if one was born in the month of April. The birthstone that is most commonly
known for April is the diamond on the most commonly used lists I have seen shows
it as the birthstone for the month of April. There are different lists
roaming around and we are going to explore some of the differences and of
course talk about the stones themselves.
Historically there have always been multiple lists for gemstones associated
with the month you are born in. They
tend to run by region and sometimes religious or spiritual influences. Let’s discuss some of the differences found
on the different lists.
Sapphires are the birthstone of choice, for the Roman Empire and on the Italian
Sapphire’s are listed on the modern birthstone chart as the birthstone for September.
Yet, that has not always been the case. I
have been able to find a reason or an exact date this change took place.
Did you know that sapphire means blue in the Greek language?
Which I find
appropriate, as the sapphire can range in color from pale almost clear blue to
a blue so dark it can be mistaken for black. There are other colors that can be
found that are sapphires, however they are always referred to with their color
in front of them. The blue sapphire is the only one referred to as simply
sapphire gemstone. Today 98% of the world’s sapphire is mined out of Australia.
Legend has it that sapphires are the stone of destiny. It is believed to be
able to provide both perception and mental clarity while at the same time
promoting personal financial prosperity for the wearer.
Diamonds are usually labeled a precious gemstone, though depending on the
quality of the stone can be classified as a semi-precious gemstone. They are also what you typically see on
birthstone list for the month of April.
A few of
those different lists are:
Most diamonds come out of Africa and are mostly used in jewelry. The clear
diamonds are the most popular; however they do come in green and blue colors.
Today diamonds are used for engagement rings and this is thought to be because
they symbolize innocence and constancy. Historically they have also been and
are still used as Crown jewels.
Folklore does not associate any specific healing properties to the diamond
gemstone. However, diamonds are thought to amplify the
energies associated with other gemstones. It is also believed as well that they
have the ability to block energies, if the wearer is generating negativity,
especially feelings of themselves and others. Trapping that negativity within
the wearer’s person, so they are unable to process and release it.
There is nothing wrong with diamonds; they are bright and shiny after all however,
in recent years they have become known as blood diamonds. This is due to the
practices behind the mining of the gemstones and the deaths that occur. While I
have no intention of going into the political or spiritual aspect of wearing
diamonds, now that this information is public, it is something that you should
keep in mind. Especially if you are purchasing a gift for someone else, who may
or may not be sensitive and/or have very strong convictions against wearing
birthstone list reflects the opal as the gemstone of choice for those born in
the month of April.
Opals are one of my favorite gemstones.
The many hues and colors that are reflected in them are enticing. The hue and color is very dependent upon
where the opals are mined from. While I have found no hard proof that the
birthstone charts that list opal meant white opal, it is implied heavily when
reading the history.
are believed to have angelic connections, allowing them to mean innocence in
nature. They are utilized to balance ones chakra’s and heal emotions to allow
the wearer to return to a more balanced state. The white opal is also said to
be a powerful stone for healing and achieving great things.
History shows that the ancient Romans believed the opal would bring good luck
and hope to the wearer.
Daffodil’s trumpet in the beginning of spring, as in most
parts of the world March is the time of year we start seeing signs of spring. A time of year that the weather is as
unpredictable as life, from one moment to the next, it can swing from snow, to
cold, wet and rainy to warm beautiful, sunny days.
Through it all you can find Daffodils starting to
grow, their tender green shoots popping up everywhere, indicating new beginnings.
The common name for daffodils is derived from an earlier
name “Affodell”, which is a variant of Asphodel. It is not known why the “d” was introduced
initially. Although a probable source is
the result of an etymological merging, from the Dutch article ”de”, as in “De
addodil”. “Daffadown dilly” or “daffadown
dilly” has appeared as a playful synonym of the name, since at least the
Narcissus is the botanic name for daffodils, which is a
genus of mainly hardy, spring flowering bulbs in the Amaryllis family. They are originally native to Europe, North Africa
and Asia. Gardeners in North America are
known for citing from 50 to 100 different types of daffodils. This number excludes any wild hybrids and
In Greek mythology, Narcissus is known as the
self-admirer. History reflects that
Narcissus fell in love with his image when he saw it in a pool of water. The center of the daffodil cup is said to
have been formed from the tears, he cried.
