Since ancient times, gemstones have enjoyed a special place in many civilizations and cultures, including those of the Aztecs, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Incas, and the Greeks. These precious and semi-precious stones were valued not only for their beauty, but also for their therapeutic properties - and as symbols of status and power.
At various points in history, some gemstones attained special importance as birthstones when they were assigned to different months in the Gregorian calendar, or alternatively, to various Zodiac signs. People wore birthstones that went with their month of birth or their Zodiac sign, incorporating them in everyday pieces of jewelry like bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and rings.
The birthstone ring is especially popular because it is inconspicuous, convenient to wear, and goes well with any style or season, mood or event. However, if you plan on wearing one - or making a gift to someone you care about - it would help to keep the following points in mind:
a) You will have to choose between the traditional chart (based on Zodiac signs) or the more commonly used modern one, which goes with the months. Do a little reading and then decide which system, or mythos, to follow.
b) Birthstone rings are available in both fashion jewelry and fine jewelry categories.
The former are cheaper and often use synthetic rubies, emeralds, diamonds or other precious stones, as well as less expensive alloys.
c) You will find that some months have more than one gemstone assigned to them, so you need not choose the more expensive option if you're on a budget.
d) If you're gifting a birthstone ring, keep the recipient's style preferences in mind. If you're not sure, remember that fine, delicate-looking rings won't match large hands, and vice versa. Also try to find out - without betraying your intentions, of course! - whether the person is allergic to any metals. A little extra care will go a long way towards ensuring that your gift will be appreciated and worn, and not be an embarrassment instead.
Birthstone rings come in a fascinating range of styles, but if you can't find one to suit you, get a jeweler to custom-craft a unique ring with the recommended stones and metals - and get all the right vibes!