A birthstone represents the month of a person’s birth. The tradition is thought to date back to the 1st century, when historian Josephus declared a link between the twelve stones in the armored breastplate of Aaron (the brother of Moses), the twelve months of the year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac. In 1912, the Jewelers of America created an official list, which was updated by the Jewelry Industry Council of America in 1952, and this is the one that guides us today.
However, it is the color that has special significance, not the type of stone. The birthstones that we associate with specific months are not necessarily the same as in ancient times. For example, our ancestors would not have distinguished between a ruby and a garnet: both are red, and it is the color red that has significance for those born in January under the sign of Capricorn.
In the Swarovski assortment, the opulent deep red tone of Siam crystals perfectly signifies the Capricorn’s birthstone. Siam changes under different light sources, just as Capricorns modify their behavior to get ahead. Those who want to improve their status, boost their self-esteem, or even invite romance, will benefit from wearing rich red Siam. It symbolizes faith, love and courage, and its properties are said to keep the wearer safe during travel, help boost energy levels, and even prevent nightmares in children!