Birthstones

 

Birthstone Myth and Legend


Don't want to read all the detail for each birthstone? See below for the short versions.

Be careful though *Spoiler Alerts*

JANUARY - GARNET

Girl meets boy (via kidnap, but they fall in love anyway). Her mother is sad and turns the world to winter. Boy gives up girl a few months per year so that the world can thrive again. There are pomegranates.

FEBRUARY - AMETHYST

Drunken Greek God hurts maiden, feels really bad about it, cries tears of wine, turns her into Amethyst.

MARCH - AQUAMARINE

Amulet for seafarers. Just pop it into the sea when the weather looks bad and a mermaid will find it and calm the storm. Good luck!

APRIL - DIAMOND

Made from lightning bolts, trapping spirits, battle protection, miracle healing, and lie detector. Goodness this is a busy gemstone! Maybe that’s why it is so hard.  

MAY - EMERALD

Man and Woman inherit the earth. Provided they stay faithful to one another. He does. She - alas - does not. Bad things happen. But the God takes pity on them... Kind of...  

JUNE - PEARL

Boy finds pearl. Pearl is magic. Jealous men try to take the pearl. Boy eats pearl (?!) and turns into a dragon.  

JULY - RUBY

Marco Polo wrote in his very elaborate and extensive diaries that the Kublai Khan coveted a large ruby owned by the King of Ceylon. He offered the King a city in exchange for the ruby and was ever so politely refused. 

AUGUST - PERIDOT

This gemstone has been found on Mars and in meteorites. How cool is that! Also, it is found on some beaches in Hawaii - but beware - local legend says that these gemstones are the tears of the Goddess Pele so if you take any off the beach you invoke her wrath!   

SEPTEMBER - SAPPHIRE

Why is the sky blue? Because the earth is nestled inside a great cosmic crystal made of sapphire so when the sun shines through the rock, it turns the sky blue.... It has nothing whatsoever to do with the science of molecules scattering more blue light than red light during the day... Honest!

OCTOBER - OPAL

An Aboriginal God made a rather grand entrance. He travelled on a rainbow to the earth and every time his foot touched the land the stones turned to opal. He spread a message of peace but I bet they were mainly looking at his shiny magic feet. 

NOVEMBER - TOPAZ

So... The long story short is that I currently know very little about topaz. Just little bits and pieces here and there. I will continue my search and let you know as soon as I do :) But first up - the Egyptian God Ra gave this beautiful gemstone it's golden hue.

DECEMBER - TURQUOISE

Forget leprechauns and pots of gold! Some early Native Americans believed that you would find turquoise at the end of a rainbow. Or that it was made from tears. Or Lizard poop (sorry!) take your pick.