A birthstone is a precious gem stone that is linked with a certain month of the year, where each birthstone is thought to be lucky and significant for those born in the associated month. Pieces of jewellery containing the birthstone of the recipient are often given as gifts.
The belief in the power of birthstones most likely comes from ancient times, where it was thought that gemstones came from the heavens. There are many legends about the mystical healing powers of birthstones, where wearing a gemstone during its month of influence was believed to heighten the healing powers of the stone, as well as other powers that are discussed below.
The various birthstones and their respective meanings are as follows: