Birthstones are gemstones, which presuppose an imbuement of spiritual significance. Generally, it relates to the birth month of the wearer. The birthstones charts dictating the wearing of a specific gem for a specific month have changed over the years, but the theory remains the same. In fact, the theory of birthstone is quite universal in context. In western culture, the practice of ascribing certain auspicious gemstones to people born in specific months dates back all the way to the 1st century A.D. Since then, it became a crucial part of their spiritual beliefs. From medieval times onward, it began to wane in popularity because of the advent of Christianity. In Hindu culture, jewelry with birthstones has been prescribed for thousands of years and many people, till today, continue to ascribe a great deal of importance to the gemstones they choose to wear.
The basic theory of using traditional birthstones is that by wearing the gems considered auspicious for their birth month, week or day, people will find good luck, good health and prosperity in all their endeavors. Wearing the right jewelry with birthstone is supposed to ward off ill luck and attract the right energy and opportunities. Of course, modern birthstones have a more spiritual connotation than a religious one. They are supposed to create the right aura for the wearer. Many men and women also choose to don jewelry with birthstones for fashion and consider the spiritual aspects more of a fun investment.
The form of jewelry with birthstones will vary depending on a number of factors. Traditionally, in Hindu culture, birthstones’ rings and birthstones necklaces are utilized over all other jewelry types, because of their convenience and comfort. Whilst elaborate necklaces, nose rings and earrings might be a bit difficult to wear, you can wear birthstones’ rings and birthstones necklaces that are smaller in size on a daily basis (as is recommended). You can do so without clashing with the outfits. From the fashion perspective, they are small enough to hide if so needed. But, at the same time, they can also be displayed if they match with the outfit.
There are many different types of gemstones that fall in the cache of birthstones. While the exact recommendation for each month varies depending on which chart you consult, the basic gemstones that are considered auspicious are common. This includes semi precious birthstones like amethysts, opals, onyx, peridot, topaz and garnet and precious birthstones like diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Pearls, agate, turquoise and zircon are also sometimes included in the list of auspicious birthstones.
Today, necklaces with birthstones are probably the most popular way of wearing these auspicious gems. Necklaces are the easiest accessories to style an outfit and they add a certain regal charm to any look. When set with a dazzling, precious or semi-precious stone, the necklace gets a very beautiful, eye-catching look. Moreover, the settings and designs in a necklace with birthstones do not necessarily have to have a hippy or bohemian look. It is a common public misconception. Nowadays, birthstones necklaces and rings, bracelets and earrings come with all types of designs; from the traditional chunky look to a simple, elegant metallic setting. You can wrought them with beautiful, auspicious signs in gold or metal or simply hang them from a chain. Birthstones are also available in the form of beads so they can be strung into a necklace or bracelet and worn.
Birthstones are ultimately not just about religious or spiritual affirmatives. They are often worn by people who don’t believe in astrology just because of their beauty and attraction. This is why many of the beautiful gemstones necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets we see today are available in funky, modern avatars. For instance, birthstone pendants with animal or object motifs, birthstone rings with intricate ethnic designs surrounding the gemstone and birthstone bracelets with a luxurious, designer finish have all become immensely popular with men and women of all ages.
Styling Birthstone Jewelry
The best thing about jewelry with birthstones is that it is extremely versatile. Since it is essentially just a piece of gemstone jewelry, the accessory in question can be used in a variety of ways to notch up the styling of an outfit. For instance, a single stone amethyst, peridot or garnet pendant will have a very distinctive look because of the unique hue of these gems. You can pair them with tunics, kurtis, kurtas, salwar kameez and sarees in a complementary color. When the outfit in question is not complementary, the accessory can easily be hidden way under the clothes. Rings are even more inconspicuous and can be worn with casual and formal ensembles. However, many women choose to wear chunky rings that highlight their birthstone and make it a key aspect of their look.