ArtMeetsLove said 4 years ago

    The article is so informative. The garnet insect is impressive. Thanks.

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    Dorothy from JewelrybyDorothy said 4 years ago

    Lovely choices!

  • electriceyejewelry

    Ashley McGee from ElectricEyeJewelry said 4 years ago

    Learned a lot from this. Great article!

  • piccadillypastimes

    Ginger and Tim from PiccadillyPastimes said 4 years ago

    Such an interesting article! And the jewels are beautiful. Thank you : )

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous pics! Great article!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage from WoodlandCottage said 4 years ago

    Loved the poems, but missed the ones for some months! Lovely article, beautiful finds--thank you for sharing with us.

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Love them all!

  • StudioDR

    Ducky Rubin from StudioDjewelry said 4 years ago

    Very informative. It's great to learn new things. Love the gems and the jewelry :)

  • NeilsonJN

    Janie Neilson from JewelryBender said 4 years ago

    Great Article! I've always like moonstone better as June's birthstone. But it's kind of funny, that as a June baby, when my shop is up and running the majority of what I have for sale are freshwater pearls.

  • TheNorthWayStudio

    Maria B. from TheNorthWayStudio said 4 years ago

    Incredible article! And now I'm off to find some opals!

  • brianna0421

    Brianna Thompson said 4 years ago

    The jewelry is beautiful...but I have to add that the 12 stones in Aaron's breastplate had nothing to do with the zodiac...they represented the 12 tribes of Israel.

  • tresameyerdesigns

    Tresa Meyer Clark from MeyerClarkCreative said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed this post and history behind birthstones. Beautiful items!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    LOVE! My husband added our birthstones to my engagement ring (topaz). I love the extra detail of them hiding under the diamond. Beautiful gems. ♥

  • sarahmoon503

    Sarah from Birchmoonrocksfibers said 4 years ago

    Very interesting! Beautiful jewelry!

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry said 4 years ago

    Love the poetry that accompanied each gem!

  • CharmingShopLove

    Marissa Howes from CharmingShopLove said 4 years ago

    Lovely jewellery to represent all the birth months! Mine is the diamond. I always enjoyed the clarity of my birthstone. Thanks for sharing these elegant picks!

  • GisieArt

    Giselle from MyArtAndFashion said 4 years ago

    Interesting article. Enjoy all the gems. Thanks for sharing :)

  • cosmiksouls

    joan kelly from cosmiksouls said 4 years ago

    beautiful !!!:) congrats !

  • sparkleskotetsu

    Kaori from KumamaKuma said 4 years ago

    Very interesting article! Mine is pearl :-) I really like, "represent purity and innocence"... :-)

  • GoingHoLLyWood

    MayaLea from CRystalCRush said 4 years ago

    amazing and beautiful!

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 4 years ago

    Beautiful post. I just love gemstones!

  • RandomJewels

    Jan, Mo, Dan, Meagan from RandomJewels said 4 years ago

    Well written and the selected jewels are just exquisite.

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 4 years ago

    Great articlle!

  • gennifermajors

    Gennifer Majors from VinylOwl said 4 years ago

    This is lovely, very interesting to know what they all mean. However, I'm a bit sad that they've put my November's as citrine instead of topaz.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    Love all the sparkle! My best advice to anyone wanting to wear or buy a birthstone for a particular month is to wear/buy what you like then find a list that justifies it! There are about a million different lists of birthstone correspondances & they rarely agree. When there's so much sparkly yumminess out there, why limit yourself to just one or two types or colours? :-)

  • INDIACARFTS

    Krishna from INDIACRAFTSONLINE said 4 years ago

    Very informative and well structured Article. Being from this field What I can say its excellent !!

  • abenakcreation

    Virpi Irene Bendandi from ABenakCreation said 4 years ago

    I like the idea of birthstones and while I wear and use all kinds of gemstones, jewellery made with one's birthstone is particularly personal. Especially as a gift it is thoughtful and intimate.

  • anordicrose

    virginie lykins from anordicrose said 4 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • anordicrose

    virginie lykins from anordicrose said 4 years ago

    Don't we all love the sparkle and shine, the mystery and the romance of gemstones......