As the legend goes the Greek Gods thought Narcissus would
eventually starve to death, if he remained by the pool. To prevent this, they chose to turn him into
a flower. It is also a believed that the
daffodil was responsible for emanating evil and that evil manifested in the
form of madness and death. This is why
in their culture the daffodil is considered a symbol of death.
All Narcissus species
have a central trumpet, bowl, or disc shaped corona surrounded by a ring of six
floral leaves called the perianth which is united into a tube at the forward
edge of the ovary. The three outer segments are sepals, and the three inner
segments are petals. In laymen's terms this means the flowers of the daffodil
have a trumpet shaped structure with a backdrop in the shape of a star.
Traditional daffodils in folklore, poetry and history tend
to have a yellow color all over the flower.
According to the Victorian era lists I have found, the meaning associated with
the daffodil flower is uncertainty, chivalry, respect or unrequited love.
However, today they are more commonly known as symbolizing friendship and hope.
Fun filled quick facts about daffodils:
*Daffodils are the first flower to rise through the snowy
ground, signifying the coming of Spring - a natural time for new birth and
*The earliest known reference to Daffodils that has been located, can be found
in the 6th century A.D. writings of Prophet Mohammed.
Daffodils are a perennial
*Daffodils were brought to Britain by the Romans who thought that the sap from
Daffodils had healing powers. Actually the sap contains crystals that can
irritate the skin.
*Daffodils are a perennial, every
5 to 10 years, divide the clumps of bulbs in early summer.
*Daffodils are the traditional flowers for a 10th wedding anniversary!
* The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.
*In Wales it is traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David's Day (March 1).
*According to Chinese legend, the daffodil is a symbol of
good fortune. The daffodil is used as a symbol of the Chinese New Year and
if a daffodil blooms in your garden on New Year's Day, your house will have
good fortune for the entire year.
*Another of the rather amusing daffodil facts developed during medieval times.
Arabs extracted the juice of the daffodil for use as a cure for baldness. There
is no record to show how successful this “daffy” treatment may have been. Also,
the Arabians regarded the daffodil as an aphrodisiac.
Daffodils are a cheerful flower, the heralds the coming of spring; one of the
best flowers out there in my opinion that every gardener should include in
their gardens. These cheerful flowers
also make a perfect gift for anyone with a birthday in March. Daffodils
are a versatile flower that can bring a smile to just about everyone.
The birthstone for those born in the month of March is
aquamarine. Its origin is based in
legend; believed to have been first found, in the treasure chests belonging to
mermaids. From that legend spawned that
belief that aquamarine gemstones are a good luck charm for sailors.
The name aquamarine is from the Latin words meaning water
and sea. This is supported by the legend that says aquamarine was first found
in a mermaids treasure chest. This has led to the belief that if sailors wear
the gemstones it keeps them safe from harm and will prevent seasickness.
While in the middles ages it was thought of as an effective treatment for
anxiety. Also it was believed to be
effective in reducing the effect of poisons in the body. Additionally folklore, associates the
gemstone aquamarine with properties that would encourage faithfulness,
friendship and courage.
Others of the time and in times since have associated the
aquamarine gemstone with enhancing ones awareness and resulting in quicker
response times. Easing of communication problems
is believed to be eased when one wears the gemstone or has large pieces on
display where communication occurs.
Aquamarine is derived from two Latin words; one for “water”
and one for “sea”. Hence, not only being
a sailor’s good luck stone, it is also believed to relieve other water related calamities. From preventing seasickness to keeping one
safe from all water related harms.
Random cut Aquamarine
"By her who is this month was born
No gem save Aquamarines shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity."
Birthday gemstone lists have evolved over the
centuries. They have changed due to ease
of acquisition, new stones being discovered, and marketers of jewelry. Lists still contain differences, based on
culture and beliefs, though most people, especially in western cultures tend to
use the modern list.
The modern list was adopted in 1912 by the American National
Association of Jewelers. This is the
list most western cultures are used to seeing and using. Aquamarine is the gemstone listed as the
birthstone for those born in the month of March.
