Birthstones, these sparkling gemstones that correspond to the months of our birth, have become synonymous with self-expression, identity, and even healing powers. But what really lies behind these beautiful gems? Is it pure science, age-old legends, or a blend of both? Dive deep with us into the world of birthstones, unraveling the tapestry of history, geology, and enchantment they carry.
The origin of birthstones traces back to ancient civilizations. The Bible's Book of Exodus describes the Breastplate of Aaron adorned with 12 gemstones, which many believe to be the precursors to the modern birthstones. These stones were believed to represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Later, the connection expanded to the zodiac signs and eventually to the monthly calendar we recognize today.
From a scientific perspective, birthstones are minerals formed deep within the Earth, undergoing processes of cooling, heating, and crystallization. The unique combination of minerals, temperature, and pressure results in the formation of these gemstones. For instance, rubies are formed from corundum, but when this mineral interacts with just a dash of chromium, the brilliant red hue emerges.
Mystical Powers and Healing:
Beyond their aesthetic appeal, birthstones have historically been believed to possess magical and therapeutic properties. Amethyst, February's stone, was thought to protect against drunkenness by the ancient Greeks. Emerald, the gem of May, was believed by ancient Egyptians to grant eternal youth.
Choosing the Right Birthstone:
While many opt for their birthstone based on their birth month, others choose based on the properties or colors they're drawn to. Whether you're seeking protection, love, clarity, or strength, there's likely a gemstone that resonates with your desires.
Johnston Jewelers & Your Birthstone Journey:
For over 50 years, Johnston Jewelers has been the trusted guide for many in their quest for the perfect birthstone jewelry. Our legacy, intertwined with the rich tapestry of birthstones, ensures that when you choose a piece from us, you're not just wearing a gem. You're wearing a piece of history, a touch of science, and a sprinkle of magic.
When you're ready to find your stone or gift a loved one theirs, let our heritage guide you. Our expertise ensures that each selection isn't just a purchase, but a timeless investment carrying personal significance and world lore.