What Month is Turquoise a Birthstone for?
What Month is Turquoise a Birthstone for?Turquoise is a birthstone for the month of DECEMBER
Sagittarius - November 23 - December 21
History of Birth StonesA birthstone is a gemstone, usually in the form of personal jewellery. They may be precious stones - such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires - or semi-precious, which includes practically all the others including turquoise.
The first record of a special gem for each month is found in the Bible. Exodus describes how, in 1250 BC, Moses spent 40 days in the mountains, he then returned with instructions to make a breastplate for the High Priest of the Hebrews. The breastplate featured twelve gems which were later linked with the signs of the zodiac, and eventually associated with the months in the year. These twelve stones - one for each of the names of the sons of Israel were engraved with the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Later these became associated with the 12 apostles. It became customary to keep twelve stones and wear one a month. Wearing a single birthstone is only a few centuries old,
Turquoise as a BirthstoneEach stone is considered to possess enhanced healing powers during its month. Thus, if you are born in December, then your birthstone is Turquoise, and you will get the most benefit from this stone by wearing turquoise jewellery in December.
Turquoise is considered to be a symbol of good fortune, bringing prosperity and success to its wearer. It is also valued as a love charm, and has long been popular as a gift to a loved one.
So what about the healing powers of Turquoise? This beautiful stone is believed relieve headaches and reduce inflammation. Turquoise traditionally was a barometer of its wearer’s health, turning pale in illness and losing colour in death, there is some truth in this as turquoise will lose the intensity of its colour if it gets wet or greasy; it’s not hard to imagine a very ill person damaging their turquoise via perspiration, thus giving rise to this legend. For probably the same reason a change in turquoise colour is supposed to indicate the infidelity of a wife! No wonder it is a popular gift to a loved one! And that’s not all; The Navajo believed that turquoise pieces, thrown into a river would bring much needed rain, whilst the Apache believed that a turquoise attached to a bow would ensure accurate aim. And In the 3rd century, it was even believed to protect its owner from falling off a horse.
If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whatever you do.