What Your Birthstone Really Means

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that a birthday is just a single day. Au contraire — your special time deserves a whole month of celebration! We’re talking birthday advent candles for an exciting countdown, a destination party weekend for a milestone birthday, and zodiac-inspired gifts for a cosmic celebration. Another way to pay tribute to your birth month? Rock your birthstone or, if you’re feeling nest-y, decorate with it! Birthstones are more than just pretty gems though; each has a distinct meaning and history.

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While the modern iteration of the birthstone list is a product of a 1912 meeting of the National Association of Jewelers to standardize the gems, their folkloric start is a bit more romanticized. It seems that first-century historian Josephus wrote that Aaron from the Book of Exodus wore a breastplate encrusted with 12 stones — one for each month and corresponding zodiac sign. Additionally, it was common practice (up until only a few centuries ago) that people would collect all 12 stones and wear each month's stone for those 30ish days, regardless of when their own birthday fell. Read on for more fascinating deets about each individual birthstone!

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