  • Attractive1

    Elena Fom from Attractive1 said 4 years ago

    Lovely article! Thanks!

  • handplayart

    handplayart from handplayart said 4 years ago

    Beautiful Article

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 4 years ago

    Love the subject, very interesting, I wish January will be pearls thats my favorite gemestone :)

  • susanlloyd

    Susan Lloyd from susanlloyd said 4 years ago

    An elegant article, both photos and text. Thanks for sharing.

  • inesdavidovic

    Ines Davidovic from Beperceptible said 4 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • Petalchaser

    Lindsay Westbrook from Petalchaser said 4 years ago

    Lovely! But, the opal earrings are opalite not opal, that isn't the same thing.

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    Carolyn S. Miller from AutumnLeavesJewelry said 4 years ago

    great article. my birthstone is opal, but that ruby ring is off the chart fabulous

  • TallTimberAntiques

    Katie from TallTimberAntiques said 4 years ago

    Terrific and well- written article, as a jewelry professional I love any additional folklore behind a birthstone. And you have exquisite taste; the jewelry you chose is spectacular! I am a November baby but I have to say your Aquamarine piece for March is my fave!

  • claychic

    Jenn Duval from MoodiChic said 4 years ago

    Very interesting, love to know the meaning of stones.

  • elizabethforster

    elle and belle Forster from elleandbellejewelry said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all this interesting info, Joyce and Jenn! All the best.

  • maria111

    Maria from ItGoesOnVintage said 4 years ago

    I normally don't care for my Jan birthstone - usually garnets are so orange-y and unappealing. I love that victorian pin though!

  • atinyforest

    Kimberly from atinyforest said 4 years ago

    Beautiful and interesting! When I was young, I didn't like my birthstone, peridot. But over the years I've grown to love it. :)

  • StarTribe

    Penelope Neil from StarTribe said 4 years ago

    When I was a kid and I learned about birthstones, I hurried to look mine up only to find diamonds! Well I thought they were the most boring thing ever, and I have to say not much is changed- I'd rather a lump of quartz any day. I would've liked to see more here- for example, the Romans called diamonds 'the tears of Heaven' and more interestingly, there is much evidence to suggest diamonds are 'kicked off' with the force and heat of meteorites, which leads one to think 'tears from heaven' might not be such a zany idea.

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 4 years ago

    Its wonderful to connect with gifts from the earth and with others born during the same month as me. Garnet is mine and I love it though I have to say that terrific sapphire and diamond ring by SIT Fine Jewelry has me craving a September birth date this morning !

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    Opal! ..what a fantastic shop!!

  • monikatoemion

    Monika Louisa from SanStones said 4 years ago

    Beautiful Jewelry!

  • ShopClementine

    Cassie from ShopClementine said 4 years ago

    What a great article! I'm so honored that you included my citrine necklace here - thank you! And I'm in love with that emerald ring :)

  • brokenasphalt

    Chris from brokenasphalt said 4 years ago

    Cool article

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    So pretty!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery from WeeBindery said 4 years ago

    Lovely article and beautiful collection!

  • LittleGussy

    Kasia B from ShesGUtSSY said 4 years ago

    Oooh! I love mine... A sapphire xxx

  • AntoinettesWhims

    Antoinette from AntoinettesWhims said 4 years ago

    Love this post and your selections. I went through the list with anticipation of what you might have as December's birth stone as I have seen both turquoise and blue zircon used for my merry month.

  • flauntdesignsjewelry

    Lin from FlauntDesignsJewelry said 4 years ago

    I have referenced birthstone poems and other gemstone lore in my listings too - adds to the fun! Great article, and nice pictures...

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 4 years ago

    Fabulous pieces! Love this

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 4 years ago

    Love to hear the story behind things like birthstones. So interesting - plus great examples of each stone!

  • Melissababycreations

    Melissa Meyer from Melissababycreations said 4 years ago

    Love the article, and such great information!

