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Monthly Birthstone Printable Guide

By: Emily Sterneman for allfreejewelrymaking.com
Monthly Birthstone Printable Guide
Monthly Birthstone Printable Guide
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Birthstones are gems that accompany each month of the year with their own unique meaning and significance. This Monthly Birthstone Printable Guide allows you to have reference for birthstone crystal and gemstones and their meanings in a free printable. This printable reference guide is incredibly helpful if you are looking to create a piece of birthstone jewelry as a birthday present, holiday present, or gradation gift. The popularity of birthstones dates back to ancient times when civilizations believed that gemstones had specific powers such as health, luck, and prosperity. Learn all about each month's birthstone and their meanings with this free printable.

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Birthstones are gemstones assigned to each month of the year. Their history is considered to an ancient on; the origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The Breastplate is described in the book of Exodus in the Bible. Next, the writings of Flavius Josephus from the 1st century AD and St. Jerome from 5th century AD made the connection between the twelve stones in the Breastplate and the twelve signs of the zodiac. Modern lists of birthstones do not exactly align with these original lists, but it is interesting to learn the historical beginnings of birthstone charts.

 

What we currently think of as "birthstones" (the ideas of wearing a gemstone as jewelry that corresponds to your birth month) can be traced to 18th century Poland, with the arrival of Jewish gem traders to the region. However, the current birthstone gem list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then (the tanzanite was added to December in 2002 by the merican Gem Trade Association). This 1912 list was made in an effort to standardize birthstones by the (American) National Association of Jewelers. There are many legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence; but it's safe to say the cultural and historic connections to birthstones and their meanings stretch all around the world.

 

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This is a wonderful aid to me as a jewelry maker. I know what each months birthstone is but I don't know the attributes assigned to each stone. Some claim to help in digestive problems or love or peace of mind, etc. now when I make an item I can put that along with the description.

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