Birthstones

5 May

My sister intends to wear her son’s birthstone as a pendant in honor of his wedding next month. Our mother recommended a jeweler for the blue topaz pendant.  The selection was made, when it occurred to me that I also have a December birthday.  I should wear my birthstone ring from my grandmother for the wedding.  One thing leads to another.  My ring does not have blue topaz stones.  My ring has aquamarine stones.  That mystery will go unsolved.  However, we learned some amazing facts from Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthstone

Both the Old and New Testament make references to 12 stones in Exodus 28:30 (Aaron’s breastplate and the 12 tribes of Israel) and Revelation 21:19-20 (Foundation Stones for New Jerusalem).  I found another relevant passage while reading The Church in the Book of Esther.  Ezekiel 28: 12-15 includes “on the day you were created they were prepared.”

Through the centuries birthstone traditions have evolved.  The link for the Wikipedia reference includes six different lists of birthstones by month.  No wonder we are confused about the correct December birthstone.  Check out the lovely Georgian poems from the 1870s (also in the link).

Aquamarine ring

Aquamarine ring

What is your birthstone? and/or birthstone story?

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