  • abolajiogundele

    Abbie Ogundele from abbieMADE said 4 years ago

    Correction: the stones on Aaron's breastplate did not correspond to to the 12 months or zodiac signs but to the 12 tribes of Israel. Wow, I don't know how they could totally miss that one; it's straight from the Book.

  • SheEarth

    SheEarth Crystals & Creations from SheEarth said 4 years ago

    Rock on, oh I love gem puns. No but seriously very pleased to see such a found love of gems catch the spotlight

  • AmandaLeilaniDesigns

    Amanda Leilani from AmandaLeilaniDesigns said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous pieces!

  • AntonellaMia

    AntonellaMia from AntonellaMia said 4 years ago

    Lovely gems!

  • WistfulThings92

    Liz from WistfulThings92 said 4 years ago

    I LOVE gemstones... So beautiful! Loved reading about the 'traditional' gems... Maybe do a post about some of the modern birthstones?? That would be cool...

  • VeronicaRStudio

    Veronica from VeronicaRussekJoyas said 4 years ago

    Love this article! My birthstone is the pearl, which is one of my favorites!

  • CrystalsDesignMind

    Crystal from IKANDiiAccessories said 4 years ago

    Looks like I need to purchase some turquoise ASAP! Lol

  • santanughosh

    SANTANU GHOSH from Notreatgems said 4 years ago

    LOVELY AND INFORMATIC TOPICS. WANT IT FOR EACH AND EVERY MONTH FOR DIFFERENT NATURAL GEMSTONES IN DETAIL. RUBY AND BLUE SAPPHIRES ARE THE MOST PRECIOUS AMONG ALL VALUABLE GEMSTONES. MONTH OF JULY AND SEPTEMBER WERE ATTACH TO THEM. PLEASE INVITE TOPICS FOR THIS. JEWELS ARE FOREVER, CHEERS .

  • shoprodinia

    Rodinia from ShopRodinia said 4 years ago

    It's not my birthstone, but the emerald is so pretty! It looks very nice with the rose gold setting. Great article!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    Oh boy, gorgeous finds!!! i love jewelry SO MUCH!!!! thank you for this wonderful article and short poems :) :) :)

  • catherinemaria

    Catherine Maria Charalambous from BouncyTree said 4 years ago

    So interesting, thank you. Loved the little poems behind each stone.

  • VibrantTrains

    VibrantTrains from VibrantTrains said 4 years ago

    beautiful

  • Deconfetti

    Nata from dekkoline said 4 years ago

    Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

  • KatDeco

    Kasia Slusarczyk from KatDeco said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry!!!

  • Punkista

    Andrea Hughes from Punkista said 4 years ago

    I don't know why, but my birthstone (peridot) is probably the only one that I dislike out of the whole lot. Green is just NOT my color... I should have been born in October... maybe it's time for me to steal my husband's birthday? Hey, if I can change my name, why not my birthday?!?!?!

  • StudioSuzanna

    Izabela from StudioSuzanna said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story with gorgeous jewelry! Mine is emerald and I love it :) Thanks for this interesting article.

  • MasabGadit

    C.K MOD from Craftscapedotcom said 4 years ago

    Nice writeup supported by fine art products, love the idea btw:)

  • NicolasKnitKnacks

    Nicola and Jessica Belton from CelticKnittingCo said 4 years ago

    Amazing jewelry, I adore the January garnet even though my birthstones a pearl! Beautiful store and great article, am glad I spotted it!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 4 years ago

    WOW!! Awesome gemstones! Love the April diamond!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • beadsofaquarius

    Mouna Marini from beadsofaquarius said 4 years ago

    great article ! thank you for sharing !

  • Bensonxu

    Benson Xu from DragonFashionJewelry said 4 years ago

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing such great article!

  • KenLeeAna

    BriAnna Blake from KenLeeAna said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article, the details about each gemstone are informative and useful for me as a jewelry/accessories designer! Best of luck.

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow said 4 years ago

    Beatiful and interesting, the citrine wonderful!

