The birthstone of January, garnet was believed to cure blood related disorders. Perhaps because of the colour?
Amethyst, February’s birthstone was believed to relieve its wearer of excessive drinking.
March’s stone Aquamarine (a type of Beryl) was considered a lucky gemstone for sailors to protect them from turbulent seas.
Greeks looked upon the diamond, the birthstone of April,as giving its owner safety from poison.
Emerald, the birthstone of May was believed to be a healing stone by Indians.
Moonstone, one of the three birthstones of June is believed to change colour in phase with the moon.
July’s birthstone is the ruby that was believed in ancient times to transform women to stunning beauty if they wore it.
The Hawaiian people worshipped Peridot, the birthstone of August because they considered it to be connected with the volcano goddess.
Sapphire, the birthstone of September was worn by ancient kings to protect them from their enemies.
One of the birthstones of October, Opal used to be powdered and ingested to protect the person from nightmares.
The ancient Greeks believed that Topaz could make a person invisible.
And finally, Lapis Lazuli, one of the December birthstones was ground and used as a cosmetic by the ancient Egyptians.