Aquamarine gemstones are part of the beryl gemstone
family. The finest quality stones have
an evenly distributed brilliant color and are typically free of inclusions. While the aquamarine used for bead shapes
usually contain numerous opaque areas and inclusions. The interesting thing about aquamarine is
that the darker more intense the color of the gemstone is the higher in value
it is considered.
Starting with, an almost colorless pale
blue, the aquamarine stones range in color to blue green and continuing through
to an almost teal color. The higher end
stones tend to be faceted, yet they do make beautiful cabochons.
While most of the other lists I have researched all list aquamarine as the
gemstone, regardless of their geographic location, I have found a two that show
different birthstones for the month of March.
Dating back to 1500 B.C. in Indian medicine and beliefs is the
Ayurvedic birthstone list. This
particular list indicates bloodstone semi-precious gemstones, which is green
with red inclusions. The name bloodstone comes from the Greek word “heliotrope”,
it was once thought that the red was a resemblance of blood spots.
On the “Mystical” birthstone list, it is the jade gemstone that is listed as
the stone for March. This list dates back
over 1000 years and is Tibetan in origin.
Jade is an interesting gemstone to study, as there are multiple types of
stones with two distinct and different sets of characteristics. It is a direct result of further study and
advancement of identifying the mineral composition that make up the gemstones.
Regardless of which gemstone you choose, or which list you
prefer, the rich history surrounding gemstones is fascinating. Visit our on-line boutique to see the variety of gemstones
we create with.
The color purple is
associated with quiet dignity.
The color purple implies
creativity within an individual.
The color purple is a rare
color found in nature. Which is why most
people associate the color with religious ceremonies, power, wealth, and especially royalty.
How does that translate to
Those people whom are
drawn to the color purple tend to have an alluring energy and are usually very charismatic
people. While some may give the
impression of being shy that is not usually the case for those who are drawn to
People drawn to the color purple tend to be
idealistic, they tend to have a great imagination and have no trouble dreaming
of the future.Their dreams tend to be
beyond what is reasonable to achieve and completely impractical.
The color purple is
actually a combination of the primary colors of red and blue. You can see this in the embodiment of red
stimulation and in the balance of blues calming effect that is reflected in the
personalities of those who are drawn to the color. It's the constant contradiction of both
high-energy and yet, people who like the color purple tend to be people who are
eccentric and very creative. Doesn't
that go hand-in-hand, because most people think creative people are bit eccentric.
So how does this play out
around the world?
In different cultures
purple plays a different part where as in Thailand widows morning their husbands
death tend to wear purple, While in the US. The US military awards Purple Heart's as a
symbol of valor, courage and bravery.
In Iran, the color purple
in traditions is believed to be a foretelling of what is about to happen.From what I can find this belief came about
because during an eclipse of the moon or of the sun, it looks purple.They believe when this occurs it is an omen
of bloodshed to occur within the coming year.
Purple is considered to be
sacred to the Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from amethyst semiprecious
gemstones. Going back in history and
looking at the Roman Emperor and they were referred to as the purple the color
of the Robe’s they wore. So those with
the rank of Roman Emperor always wore purple robes..
In Japan the color has
always been associated with wealth and position of power. This tradition can still be found today and
across the globe. You can find signs of
this as far back in history as the Greeks.
In Greek history the Caesars all wore purple, this being the equivalent
of a Roman Emperor. Both cultures leaders wore purple as the royal color.
In Egypt, the color purple
denotes virtue and faith in a person.
Now, I'm not sure if that is in regards to their religious beliefs or to
their personal character.
While in Britain. The color purple denotes the color of
mourning, yet only in a specific shade of purple, known as violet. That
is noted specifically for that, and it's also the color of religious fever.
What's interesting is the
variety of effects on the mind, body, which purple can have.We talked a little bit before about different
tendencies, some good, some bad of how color affects people differently.
It's believed purple that
can help uplift the one’s spirit. It is
believed to aid in the calming of the mind.
Also, it is believed to be a great color for people dealing with nervous
tendencies. For those looking for an assist,
it is believed to be a facilitating color in deeper spirituality pursuits. Nurturing
tendencies’ and sensitivities to others is believed to be enhanced by wearing
purple. While at the same time purple is believed to encourage one's
imagination and creativity.
