Birthstones: Personalize your hand-made birthday
cards or scrapbook
pages with traditional gems and colors
are the colorful precious and semi-precious gems
with the months of the year. In gemstone lore, they originated
in the Old Testament book of Exodus, where there is a
of colored stones representing the twelve tribes of
Israel, which were set into the breastplate of the High Priest.
The order of the stones (or it may be argued, the stones'
was later codified in the New Testament book of Revelation as the
twelve Foundation Stones of the New Jerusalem. (For a well-researched
discussion of this subject, visit J.J. Kent's Precious Stones Guide, Volume 9).
time, each stone became identified with
a month of the year as well as distinct powers of energy and
healing. By the 18th century, written references
describe the fashionable practice of wearing your birth
month gem in jewelry,
often engraved with the associated zodiacal sign.
If you are more interested in the Zodiac stones associated
with astrology and the horoscope, visit our Zodiac
Let these precious gems give you inspiration and ideas for your
birthday cards and gifts, or scrapbook pages.
Moonstone or Alexandrite
Ruby or Carnelion
Opal or Tourmaline
Yellow Topaz or Citrine
Blue Topaz ,
Turquoise, Zircon, or Tanzanite
(This modern list was formalized in 1912, with
the only change being the addition of Tanzanite for December