Gift Giving: Gems with Significance

Most people are aware of birthstones, the gems associated with the month a person was born in, but did you know that specific gemstones are also associated with anniversaries, zodiac signs, historic customs, religions, and metaphysical healing?  Here’s a partial guide to help you with some classic or perhaps some unusual options to give a jewelry gift with extra meaning.

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Turquoise

Birthstones (traditional and modern):
January: garnet
February: amethyst
March: aquamarine or bloodstone
April: diamond or rock crystal (quartz)
May: emerald or chrysoprase
June: alexandrite, moonstone or pearl
July: ruby or carnelian
August: peridot or sardonyx
September: sapphire or lapis lazuli
October: opal or tourmaline
November: topaz or citrine
December turquoise, zircon or tanzanite

Anniversary Gemstones: (it’s a long list so here’s a link)                                         http://gemologyonline.com/anniversary.html

Chakra Gems: Different sources tend to provide slight variations on gems for metaphysical purposes.  Here’s are some links (this is not an area in which I have expertise so you may find better options):

http://healing.about.com/od/astrology/a/zodiacstones.htm                                                               http://gemologyonline.com/chakra.html                           http://balance.chakrahealingsounds.com/chakra-colors-stones/