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                                                                                           ZODIAC BIRTHSTONES

People hold various beliefs about birthstones. Some peple believe jewelry sets with birthstones merely commemorate the month of their birth, but other people ascribe spiritual, curative, or even mystical properties to the gems contained in birthstone jewelry. Originally carried or worn for medicinal benefit, invoking specific traits, and plentiful other reasons, and evolving to characterize and enhance powers of Zodiac Signs, modern Birthstone Jewelry's main purpose lies in decoration like jewelry sets that include two or more items to adorn the necks, wrists, ears, and fingers of millions hold consistent appeal.

Although gemstones have been prized for myriad mystical pôwers for the millenia, the association between gems and birth had a foundation based upon Zodiac signs rather than months, and it was not until the 1700's that gems were assigned to each month. In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers devised the pairing of gems and months, to which people often refer today...as seen previously as an alternate Birthstones. 

Note that some months display more than one Birthstones. At various times, the HIGH PRICES and reduced availability of particular birthstones rendered birthstone jewelry for those gems' month impractical or inaccessible for the budget of the average person. To compensate, jewelers occasionally needed to find a different, though aesthetically similar stone to assign to a month with a difficult to obtain birthstone. Months that contain multiple birthstone give people an alternate choice if they do not like one stone assigned  to their month. Occasionally, a person will feel no affinity for the birthstone or birthstones assigned for the month they were born. If this is the case, consider choosing birthstone jewelry based upon their Zodiac Sign as follows:

           ARIES..................... March 21 to April 20.....................Bloodstone
           TAURUS.................April 21 to May 21.........................Sapphire
           GEMINI.................. May 22 to June 20......................... Agate
           CANCER..................June 21 to July 22..........................Emerald
           LEO......................... July 23 to August 22....................  Onyx
           VIRGO.....................August 23 to September 22.........   Carnelian
           LIBRA....................  September 23 to October 22........   Peridot
           SCORPIO.................October 23 to November 21........  .Beryl
           SAGITTARIUS...... .November 21 to December 21...... Topaz
           CAPRICORN...........December 22 to January 19.........   Ruby  
           AQUARIUS..............January 20 to February 18.........    Garnet
           PISCES.....................February 19 to March 20.............   Amethyst

People researching birthstones might experience confusion when faced with apparent inconsistencies of stones. Different cultures, religions, and countries assign birthstones different from the stones assigned by the American National Association of Jewelers. Although it occurs rarely, occasionally the difference arises from a manufacturer stamping their own interpretation on how gems and months should be paired. These discrepancies are not truly inconsistent, rather, consider the differences as the opportunity to expand options based on various beliefs found in the world regarding gemstones power and ability.

To expand further the chopices in Birthstone Jewelry, the days of the week also have stones assigned. Regardless of origin, stones assigned to days offer another fun purpose for wearing or collecting birthstone jewelry. As with finding birthstones assigned to months and zodiac signs, some discrepancies exist in birthstones related to days of the week. This table, therefore, contains the gems most commonly accepted in pairings with days:

              SUNDAY.......................TOPAZ
              MONDAY..................... PEARL
              TUESDAY.....................RUBY
              WEDNESDAY..............AMETHYST
              THURSDAY..................SAPPHIRE
              FRIDAY........................ CARNELIAN
              SATURDAY..................TURQOUISE

One should not mistakenly believe that people should only wear the birthstone assigned to their date of birth! In fact, when birthstones were first worn, the people wearing the gems would switch gems monthly to wear the gem associated with each current month. This stems from the belief that the power of each gem increased during its assigned month, and even possibly, its assigned day. Birthstone jewelry sets often commemorate significant events outside of the wearer's birth such as family rings, pendants, and brooches provide popular examples.

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