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Third eye brooch with mobile iris in sapphires - Ilona Orel on 58 Facettes

Stones and horoscope: discover your birthstone!

Like the diversity of stones, different peoples have found virtues in gems. From astronomy to precious stones, Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) had already tackled these different themes in his work "Natural History", composed of 37 works and laying the foundations of natural sciences. To better choose your jewelry, let yourself be guided through the spectrum of birthstones.

January stone: garnet

Garnets have been known since the 3rd century BC and detailed by Pliny the Elder as "hot coal". These stones were used to cut other harder stones, but also by the Merovingians to adorn their jewelry. Garnet is best known in Central Europe, used on vermeil jewelry. This stone is usually dark red, but the more pink “rhodolite” version has gained a lot of value today.
Astral Garnet Ring - Unique by Schaix on 58 Facettes
Birthstone: Its red color gives energy and vitality to people born at the beginning of the year. It also provides protection against harmful energies, a well-being so precious in our time.
Amethyst triangle stud earrings - Lucky One Jewelry on 58 Facettes

February Stone: amethyst

Purple in color, amethyst refers to the color of the wine. Pliny the Elder evokes with a certain irony these beliefs attached to this stone like the Romans who drank from cups of amethyst to protect themselves from drunkenness. In Brazil, where the deposits are the most important, amethyst is also used for lithotherapy (treatment with stones).
Birthstone: Its colors ranging from light purple to darker bring fullness and concentration. It is also the month of Valentine's Day and amethyst will help you in your determination to declare your love!

March Stone: aquamarine

Light blue in color, aquamarine meaning "sea water" has long been used as a talisman by sailors, to protect them from the wrath of Poseidon or especially storms. One of the most sought after is the deep blue colored Santa Maria aquamarine from the Brazilian deposit.
Roma Azzura ring in aquamarine - Manal Paris on 58 Facettes
Birthstone: Its soothing light blue color brings serenity and releases buried emotions. A perfect stone to find inner peace.
Diamond river bracelet - Arié Mergui on 58 Facettes

April Stone: the diamond

The diamond comes from the Greek name adamas meaning the indomitable, a material forged by the gods. Pliny the Elder renamed it diamond in his work Natural History. The oldest diamonds come from India's Golconda mine with its Koh-I-Noor and Cullinan diamonds which are part of the Crown Treasures of England. Unlike today, this stone was mostly worn by kings.
Birthstone: The purity of the diamond could only bring strength and courage. His indomitable strength will give you great energy for your projects and in the face of adversity.

May Stone: emerald

The emerald takes its name from the Persian word zamarat meaning heart of stone. In the 16nd millennium BC, it was used as a currency in Babylon and in Egypt as decorative objects. It was in the XNUMXth century that new deposits were found in Brazil with the Muzo mine, still in operation today. Emerald, from the beryl family, is fascinating with its multiple inclusions which are also poetically called "gardens" and which so fascinated Elizabeth Taylor.
Emerald and diamond Art Deco ring - Philomène Thebault on 58 Facettes
Birthstone: The green color brings calm and serenity. Emerald is the stone of friendship par excellence and peaceful relationships.
Boucheron Esmeralda necklace in white gold, diamonds and moonstone - Miller sur 58 Facettes

June stone: moon stone

Poetically, the Greeks and Romans believed that this stone was a piece of a solidified moonbeam. This stone was particularly used for weddings in Ancient Greece. With its iridescent reflection ranging from silvery white to blue, the moonstone is particularly beautiful in the form of a cabochon.
Birthstone: Particularly feminine with its multiple colors, the moonstone is liée to love for the family or for the child. A happiness and a feeling of fullness that can only do good.

July Stone: ruby

Its name comes from the Latin "rubeus" which means red and ruby, which is from the corundum family, has long been confused with spinels. The most beautiful specimens come from the Mogok valley in Burma. These mines produce intense colored rubies, called "pigeon blood". In the Middle Ages, the ruby ​​was considered a magic stone with prophetic powers or for the Indians, it was used to dispel the anger of the gods.
White gold ring, oval ruby ​​surrounded by diamonds - Miller on 58 Facettes
Birthstone: Today, we especially remember its flamboyant color evoking the fires of passion. Close to the heart, the ruby ​​is the emblem of love and loyalty.
Yellow gold, diamond and peridot ring - Miller sur 58 Facettes

August stone: peridot

Pliny the Elder called it at the time Paederos and admired its luminous green color, describing "no stone captivates the eyes more pleasantly and more gently". The first peridots were exploited from the 1st millennium BC. J.-C on the Egyptian island of Zabargad. Moreover, it was one of the favorite stones of Queen Cleopatra who celebrated it as the stone of the sun.
Birthstone: Particularly bright, peridot brings balance and inner peace. Its green color puts you in contact and in total osmosis with nature.