  • Lola2020

    Jenn from BellflowerBay said 4 years ago

    Wow--thanks so much everyone for all your kind words! Just a note on Aaron's breastplate: there have been one or two mentions about the breastplate, and while the commonly held belief is that that the stones corresponded with the tribes, there are also some writings from a fascinating first century philosopher positing that the stones may have some less obvious correspondences. But absolutely, the widely known relation is to the tribes and we should have noted as much. Really, thank you all for the notes--ever since we first started using etsy as customers, let alone opening the store, we have been totally blown away by the kindness in this community. Jenn & Joyce

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 4 years ago

    I know I'm late to comment, but reading this post was like opening a gift. Really beautiful pieces and words to go with them! Thank you.

  • beachartz

    Mona Lisa from beachartz said 4 years ago

    Fabulous pieces of jewelry and a nice touch with the history. My birthday is in November and I always thought it was smoky or yellow topaz. Maybe because citrine is similar in color. I like both so great!

  • ldomaas

    Line Helene Domaas from EternalSnowCrystals said 4 years ago

    Just Woderfull! The February-born shall find Sincerity and peace of mind, Freedom from passion and from care, If they an amethyst will wear.

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 4 years ago

    Beautiful pieces...

  • ASHYL

    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 4 years ago

    I love gemstones.

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 4 years ago

    Awesome resource.. Thanks!

  • littleglamour

    Elizabeth from littleglamour said 4 years ago

    great post - gorgeous jewelry - I love working with gemstones! :)

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article and love the olde verse! Even though I have the pearl for June, I love the color of the peridot especially and also some of the other colors. You've posted some beautiful ones too!

  • JoyceAlice2

    JoyceAlice from JoyceAlice2 said 4 years ago

    Beautiful photos and lovely gems! interesting article. As another comment has already noted, however, the 12 stones on Aaron's breastplate had nothing whatever to do with birth-months nor signs of the zodiac (a pagan concept). The 12 stones represented the 12 names of the sons of Israel, according to the 12 tribes. Aaron as high priest was to "bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place, as a memorial before the Lord continually." Exous 28:29

  • TheGlassSpring

    Melanie Di Tullio from TheGlassSpring said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful array of jewelery and a great read!

  • Dayinara

    Jessica Henke from Dayinara said 4 years ago

    The November birthstone is NOT citrine. Many jewelers say it is simply because it is cheaper; the actual stone for November is golden topaz, which is much prettier.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    Love birthstones and stones with meanings...Beautiful work!

  • underneaththeoaktree

    Natalie Atkins from underneaththeoaktree said 4 years ago

    Fascinating stuff, thanks! A shame there's no June poem though, but all the info was really interesting.

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 said 4 years ago

    I love the poems!!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 4 years ago

    November is so amazing. Also, yes - what Tracy said - poems are a truly refreshing touch :)

  • yarnoverhooksforcroc

    Trish from YarnOverHooks said 4 years ago

    Interesting reading...

  • deekish

    Deeksha Lakshmi from TheColorWagon said 4 years ago

    Beautiful!! Really well written with the poems and pictures of the stones in jewelry.

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 4 years ago

    Beautiful gems!

  • wornwires

    Ashlee Moore from WornWiresJewelry said 4 years ago

    Wow, I loved reading about all of the legends behind the birthstones. I must admit though... I scrolled right down to my birth month first! (I bet I'm not the only one!) I had never considered how most of us are first exposed to jewelry through birthstones. I supposed making children's birthstone jewelry is my next venture!

  • barkercaed

    Caed Barker from FrogsFairiesAndFelt said 4 years ago

    I was Born in April. "diamonds as the most valuable and desired gem"

  • gemmamclean13

    Gemma McLean from CelticShorelineGems said 4 years ago

    I love the poems that accompany the gems. I'm particularly delighted that December is turquoise and the poem came from a Tiffany & Co. pamphlet :) Thanks for posting, a very interesting read and gorgeous pieces of jewellery.

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 4 years ago

    I LOVE seeing the birth stone myths included! So few people appreciate birth stones anymore, so it was a wondrous site to see this feature!

  • SaMTRoN666

    Nico Peralta from SkullDezign said 4 years ago

    A fun read and wonderful items.

  • Leannamoonbody

    Catherine Fergerson from KingsfieldInn said 4 years ago

    I was born in July :) Love rubies. Great blog!

