Many early people believed that certain gems had strange and mysterious powers, that gems could bring good luck to a person and influence his personality.
Fortune-tellers in the Middle Ages, eager to strengthen their influence over superstitious people, chose a gemstone for each month of the year and told people that if they wore the stone that symbolized the month of their birth, no harm would come to them and they would be strengthened by the trait associated with each stone.
Even though most people today do not believe that their birthstones will affect their lives, they still choose to have their birthstones set into jewelry.
The stones and traits for the twelve months are:
January Garnet – Firm and Steadfast
February Amethyst – Sincere
March Aquamarine – Courageous
April Diamond – Innocent
May Emerald Loving and – Successful
June Pearl or Alexandrite – Healthy
July Ruby – Contented
August Periot or Sardonyx – Happily Married
September Sapphire – Clear Thinker
October Opal or Tourmaline – Hopeful
November Topaz – Faithful
December Turquoise or Zircon – Prosperous