Birthstones and Gemstone Chart
by Judy Ellis
The tradition of birthstones is a wonderful way to make jewelry that is tailored to a person that you haven't even met yet. Simply keeping the birthstones in mind when purchasing cabochons, CZs, beads, and other supplies will ensure people will find symbolic significance in your jewelry as well as treasure it for its handcrafted beauty.
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Whether or not one believes there is any metaphysical significance to the birthstones, we can't deny the strategic power it wields for jewelry-makers. When a customer sees a ring display of a dozen or so colors in the same style, she's already accustomed to expect that one in the display is her birthstone, and thus will immediately look for "her" stone. Additionally, a very popular gift for women is a "Mother's" or "Grandmother's" ring or pendant, which uses the birthstones of her children and grandchildren in a personalized jewelry design. If you can create rings or pendants in an assortment of stones, such as a multiple-bead or multiple-CZ ring, you will be very popular leading up to May for Mother's Day!

Tradition has it that the birthstones originated with the High Priest Aaron's breastplate as described in the Bible, and was standardized into 12 recommended by Tiffany & Co in this Tiffany-sponsored poem dating to 1870. Other cultures, including the Babylonians and the Tibetans, had separate birthstones, as well as ancient Indian or Ayurvedic birthstones.
Every little girl learns her birthstone, so she can feel like she's wearing jewelry that's made just for her. Now as a wire jewelry artist, you can recreate that experience for your customers, by creating custom birthstone jewelry using their birthstone! Whether it's a birthstone pendant with just their color, or a Mother's or Grandmother's ring or pendant that has the birthstones of children and grandchildren, a birthstone gift is always to be treasured.

Here's a quick guide to help you create gifts this Christmas season for the people you love. Birthstones are highly traditional, so there are some alternative stones you can use, depending on different traditions.

Of course, Wikipedia alone lists 6 separate birthstone traditions, so in our resources, I've tried to list the most common birthstone and the most common alternates available.
In today's downloadable chart, we have researched several birthstone cultural traditions, as well as included an anniversary chart and a zodiac birthstone chart. An online version of this chart is available here (Symbolic Gemstones of the World) or click below to download.
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4mm Round Cubic Zirconia Complete 12 Birthstone Set
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