  • xutian1

    ya mo from 2013color said 3 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry

  • earthangel1

    Lynne Kells said 3 years ago

    Gems have such interesting histories and superstitions. Lapiz Lazuli found only in Afghanistan was at one stage traded to purchase weapons. It was used to make the blue ink for The Book of Kells - it made its way from Afghanistan to Iona/Ireland in the 8th Century and was priceless. How did the monks get it? Some stones are deemed lucky in one culture and unlucky in another like Opal, Jade. We do need to consider their origins when we purchase ie 'blood diamonds', tanzanite, coral, pearls, gold - how they are mined/farmed, the results of this to the people, and environment like mercury leaching. The 'trend' (not the right word I know) of recycling silver etc is promising, maybe we should look more to re- modelling jewellery and stones to leave some in the ground, make it fashionable to wear history? Also honesty is an issue as there are many man made - labratory produced gems on the market that are not labelled as such and stones that are dyed, waxed, heat treated to improve colour, and value - knowledge is valuable - thank you for the information - it's all interesting.

  • AurumBayJewelry

    AurumBay from AurumBayJewelry said 3 years ago

    Yes, jewelry can be pretty and should be! But the wonderful thing about jewelry is the meaning that you give it. Those precious stories that get handed down from generation to generation fuel creative loving and create happiness and brighten the life of the wearer.

  • HookAndHandle

    Trina Young from HookAndHandle said 3 years ago

    Love the opal earrings!! It's so hard and expensive to find them around here!

  • eleanoragnelli

    Eleanor from EEEsGems said 3 years ago

    what a lovely thing to take the time to do,thank you

  • mylittleathlete

    Jayme from MyLittleAthlete said 3 years ago

    Seriously beautiful jewelry and great article as well.

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    just beautiful!

  • TwinAntiques

    Debbie Krusen from TwinAntiques said 1 year ago

    I just love antique jewelry -- and cherish each family piece I own. Your article is such fun and brings back memories of when my grandparents gave my twin sister and me gold and amethyst rings when we were 12 years old. My birthday is February 10 - and I look forward to it each year (even though I have greeted many, many of them!).

  • jmrice2

    Josephine Rice said 1 year ago

    Very interesting information and gorgeous jewelry. Love it !!!!!!

  • eanjewellery

    Elizabeth Anne Norris from eanjewellery said 1 year ago

    I love poetry and I believe in jewellery having a message or meaning. This is such a lovely post and I can totally see where you lovely ladies get your inspiration. I am inspired to look into more meaningful designs.

  • PrimCountryCurtains

    Francine from HomespunHeartofMine said 1 year ago

    Such a FUN story!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Loved reading about my birthday month of Feb!!! :D

  • jeanniepelletier

    Jeannie from heartfeltwhimsy said 1 year ago

    Very fun and interesting article, and what gorgeous jewelry specimens!

  • barismil

    Tahir Ismail from Barismil said 1 year ago

    wow great info thanks for sharing

  • sissihand

    Sissi Hand from SissiHand said 1 year ago

    Compliments for this unique selection !! <3 Love more of this peaces !! (the url of tuqruoise ring isn't open)

  • onefinedaisy

    primlark from primlark said 1 year ago

    Quite possibly my favorite article to date, I love everything about this post!

  • jewelsinspirations

    OlgaMaria from JewelInspirations said 1 year ago

    Great article!!! My birthstone is beautiful Emerald! I must make my jewelry!

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 1 year ago

    I love that citrine necklace. It's beautiful.

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  • balichicboutique

    Harti Susanto from BaliChicBoutique said 1 year ago

    Always love vantage and antique jewelry. But, your stories behind each of them are amazing!

  • nan20092

    Nan Bennett from LeBuaJewelry said 1 year ago

    Beautiful jewelry. Loved this article!

  • PixiePlunders

    Heather from PixiePlunders said 1 year ago

    Beautiful pieces!

  • MixMugs

    Bria from MixMugs said 1 year ago

    So pretty!

  • aielloart

    Jeri Aiello from JeriAielloartstore said 1 year ago

    Beautiful works of art

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 1 year ago

    love them all ~ that beautiful garnet winged beauty is my birthstone !

  • RandMhandmade

    Renee from RandMhandmade said 1 year ago

    Beautiful..love the article!

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 1 year ago

    Gorgeous pieces !

  • feltstories

    Felt Stories from feltstories said 1 year ago

    Great article

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 1 year ago

    <3 i love antique rings <<<< <3

  • Trijoux

    Celine from Trijoux said 1 year ago

    extraordinaire !!! I love them !!! Céline

  • handicraftafrica

    Jafeth Moiane from handicraftafrica said 1 year ago

    Beautiful itemas. Congrats!

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 1 year ago

    Thank you very much for this post! I've been always wanting to know what each month's birthstone and meaning were. My birthstone is Aquamarine and I like that focus and clarity are its qualities. I wish I could predict things, though! Haha! - Cristy

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 1 year ago

    Fascinating article. I am delighted to have sapphire as my birthstone :o)

  • aviantijewelry

    Avianti Jewelry from AviantiJewelry said 1 year ago

    Beautiful rings!

  • ArcanaAntiquities

    ArcanaAntiquities from ArcanaAntiquities said 1 year ago

    great picks!

  • tanvimotwani

    Tanvi Motwani from OrchidArtCraft said 1 year ago

    Love the work! I would love to get everyone's input on a survey based on sharing awesome work like these :) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YDZLVXX

  • jamiemendenhall

    Cheryl Mendenhall from EECustomHorseShoes said 1 year ago

    Beautiful! Love your work!

  • expressyourself

    Natalia Snemis from expressyourself said 1 year ago

    Awesome selection! Congrats on the feature :O)

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    Maria from StyleGraphicDesign said 1 year ago

    Wonderful!!!

  • leerazz1

    Vintage Gypsy Studios from BohemianGypsyCaravan said 1 year ago

    Neat! Love the little sayings.

  • fiorellaebasta67

    Fiorella from CreazioniFiopi said 1 year ago

    Lovely!!! Congrats on a great feature!

  • manupietro68

    a casa con Manu from Acasaconmanu said 1 year ago

    Molto bello!! amo molto l'insetto del mese di Gennaio!!!

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 1 year ago

    I'm happy to see this article. I've always wondered what all the gemstones for the months are, but I never bothered to look it up! These are beautiful specimens, thanks for sharing!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 1 year ago

    Wonderful article and I loved the poems! Awesome shop, congratulations!

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    TreasuredMemoryLane from TreasuredMemoryLane said 1 year ago

    Great article! Beautiful pieces of jewelry and poems.

  • ElenaVorobey

    Elena Vorobey from ElenaVorobey said 1 year ago

    Beautiful jewelry ?

  • bootleggercandles1

    Bootlegger Candles from BootleggerCandle said 1 year ago

    LOVE this shop!!

  • mascollected

    Carol from MasCollected said 1 year ago

    What a wonderful post! The shop is just gorgeous. Congratulations!

  • mascollected

    Carol from MasCollected said 1 year ago

    I'd like to be born on each month, if it meant I could keep the poem and featured jewelry as my own! My birth month is November, and I would like to be able to read the poem please! Thank you and best wishes for future success and good health!

  • mazzatk

    Marie Tengren-Knight from CrystalSpiritDesigns said 1 year ago

    What a wonderful article! Beautiful poems, beautiful jewelry. Best wishes for you and your shop!

  • sevk1

    Eda from KEYYISE said 1 year ago

    this is jewelery art! I love it.

  • srgeorgi

    srgeorgi said 1 year ago

    I love the inclusion of the Tiffany & Co. poems, but I wonder why you excluded the poems from months that have abandoned their original birthstones? I was born in March, and I absolutely love the March poem, which was not included because the March birthstone used to be bloodstone. It would be interesting if you discussed why and when certain months had their birthstones replaced. "Who in this world of ours their eyes In March first open shall be wise, In days of peril firm and brave, And wear a bloodstone to their grave."

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 1 year ago

    Love it :)

  • jamsemill

    Jack Chen from CustomBobblehadsEtsy said 1 year ago

    Such beautiful rings! Loved this article!

