Apr 23rd, 2020
The History of Birthstones
To celebrate the launch of our Kinship Birthstone Stacking Rings, we wanted to explore the history of birthstones!
Birthstones are gemstones that represent the month a person was born in. They’re a great way to signify your birthday, the birthday of a loved one, or the date of a special event!
The origin of birthstones can be traced all the way back to biblical times. Twelve stones were designated to represent the twelve tribes of Israel on the Breastplate of Aaron, and in the 1st century AD, scholars began to associate these stones with the zodiac signs. It wasn’t until the 18th century in Poland that birthstones were assigned to months. Along with representing zodiac signs and birth-months, some people believed that it brought them luck to wear their birthstone daily and that these gemstones held spiritual properties.
Prior to the early 20th century, there was no standardized list of birthstones, and birthstones varied widely from region to region. In 1912, the Jewelers of America formed the basis for the
list of birthstones that we use today. Some changes have been made over the years to accommodate the waning and growing popularity of a few of these stones, but overall, this
list remains the same!
January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June- Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone
July – Ruby
August – Peridot and Spinel
September – Sapphire
October – Opal and Tourmaline
November – Citrine
December – Tanzanite, London Blue Topaz, Turquoise, and Blue Zircon