You know, each person has their own opinion
when it comes to color and that is fantastic thing. As all people are unique and everyone experiences
things differently. I will always
associate the color purple with royalty.
Here at Entwined Vines Jewelry, we create a
lot with purple shades and tones. It is
a fun color and amethyst semi-precious gemstones are a joy to create with.
What are your thoughts on color and how they affect
different people differently?
Fed Ex has a small business grant opportunity, we found and applied for at the very last minute. This has the potential to be a fantastic opportunity for us. We need some help, though.
There are 3 steps to the process, we made it past the first one of applying and being accepted. The second step is the voting, this step is part of the process used to narrow down the applicants. Finally, the last step is writing a short essay, based on a question Fed Ex will send to 100 applicants.
The last day of voting is February 23, and you can vote once per day.
How would this help us? This grant would:
1.) Allow us to expand our business by funding the safety equipment and stable structure for our lampwork studio.
2.) We would be able to replace outdated equipment and purchase dedicated tools.
3.) It would enable us to fund the learning of new techniques and refine our skills through classes.
4.) As well as enabling us to continue our community work, while at the same time kick starting our business to the next level. To reach and share with even more women through community events, training's, an charities for women in need.
I think violets as the flower for February is perfect. Mostly because I love the fact that the
traditional color of violets are that violet pink red, which is perfect for
Valentine’s Day. The other reason I
think are perfect for February is that you can candy them. What better treat to pull off the shelf at
the end of a long winter in anticipation of spring that a sweet treat.
While most people do not think of candying flowers, this is actually
an ancient tradition. It is a habit of
culinary use that has lost its appeal, though we are starting to see a slow
shift in this area. A return to age old
recipes as society is starting to realize that our ancestors had the truth of
it, home grown, real food is the way in which to regain and maintain one’s
In my research I ran across and old hand written recipe, in
the family files. Though I am not sure
of which side of family or which of my relatives this recipe came from, though.
*Harvest chemical free, unblemished violet blossoms
*Lay them out on a paper towel to dry.
* Once dry paint (use a fine brush) lightly with beaten egg whites
*Sprinkle with sugar
*Let dry. The drying process will take several days. Length of time is going to
depend on where located, how warm you do or do not keep your house, where you
set them to dry. Drying to quickly will ruin them, drying to slowly and they
will mold. Do to the variance in dry time I recommend starting with a very
small batch or a couple of small batches and try different locations until you
find the perfect timing.
*Once dry store in an airtight jar. Preferably someplace dark and away from
light, so they will keep indefinitely. (A cupboard you are not into daily and
is temperament is perfect)
*Wash gently – this is tricky, what works well is fill a sink with barely under
room temperature water gently drop the blossoms in and dunk. A small handled
strainer, used to gently remove them (with as little water movement as
Note of Caution: (This was included at the end of the
recipe) While the flowers of violets are
edible, they should not be taken internally in large doses.
Candies violets are best when used as decoration atop cakes,
a plate of fruit, and in translucent jellies.
When used with chilled soups and punches, they make a lovely and
How long have violets been around? It has been confirmed that the Greeks were
cultivating violets as early as 500 B.C. Though it has not been confirmed it is
believed that the Greeks were cultivating them much earlier than that. In ancient Greek mythology
it is believed that when one wears a crown of violets it will ward off
headaches and dizzy spells.
Additional quick facts on violets:
-Violet originates from the Latin term viola
-Typically they have asymmetrical flowers and heart shaped
-The shape of their petals can help define many species of violets
-There are somewhere between 400 and 500 different species of violets
With 400 to 500 different species to choose from how does one decide? Look at
where you live and then narrow your search parameters down to the species that
will grow well in your region. They are
native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere. With varieties also found in Australasia,
Hawaii and in South America in the Andes.
Growing violets are relatively easy, especially if provide the right soil
conditions. They prefer moist and slightly
shaded growing conditions. Violets do
well as an indoor houseplant, especially when placed in either the bathroom window
or above the kitchen sink.
Violets can range in flower petal color from blue, white, to
purple and the occasional yellow. They typically flower between April and May.
Making them a perfect gift for someone with a birthday in February, especially
if they like to garden.
For the romantic, flowers have a language all their own. Violets when included in a nosegay, are one
who has or will have faithfulness and modesty. Each color then adds its own
additional twist of meaning, which is further affected by the other plants
added to the nosegay bouquet. While faithfulness and modesty are the wide held
meaning behind violets, due to the Victorian era. The violet was considered a
symbol of fertility and love by the ancient Greeks. So much so that they use to
create love potions out of the violets.
February is a great month to have a birthday, as it has one of my favorite
semi-precious stones as the birthstone for the month. The down side is there is very little discrepancy
between the different birthstone lists; leaving fewer options for someone to
choose from if shopping for birthstones, for an individual with a birthday in
the month of February.
Amethyst semi-precious gemstones are listed on the modern, the traditional, the Russian, the Roman, the Ayurvedic, the Italian and the Arabic birthstone lists.
In the research I have done there
are only two lists that I have found that show different birthstones for the
month of February. They are the Mystical
List and the Hindu list of birthstones.
Precious and semi-precious gemstone associations have
evolved over the centuries, due to a variety of factors. Reasons
range from the current ease of acquisition, to new stones being found. There has also been a marketing push to make
an attempt in standardizing the list for jewelry and gemstone sellers. Whichever reason, you want to attribute it
to, the lists have evolved and changed over time. It is nice to find one that has remained fairly
consistent as the chosen birthstone of the month for February.
Semi-precious amethyst is one of the most well-known
gemstones around. Its natural color
palette ranges and varies from clear, to a pale lilac, to an almost violet to
red-violet all the way to a deep dark purple.
Many stones have a natural combination of the varying color tones and
can even be found with white streaks running through them.
The word amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos". Which translates to "remedy for drunkenness”,
it is often referred to as the sobriety stone.
Colors of amethyst stones that can be found in nature vary from pale lilac to violet to
red-violet all the way through to a deep purple color.
The esoteric properties of amethyst include bringing stability, peace and
balance to the wearer. It is also believed to assist in healing headaches,
insomnia, arthritis, pain relief and assist in aiding in any general healing.
"The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear."
Esoterically, the amethyst gemstone is thought to bring one
stability, balance and peace when worn.
It is believed to assist someone who is suffering from headaches,
insomnia, arthritis, pain relief and aid in any general healing. It is also thought to be a peace bringing
semi-precious gemstone, when placed around your home.
Bloodstone is the birthstone for the month of February, when
one looks at the Mystical list. This
list has its origins in the Tibetan culture and can be dated back well over
1,000 years ago.
A dark green stone with red streaks and spots running
throughout, bloodstone was once thought to be and aphrodisiac. It was also believed that the merest touch of
a bloodstone would halt hemorrhages, heals tumors and was a cure for blood
poisons. At one time this semi-precious
gemstone was believed to be a man’s stone.
Hindu in origin, this list appears to be based on geographical location and
they list Chandrakanta for the February birthstones. From what I was able to
track down Chandrakanta is a word that comes from the Tamil language.
Moonstone appears to be the modern translation of this ancient word.
Moonstone is associated with the goddess Diana and
the moon. It is considered
a good luck stone and can be carved with talismans’ of protection. It is
believed to bring wearers good fortune, enhance their intuition, promote
inspiration and offer protection.
The color red definitely plays a huge part in our everyday
lives. Why is the color red so
important? It’s simple it reflects the
basic element of life as the color of blood that runs through our veins.
Used correctly the color red is a positive color. It can
impart warmth and energy to those in need. As a symbol of physical movement it
is energizing and gives a boost of energy when used in small doses.
It is a life affirming color as it symbolizes
one’s physical life force as well as passion and sexuality; which are all
life-affirming activities. It is these traits that may be why the color red is listed as the color of the month for January.
Red is also seen as the
color of anger and aggression and is viewed as a destructive color. It is also believed that too much red in one
surroundings can cause agitation irritation and ultimately lead to aggressive
angry behavior. However, too little red can also cause issues. One who has too
little red in their life can become too cautious. They can become fearful of trying new things
or embracing new opportunities.
Which leads one to believe; that as with most
things in life moderation is still one of the most important habits to embrace,
even with something as simple as color.
