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birthstone

[ burth-stohn ]
/ ˈbɜrθˌstoʊn /
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noun
a precious or semiprecious stone traditionally associated with a particular month or sign of the zodiac and believed to attract good fortune.
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Origin of birthstone

First recorded in 1905–10; birth + stone
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What does birthstone mean?

A birthstone is a precious or semiprecious stone associated with a particular month. Some people wear jewelry with the stone that corresponds with the month they were born.

Here is a list of the birthstones that have traditionally been associated with each month, along with some of their modern alternatives.

Modern alternatives continue to be added. A birthstone can also be linked to a person’s zodiac sign.

Example: I have a ring with my birthstone that’s my favorite piece of jewelry.

Where does birthstone come from?

The first records of the word birthstone come from the early 1900s.

Precious and semiprecious stones have been associated with each month for a very long time, and the tradition of wearing a particular gem during a particular month dates back at least hundreds of years. Use of the word birthstone became popularized after the National Association of Jewelers (of the U.S.) met in 1912 to standardize the list of birthstones corresponding with each month. Additions to the list were made in 1952, 2002, and 2016. People born in months with multiple birthstones typically just choose the one they like best.

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How is birthstone used in real life?

Many people wear jewelry with their birthstone, especially rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Such jewelry is often given as a gift.

 

 

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I was born in August, so I consider peridot my birthstone.

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British Dictionary definitions for birthstone

birthstone
/ (ˈbɜːθˌstəʊn) /

noun
a precious or semiprecious stone associated with a month or sign of the zodiac and thought to bring luck if worn by a person born in that month or under that sign
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