Weird Things You Should Know About Your Birthstone

Have you heard that birthstones have healing abilities?

If you thought birthstones were purely for decoration, think again. Birthstones have been believed to have healing powers and therapeutic qualities for years, and there are tons of legends about what each does. Learn more below.

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Keep winter blues at bay with the healing powers of January's fiery red stone.

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Stone: Garnet

Month: January

Color: Mostly deep red, but can also be found in a rainbow of colors.

Healing Powers: Promotes romantic love and passion. ;)

Where It's Found: All over the world. But unlike other gemstones, garnets aren't mined underground—they're typically found as pebbles in rivers and streams.

Nickname: Warrior's Stone

Fruity Origins: "Garnet" derives from the Latin word granatum, meaning seed—inspired by the stone's resemblance to the inside of a pomegranate.

Gross, but True: One of the largest garnets, known as the "Subway Garnet" or the Kunz Garnet, was found in 1885 underneath New York City during a sewer excavation. It weighs nine pounds, is about 430 million years old, and you can see it at the American Museum of Natural History.

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The Garnet Hit List:

January Garnet Birthstone Necklace with Initial Charm by OhKoul, $23, etsy.com.

Italian 5.75 Carat Garnet Ring in 18k Gold Over Sterling, $90, ross-simons.com.

Tsavorite Garnet Lash Studs, $442, bario-neal.com/lash-studs.

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February's stone is a symbol of deep love—aka the perfect excuse to buy yourself a Valentine's Day gift

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Stone: Amethyst

Month: February

Color: Ranges from light lavender to deep violet.

Healing Powers: Reduces insomnia and helps with meditation. Om.

Where It's Found: Zambia, Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, Argentina, and the U.S.

Nickname: Jewel of the Gods

Ancient Beliefs:  "Amethyst" derives from the Greek word for "not drunk." The stone was believed to keep the wearer clear-headed by warding off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the god of wine.

Dream Catcher: Ahlamah, the Hebrew word for amethyst, means "dream." The purple quartz was said to cause visions—and if you have a vision featuring an amethyst it means you're protected from danger.

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The Amethyst Hit List:

Amethyst Ring, $51, bellcarina.com.

Amethyst Cuff Bracelet by Alanna Bess Jewelry, $105, gilt.com.

Amethyst Stalactite Slice Cufflinks, $425, stanleykorshak.com.

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Stone: Aquamarine

Month: March

Color: Barely-there light blue to a bluish-green shade.

Healing Powers: Fear no more! Aquamarine clears the mind and calms the nerves.

Where It's Found: The majority of aquamarines are found in Brazil.

Safety First: Ancient Greeks and Romans believed aquamarine to be the treasure of mermaids, so sailors carried the gem with them across the sea to ensure safe travels.

Hot Topic: When aquamarine is heated, the green undertones disappears to reveal a pure, light blue.

Psychic Energy: In the Middle Ages, aquamarine was cut into crystal balls for gazing into the future. Queen Elizabeth I's own astrologer, Dr. John Dee, used the stone to figure out the best day for her coronation.

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The Aquamarine Hit List:

Anni Aquamarine Necklace by Leah Alexandra, $130, garmentory.com.

Water Lily Ring by Kataoka, $5,380, catbirdnyc.com.

Frequency Raw Stone Ring by Boho Gypsy, $40, ahalife.com.

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April showers feel less dreary when you have a shiny rock to brighten your day.

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Stone: Diamond

Month: April

Color: Variety of shades—but the commonly known diamonds are colorless and transparent.

Healing Powers: Works as an energy amplifier and promotes prosperity.

Where It's Found: Russia is the top producing country of diamonds—or should we say алмаз.

Write This Down: Diamonds are made of pure carbon, which, when arranged in a different molecular formation, creates graphite. Yep, the kind found in pencils.

Dig Deeper: It takes billions of years for diamonds to form from pressure about 100 miles beneath earth's surface. Then, volcanic activity is needed to push them upward so they're reachable for excavation. That might help explain the price.

Consider Some Color: While clear diamonds may be the most classic of the gem, blue, green, orange, and red diamonds are the rarest. The Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat blue gem that once belonged to Marie Antoinette and now resides at the Smithsonian Museum, is rumored to be cursed. 

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The Diamond Hit List:

Riva Diamond Wave Cuff, $508, monicavinader.com.

Lash Mini Studs, $190, bario-neal.com.

Luna Ring, $4,200, pamelalove.com.

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Born in May? Lucky you—emeralds are thought to bring good fortune.

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Stone: Emerald

Month: May

Color: Vibrant green

Healing Powers: Emerald is thought to stimulate the heart chakra, bringing about emotional wellness.

Where It's Found: Colombia is the world's largest producer of emeralds, followed by Zambia.

Better Than Sunglasses: The Roman Emperor Nero is said to have watched gladiator matches through an emerald to shield his eyes from the glare of the sun.

Pretty Hurts: Most emeralds have inclusions, a.k.a imperfections. It's actually extremely rare to find a natural emerald without flaws. (We can't relate.)

Steady Target: The Romans believed that emerald represented Venus, the Goddess of Love. It was the favorite stone of couples and lovers, giving Cupid a better chance at striking an arrow.

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The Emerald Hit List:

Chained to My Heart Earrings, $90, catbirdnyc.com.

Marquise Emerald Crown Necklace, $550, jenniekwondesigns.com.

Mini Bolt Earring by Andrea Fohrman, $355, net-a-porter.com.

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