A spe­cial stone

Find out what your baby’s birth stone is

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IT’S BE­LIEVED THAT your birth­stone be­comes more pow­er­ful if you wear it in your birth month. There are 12 birth­stones (one for each month), and the ori­gin can prob­a­bly be traced back to Aaron, brother of Moses, who had 12 pre­cious stones rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the 12 tribes of Is­rael, set into his breast shield. The cur­rent list of birth­stones has been used since 1912 (ex­cept tan­zan­ite, which was only dis­cov­ered later and added to De­cem­ber).

BRIGHT IDEA

Ask your part­ner for your baby’s birth­stone as a push present. Then have a ring set with the birth­stones of all your kids. It’ll be a re­ally spe­cial piece of jew­ellery and an heir­loom for your chil­dren. If there’s space on the ring, pen­dant or brooch, you can even en­grave their names and birth­dates.

JAN­UARY GAR­NET

Sta­bil­ity, true friend­ship and trust. Deep red, like pome­gran­ate ru­bies. Al­ready used in jew­ellery, by the Egyp­tians, back in 3 000 BC.

FE­BRU­ARY AMETHYST

Sin­cer­ity and open­heart­ed­ness. Stone of roy­alty. Makes you open-minded and quick-wit­ted. Pro­tected the an­cient Greeks against poi­son­ing by Bac­chus, god of wine.

MARCH AQUA­MA­RINE

Courage. The aqua­ma­rine pro­tects sailors and guar­an­tees a safe jour­ney. It tem­pers anger and keeps you calm and un­fazed.

APRIL DI­A­MOND

Faith­ful­ness, love, pu­rity and in­no­cence. Pro­motes cre­ativ­ity and in­ven­tive­ness. Sol­diers in an­cient Greece be­lieved it strength­ened their mus­cles. Keeps your spirit clean.

MAY EMER­ALD

Love, suc­cess, hap­pi­ness. Sym­bol of re­birth. If you own one, it’s be­lieved that it gives you in­sight, hap­pi­ness and eter­nal youth.

JUNE

Health, wealth and long life. Six­teenth cen­tury Eng­land was known as the Pearl Age. The pearl is the only pre­cious stone de­rived from live sea crea­tures.

JULY

Rep­re­sents love and sat­is­fac­tion. Fires imag­i­na­tion and guar­an­tees health, wis­dom and love. It’s rare and hard­wear­ing.

AU­GUST PERIDOT

Fam­ily and hap­pi­ness. It’s said that it can pro­tect you against night­mares and make you pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial. Peri­dots are brought to the Earth’s sur­face by vol­ca­noes.

SEPTEM­BER SAP­PHIRE

Wis­dom and love. In the Mid­dle Ages, cler­ics wore th­ese stones to sym­bol­ise heaven, and the bour­geoisie to re­ceive di­vine bless­ings.

OC­TO­BER

Hope. It comes in a range of colours, from milky white to black, with yel­low, orange, green, red and blue flecks. Opals are pow­er­ful heal­ing stones.

NOVEM­BER TOPAZ

Friend­ship and loy­alty. Pro­motes cre­ativ­ity and self-con­fi­dence and gives you a strong dose of imag­i­na­tion. Rus­sian topaz is pre­cious.

DE­CEM­BER TAN­ZAN­ITE

Har­mony, sat­is­fac­tion and wealth. Dis­cov­ered in Tan­za­nia in 1967. Calms an over­ac­tive mind, pro­motes em­pa­thy and re­veals the truth. YP

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