Most everyone is familiar with the idea of a birthstone or birthday stone: A gemstone popularly associated with an aspect of your birthday. But did you know there are many different birthstone origins?
Here is the list of modern birthstones, which most of us will find familiar:
June: Pearl, Moonstone
October: Opal, Tourmaline
November: Yellow Topaz, Citrine
December: Turquoise, Tanzanite
Birthstones appear to date back as far as 3,000 B.C.E. in both Babylon and the Indian subcontinent, and they’ve only expanded from there. So let’s just say your birthday is in March. That would mean your birthstone could be: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Amethyst, Sapphire, Ruby, Diamond, Jasper, Topaz, or Opal! This includes the modern birthstone, the planetary stone, traditional birthstone, Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine), sun sign (of which there are several, as there are two sun signs per month, and each sign has a couple stones), Arabic, Hebrew, Roman, Polish, mystical, Italian, Russian, talismanic, and ancient Hindu. Whew! Good thing some of those overlap.
Oh, and don’t forget that the day of your birth has its own stone as well:
Sunday: Topaz, Diamond
Monday: Pearl, Crystal
Tuesday: Ruby, Emerald
Wednesday: Amethyst, Lodestone
Thursday: Sapphire, Carnelian
Friday: Emerald, Cat’s Eye
Saturday: Turquoise, Diamond
So basically, just about any gemstone you like can be attributed to just about any birthday. Now how to convince Mr. Trivia of that on trivia night…?
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