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Birthstone Jewellery Gift Ideas

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Birthstones are not only beautiful gemstones full of sparkling colour, they each also have been represented in history and myth for ages. All throughout history, birthstone gems have been written and wondered about, appearing in folklore tales and Biblical texts from long ago.

Gemstones are actually human creations. After minerals are formed by pressures and gasses in the earth, we excavate them from deep below. After we excavate these precious or semiprecious stones, we cut and polish them into specific shapes, or cuts. It is then that they are considered to be gems. Gemstones are most often set into gold, silver, or some other precious metal and worn as jewellery. Only stones with high levels of colour, clarity, cut, and durability are considered to be gemstones.

Birthstone history and lore have been a part of various cultures’ belief systems for centuries. We have long held the belief that a special birthstone is dedicated to each month of the year, and that each stone possesses special properties or virtues that it can transmit to those born in that month.

Beginning within the traditions of Judaism and Christianity, there is speculation that the twelve stones in the great breastplate of the Jewish High Priest might have had some influence on this evolution. Centuries ago, the interpreters of Revelation began to ascribe to each of these stone attributes of the twelve apostles.

Whatever the origin, even today it’s within our nature to covet jewellery that is more intimately associated with our personality like a birthstone piece of jewellery. The concept that birthstones possess extra metaphysical significance to the wearer contiunes to hold a spell over the hearts of whoever possess it. The scope of information about birthstones and coloured gems is long and detailed, and may even stir the imagination of a steadfast cynic.