Monday, July 8, 2013

Birthstone Fairies

Birthstones and their meanings

January - The garnet is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.

February - the amethyst is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. 
At one time, only royalty could wear the gem.
 The word amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos, meaning "sober"
 and was once thought to protect against intoxication.

March - The aquamarine was thought to cure gout, liver, and stomach diseases
 simply by drinking water in which the gem had been soaking.
 Early sailors believed that having an aquamarine amulet on board their ship,
 carved in the likeness of Neptune, god of sea, 
protected them from the danger of the oceans.

April - The diamond, a symbol of everlasting love, 
was also once thought to bring courage.
 In Sanskrit, the diamond is called "vajra", which means lighting; 
in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, king of the gods.

May - The emerald, one of Cleopatra's favored gems,
 has long been associated with fertility, rebirth and love. 
Ancient Romans dedicated this stone to Venus, goddess of beauty and love.
 Today it signifies wisdom, growth and patience.

June - The pearl has always been a symbol of purity.
 Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of Aphrodite,
 goddess of love.

July - The ruby, regarded by Ancient Hindus as "king of gems". 
It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. 
Today, the ruby's deep red color signifies love and passion.

August - The peridot symbolizes strength.
 Some call it the evening emerald because of its light green color.
 It was once thought that green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes 
were the tears of the volcano goddess,Pele. 
When set in gold, this gem was said to protect against nightmares.

September - The sapphire was once used to protect against evil and poisoning. 
Also traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings,
 the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.

October - The opal symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. 
The word comes from the Latin opalus, which means "precious jewel". 
Necklaces with opals are said to repel evil and protect eyesight.

November - The topaz represents love and affection.
 It is said to give the wearer strength and intellect.

December - Turquoise, regarded as a love charm, 
is also a symbol of good fortune and success, 
and is believed to relax the mind.
 It protects its wearer from harm.
 Turquoise rings in particular,
 are thought to keep away evil spirits.

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