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Along with aesthetic beauty, beaded birthstone jewelry is rich in symbolic significance. Birthstones are gemstones symbolizing the month of birth according to the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as ‘birthday stone’. For at least 10,000 years, man has used colored stones as talismans and amulets. They were used to predict the future, to protect man from harm and as healing aids. Religious traditions from early times included gemstones as important elements in their ceremonies and practices. Many people believe that the planets influence different stones and that planetary birthstones transmit powers associated with those planets.
There have been many variations of birthstones along time and places. The modern and accepted variation of birthstone include garnet (January), amethyst (February), aquamarine (March), diamond (April), emerald (May), pearl/moonstone/alexandrite (June), ruby (July), peridot/sardonyx/sapphire (August), sapphire (September), opal (October), topaz (November), and turquoise/lapis lazuli (December). Beaded jewelry made of various birthstones, therefore, carry immense significance in various cultures. Necklaces, bracelets, jewelry sets and more are made out of birthstone beads.
To select birthstones for a custom Zodiac piece, please see the table below.