I like to include birthstone meanings in the card when I give presents with birthstones. It makes the gift more thoughtful and interesting. Here’s the list of popular meanings and ancient symbolism to help you with your gift-giving!
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TRADITIONAL & MODERN: Ruby
Love, Courage, Passion, Devotion, Strength
In ancient times, the ruby was believed to ward off evil. It is said to be a high energy stone with the ability to open your hear to love, bring heightened feelings of generosity, and promote good health. It is believed to protect your children, your possessions, and bring great prosperity to the wearer.
TRADITIONAL & MODERN: Peridot
Compassion, Friendliness, Health, Harmony
The Peridot was once believed to be the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess. Peridot is believed to alleviate feelings of anger, jealousy, and stress. This stone of healing is believed to help bring balance and harmony to the body and happiness to married life.
TRADITIONAL & MODERN: Sapphire
Creativity, Light, Joy, Beauty, Clarity
The sapphire is technically a blue ruby. The sapphire is said to increase intuition and bring clarity of mind to the owner. It increases imagination and artistic ability. It is also helpful in manifestation, bringing your hopes and dreams to life.
Imagination, Creativity, Innocence, Fidelity
Legends claim that the bright colors found in opal are lightning strikes captured in stone. Opal is said to encourage a strong sense of imagination, ingenuity, and playfulness. It is soothing during turbulent times of life, brings feelings of self-worth and vibrancy to relationships of love.
MODERN: Pink Tourmaline
Flexibility, Happiness, Objectivity, Tolerance, Serenity
Tourmaline has a unique, scientific and magical element to it. When the gem is heated or rubbed, it generates a certain static electricity that attracts small things to its surface. Thus it is a stone of attraction. Tourmaline is believed to increase creativity, heal emotional scars, and bring feelings of safety and comfort to the wearer.
TRADITIONAL: Yellow Topaz
Confidence, Clarity, Balance, Love, Creativity
Topaz is believed to be a stone of balance, bringing feelings of self-confidence, serenity, and a greater forgiving nature to the wearer. It is also said to be a powerful attractor of true love, creativity, and hope. This stone’s name originates from the Sanskrit word “topas” meaning “fire”.
Clarity, Creativity, Energy, Hope, Luck
As a form of quartz, citrine is believed to have powerful healing powers. Anciently, it was used to protect against snake venom and evil thought. It is believed to bring clarity of mind, vitality to both mind and body, and protection from negativity.
Wisdom, Prosperity, Honesty, Friendship, Peace
Turquoise was once known as a symbol of great wealth. It is held as a sacred stone in many different cultures both anciently and now. It is believed to bring powerful spiritual understanding, protection, health and abundance. Turquoise also encourages open and honest communication, true friendship, and peace.
MODERN #1: Blue Zircon
Success, Love, Luck, Happiness, Honor
Historically, zircon was used to drive away plagues and evil spirits. It is said to reduce depression, insomnia, and believed to help you turn your dreams into reality. Zircon has birthstone meanings of romance, integrity and good fortune.
MODERN #2: Tanzanite
Peace, Compassion, Enlightenment, Protection
Tanzanite is a rare and popular gemstone believed to help alleviate stress and depression. It is said to provide spiritual protection and increase feelings of sympathy. Tanzanite is often used to help with meditation or relaxation.