  • exclusive72

    Valentina . from Exclusive72 said 1 year ago

    Great post. Gorgeous jewelry.

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis said 1 year ago

    Fascinating read! Thank you for sharing these lovelies! :)

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 1 year ago

    I wish mine were the diamond or ruby...I am not a big fan of the peridot... Thanks for sharing!

  • natthanitpoonphon

    Natthanit from Muntra said 1 year ago

    Wow, great pics! I love jewelry.

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 1 year ago

    How interesting and lovely gems!

  • jewelerano

    Jewelerano from Jewelerano said 1 year ago

    Beautiful items! one after the other!

  • rellyh

    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 1 year ago

    I love all birthstones... beautiful jewelry finds. Thanks to mother, daughter team of Bellflower Bay for the special feature.

  • liolya26

    Olga from KubanMotiv said 1 year ago

    Wow! These jewelry is just beautiful! An interesting and fascinating article, my stone aquamarine, but me has long been enticing Emerald, thinking to make a birthday gift-pendant with emeralds.

  • GemSoReal

    Denise Critchlow from GemSuReal said 1 year ago

    FROM GemSuReal: I love all gemstones that are not simulated or enhanced, but from the earth! The pieces in this article were very beautiful and authentic! I think the practice of birthstones is so fun and makes you feel unique, that you have your very own gem to represent you! My own is Peridot, which I think is such a gorgeous gem! There are now several different gems that can be used as a birthstone for different months, for example Tanzanite became a birthstone for December in the gem industry only a few years ago! How fun to do this as a mother and daughter! My daughter and stepdaughter are in my profile pic and although they're only 19, they are finally becoming as obsessed with the world of gems as myself!!! Good luck to you!

  • zombuki

    Brigitte from zombuki said 1 year ago

    FYI that's not Cirtine in the picture, but heat treated amethyst. When amethyst is heated it turns that amber color, read citrine never gets that color and often has green in it :)

  • Brainisms

    Brainisms from Brainisms said 1 year ago

    Now I have to find a July one that I like.

  • cabochonblues

    Terri Hunt from TheLittleBlueJewel said 1 year ago

    I love all minerals and stones that end up gemstones

  • caramelapplebooks

    Niki from CaramelAppleBooks said 1 year ago

    Wonderful article! Thank you so much for sharing this. Very interesting. I was born in August, so I guess that means I'm a peridot!

  • DonnasArtisanDesigns

    Donna Arena from DonnasArtisanDesigns said 1 year ago

    Excellent info in this article and the poetry is icing on the cake! You brought my gem education full circle by adding all these interesting facts to light!

  • heatherstewart18

    heatherstewart18 said 1 year ago

    Very interesting. The poems are lovely. My birthstone is Peridot bur my favourite stone is the opal and Moonstone.

  • susiecamden1

    Susie Camden from BennyandMeDesigns said 1 year ago

    thank you for sharing, I enjoyed it

  • vikassinghgusain

    Vikas Singh Gusain said 1 year ago

    I loved Amethyst Gemstone Design..

  • sjbc62457

    sjbc62457 said 358 days ago

    The poem is lovely, but I was brought up to believe that my June birthstone was an Alexanderite, the pearl and moonstone were the alternate stones. Also, my mother was born in November, and the Topaz, not the Citine was her birthstone. Why has this changed? Is it due to availability of stones now?

  • maxpatch

    Lin Gale said 354 days ago

    November's birthstone is not Citrine or Smoky Quartz, it's Topaz.

