ART CLASS : Pearls of Wisdom
Bettina Speckner, Pearl & Woods Brooch.
Ever wonder where the tradition of birthstones started? We know you have!
It is believed that there is a connection between the twelve birthstones, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve months of the year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac. The belief is that the practice was for someone to own twelve stones and wear one each month in accordance with its zodiac sign. This way, the wearer would receive the therapeutic and talismanic virtues of the stones year round and when each stone would be at its fullest effect. The custom of wearing a single birthstone is actually only a few centuries old and in the early 20th century birthstones as we know them were standardized by the National Association of Jewelers (now called Jewelers of America).