Certain gems have traditionally been associated with different months of the year and are thought to be lucky or important for those born under their ‘influence’. This probably stems from the ancient belief that gems came from the heavens. Many cultures associate gems with the signs of the zodiac, or by months of the year, but the selection varies from decade to decade and from country to country , this could be influenced by the availability of gems, local traditions, or fashions.
The custom of wearing birthstone jewellery started in 18th century Poland, and has since spread throughout the world. The chart below shows a modern European set, however as new stones emerge they are assigned to the list.
The following pages, ‘Zodiac Stones’ shows the many different stones associated with each zodiac sign. Remember dates for zodiac signs do not start at the beginning of the month so your birthstone may not be the same as your zodiac stone! Confused yet? LOL