The origin of birthstones
According to the International Gem Society, the tradition of birthstones has been linked to biblical times. In the Book of Exodus the breastplate worn by Aaron, the first high priest of the Israelites, was described as being adorned with twelve different stones, each representing one of the twelve tribes of Israel. These stones were said to have great powers and could predict people's fates. The modern tradition of having a stone to represent the month of one's birth seems to have begun around the sixteenth century in either Germany or Poland, most likely evolving from eastern traditions believing that gems and stones are imbued with luck, special abilities or protective powers.
Garnet is the stone for January and is thought to be one of the oldest crystals used for spiritual protection. With its vibrant red color, garnet is seen as embodying of the energies of fire, passion, creativity, and strength, giving the wearier the confidence and drive they need to achieve their goals.
Amethyst is considered a powerful and protective stone. Amethyst is believed to have the power to transform negativity, meaning it can it alleviate stress and sadness, anger and fear, can soothe irritability and balances mood swings. This beautiful stone is an excellent one to own no matter when your birthday is, as its protection against negativity is such a valuable asset to anyone and everyone.
The aquamarine takes its name from the crystalline waters of the sea. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and is also associated with rebirth. Just looking at this beautiful stone inspires a deep peace and tranquility.
Quartz and diamonds are both used as birthstones for the month of April. Both are extremely strong, inspiring great spiritual and emotional strength in the wearer. Both clear, brilliant stones also bring love and unity into relationships, making them the perfect stones to give to someone close to your heart.
The stone that represents May is the stunning emerald. This gem is said to hope inspire hope, growth, and abundance. It is a grounding stone, which is enhanced by its rich green hue bringing an earthy feel.
Alexandrite is considered a gem that brings good omens. Alexandrite can help to center oneself, boosting self-esteem and bringing joy through this rejuvenated sense of confidence and self-worth.
The ruby is regarded as one of the most powerful protection stones, particularly for people that are sensitive and emotional. This is particularly beneficial as people born in July are said to be very emotional thanks to their Cancer zodiac sign. This gem is said to help overcome fear and foster self-love and compassion. This is a good stone to have if you are a more sensitive soul.
Peridot is touted as bringing its wearer bring good health and peace to one's mind and relationships by balancing emotions. It is often called the stone of compassion, peridot banishes jealousy, resentment, bitterness, hatred and greed bringing its wearer a more empathetic nature.
Sapphires are often associated with royalty. It is believed to attract abundance and good fortune, as well as focusing the mind and brining mental clarity to the wearer. It is a gem of peace, serenity and prosperity.
Opals are said to inspire creativity and self-expression. They can help the wearer overcome inhibitions. They are mesmerizing to look at, with their beauty even inspiring James Joyce: “Your love has passed through me and now I feel my mind something like an opal, that is, full of strange uncertain hues and colors, of warm lights and quick shadows and of broken music.”
Many believe yellow topaz brings empathy and serenity to its wearer. Its golden brown hues again give an earthy feeling to the stone, bringing a soothing and harmonious energy.
Turquoise is seen to be a stone that brings energy, enthusiasm and creativity to those who wear it. Its gorgeous light blue tone brings forth tranquility and calm, making the gem a perfect ingredient for a successful new year.
These breathtaking rings can bring so much joy to the lives of you or someone you love, which is why I think they are such a special piece. They are a touching token of affection for someone special in your life. Each of the rings is made in Ireland and has a glistening stone clasped lovingly between the hands of the Claddagh, with exquisite detailing in the crown and cuffs. Each ring featured is also available in 14k white gold or yellow gold with diamond setting in the cuffs and crown.
We also have Claddagh birthstone pendants as part of this collection. These pendants are the perfect complement to our Claddagh rings, both made by one of our most beloved makers ShanOre. ShanOre is an award-winning Irish family business that excels at creating exquisite Irish jewelry. ShanOre have been taking inspiration from Celtic design and infusing it with contemporary flourishes for over 40 years.
Also in the Claddagh birthstone collection are our eye-catching earrings. They are crafted by our esteemed makers Boru, leaders in producing quality traditional Celtic jewelry. Boru are a a prestige Irish brand that takes pride in its skilled craftsmanship and traditional influences.
As I think these pieces are so special, I am delighted to offer a 10% discount on all items in the Claddagh birthstone jewelry collection. Insert the code BIRTHSTONE10 at the checkout to get your beautiful Claddagh birthstone jewelry for 10% off!
Until next time,
Slán go Fóill,