  • BrainGirl78

    BrainGirl78 said 352 days ago

    I am a December baby, and I have always been told that the gemstone for me was Blue Zircon (the real stone, NOT fake cubic zirconium, which people automatically think of when I say "zircon"). Zircon comes in a relative rainbow of colors, but the best part, is that it comes in various shades, tones and saturations of each color. It could be that I am confusing my Zodiac stone/gem (I am a Capricorn, born on December 23rd at 7 minutes to 7pm EST) with the stone/gem for my birth month. I know that my ancient birthstone is the very expensive, Burmese ruby. I have a beautiful 6.56 karat Burmese ruby, Princess cut. It has three round VS1 and VS2 diamonds on each side, forming a triangular shape. The diamonds are about 2.5 total karat weight. The ring is set in Platinum with a Rhodium plating to make it shiny air and brighter. My dad gave this ring to me as a gift after I finished my 9 years of neurosurgical residency (FYI: those 9 years are for training AFTER medical school). My paternal grandmother is engaged to a very prominent jeweler, so everything was done at below cost (as their gift to me) at each step of the way; from the ring designer, the gem dealer, the gem setter, EVERYONE! All worked at below cost to add their congratulations by doing their part as a gift for me, to celebrate all of my hard work.

  • nuritdesign

    Nurit Levak from nuritdesignjewelry said 344 days ago

    very interesting, thank you

  • cscherf1

    Caroline Scherff from CarolinesMoonGarden said 332 days ago

    an interesting and informative article with gorgeous photos from wonderful shops

  • margabarr

    Marg Abarr said 307 days ago

    Loved the article! So much fun information along with the poetry and incredible jewelry. Thank you.

  • timcindyl

    Cindy Lawrence from CshellsandStuff said 284 days ago

    Very interesting article about birthstones. I've often wondered where it came from and your article explained it beautifully! Thank you!

  • StoneznStix

    Tiffany Whipps from TiffanyAnneStudios said 271 days ago

    Such a fun spin on birthstones! Thank you for sharing!

  • coll551

    coll551 said 271 days ago

    Loved the folk lore, jewellery and poems that represent birth stones. Makes it all so much more interesting if there's meaning to something.

  • wildwood138

    Betsy from wildwood138 said 268 days ago

    Great article. I guess the stones have changed during the years. My mom always wore yellow topaz for her birthstone in November and mine was opal as shown but see tourmaline also. I see December has changed to turquoise. betsy

  • marjolijndevilee

    marjolijndevilee said 262 days ago

    dank voor de mooie informatie.zoek eigenlijk een ring van roze en grijs. dus in het grijs zit een zweem van blauw,maar ook in het roze zit een zweem van blauw.kan u mij verder helpen?

  • genaboggs

    Gena Boggs said 240 days ago

    Reading about the the birthstones was delightful .. I really enjoyed it!

  • lisag80123

    Lisa Gibson from lisag80123 said 237 days ago

    Why do several of the months, including November, not have the cute little bit of verse with them. :( Interesting article though.

  • mokabear

    Myrone O. from reimagineaccessories said 225 days ago

    Beautiful ...Love the design work

  • patriciadarrow873

    patriciadarrow873 said 127 days ago

    October born. Not to mourn. Wear an Opal. Protection Born.

  • karenjensen467

    Karen Jensen said 117 days ago

    The birthstone for November in topaz, not the common citrine. That is why there is no poem for November, you made an executive decision to change the traditional birthstone calendar. Your photograph of an aquamarine is not a picture of an aquamarine. If you got the file photo from a vendor they need to know as well. If you used stock photos you messed up. Clean it up. I find alternative facts on Etsy all the time. Your company feeds us bulls$$t in the guise of infotainment constantly.

  • kellyroggina

    kellyroggina said 117 days ago

    Wow, great info. Have never heard any of that before. Great little history lesson. 😊 Thanks!

  • jenniferchurch299

    Jennifer Church from PeachesNCreamQuilts said 99 days ago

    Beautiful poetry that goes along with beautiful jewelry. Ahhh, gem stones. We women can't get enough of them!

  • KUKKforKIDS

    Monika Szepietowska from KUKUdesignPL said 99 days ago

    I liked this article! Very interesting :)

  • wilsonleonie

    Leonie Wilson said 52 days ago

    I've been collecting gemstones for many years. I love all gems with my favourites being pearls, blue moonstone, laboradite, fire opal, tourmaline and chrome diopside. Thank you for such an interesting and delightful article.

  • rsnmail

    Svetlana Nosacheva from TreasuresOfMySoul said 25 days ago

    Very refined ornaments. And I love bijouterie embroidered with beads and mineral stones.

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