November Birthstone: Citrine

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How were birthstones chosen?

illustration set of precious stones of different cuts and colors

Almost everyone knows their birthstone, but have you ever thought about how they were originally selected?  The first known reference originated in the book of Exodus in the Old Testament of the Bible.  It is written that the Hebrew high priest had a breastplate with twelve specific stones mounted in four rows, one stone representing each of Israel’s tribes. In the first row there was ruby, topaz and beryl, the second row had turquoise, sapphire and emerald, the third row jacinth, agate and amethyst and in the fourth row there was chrysolite, onyx and jasper. They were all mounted in gold filigree settings, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved with the name of one of the twelve tribes. (Exodus,Chapter 39:9-14, New International Version)

Throughout history, many have believed that gemstones hold special powers for those that wear them. In the 8th and 9th centuries, gemstones were believed to be connected to the twelve apostles. Since that time, the twelve gemstones have been related to zodiac signs and birth months. It is believed that the actual wearing of birthstones more than likely originated in Poland around the 15th and 16th century. Some believed that the powers of a gemstone for a particular month were heightened by the wearer. For this reason, it is believed that people wore the different birthstones for each month hoping to achieve the full effects of that particular stone.

In 1912 the Jewelers of America organized an official list that would connect each month with a particular stone.  This list is still used today to identify the stone that represents the month.

Stop back each month to see our post about the birthstone of the month!

Ye Olde Clock and Gift Shoppe, in Dallas, PA is a family-owned business since 1968. We hand select our clocks, fine collectibles, curio cabinets, watches and jewelry from craftsman all over the world. Our expert staff provides old fashioned, personalized customer service. We offer a dedicated service department on the premises. We gladly accept special orders and ship everywhere. Visit us and select your family heirloom today. www.yeoldeclockshoppe.com