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?
Presented by Chan Luu