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The Beauty in Birthstones and Some Facts You May Not Know

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 30, 2013 | Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Guest Posts, Infographs

When I was a teenager and realized that my birthday, being in April, meant my birthstone was a diamond, I thought I had the absolute best birthstone. Seriously. Diamonds. What could be better?

Over the years, I’ve grown to love and appreciate all stones for their unique beauty. I really never knew what each birthstone signified, though.

I found this infographic that explains each months birthstone — each gems meaning, history, and origin. I didn’t realize that birthstones had such rich cultural histories. Each stone is as personal and unique as we are.

For example… my birthstone (April) the diamond, “signifies everlasting love, but originally signified courage and inner strength. Its name comes from adamas, which is Greek for “invincible.” It finds its origin in major mines in Africa, Russia, India, Canada, USA, and Australia.”

My husband’s birthstone is the Amethyst, which “signifies clarity and courage (it fits him). For a period, only royalty was allowed to wear the brilliant purple stone.” I’m sure my husband would say the amethyst does indeed suit him.

My son’s birthday is in November, so his birthstone is the Topaz, which “signifies love and affection. In ancient times, it was believed to give increased strength and intelligence.”

What is your birthstone and what does it mean?

Beauty in Birthstones

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17 Responses to The Beauty in Birthstones and Some Facts You May Not Know

  1. Bren says:

    Mine is the Peridot. Although I never really like the color of the Peridot, it’s meaning is pretty close to me. Thanks for sharing all of them!

  2. Michelle Spayde says:

    When I was young, I always wished that I had the diamond as a birthstone! Mine is ruby, and while I really love them, it’s difficult to find one that’s not created in a lab.

  3. Mine is peridot and while it isn’t my favorite. I love my youngest son’s the best, Emerald and runner up would be February.

  4. Theresa says:

    I’ve always loved my birthstone.

  5. Michelle S says:

    I never knew that about the diamond!

  6. Veronica Lee says:

    Mine is emerald. It signifies rebirth, wisdom and love.
    Green has always been my fave color!

  7. Robin Gagnon says:

    Mine is amethyst… but I like all kinds of stones.

  8. Mine is aquamarine….and I think the meaning/s is somewhat accurate.

  9. Mine is peridot, but I never liked it. It sounds too much like period and I don’t like lime green. That is interesting about Alexandrite, I notice every man named Alexander tends to be kind to other people.

  10. Lolo says:

    Mine is an opal, I love my birthstone.

  11. Krista says:

    Opals break on me every time so mine is Pink Tourmiline. This stone is connected to the heart encouraging compassion and gentalness in times of change.

  12. Angela says:

    I didn’t realize that birthstones had meanings. Interesting!

  13. Shell Feis says:

    I’ve always hated mine {topaz}- I’m not a yellow person. My son LOVES his though because it’s green, his favorite color!

  14. lisa says:

    That’s interesting. I didn’t know that each stone meant something. Mine is an emerald.

  15. Kristyn says:

    mine is alexandrite! i never knew what it meant! thanks for sharing. love my birthstone 🙂

  16. David Smith says:

    Mine and my fiancee’s is the Alexandrite and my son’s is Sapphire. I have always liked the different gem stones and I’d love to visit some place that allows you to look for some.

  17. Sherri says:

    My birthstone is the Garnet. Trust and life-long friendships have always been important to me, so I guess this explains it. lol

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