Garnet - the birthstone for January
Garnet is a naturally occurring gemstone with vital power and energy, and lends vitality and strength. It aids in raising and directing the flow of kundalini energy and increases sensuality, as it is associated with the root chakra. Given as a gift, garnet symbolizes true and never-ending love and devotion. Garnet invokes and releases one’s creative ability and inner fire. The garnet is a symbol of friendship, love and devotion. It was believed throughout the ages that garnets bring luck in love and friendship and keep enemies away from their owners. It is found in Africa, Brazil, Canada, India, Madagascar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the USA. The Garnet is the birthstone for zodiac sign of Capricorn.
Amethyst - the birthstone for February
Amethyst is a form of quartz. It is one of the best stones to use for meditation. It guides the awareness away from self-centered thought patterns as it lures the mind towards a deeper understanding. Because of its calming mental effect, amethyst is a stone that can be used for over-worked, over-stressed, or over-whelmed mental states offering protection to those who wear it. It is one of the best stones to use for tension or migraine headaches. It is good for people who tend to be easily angered or suffer from recurrent nightmares and brings a peaceful balance of mental and emotional energies. A good stone for insomnia and intuitive awareness. Amethyst is found in Africa, Australia, Russia, South America, Brazil, Uruguay. Amethyst is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
Aquamarine - the birthstone for March
Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family of stones. Meaning -"sea water," it's not hard to figure out that it derives this name due to its color being similar to that of the ocean. The color ranges from very light to medium light blue, frequently with a light touch of green. The most desired color is the deeper shade of blue. Aquamarine is very durable and well suited for jewellery. It is often considered to have a soothing influence on married couples and its power to help husbands and wives work out their differences, makes it a good anniversary gift. A dream of aquamarine means that you will meet new friends. Aquamarine is found in Brazil, Africa and in all other continents. Aquamarine is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Pisces.
Diamond (Hira) - the birthstone for April
Diamond, often called the King of Gems, is a woman's most favourite accessory and a man's emblem of power. It signifies purity and innocence and has always been associated with strength and good luck. It gives calm sleep and takes away nightmares. It can help you achieve material wealth and prestige. It is considered to be the most powerful when combined with other gemstones. The first wearers of diamonds were the Princes of India seeking magical protection and to display their power and wealth. Early Egyptians believed that the vana amoris, a.k.a. the vein of love, ran directly from the heart to the third finger on the left hand, which is why women wear their diamond rings on their the third finger to this day. Diamonds are found in India, Brazil, Russia, Australia and South Africa. Diamond is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Aries.
Emerald (Marakatam) - the birthstone for May
Emerald is a gemstone from the Beryl family of stones having a stunning green color symbolizing serenity, success in love, wealth, happiness and peace of mind. It is a precious jewellery gem that promotes creativity and perception and also acts as a natural tranquilizer when you are worried or your mind is troubled. It Improves the memory, helps insomnia, strengthens the immune system, helps with eyesight, restores youth, aids neurological diseases, and heals ear problems. Emeralds are found in Colombia and are occasionally obtained from Brazil and Zambia in yellow-green, grey-green and spinach green varieties. Emerald is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Taurus.
Pearl (Mukta) - the birthstone for June
Pearl, often referred to as the "Queen of Gems," is a classic piece of jewellery. It is formed in shellfish as a reactant to an irritant such as a piece of sand. Cultured pearls are created by adding a piece of mussel or shell inside an oyster, which then creates a pearl as layers inside the shell grow over the alien substance. The prices of pearls vary widely as a result of luster, size, color, type and how they were cultured. Natural pearls are the most expensive, followed by cultured pearls with Fresh water pearls relatively less expensive. Pearls are said to help in self discovery and improve self-worth. Natural pearls are considered to be one of the nicest gifts you can give to your loved ones. It allows the wearer to see the love of the person who gave them the pearls. The Pearl is an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, symbolizing love, success, and happiness and in many countries is used as a wedding gift. Pearls were once thought to be the tears of God. Natural Pearls have been harvested from the Red Sea, Gulf of Mannar, and the Persian Gulf. The coasts of Australia and Polynesia produce mostly cultured pearls whereas Fresh water pearls occur in many rivers in countries such as Austria, France, Scotland, Ireland, India and USA. The Pearl is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Gemini.
Ruby (Manikya) - the birthstone for July
A Ruby, considered to be one of the most precious jewellery and perfect gemstones, is actually a Sapphire with trace amounts of chromium giving the Ruby its bright red color. It symbolizes the sun, freedom and power. It is well suited for all jewellery applications as it is an extremely hard and durable gemstone. Top quality Rubies are highly prized, and in larger sizes are frequently valued above all other gemstones, including Diamonds. It increases energy levels and will stimulate love if worn close to the heart. It protects sensitive natures, health and wealth, controls passion, stimulates blood circulation, gives calm sleep and takes away nightmares. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, the Ruby is called “Ratnaraj,” or king of precious jewellery stones. Rubies are found in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Burma and Cambodia. Ruby is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Cancer.
Peridot - the birthstone for August
Peridot is a green gemstone that is as popular today as it was in the past. It is considered to have the power to drive away evil spirits and that power was even more intense when the stone is set in gold. They are receptive and promote protection, health, wealth and sleep. Peridot is worn or carried for general healing purposes. Its deep green hue suggests its use in wealth - attracting spells. Peridot is found in Burma, Pakistan, China and USA. Peridot is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Leo.
Sapphire (Nilam) - the birthstone for September
Sapphire is the Gem of Destiny. It is extremely hard, durable and is considered very valuable. It will bring out the best within you and help make your dreams come true. It has always been associated with luck in romance and is said to bring peace and happiness. It relieves mental depression and stimulates motivation and goal orientation. This stone will help you with the heart and stomach, stimulating the pituitary glands, strengthening the eyes, reducing fever, and nose bleeds. Sapphires are found in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Madagascar and Africa. Sapphire is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Virgo.
Opal - the birthstone for October
The Opal, Eve of the Gods, is a stone of hopes, love and romance and a stone to grant wishes and personal happiness positive actions and achievements. It is a mysterious gem, as each one appears different in its delicate beauty. It has always been one of the most popular and esteemed gems, known to absorb, carry and pass enormous amounts of energy. The Opal is not a particularly hard stone, so care must be taken to preserve the natural beauty of this gem. Beautiful Opals have featured in many of the Crown Jewels of Europe and they remain popular with heads of state and the rich and famous. Opal is found in Western USA, Mexico, Australia, North, Central and South America and Indonesia. The Opal is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Libra.
Topaz - the birthstone for Nov
Topaz is a stone that can be readily available in a variety of colors, with the popular ones being white and blue. Being very hard, it is well suited for all jewellery applications. It controls anger, balances diseases of emotional origin, calms stress, restores physical energies and also enhances creative power. It will bring light and warmth into your life and protect against external stress. Topaz is available in Africa, Asia, Mexico, Russia, South America and USA. Topaz is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Scorpio.
Zircon - the birthstone for December
Zircon is considered to be a very brilliant stone because of its high refractive index. It is also very hard and well suited for a wide range of jewellery uses. An important identification mark for all Zircons, (except the green) is a strong double refraction easily seen under the loupe at the facet edges. Blue and Green are the most desirable Zircons. Zircon is said to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and promote honor and wisdom for its owner. It can be used as an amulet for travelers. It brings the wearer financial success and protection from being struck by lightning. In the symbolic Kalpa Tree of the Hindu religion, Green Zircon represents the tree’s foliage. Zircon is found in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar and Australia and is one the birthstones for the zodiac sign of Capricorn, with the other one being Turquoise.