Though we need red in our, too much can
adversely affect us. How to relate this in life, simply look at how too much red
and love turns to obsession. Too much red can lead to jealousy and anger
causing one to take revenge on a loved one. It's interesting that red is a
color though to represent love. It's actually less that it reflects true love
and more that red inspires sexuality rather than the emotion or expression of
love. Red is an energy color so that it's the actions that it inspires rather
than the emotional element of love.
It's interesting with the
positive and negative connotations that you find surrounding the color red of
what part it plays in different cultures. For instance in the Indian culture it
symbolize purity. While in Eastern
cultures such as China the color red is thought to be a good luck color. For
many years red was the traditional color of bride's wedding gowns in China. Though in recent year’s this has been
changing; whether dues to outside influences or a recognition of the science
behind color is still not entirely clear.
It is extremely interesting
to study the colors and their psychology. Looking at colors and choices for
branding a company, there is actually a great deal of thought and research put
into the colors chosen to brand a company with. Example while I don't know for
fact what Coca-Cola ultimate deciding factor for choosing red as their color is,
it has done extremely well for them. They've chosen red as it is a high-energy
color that inspires immediate action and instant results. For their branding it
appears that it was the perfect color choice.
However, when looking at colors chosen for an
artisan or a handmade co-op of artisans, red would be a disastrous color. It would be a disastrous color because when
looking at it from artisan’s standpoint that is looking to high-end retail
market selling high-end items, you don't want to your buyers in an
instantaneous high action mode.
The preferred is to have them in relaxed frame
of mind and feeling decadent about their surroundings and shopping experience.
Other factors go into choosing colors as an artisan or a handmade co-op of
artisans for their, that I'm not going
to go into here. It is an example of how
color affects mood, how color of facts a shopping trip, how color effects of
social engagement, and how color affects life in general.
What's really fun for me
is that as a jewelry artisan and playing with the color red in my designs.
Incorporating red gemstones into our work is believed by some to increase one's
enthusiasm. Red gemstones in particular are believed to boost energy, create
confidence in the wearer, and interestingly enough to provide protection from
one’s fears. I find it an interesting contradiction that red gemstones are
believed to increase one's interest in life, taking chances and embracing adventures.
Now as you delve further into colors and what they represent you find that the
varying shades of red have different meanings, though that is a conversation
for a different later day.
Do you find your mood
changing depending on the color you are wearing?
Carnation flowers are the flower of the month for those with
birthdays in January. Carnations can be
dated back all the way to both Greek and Roman times. They are depicted in the decor and art that
has been preserved from these era’s.
Each calendar month, has a designated birth flow associated
with it, similar to birthstones.
Depending on which direction you research in both history and region
will be reflected in each list. I tend
to focus and use the most common flower lists, as they have appeared to have standardized
the lists universally.
Carnation flower shaded in early times predominately ran to colors in peach and
shades of pale pink. Gardner’s the world
over have bred carnations down through the ages to include a larger array of
colors. The palette of colors bred into carnations, include red, yellow, green and
white. Even colors not found in nature
naturally like purple have been bred into the carnations.
Even with all of the breeding and changes to color,
carnations remain today a very popular flower.
There is something timeless about these flowers and there popularity has
not diminished. It is one of many
reasons you find carnations, so often depicted in art and décor; As they provide a never ending amount of
inspiration and creativity.
With its clove like scent and the flowers feminine ruffled
appearance, the carnation is most commonly known as the flower of love. Dianthus caryophyllus, is the scientific name
for the carnation flower. Roughly this
translates into meaning “flower of love” or the “flower of the gods”, depending
on who is doing the translation.
Carnations are a durable, yet delicate flower that most women find
Meanings also associated with the carnation flower that you will find, when
researching that it is also known and listed as meaning love, fascination and
distinction. It really depends on how
far you research. I tend to stop
researching once I find the Victorian Era information, as I really like what
they did for flowers and their meanings in that time.
The Victorian Era, really brought flowers and their meanings
into sharp focus. It was an age of
romance and subtlety. During this time
they refined the meanings of flowers, to be specific to the color of the
flowers as well. While you can find
flower meanings dating back the Victorian era, it is the Victorian era that
really brought it into focus.
Messages were conveyed during this period in the guise of
creating and gifting nosegay’s to each
other. The times did not allow for
straight out messages that could be voiced out loud.
