Legend, Facts, Myths, Healing Properties of Birthstones By Month
Legend, Facts, Myths, Healing Properties of Birthstones By Month
Some Legends, Facts, and myths have profounder in the human mind so deeply that they have developed presumptions about the natural gemstones and Healing Properties. Empowered by the belief that certain gems aided us humans spiritually, mentally, and physically; many cultures have developed their own belief systems with gemstones serving as talismans of protection, health, and prosperity.
Garnet was known thousands of years before our era and is mentioned in early biblical writings, where it is called carbunculus meaning little spark. Garnet was considered to symbolize faith, constancy and truth. It is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression. In earlier times, garnets were exchanged as gifts between friends to demonstrate their affection for each other and to insure that they meet again.
The United States is the worlds third largest producer of garnets, behind Australia and India, producing 38,600 metric tones of garnets in 2003.
Amethyst-Throughout history amethyst has been used to guard against drunkenness and is thought to be helpful in overcoming addiction.
It has been used for hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches and other pain. Some sources suggest it is used to stabilize mental disorders.
In 1993 a nine foot, cavern was found in Maine containing more than a ton of amethyst crystal.
Bloodstone -Native American Indians believed Bloodstone was a sacred stone and used in the spiritual ceremonies of the tribe .It is thought to increase vitality, stamina, and endurance and to promote emotional balance and charity while relieving melancholy, fever, gallstones, and eye problems.
Bloodstone was once used as an amulet in the belief that it could stop bleeding. It was also said to be able to turn the sun red and to make thunder and lightning occur. It was supposed to give the wearer clairvoyance while preserving his faculties and health.
Because of its great healing powers during Medieval time these stones were pulverized and mixed with egg whites and honey. An innovation believed to heal tumors and stop bleeding. One legend of the origin of bloodstone says that it was first formed when drops of Christ’s blood fell and stained some jasper found at the foot of the cross
Aquamarine– Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety. A legend says that sailors wore aquamarine gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness.
Diamond- We can remember Marilyn Monroe iconic Song, “Diamonds are Girls best Friends“. The only gemstone compose of one pure element, carbon whose molecules are bonded with perfect symmetry in every direction.
Symbolizes power, strength, innocence, connectivity , good fortune and everlasting Love. The largest diamond found in the United States, to date, is known as the Uncle Sam Diamond.
Diamonds have been believed to improve one’s energy, environment, growth process, prosperity, love life, faith and endurance. Diamonds are believed to fill negative spaces in oneself with the purity of love. The stone will help you accomplish your dreams and destiny
Emeralds were used as amulets to ward off epilepsy in children and thought to cure diseases of the eye. Precious and semi-precious stones have a long history with man. It is said that Emperor Nero watched the gladiator games by looking through a large emerald.
Folklore suggests that these stones will improve memory, intelligence, and enhance clairvoyance thus helping to predict future events. They are also worn to enhance love and contentment.
Pearl-Native Americans of the Atlantic Coastal areas and the Mississippi River Basin were the first to collect and use U.S. freshwater mussel pearls and shells. Pearl pendants and ear pendants were worn by both sexes and both pearl and shell were used for decorative purposes on articles of clothing. Greeks believe that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying.
- Pearls have a soothing influence. Pearls are said to reduce over-sensitivity and promote peacefulness
- Bring out purity, honesty & integrity, plus feeling of beauty, dignity and calm. They both symbolize and stimulate femininity, feminine wisdom & charity. It is said that they are particularly in tune with pregnant womn
Moonstone-Moonstone was used in jewelry by the Romans who believed that the stone was formed from the light of the moon.
Moonstone’s healing properties are said to promote digestion, to protect against epilepsy, to calm emotions, cure headaches and nose bleeds, and protect against sun stroke.
Alexandrite is a stone of prosperity and longevity. It balances mind and emotions, pacifies soul and promotes spiritual growth.It is believed that can have healing properties of blood circulation ; it also positively influences spleen and pancreas.
It has been discovered on April, 17th, 1834 in one of Emerald mines in Ural Mountains (Russia). As the discovery was made on the day the future Russian czar Alexander II came of age, the stone was named after him. Since red and green are national Russian colors, Alexandrite acquired wide popularity in Russia and was generally considered as a good omen.
Ruby has been the world’s most valued gemstone for thousands of years. Ruby was said to be the most precious of the twelve stones God created when he created all things, and this “lord of gems” was placed on Aaron’s neck by God’s command.
