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History of the birth stone

Western custom

The first century Jewish historian Josephus proclaimed a connection between the
twelve stones in Aaron's breastplate, the twelve months of the year and the twelve
signs of the zodiac. Translations and interpretations of the passage in Exodus
regarding the breastplate have varied widely, however, with Josephus himself
giving two different lists for the twelve stones (Kunz argues that Josephus saw the
breastplate of the Second Temple, not the one described in Exodus). St. Jerome,
referencing Josephus, said the Foundation Stones of the New Jerusalem
(Revelations 21:19-20) would be appropriate for Christians to use. In the eight and
ninth century religious treaties were written associating a particular stone with an
apostle, as Revelations stated their name would be inscribed on the Foundation
Stones, and his virtue. Practice became to keep twelve stones and wear one a
month. Wearing a single birthstone is only a few centuries old, although modern
authorities differ on dates: Kunz places the custom in eighteenth century Poland,
while the Gemological Institute of America starts it in Germany in the 1560s.

Modern lists of birthstones have little to do with either the breastplate or the
Foundation Stones of Christianity. Tastes, customs and confusing translations
have distanced them from their historical origins, with one author calling the
Kansas list "nothing but a piece of unfounded salesmanship."

Modern birthstones

In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National
Association of Jewelers officially adopted a list, shown in the "Modern" column of
the table shown in the next section.

The most recent change to the birthstone list occurred in October of 2002, with the
addition of tanzanite as a December birthstone.

List of Months and their Birth Stones

January- Garnet

February- Amethyst

March- Aquamarine or Bloodstone

April- Diamond

May- Emerald

June- Pearl, Moonstone or Alexandrite

July- Ruby

August- Peridot

September- Sapphire

October- Opal or Tourmaline

November- Topaz or Citrine

December- Turquoise, Zircon or Tanzanite
Baby Shower Games

Nursery Rhyme Game I
Nursery Rhyme Game II
Nursery Rhyme Game III
Baby Shower Bingo
Baby Animal Game
Baby Word Search
Baby Word Scramble
Baby Shower Memory Game
Who knows mommy Best
Blank baby shower bingo cards
Baby Food Game
Relative Baby Shower Game
TV Tots Game
Name That Tune
Scavenger Hunt
Baby Name Game
Baby Clothes Quiz
Precious Baby Gems
Birthstones
January Birthstone
February Birthstone
March Birthstone
April Birthstone
May Birthstone
June Birthstone
July Birthstone
August Birthstone
September Birthstone
October Birthstone
November Birthstone
December Birthstone
January Birth Flower
February Birth Flower
March Birthflower
April Birthflower
May Birthflower
June Birthflower
July Birthflower
August Birthflower
September Birthflower
October Birthflower
November Birthflower
December Birthflower
Zodiac

Aquarius
Pisces
Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn

Aquarius
Pisces
Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn
Zodiac
Compatibility

Aquarius
Pisces
Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn
Matches

Aquarius
Pisces
Aries
Taurus
Gemini
Cancer
Leo
Virgo
Libra
Scorpio
Sagittarius
Capricorn