From ancient times gemstones are known for their beauty, but are also believed by many to have metaphysical powers. Birthstones are associated with the month of a person’s birth. It is well known that every birthstone also has a color and subsequent meaning associated with it. There are believed to be certain advantages of wearing birthstones, as are mentioned below:
January Birthstone: Garnet is the birthstone of those born in January. The advantage of wearing garnet is that it is believed to build energy-levels as well as protect the heart and lungs of wearer. People with weak self-image are believed to be able to increase their self-worth by wearing garnet. Garnet is a red stone.
February Birthstone: Amethyst is the birthstone of February and it is purple in color. The wearer of Amethyst is believed to get protection against general ill-health. Amethyst speaks of peace, royalty and temperance.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine is associated with the month of March. This pale blue gemstone represents good health, love and hope. It is believed to build courage and increase happiness of the wearer. Its blue color is believed to bring mental clarity and release negative energy from the wearer.
April Birthstone: Diamond is the birthstone of the people born in this month. It symbolizes romance and courage. It is believed to ward off insanity. Diamond is supposed to bring happiness and wealth to the wearer.
May Birthstone: Emerald is the birthstone of people born in May. It is green in color. Emerald gemstones are said to give its wearer good eyesight and intellect. This stone is believed to have magical properties that can keep the wearer away from illness.
June Birthstone: Pearl is associated with this month. Pearl is a symbol of purity. It is worn to calm a restless mind and to control anger. It is also linked with successful married life.
July Birthstone: The precious gemstone ruby is the birthstone of July-born people. Ruby represents courage and strength of the wearer. It thought to be able to bring good luck and good friends.
August Birthstone: Peridot is associated with this month. Light green Peridot symbolizes strength. It is associated with good luck, good health and peace.
September Birthstone: Sapphire is the gemstone associated with September. People born in this month can do very well by wearing blue colored sapphires. It is associated with physical and emotional balance. Blue Sapphire is believed by some to be a very powerful stone, and not lucky for people born in other months.
October Birthstone: Opal, being the October birthstone symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. It is considered to strengthen eyesight. It is said to bring confidence and happiness to the wearer.
November Birthstone: Precious gemstone Topaz is linked with this month. It symbolizes love and affection. The advantage of wearing this gemstone is that it is said to provide protection to travelers and support mental health.
December Birthstone: Birthstone of this month is Turquoise. It is a symbol of good fortune and success. It is said to relax the mind of wearer and protects from harm.
Even though the effects may not be visible, people who tend to believe in birthstones are stringent about the fact that the stones being worn should be original. Besides the above general advantages birthstones are believed to be able to impart, most people believe that wearing the birthstone corresponding to their own birth month creates general well-being and protection for them. Hence, to associate the birth month or the zodiac sign with the stone is a common practice.