Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The origin of the birthstone

Babies born in April are blessed with one of the most popular and valuable stones available: the Diamond. But this amazing gemstone has left many to question:

  • Why does April get the diamond?
  • Where and when did birthstones originate?

These precious gems date back to the breastplate of Aaron ( details and explanations are pictured below)

Holy scripture: Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord, upon his two shoulders, for a memorial.... And Aaron shall bear the names of the Children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the Holy Place.' -- EXODUS xxviii.12,29.
Twelve precious stones were placed upon a square to form a breastplate attachment. Each stone, varying in color, was set into a gold socket and a tribe name was etched on each gem. It is unclear as to why a particular tribe was assigned to a specific stone, there are theories but no proof

In the present day, some have adorned the breastplate of Aaron in a modern fashionable way (see bracelet below). These stones have been directly linked to the birthstone selection.

There are also many legends that link specific powers and therapeutic abilities to the stones. It has been said throughout time that wearing a gemstone during the month it was assigned stimulates healing powers from within. 

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