Birthstones & Anniversary Stones
Find Direction In The Stars
The concept of twelve different gemstones was found displayed on a breastplate of a High Priest in Ancient Egypt that was excavated from a tomb dating from circa 4000 BCE. Thereafter the Hebrews adopted the concept, assigning a stone to each of the twelve tribes of Israel. The tradition evolved from there with gemstones being assigned to the twelve angels, then the twelve Apostles and finally the twelve months. Birthstones came into fashion sometime in the eighteenth century. These colored gemstones and crystals were thought to offer predictions for the future, to protect the wearer from harm and to aid healing.
Birthstones Traditional & Modern
Traditional Birthstones were society based, containing popular stones that may have correlated to the stone of the Zodiac sign or the Planetary sign. The Gregorian Calendar has a poem (below) matching the monthly birthstones. These are the generally stones associated with English speaking society; the poem was first published in 1867 by Tiffany & Co.
Modern Birthstones came about around 1912 in an effort to standardize the list. The American portion of the National Association of Jewelers met and officially adopted a list; the Jewelry Industry Council of America updated that list in 1952; adding Citrine and Alexandrite, specifying pink Tourmaline for October (not reflected here), replacing December’s Lapis with Zircon and switching the primary and alternative gems for March. The most recent change occurred in 2002 with the addition of Tanzanite as a December birthstone (not reflected here). Britain’s National Association of Goldsmiths created their own different standardized list in 1967. No wonder there is so much confusion!
Traditional Anniversary Gemstones
|1st YEAR||2nd YEAR||3rd YEAR||4th YEAR||5th YEAR|
|6th YEAR||7th YEAR||8th YEAR||9th YEAR||10th YEAR|
|11th YEAR||12th YEAR||13th YEAR||14th YEAR||15th YEAR|
|16th YEAR||17th YEAR||18th YEAR||19th YEAR||20th YEAR|
|21st YEAR||22nd YEAR||23rd YEAR||24th YEAR||25th YEAR|
|30th YEAR||35th YEAR||40th YEAR||45th YEAR||50th YEAR|
|55th YEAR||60th YEAR||65th YEAR||70th YEAR||75th YEAR|