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There are different gemstones assigned to each month of the year, and each has a different meaning and reason attached to it. In this article, we have sought to explore these birthstones.
1: JANUARY- GARNET:
Mined in a rainbow of colours, the birthstone of January is a fiery reddish orange and sends a love note of sorts straight to your heart. Wearing a garnet is said to bring out the love and friendship in you and is also said to symbolise safety and is hence said to protect you during travel.
The beautiful purple gemstone that is amethyst is said to have clairvoyant abilities and awaken you to the psychic dimensions. For someone that is already a little psychic, the stone will soothe the third eye and bring an overall sense of calm and well-being to the wearer.
3: MARCH- AQUAMARINE:
The fresh green-blue colour of the ocean makes the aquamarine an energizer that will uplift the wearer and rejuvenate them. It will refresh and improve your thinking and help you feel even more bright and intelligent.
4: APRIL- DIAMONDS:
Diamonds, known to be a girl’s best friend, is said to be a symbol of everlasting love which is why it is often preferred for engagement and wedding rings. A diamond is also said to bring clarity and calm to the wearer, to soothe a depressed heart and bring happiness.
5: MAY- EMERALD:
With its deep green tones, an Emerald is said to be a healing stone that heals both the physical and mental body and rejuvenates the wearer. It is an especially good talisman for people suffering from diabetes and heart diseases.
6: JUNE- ALEXANDRITE:
Exceptionally rare and precious, Alexandrite stones are hard to find and said to change colour based on lighting. It is said to enlighten the inner wisdom of the wearer and also make them more sensitive to others feelings.
7: JULY- RUBY:
Regarded as the ‘king of gems’ rubies are said to protect the wearer from evil and its dark red colour is said to be a symbol of love and passion. Rubies are also said to bestow good luck and fortune upon the wearer.
8: AUGUST- PERIDOT:The gemstone for August, peridot is said to symbolise strength and If set in gold, is said to protect the wearer from nightmares. It is also said to instil power and a sense of influence on the wearer.
9: SEPTEMBER- SAPPHIRE:A stunning shade of blue, sapphires is said to protect the wearer and anyone close to them from any harm and also said to symbolise loyalty and trust. It is a favourite of the royals and also represents purity.
10: OCTOBER- OPAL:
A representation of confidence and faith, opal is a unique stone wherein each is set with a different combination of colours. It is also said to protect the eyesight of the wearer.
11: NOVEMBER- TOPAZ:
A warm shade of orange, topaz is said to be a symbol of love, warmth and affection and is said to improve intelligence and strength in the wearer. It is also believed to attract money and improve leadership qualities.
12: DECEMBER- TURQUOISE:
Turquoise is said to be a symbol for wisdom and the higher truth and is hence greatly preferred by philosophers. It is also said to help relax and calm the mind and bring good fortune to the wearer.
Diamonds are one of the hardest materials found on the earth. Apart from its hardness, diamonds are also famous as the ultimate sign of love. Many couples spring for a diamond engagement ring to signify their undying love for each other. But everyone knows that, here are some facts about diamonds you may not have known:
- Diamonds were considered to be tears cried by the gods or splinters of falling stars by the ancient Romans and Greeks. The Romans also believed that Cupid’s arrows were coated in diamonds; perhaps the first time diamonds and love were associated together.
- All diamonds are billions of years old with some as old three billion years old.
- Diamonds don’t form near the surface of the earth. They are formed 100’s of miles inside the earth and are brought to the surface by deep volcanic eruptions.
- Diamonds are made of a single of element- they are 100% carbon. The intense pressure and temperature found under the earth causes the carbon atoms to arrange themselves in a particular manner which gives the diamond its rare and beautiful crystal structure.
- The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘Adamas’ which translates to indestructible or invisible.
- Everyone knows that diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man. The only way to scratch a diamond is to use another diamond.
- Diamonds were thought to be valuable for centuries. There are accounts of diamonds being collected and traded in India as early as fourth century BC.
- Thinking diamonds could protect the wearer from danger, the Ancient Hindus used to put diamonds inside the eyes of their deities.
- Other cultures also thought diamonds had powers to protect the wearer from harm and give them strength and courage during battle. Some kings had diamonds on their armour as they rode into battle.
- Diamonds were considered to have healing properties and were able to cure illnesses ranging from fatigue to mental illness during the middle ages.
- The first known use of diamond in an engagement ring was in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy using a gold ring with an M spelt out in diamonds.
- Diamonds can be created in a lab artificially and those diamonds are almost identical both in chemical and physical properties. Even gemmologists have a hard time telling the difference between a lab-created diamond and a mined diamond. Expensive and specialised equipment is needed to tell the difference.
- Scientists have discovered a planet that is almost completely made of carbon and one-third of the planet is pure diamond. The planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way and is called ‘55 Caneri e’.