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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

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