BIRTHSTONES FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
Birthstones for January and February
Birthstones are associated with every month of the calendar year and have origins in history as well as mythology. As recorded in the Bible, the breastplate of the High Priest of the Hebrews contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel that was linked to zodiac signs and later with the months in a year.
Astrologers attribute gemstones with supernatural, healing powers. For instance, in Poland people would own all twelve gemstones and sport the gemstone of the month believing that its power would peak during that specific period. This practice proved expensive and eventually everyone just wore the gemstone assigned to his or her birth month.
Birthstone lists varied from one culture to another before being standardised by Jewelers of America (JA) in 1912. Since then, there have been minor changes in the list, with the most recent change included in October 2002, where tanzanite was added as the December birthstone.
In the first of this six-part series, ADORN features birthstones for the first two months of the year. Garnet, the birthstone for January, comes in a variety of hues and is believed to make the wearer calm. Because of its curative powers, garnet was also a favourite stone of travellers to keep them safe from harm’s way. Soldiers wore the stone for protection on the battlefield. Garnet is also considered as the anniversary gemstone to celebrate the second year of marriage.
Amethyst, the birthstone for February, is associated with power and royalty. It is believed that amethyst helps one control addictions. In ancient times, the Greeks would serve wine in amethyst goblets to prevent excessive drinking.
Read about these brightly hued gemstones and their associated traits.
Horsbit Cocktail white gold diamond necklace with an amethyst drop. By Gucci
Platinum earrings suited up with briolette-cut orange garnets and brilliant-cut diamonds. By Cartier