There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly!
Wealth | Generosity | Spirituality | Strength | Harmony | Good luck
The stone Agate (Greek: Aχάτης) discovered by Theophrastus, the Greek philosopher and naturalist, along the riverbank of the Achates in Sicily between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
Agate is the stone of harmony, increases energy, concentration and emotional strength, enhances creativity, self-confidence, longevity, and dispels fears, negative energy and stress.
It is an excellent stone for rebalancing and harmonising body, mind and spirit. It cleanses and stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity. Agate enhances mental function, improving concentration, perception and analytical abilities. It soothes and calms, healing inner anger or tension and creates a sense of security and safety.
Optimism | Focus | Grounding | Protection | Balance
The name of the stone Hematite derived from the Greek word Αίμα – haima or ema meaning blood.
Hematite grounds and protects us. It strengthens our connection with the earth, making us feel safe and secure. It endows us with courage, strength, endurance and vitality. A “stone for the mind”, Hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought.
Hematite utilizes the magnetic qualities of our yin-yang energies to balance the meridians within the body and to provide a stable equilibrium between the ethereal nervous system and the physical nervous system. It focuses energy and emotions for balance between the body, mind and spirit.
Dissolves negativity and prevents you from absorbing the negativity of others. Haematite is strong, supporting timidity, boosting self-esteem and survivability, enhancing willpower and reliability, and imparting confidence. It helps to overcome compulsions and addictions, treating overeating, smoking and other forms of overindulgence.
Protection | Mental stability | Psychic development | Memory | Intelligence
The name pyrite comes from the Greek word pyr – πυρ meaning fire, because pyrite actually emits sparks when it’s struck by iron. It has been used to start fires since prehistoric times.
Pyrite enhances mental stability, logic, analysis and memory.
It is a powerful protection stone and brings good luck and fortune which shields and protects against all forms of negative vibrations and/or energy, working on the physical, etheric, and emotional levels. It stimulates the intellect and enhances memory, helping to recall relevant information when needed. Pyrite assists one in seeing behind facades, promoting an understanding of that which lies beneath words and actions. The ancient Incas used Pyrite for meditation and divination.
Pyrite inspires the universal energies to activate the nourishing energies of the body. It encourages the ideal of health, intellect, and emotional well-being. It allows one to recognise the purity of the universe.
Calming | Creativity | Relaxing
The stone Howlite discovered in 1868 from Henry How, a geologist and mineralogist, near Windsor, Nova Scotia. Howlite is a wonder stone for calming and relaxation; reduce stress, anger and anxiety. It can help develop patience, tolerance, and a positive outlook on life.
Howlite is an aid to insomnia, especially when caused by an overactive mind. Formulates ambitions and aids in achieving them. Howlite strengthens memory and stimulates desire for knowledge. It teaches patience and helps to eliminate rage, pain and stress. Calms communication, facilitates awareness and encourages emotional expression.
Inspiration | Success | Regeneration | Vitality | Self-Confidence
– Birthstone of January –
Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem for the second anniversary.
Garnet comes in many different colours. The word Garnet comes from the 14th‑century Middle English word “gernet”, meaning “dark red”. Also the name garnet is derived from the word pomegranate, because the deep red varieties of the gemstone resemble the seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Garnet is believed to bring a sense of calm, when worn.
Typical colours – Most often seen in red, but available in virtually all colours, including: pink, green, orange, yellow, brown and black
Garnet is a stone of regeneration and energising and can boost the energy of an entire system so as to revitalise it. Also, considered a stone of increasing commitment, honesty, hope, and faith. It is a stone of positive thoughts, which is said to dispel and relieve depression.
Garnet cleanses and re-energises the chakras. It revitalises, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. Inspires love and devotion. It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Stimulates past-life recall. Sharpens perceptions of oneself and others. Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos. It opens the heart and bestows self-confidence.
A stone of commitment, Red Garnet represents love. It revitalises feelings and enhances sexuality, bringing warmth, devotion, understanding, trust, sincerity and honesty to a relationship. Red Garnet controls anger, especially toward the self.
Intuition | Optimism | Love | Loyalty | Balance | Expression of love and carrying
– Birthstone of September –
The word sapphire comes from the Greek word “sappheiros”, meaning blue stone. Sapphire is the second-hardest crystal after diamond.
- Sapphire is a 5th and a 45th Anniversary gemstone.
- Typical colors – Blue, yellow, black, pink, white, indigo, green
Known as the “wisdom stone”, each color of Sapphire brings its own particular wisdom. It releases mental tension, depression, unwanted thoughts and spiritual confusion. Sapphire restores balance within the body, aligning the physical, mental and spiritual planes, bringing serenity and peace of mind. It stimulates concentration, brings lightness, joy and peace of mind. Sapphire is also known as a “stone of prosperity”, attracting gifts of all kinds and fulfilling dreams and desires.
Associated with anything permanent and reliable, the sapphire is worn by many women around the world as their engagement ring. Sapphire symbolizes loyalty and faithfulness, and expresses love and carrying.
It is also the gemstone for the 5th wedding anniversary.