Birthstone History for Ancient and Traditional Stones!
The Ancient Birthstones
The idea of using gemstones and minerals as birthstones traces all the way back to biblical times. In the 1st century, the Jewish historian Josephus believed there was a connection between the 12 stones of Aaron’s breastplate, from the Book of Exodus, the 12 months, and the 12 zodiac signs. Each was also associated with the 12 tribes of Israel. The list of stones is not conclusive, depending on the translation, but the generally accepted list is emerald, sapphire, diamond, topaz, carbuncle, sardius, agate, ligure, amethyst, onyx, jasper and beryl.
Centuries later, religious treatises began associating each stone with a disciple. It then became common practice for a person to own all 12 stones and wear the corresponding one for each month. This practice stood for centuries. Read more here here!
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