Did you know Birthstones?
- Did you know there are over 20 different birthstones? Each one representing a different kind of birth you can have.
- Did you know the most valuable birthstone is yours because you're the most valuable person!
- Did you know that every mom ever has an ugly birthstone necklace in a drawer?
- Did you know that before the fell to the orc hordes the Mines of Moria were known for producing topaz keepsakes?
- Did you know birthstones are terrible gifts unless yours is diamonds?
- Did you know birthstones are based on astrological signs which makes them the tools of the devil?
- Did you know JFK and Abraham Lincoln had the same birthstones?
- Did you know that if you don't know someones birthstone you can just get them a large geode paperweight instead?
- Did you know that an Amethyst should never date a Peridot?
- Did you know Aquamarine is my favorite birthstone and teen mermaid movie?
A birthstone is a gift of a precious material (jewelry, mainly gemstones; themselves traditionally associated with various qualities) that symbolizes the month of birth in the Gregorian calendar. It is sometimes also called birthday stone (cf. infra; but that word is, confusingly, sometimes used as a synonym for an anniversary gift, which is related to the recipient's age, that is, year of birth).
Often combined with modern birthstone lists, traditional birthstones are older society-based birthstones. Since many different cultures had their own list, jewelers' lists are often inconsistent over what constitutes a traditional birthstone. The table below contains many stones which are popular choices, often reflecting Polish tradition.
The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether these verses below are of the originally Gregorian calendar or not. In fact Tiffany & Co. published these poems "of unknown author" for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.
Three of the verses are repeats,
The Following is the list of Birthstones for your reference.
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