September Stone: sapphire

The origin of the word is multiple: from sapphirus from the Greek meaning blue or from Sanskrit sanipriya meaning the sacred stone of Saturn. In Indian astrology, this stone is related to this planet. The most sought-after sapphires are those from Kashmir of an incomparable intense blue and reaching record prices. Sapphires can have the colors of the rainbow, but the rarest is the Padparadja sapphire from Sri Lanka with a pink-orange color.
Juliet Bouton d'or pendant with sapphire - Marina Cabanel Joaillerie on 58 Facettes
Birthstone: In harmony with the color of the sky, sapphire promotes spiritual elevation. This stone also promotes concentration and creativity.
White gold, tourmaline ring - Atelier Christely on 58 Facettes

October Stone: tourmaline

Its name comes from the Sinhala "Turmali", spoken in Sri Lanka and which means "stone with mixed colors". It must be said that the chromatic diversity is extraordinary, ranging from pink to green ending with black on the same raw tourmaline crystal. When we cut this stone into slices, we can experience this effect called "watermelon". In addition, the phenomenon of pyroelectricity of this stone was discovered by the Swedish Carl von Linné in the 18th century, the tourmaline being charged with electricity under pressure or heat.
Birthstone: This well-channeled energy helps to develop concentration and calm. Tourmaline will bring you emotional comfort and give you self-confidence.

November Stone: citrine

The origin of the Latin word "citrus" evokes the fruit and its lemon yellow color. This bright color is very rare and it can have more orange colors, but it is often in this case heated amethysts. In Ancient Greece, citrine was used as an intaglio, a stone engraved with patterns or symbols. In Brazil, it is also used in lithotherapy to give energy.
White gold ring, lemon citrine - Atelier Christely on 58 Facettes
Birthstone: A cheerful stone with bright colors, citrine brings joy to life and vitality. Stone of balance, it eliminates negative energies.
Pixel earrings with topaz - Tropical Thursday on 58 Facettes

December stone: topaz

The origins of the word are multiple: from Sanskrit “tapaz” meaning fire or coming from Topazos island (today called Zebirget in the Red Sea). This stone is mentioned in the Bible as one of the twelve stones used to found Jerusalem. The most sought-after orange color is imperial topaz, only mined in Brazil. Its name was given in honor of Emperor Peter II and his wife Thérèse-Christine de Bourbon-Siciles. Stone has become fashionable in all European courts.
Birthstone: Like citrine, topaz brings joy and positive energy. It encourages communication with the outside world, which comes at the right time around the end of the year holidays!

 

Article written by Kyra Brenzinger - Editor-in-chief.

Cover photo: Third Eye brooch with mobile iris in white gold and blue sapphires - Ilona Orel
Photo 1: Garnet Astral Ring - Unique by Schaix
Photo 2: Triangle stud earrings with amethyst - Lucky One Jewerly
Photo 3: Roma Azzura ring with aquamarine - Manal Paris
Photo 4: Diamond River Bracelet - Arie Mergui
Photo 5: Art Deco style ring, emerald and diamonds - Philomène Thebault
6 Photo: Boucheron Esmeralda necklace in white gold, diamonds and moonstone (second hand) - Miller
7 Photo: White gold ring, oval ruby ​​surrounded by diamonds (second hand) - Miller
8 Photo: Yellow gold, diamond and peridot ring (second hand) - Miller
Photo 9: Juliette buttercup pendant with blue sapphire - Marina Cabanel Joaillerie
Photo 10: White gold, tourmaline ring - Atelier-Christely
Photo 11: Ring in white gold, lemon citrine - Atelier-Christely
Photo 12: Pixel earrings with topaz - Tropical Thursday

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