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Early civilizations in both India and Babylon as far back as 3000 BC attributed rare and beautiful gemstones with magical properties. The early gem buyers sought advice from astrologers first, in hopes that they could influence the forces that were identified with the planets in their favor. There was no formal classification of gemstones, a gem was assigned each sign of the zodiac based on a color system. Color was thought to unleash the power attributed to the stone.The Indian and Babylonian systems both linked the ruling planets with their corresponding gems. Giving rise to the zodiac type system that we use today.


Josephus in his writings, proclaimed a connection between the twelve stones in the High Priest's breastplate, the twelve months of the year and the twelve signs of the zodiac. It was not until the 18th century in Poland, that there is any documentation of people actually wearing birth stones or zodiac stones. People wore or carried gemstones at first, for their therapeutic and medicinal properties. These properties were then associated with characteristics of the zodiac, making them talismans for those born in the same months.


Stones in the High Priest's Breastplate


Birth Month
Zodiac
Breastplate Placement

Zodiac Gemstone

Quick Characteristics
 January
 (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Stone 11 

 
Beryl

Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous 

 February
 (Feb 19 - Mar 20)

Stone 12 

 
Jasper

Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive 

 March
 (Mar 21- Apr 19)

 Stone 1

 
Carnelian

Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious 

 April
 (Apr 20 - May 20)

 Stone 2

 
Peridot

Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience 

 May
 (May 21 - Jun 20)

 Stone 3

 
Emerald

Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable 

 June
 (Jun 21 - Jul 22)

Stone 4 

 
Ruby

Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective 

 July
 (Jul 23 - Aug 22)

Stone 5 

 
Lapis lazuli

Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative 

 August
 (Aug 23 - Sep 22)

Stone 6 

 
Onyx

Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful 

 September
 (Sep 23 - Oct 22)

Stone 7 

 
Sapphire

Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection 

 October
 (Oct 24 - Nov 21)

Stone 8 

 
Agate

Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding 

 November
 (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

 Stone 9

 
Amethyst

Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism

 December
 (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

Stone 10 

 
Topaz

Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful