Where did the idea of birthstones come from?
Well, all cultures in all parts of the world have the concept of certain stones possessing properties that meet the needs of different personalities. In Western culture, it was in the Middle Ages that people thought stones and crystals could be used for medicinal ways. (More about this here) It was thought that stones possessed properties connected to the cycles of the zodiac and their powers were heightened during a specific month of the Gregorian calendar. So, the concept of a ‘birthstone’ came about as you were given the stone of the month in which you were born as a gift from family members. Some wealthy people owned all 12 stones and switched their jewellery to correspond to the most powerful stone!
The traditional birthstone for the month of September is the Sapphire.
Sapphires symbolise wisdom & power and are commonly used in royal jewellery. They also signify truth, faithfulness & sincerity.
Fun Fact: In olden times, warriors would gift their wives a sapphire wedding necklace to ensure fidelity while they were away.
Don’t get excited…. Quiddity Gifts hasn’t started dabbling with Sapphires, but there are some lovely zodiac necklaces available in my Etsy Shop (link in bio) with stunning blue glass beads – the gorgeous Sapphire blue for a fraction of the price.
Not a fan of blue? No worries, each zodiac sign has more than one birthstone associated to it. Make sure you follow me on Instagram to find out more!