How were Birthstones chosen?

Does your favourite gemstone also happen to be your birthstone? Have you ever wondered how gemstones were chosen for each month?

Well, experts believe the way birthstones were chosen for each month can be tracked back to the Bible. In Exodus 28 Moses sets directions for making special garments for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. The breastplate was said to contain 12 different gemstones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

Tribe                     Stone  
Judah                   Sardius
Issachar                Topaz
Zebulon               Carbuncle
Reuben                 Emerald
Simeon                Sapphire
Gad                       Diamond
Ephraim               Ligure
Manasseh           Agate
Benjamin             Amethyst
Dan                       Beryl
Asher                   Onyx
Naphtali               Jasper

From this, it is thought that the stones relating to tribes, were also linked to Zodiac birthstones and signs, which were picked by astrologers before our yearly calendar existed. This eventually became associated with the 12 months of the calendar year, thought to have become a popular tradition in the western world in the 15th Century, but was updated to a modern birthstone list in 1912!

However, there are many other gemstone calendars that exist such as birthstones of the week, which mean we can always be updating our look. Check out all our gemstones online. Which one will you be wearing?

In the meantime take a look at the 12 precious stones and 12 tribes in correlation with our current calendar:

January                Garnet
February              Amethyst
March                  Aquamarine, Bloodstone
April                      Diamond
May                      Emerald
June                     Pearl, Moonstone
July                       Ruby
August                 Peridot
September         Sapphire
October               Tourmaline, Opal
November          Topaz, Citrine
December           Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise

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