Susan was in a dilemma. She had to organize a bridal shower for her best friend Linda and almost everything was ready except for the return gift that she had to give away to the guests who attended the party. She thought and thought but it seemed as if her brains had gone for a strike. Flipping through a magazine, she came across an article on 'birthstone and flowers by month' and that's when she got a brainwave. Why not give each of the guest their birthstones by month and also the flower that's meant for that particular month? Yes! That's a wonderful idea and since the guests were girls, jewelry and flowers were the best things that they could receive as gifts. But, her joy was short lived, because she had no idea about it. What now?
Simple! All she and people like her (who have no idea about the birthstones and flowers by month) have to do is read ahead and find out more. By the end of this article you will have an idea about which birthstone is suited for your birth month.
A Glimpse in History
Before we go into the details, it's always better (and interesting) to know about the history of how and why these flowers and birthstones were used for the 12 months of the year. The language of flowers goes back to the time of the Victorian era when people were not allowed to express their love and affection openly in public. The only way to express your love was with the help of flowers and each flowers indicated or communicated a different message. If you were trying to be friends with someone then a yellow rose or if you were trying to propose someone then a red rose and so on.
There is an interesting past to this concept. Each stone was considered to ward off bad luck, and bring only good luck to the wearer. The origin of these birthstones, goes back to the biblical times when the 12 gemstones were given to the 12 Apostles of the New Testament. Later these stones were associated with the various Zodiac signs and they were linked with each birth month on the basis their symbolism between the color and the sign of the zodiac of each month.
Birthstones and Flowers
Let us now see the table which will give you complete details on the list of birthstones according to each month. It will make it much easier for you to decide what to give as gifts as they make great gifts.
|January||Garnet||Carnation/Snowdrop||Affectionate, Loving and Loyal|
|February||Amethyst||Violet/Iris||Faithful, Pure and Modest|
|March||Aquamarine||Jonquil/Daffodil||Cheerful, Respectful and Affectionate|
|April||Diamond||Sweet Pea/Daisy||Delicate, Tenacious and Delicate|
|May||Emerald||Lily of the valley||Humble, Happiness Bounty|
|June||Moonstone||Honeysuckle/Rose||Loving, Happy and Friendly|
|July||Ruby||Tulip/Water Lily/Larkspur||Open hearted and Laughing|
|August||Peridot||Poppy/Gladiolus||Pure, Loving, Family happiness and Friendly|
|September||Sapphire||Morning Glory/Aster||Clear thinking and Shrewd|
|October||Opal||Marigold/Calendula||Full of Joy and Devoted|
|November||Yellow/Topaz||Chrysanthemum||Compassionate, Cheerful and Faithful|
|December||Turquoise||Orchid/Holly/Narcissus||Prosperous and Successful|
This whole process of using birthstones by month as well as flower meanings, is quite common in America and Britain. People often give birthstones as gifts either to newborn babies or people on their 16th birthday or on their 21st birthday. Now you know what is your birthstone and also what the flower of your birth month indicates. You can use these birthstones in order to get you luck and keep away the bad luck. So what is your birthstone? Do let us know.