You may have always thought of birthstones as simply being categorized by the month in which you were born. As the tradition has been alive since ancient times, a variety of ways to group birthstones have developed and evolved throughout the years: modern, traditional, mystical, Ayurvedic, Hebrew, planetary and by zodiac sign. For your ease, we have grouped all the stones in each of these categories with their applicable month, so that no matter what type of birthstone you're looking for, you can find it.
- "Traditional" birthstones are ancient and were society based, frequently matching up to the Gregorian calendar. A charming little collection of short poems related to these such birthstones, was published in a pamphlet for Tiffany & Co released in 1917. To read, click here.
- The "modern" classification of birthstones was created in 1912 by the (American) National Association of Jewelers, in an effort to standardize the practice.
- "Mystical" birthstones originated with the Tibetans.
- "Ayurvedic" birthstones come from the traditions of ancient India, where birthstones played a role in medicine and philosophy.
- "Hebrew" birthstones date back to the Judeo-Christian belief in the correlation between the 12 stones in Aaron's breastplate, the twelve months of the year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac. They can also correspond to the 12 tribes of Israel.
- "Planetary" stones pull together the ideas of Ayurvedic medicine and astrology, with different stones used to harmonize the energy from the planets and their influence on your life.
- Zodiac birthstones relate to astrology, specifically the sun sign under which you were born.
Planetary: Lapis Lazuli
Planetary: Tiger Eye
Planetary: Rock Crystal
Hebrew: Aquamarine / Beryl
Modern: Yellow Topaz
Hebrew: Yellow Topaz
Modern: Blue Topaz
Traditional: Blue Zircon