There is something particularly special about a piece of jewelry that is unique to our birth month and star sign. Nothing is more beautifully appropriate or personal than jewelry that reflects the recipient’s sign of the Zodiac and birthstone color. They make excellent birthday gifts and no matter the age - whether they are eight, eighteen or eighty - it is quite simply always right.
So it is that Swarovski has created an assortment of Birthstone Crystals that echo the twelve birthstone colors. Each sign of the Zodiac has its corresponding shade in a variety of crystal cuts and shapes. This allows for creating various necklaces, bracelets and rings with simple or complex designs.
There’s nothing new about birthstones. Historians believe that the concept dates back to the Bible’s Book of Exodus 28: 17–21, where Moses gave instructions on making a breastplate for Aaron, the high priest of the Hebrews. These included the addition of twelve precious gemstones representing the twelve sons of Jacob, after whom the tribes of Israel were named. Experts think that the time of each son’s birth influenced the stone selection.
Later, in 40 AD, the historian Titus Flavius Josephus made the connection between the twelve stones and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Each stone was said to have powers that derive from its corresponding astrological sign, giving the wearer talismanic—even therapeutic—benefits.
Fast-forward to the modern era, and research suggests that the practice of wearing a stone associated with the month of one’s birth began among the gem traders in 18th century Poland. What we recognize, today, as the birthstone list was finally set down in 1912 by the US National Association of Jewelers, and has remained unchanged ever since.