Who decided the list of birthstones for each month?
On August 12, 1912, the American National Retail Jewellers Association arbitrarily decided on a list of birthstones for each month, adding to or changing many of the traditional stones to those more commercially viable. In other words, a month was allocated to the stones which would make them most money. In 1938 the American Gem Society adopted this list for use by its members.
The modern idea of "birthstones" was established merely on the basis of maximizing profit with no reference to its esoteric astrological roots.
|MONTH|| || BIRTHSTONE|
| January|| Garnet|
| February|| Amethyst|
| March|| Bloodstone|
| April|| Diamond|
| May|| April|
| June|| Pearl / Moonstone|
| July|| Ruby|
| August|| Sardonyx / Peridot|
| September|| Sapphire|
| October|| Opal / Pink Tourmaline|
| November|| Topaz / Citrine|
| December|| Turquoise / Zircon|
The idea of birthstones is however, rooted in fact. The exact time of birth, not merely month, indicates which gems are most beneficial for us as individuals. Over 5000 years ago the rishis, (translates from Sanskrit as "seers"), understood the correlations and underlying unity of all things. Through astrological science, Divine revelation and mystic vision they established the original Vedic astrology and actual idea of birthstones.
Something for the understandably sceptical among us to consider, is that they recorded complex calculations that precisely plotted the orbits of the planets, long before modern telescopes.
If you want to experience the genuine transformational properties of gems, the list of birthstones for each month has to be seen for what it is - a scam. Is it really possible to enhance our health or relationships based on the marketing strategies of the jewellery industry?
Each planet rules and resonates with their respective gems and by strengthening well placed planets with the appropriate gem, all areas ruled by that planet are enhanced. Talismans of this type have been used and recorded by many ancient civilizations. Gemstones have always been considered precious and attributed metaphysical qualities.
If jewellery industry just made up a list of birthstones for each month, how do we know which gems are genuinely beneficial birthstones?
The only way to find your real birthstone is for a professional astrologer to analyse your birth chart and determine which planets are suitably placed for strengthening with their respective birthstones.
"Thereupon, when all the good signs of the zodiac gradually evolved, the heir apparent of Pandu, who would be exactly like him in prowess, took birth." - Translation of the 5000 year old Sanskrit text Srimad Bhagavatam
"Astronomical calculations of stellar influences upon a living being are not suppositions but are factual, as confirmed in Srimad Bhagavatam. Every living being is controlled by the laws of nature at every minute....As stated in the Bhagavad-Gita (3.9), every action of the body produces another reaction which is binding upon us....A man's destiny is therefore ascertained by the birthtime constellation of stars, and a factual horoscope is made by a learned astrologer. It is a great science." - HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Sir Isaac Newton, when chided by Haley (the discoverer of the comet) for believing such a "superstition" as astrology, is reported to have said: "It is evident that you have not looked into astrology; I have."
"That we can now think of no mechanism for astrology is relevant but unconvincing. No mechanism was known, for example, for continental drift when it was proposed by Wegener. Nevertheless, we see that Wegener was right, and those who objected on the grounds of unavailable mechanism were wrong." - Carl Sagan
"The stars in the heavens sing a music if only we had ears to hear." - Pythagoras
"Courteous Reader, Astrology is one of the most ancient Sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the Wise and the Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight in Battle, in short, no important affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer." - Benjamin Franklin"I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there." - Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551-479 BC)