In the Bible, Job says that “wisdom is more precious than rubies.
Among the multitude of legends and strange beliefs of ancient times, it was thought that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom.
Furthermore, the wearer acquired the ability to live in peace with his enemies. In some places ruby was even thought to confer invulnerability.
Peridot It is thought to bring the wearer good luck, peace, and success. Its powers include health, protection, and sleep. Peridot was called Gem of the sun by the ancients. Cleopatra’s favorite Gemstone. They believed that it had the power to dissolve enchantments and to drive evil spirits.
The advantages of peridot are to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotions. Large quantities of Peridot have been found in San Carlos Reservation Arizona.
Sapphires occur in many different colors but the most famous and valuable of sapphires is a rich intense blue. Sapphire has long symbolized truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. The Tradition holds that Moses was given the ten commandments on tablets of sapphire, making it the most sacred gemstone. Because sapphires represent divine favor, they were the gemstone of choice for kings and high priests.
One of the largest sapphires is known as the Star of Asia, which is currently housed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
The Heart of the Ocean, from James Cameron’s “Titanic” was not completely fictitious – it is believed that a rather large Sapphire went down with Titanic on that fateful night. It turns out that there was a diamond and sapphire necklace on board that fatal night, given to a young girl, Kate Florence Phillips, 20, by her married paramour, Henry Samuel Morley, 40.
Kate was an assistant working for Morley in one of the “Purveyors of High Class Confectionery” shops, which he owned in London, and the two were secretly sailing on the Titanic as second class passengers to begin a new life together in America, under the names of “Mr. and Mrs. Marshall.”
Sapphire Its powers include spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. Sapphire is believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness.
Opal– Adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912.
The Romans revered opal as the symbol of hope and purity, and believed it could protect from disease. Eastern people regarded it as the symbol of truth. The Ancient Arabs believed it came from heaven, and that it acquired the play of color from flashes of lightning.
In the Middle Ages, opal was thought to be beneficial for eyesight, some people even believed it could render the wearer invisible.
French Emperor Napoleon gave to his wife Josephine an opal called The Burning of Troy because of its strong play of colors.
Tourmaline Ancient legend says that tourmaline is found in all colors because it traveled along a rainbow and gathered all the rainbow’s colors.
Tourmaline is believed to strengthen the body and spirit, healing properties of the nervous system, blood, and lymph’s. It is also thought to inspire creativity.
Topaz During the Middle Ages topaz was thought to heal both physical and mental disorders and prevent death. The Greeks believed it had Healing Properties to increase strength and to make its wearer invisible while the Romans believed it had power to improve eyesight.
Golden topaz was once said to change color when in the presence of poisoned food or drink, making it the stone of choice for much of royalty.
Some topaz is also mined in the United States, in the Pala region of California, and in the Rocky Mountains.
Citrine is one of the most affordable gemstones. A transparent quartz named from the French for lemon, “citron”, citrine has yellow to gold to orange brown shades.
In ancient times, citrine was worn as protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.
Sometimes citrine is referred to as topaz quartz, which is incorrect. This name was used in the past in reference to the color, which is sometimes similar to the color of topaz. Since topaz is a different mineral, the name topaz quartz can be confusing, and should not be used.
Turquoise- In the thirteenth century, turquoise was named in the mistaken belief that it came from Turkey.
In fact, turquoise came in Europe through Turkey, but its origin was Persia, where it has been mined for thousands of years.
American Turquoise is characterized Pale Blue and porous, but there are some varieties as neon yellowish Blue.
In the United States South West, the Apache believed that turquoise helped warriors and hunters to aim accurately. The Zuni believed that turquoise protected them from demons. The Pima considered turquoise to bring strength and good fortune and that it helped with Healing Properties of illness.
Turquoise was also used by medicine men for healing and by warriors who fixed turquoise to the end of their bows to insure accurate shots.
Tanzanite Legend says that it was Masai cattle herders that first noticed this stone some 30 years ago after a fire caused by lightening burned areas in Tanzania. The herders noticed that brown zoiscite crystals had turned a deep blue-purple due to the heat from the fire.
Tanzanite is the purplish blue variety of the mineral zoisite that was found for the first time in 1967 and named after the East African country of its birth by Tiffany & Co. of New York, which introduced the gemstone to the world market in 1969.
Because this is such a new gemstone, there is little folklore or healing properties surrounding this stone.