THE HISTORY AND SYMBOLISM OF BIRTHSTONE COLOURS
Birthstone colors were first studied in 1400BC by the Assyrians, followed by the Old and New Testaments, which explored their symbolism and how each was associated with a specific calendar month. Indeed, the Book of Exodus describes the high priest as wearing a breastplate studded with twelve gems representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Likewise, in the Book of Revelation John describes the twelve foundation stones of New Jerusalem. Historical sources from around the world have mentioned, time and again, how various gems possess characteristics that might be helpful to individuals born in a particular month. With such a rich and fascinating history it’s no wonder that astrologers began making connections to the twelve signs of the Zodiac. After studying the characteristics specific to each colored stone, they ascribed values that may be useful to people born under the corresponding star sign. This gemstone symbolism was recorded for the first time a few hundred years ago by jewelers in Germany and Poland. By 1912, famous jewelry brands had begun publicizing birthstones, with the National Association of Jewelers confirming the definitive stones and colors together with their associated months, signs and symbolic qualities in 1952.
Swarovski Crystal Birthstone Colour Collections for every month of the year can be found below. Please click on the month of interest to view the collection, which will open in a new browser window:
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