The History of Birthstones by Swarovski Crystal

There’s nothing new about birthstones. Historians believe that the concept dates back to the Bible’s Book of Exodus 28: 17–21, where Moses gave instructions on making a breastplate for Aaron, the high priest of the Hebrews. These included the addition of twelve precious gemstones representing the twelve sons of Jacob, after whom the tribes of Israel were named. Experts think that the time of each son’s birth influenced the stone selection.

Later, in 40 AD, the historian Titus Flavius Josephus made the connection between the twelve stones and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Each stone was said to have powers that derive from its corresponding astrological sign, giving the wearer talismanic—even therapeutic—benefits.

Fast-forward to the modern era, and research suggests that the practice of wearing a stone associated with the month of one’s birth began among the gem traders in 18th century Poland. What we recognize, today, as the birthstone list was finally set down in 1912 by the US National Association of Jewelers, and has remained unchanged ever since.

Sparkle Plenty Designs carries a beautiful assortment of genuine Swarovski crystal bracelets for most birthstones (they make fab gifts for women of all ages, and are perfect for treats for the wedding party).

Here’s a list of Zodiac signs and their respective color:

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