Colors and style of flower with multiple meanings were determined by the
flowers added with them in the bouquets.
During this time they also assigned meanings based on style
of flower colors:
*Solid --- Yes
*Striped---Wish I could be with you, Sorry I can’t be with you, no, refusal
A few of the variations of meaning for Carnations, based on the colors include:
General meaning --- Fascination, Devoted Love.
Pink --- Women’s love, I’ll never forget you.
Red---Admiration, my heart aches for you.
Deep Red or Blood Red---Alas! For my poor heart.
White---Innocence, pure love, sweet, lovely.
The Victorian era did more for establishing flower meaning than any other era.
You may be asking yourself, what does this has to do with creating jewelry?
Well that is a very easy answer actually. At Entwined Vines
both Tina and I find so much of our inspiration in the great outdoors, that the
need to share is like breathing. Something that is such a part of us that it
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Are you looking for a gift for someone with a January
Why not look for something that reflects the month they were
born in? Birthstones are a great way to
personalize a birthday gift for anyone in your life, who happens to have a birthday
Gemstone lists associated with birthdays have evolved over
time. As near as I can tell from my
research there are many reasons for this.
Different cultures created their own lists, for
their own reasons.
Availability was originally limited to region,
as travel was difficult.
The lists have expanded as availability and
travel has eased.
Religious beliefs have affected gemstone choice
for birthdays from the beginning.
Adaptation of the zodiac lists have occurred,
which is interesting to look at.
Western society, has changed birthday,
birthstone listed them even more.This
change seems to be more influenced by marketing.
January birthstones can be dated back to over one thousand
years, when looking at the Tibetan lists.
Tibetan lists are more commonly referred to these days as the Mystical
birthday list. Emeralds are the listed
gemstone for the Tibetan/Mystical birthday stone for January.
Emeralds are considered a precious gemstone and are believed
to bring the wearer both loyalty and faithfulness. Accordingly it is supposed to bring these two
traits in abundance to their relationships, specifically their friendships.
When looking at emeralds from a metaphysical standpoint,
they are believed to assist one with memory retention and clairvoyance. For those looking for it, it is thought to
assist in bringing one a deeper faith.
In addition emeralds are believed to contain healing
properties. These healing properties are
believed to be specifically in relation to the eyes, one’s fertility, the
spine, and the easing of headaches.
Garnets, random cut and polished.
Now, the modern birthstone list, indicate Garnets as the
stone of the month. Officially adopted
in 1912, this list was created by the American National Association of
Jewelers. This is why you will usually
hear this list referred to as the Western society birthstone birthday list.
Garnet gemstones come in a variety of colors and have six
distinct different family classifications. Within each family classification
there are many sub classifications. Fun facts about garnets include the belief that those born
in January, the gemstone will impart purity and truth.
While traditional metaphysical properties are thought to
encourage commitment and inspire a regeneration of insight. As well as removing negativity from oneself and
improving awareness; It is also believed that the wearer will be provided with aid
in protection and healing. Garnets are
also thought to lend strength and energy both to one who keeps the gemstones on
The Ayurvedic birthstone list also lists garnet gemstones for the month of
January. This birthstone list can be
traced back to its origins in Indian Medicine and beliefs to 1500 B.C.
Now the Italian’s on the other hand, appear to use a
birthstone list that is very specific to their geographic location and list the
stone of January as Jacinth.
The Russian birthstone list, also appears to be based specifically
on geographic location and they list Hyacinth as the birthstone for January.
Both the Italian birthstone Jacinth and the Russian birthstone Hyacinth are
referred to as Zircon; Containing colors that range from a reddish-brown,
brown, orange to yellow. Virtually they
are the same stone. However, Jacinth is
the older name and can be traced further back in history than Hyacinth.
Zircon should not be confused with cubic zirconia. Where cubic zirconia is a man-made stone, zircon
is a natural stone. Unfortunately, many
people confuse the two. Each of them has
unique properties and is completely composed of different materials. Zircon while referred to as a stone is
categorized as a mineral.
While you can find many lists on birthstones, as the few I have covered is by
no means a complete list. They are the
most common and really give a good basis and starting point for choosing a
birthstone for that person in your life whose birthday falls in the month of January.
Do you like to receive birthstones for your birthday?