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Traditions from Around the World:
Birthstones, Flowers and Colors

The birthstones tradition can be traced back to the first century. The stones were used in the breastplate of Jewish High Priests.

The breast plate full of stones, symbolised 12 Israel tribes. Each stone was dedicated to one of the 12 months.


Month Flower Stone Meaning Colors
January Carnation, Snowdrop
Garnet, Emerald, Rose Quartz.
Loyalty, Constancy Black, Dark Blue, Dark Red
February Violet, Primrose
Amethyst, Bloodstone, Onyx, Moonstone.
Sincerity Light Blue, Yellow and purple
March Jonquil, Violet
Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal.
Courage White, Light Blue
April Sweet Pea, Daisy
Diamond, Opal, Quartz, White Sapphire.
Innocence Yellow, Red and colorless
May Lily of the Valley, Hawthorne
Emerald, Sapphire, Agate, Chrysoprase, Beryl.
Success in Love Yellow, Red and green
June Rose
Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite, Agate, Opal.
Good Health Light Blue, White and cream
July Delphinium, Larkspur, Water Lily
Ruby, Carnelian.
Happiness, Contented Mind Green, Russet and red
August Gladiolus, Poppy
Sardonyx, Peridot, Diamond, Jade, Sapphire.
Friendship, Conjugal Felicity Orange, Red and light green
September Aster, Morning Glory
Sapphire, Agate, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, Chrsolite.
Shrewdness, Love, Clear Thinking Brown, deep blue
October Marigold, Calendula, Cosmos
Opal, Tourmaline, Jasper, Zircon, Aquamarine.
Hope White, Yellow and varied
November Chrysanthemum
Citrine, Yellow Topaz, Pearl, Topaz, Diamond.
Fidelity, Faithfulness Dark Blue, Red and yellow
December Daffodil, Narcissus, Holly
Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Zircon, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Ruby.
Prosperity Indigo, Green, greenish-blue



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