Today I sit here and wonder how birthstones came to be. Who decided which stones would be selected for which month and who decided we needed a birthstone to start with. Were they selected for their natural healing powers or rather their colors? I find it fascinating to research these random thoughts I get. You may have wondered about this too but never took the time to answer your own question. Sit back and enjoy what I discovered.

Birthstones are thought to originate in ancient times dating back to the Bible and the book of Exodus. The breastplate was a religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Isreal. The gems were set in four rows of three:

1) sardius, topaz, and carbuncle

2) emeralds, sapphine, and diamond

3) ligure, agate, and amethyst

4) beryl, onyx, and jasper

 

I get this but still wonder how we moved on to modern day birthstones. Further research reveals that Flavius Josephus and St. Jerome made the connection between the 12 stones of ancient times and 12 zodiac signs. Each gemstone has unique natural healing powers associated with the corresponding astrological sign. Wearing these gemstones at the right time would offer therapeutic benefits. Based on this we should all own a bunch of gemstones and wear the correct one at the correct time since this is how the therapeutic natural healing stone properties work, right?

 

The idea of each month of birth and its connection to a particular gemstone came much later in Poland with the arrival of the Jewish gemstone traders. Our modern gem list was not developed until 1912 with the help of the Jewelers of America. I can’t find any reason as to why emerald birthstones is associated with May or any of the other birthstones to the corresponding months.

 

If November is your month of birth, here is a little information on the  Citrine birthstone.

 

Citrine, also known as yellow quartz, is referred to as “stone of the mind”. These birthstones range in color from yellow all the way to reddish-brown, but only natural citrine is pale yellow to pale orange and much lighter than heat-treated materials. Natural Citrine is mined in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Dauphine, France, and Madagascar.

 

It is thought that Citrines carry natural healing properties of the sun and are supposed to bring out optimism and cheerfulness. Citrine attracts wealth, prosperity, and success while raising self-esteem and self-confidence. Citrine also releases negative traits, depression, fears, and phobias.

 

Throughout history birthstones have been recognized as having natural healing powers. From headaches to depression, gemstones can amend a variety of ailments; each gemstone has a specific set of benefits. For example, these healing stones Quartz (Citrine is one of them) helps mend blood sugar imbalances, increase poor appetite, and achieve emotional balance. Shapes of stones also play a role in their natural ability to repair the body. When polished into a sphere, gemstones may become better at channeling natural energy than when in a raw state. It is believed that the sphere shape allows the stones to fully radiate their natural energy and enhance their usefulness in therapy

 

For those of you with a November birthday, surround yourself with Citrine by wearing birthstone jewelry and maybe, just maybe you will reap the benefits your stone has to offer. 

 

Happy Birthday,  November

Until tomorrow ~ Vicki

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