Traditional and Modern Birthstones for January, February and March
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Traditional and Modern Birthstones for January, February and March

The modern and traditional birthstones associated with January, February and March. A discussion of each birthstone and their respective symbolic meanings.

 Birthstones vary based on traditional and modern beliefs. For some months there are two or more birthstones that have emerged as important symbols of when you were born. The early months of the year are known for having birthstones that connect to both the modern and traditional customs. Common symbolic meaning revolves around staying focused, clear headed and protected from internal trauma.

January

Both the accepted traditional and modern birthstone for January birthdays is garnet. While some Eastern countries and beliefs, like the Tibetan culture, designate other stones like emerald to January birthdays, across the board garnet is one birthstone for the month.

Garnet can be found in a range of colors including yellow, black and green but the garnet associated with January birthdays is the variety that appears a deep dark red. Given garnet’s blood red coloration its symbolic meaning has long been tied to cleansing and purifying the wearer’s blood and protecting against blood affective traumas like hemorrhaging.

February

Like January, February is a month with one birthstone that covers both traditional and modern symbolism. Amethyst, a variety of quartz, is the accepted birthstone for those born in February.

The coloring of amethyst is always a shade of purple, varying from a very light lilac hue to a deeper shade of plum. As a crystalline gemstone, more than one color may be present in a single stone. The symbolic meaning of amethyst is one of spiritual calmness. Amethyst is said to help keep the mind focused, emotions subdued and insight close at hand.

March

There are two birthstones associated with people born in the month of March, one considered more traditional while the other is a modern addition. The traditional birthstone for March is aquamarine and the modern birthstone is bloodstone.

Aquamarine presents in several shades of blues and bluish greens. The most prized aquamarine, what you can expect to find in high-end jewelry pieces, will be a clear blue without any other colors speckling or streaking the stone. Symbolism tied to aquamarine includes preventing unwanted fears, boosting mental focus and improving interpersonal skills. Also, aquamarine is said to keep sailors safe while at sea.

Known as banded quartz, heliotrope and bloodstone depending on who you talk to, the modern birthstone for March is a variety of deep green quartz with speckles of deep red jasper. Bloodstone is a highly symbolic semiprecious stone with ties to religious sects and ancient Greece. The symbolism of bloodstone refers to courage, strength and safety in the heat of battle.

For those with birthdays in the first three months of the year, figuring out your birthstone is pretty simple. Both January and February boast a single accepted birthstone while March gets the ball rolling with two different birthstones for modern and traditional symbolism.

Sources consulted:

Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry

AnneMelpon.com

I Bequeath Thee

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