You probably know that birthstones are the gemstones that are associated with each month. But do you know why those associations exist?

Each gemstone exhibits different healing properties, and when we wear our birthstone, we can expect to enjoy those properties. It’s a science that dates back to biblical times when they adorned the priest’s breastplate to symbolize each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Later, they were connected to the twelve zodiac signs, and then to the twelve months of the Roman calendar. The American National Jewelers’ Association created the first official list of birthstones in 1912.

Here’s a glimpse at each birthstone and what its users can expect to experience.

January – Garnet

The most common type of garnet has a deep red color and brings good luck, friendship, and peace to those born in January. Wearing garnet, meditating with it, or placing it in a certain area in your home can bring protection, strength, balance, and feelings of vitality. Garnet is a healing stone that transmutes negative energy and blockages in the body to positive energy. This stone supports the root chakra, offering stability, security, and grounding energy.

February – Amethyst

Amethyst has an intoxicating purple color and is a highly versatile stone. People with this birthstone enjoy its ability to infuse any situation with soothing energy that melts away stress and brings emotional stability. At the same time, it uplifts the inner spirit and brings feelings of contentedness and joy. Amethyst balances the third eye chakra and stimulates the crown chakra, which helps us tap into our intuition and connect with higher consciousness.

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine has a pale blue color that promotes relaxation, yet it is considered the stone of empowerment. With its help, people with the March birthstone are better able to flow through life in powerful yet unforced ways. It promotes compromise and harmonious interactions with others, thereby improving relationships. Aquamarine balances the throat chakra, improving one’s ability to speak their truth and communicate.

April – Diamond

Diamonds are clear crystals that amplify our emotions while bringing lightness and joy to the inner spirit. Diamonds are strong in nature and they bring out the strength in those who wear them by improving their confidence and perseverance. As such, they offer support in achieving goals and overcoming obstacles with more ease. Diamonds stimulate all of the chakras, but particularly the crown chakra, helping us to better connect with higher consciousness.

May – Emerald

Emeralds come in beautiful shades of green and they are known for inspiring passion, motivation, and creativity. Those with the emerald birthstone enjoy its ability to balance the emotions, promote abundance, and enhance mental function. Meditating with an emerald revitalizes the body, mind, and spirit. Emeralds support the heart chakra, serving to improve our relationships and bring us love.

June – Moonstone

Moonstone comes in several different opaque colors with a silvery-white reflectiveness. People with this birthstone enjoy enhanced self-expression and self-acceptance. It offers a soothing energy that balances and helps heal the body and mind. It brings men and women in touch with their feminine side and their creative nature. Moonstone is associated with the crown chakra, bringing its user closer to higher consciousness and enriching their spirituality.

July – Ruby

Ruby is a stunning red color that brings confidence, power, and determination to those with this birthstone. It has been shown to deepen intimacy, love, and sexual passion. People with this birthstone also enjoy heightened mental states, courage that helps them win disputes, and emotional strength when they wear it. Rubies stimulates the root chakra, helping to boost vitality and to ground themselves in the physical world.

August – Peridot

Peridot is a pale green gemstone that helps reduce negative patterns and limiting beliefs that hold us back in life. It opens the mind and heart to receive abundance, promotes transformation, and amplifies the healing energy of Reiki. Peridot activates the heart chakra, serving to balance our emotions and remove energy blockages, as well as the solar plexus chakra, which helps us overcome fear and enjoy confidence and personal power.

September – Sapphire

Sapphires are a stunning, deep blue color. They promote a sharp mind and psychic abilities, and they help those with birthdays in September to discover hidden truths that lead to enhanced learning. These gemstones bring the self-discipline and structure that is needed to accomplish goals. Sapphires resonate with the throat and third eye chakras, allowing their users to receive information from higher consciousness and use that information to better understand themselves.

October – Pink Tourmaline

Pink tourmaline ranges in color from pale pink to shades of deep red. It brings great comfort to those with this birthstone, offering a deep sense of calm and centeredness. It reduces stress, anxiety, and worries, and it helps heal a wounded heart and promote self-love. Pink tourmaline balances the heart chakra, helping people with this birthstone to interact with more love and compassion, improve their relationships, and overcome sadness.

November – Citrine

Citrine is yellow and it is known for its sun-like nature. With the help of citrine, people with this birthstone are able to manifest their desires with more ease and feel motivated in the process. It offers a zest for life and sparks new beginnings. It brings feelings of positivity to any situation, and it brings warmth and vitality to the body. Citrine balances the solar plexus chakra, which helps us enjoy a rise in self-confidence and a stronger digestive system.

December – Turquoise

Turquoise is turquoise because the color was actually named after the stone. When people who have birthdays in December wear this stone, they are likely to improve their leadership skills and clearly communicate information. It promotes strength and energy, and feelings of peace and tranquility at the same time. Turquoise activates the throat chakra, thereby helping its users to express their inner wisdom and let go of any fears holding them back from doing so.

Now that you know a little about your birthstone, wear it with honor and notice when you feel it doing its work. The magic of crystals comes about when you work together with them by adoring them, wearing them proudly, and noticing how they affect your energy.

Author's Bio: 

Faith M. Davis is a writer for Cosmic Cuts, an online dealer of high-quality crystals and minerals. Specializing in the amethyst geode, Cosmic Cuts makes it easy to acquire the rarest mineral specimens. They offer free shipping and a free gift on ALL orders, and every crystal comes with a certificate of authority.