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Ideas for month of birth or year of anniversary pressies

Ideas for month of birth or year of anniversary pressies

Birthstones 

Each month is represented by a gemstone or birthstone. There are different types of birthstones assigned for each month, and are said to have special characteristics and powers to help the individual, born on a particular month, in his or her life.  For a birthstone visual summary click HERE.

Birthstones are thought to have first become popular in the country of Poland during the 15th or 16th century.  It is thought that originally, because the powers of a birthstone are heightened during its corresponding month, that they were originally worn by everyone each month.

The Modern Birthstone list is the official list of birthstones in the U.S.  Originally adopted in 1912 by the American national Association of Jewelers, it is the accepted list of Jewelers of America.

The Traditional Birthstone list is a compilation of birthstones used in different societies dating back to the 15th century.  The second listed is the traditional ancient Hebrew birthstone.  If only one stone is listed, the Hebrew birthstone corresponds to the other traditional stones.

The Mystical and Ayurvedic Birthstone lists both have roots dating back over a thousand years.  The Mystical list of Tibetan origin and the Ayurvedic list is taken from Ayurvedic Indian Medicine. 

Month

Modern
Birthstones

Traditional
Birthstones

Mystical
Birthstones

Ayurvedic
Birthstones

January

Garnet

Garnet

Emerald

Garnet

February

Amethyst

Amethyst

Bloodstone

Amethyst

March

Aquamarine

Bloodstone, Jasper

Jade

Bloodstone

April

Diamond

Diamond, Sapphire

Opal

Diamond

May

Emerald

Emerald, Agate

Sapphire

Agate

June

Pearl, Moonstone

Alexandrite, Emerald

Moonstone

Pearl

July

Ruby

Ruby, Onyx

Ruby

Ruby

August

Peridot

Sardonyx, Carnelian

Diamond

Sapphire

September

Sapphire

Sapphire, Peridot

Agate

Moonstone

October

Opal, Tourmaline

Tourmaline, Aquamarine

Jasper

Opal

November

Topaz, Citrine

Citrine, Topaz

Pearl

Topaz

December

Turquoise, Blue Topaz

Zircon, Ruby

Onyx

Ruby

Zodiac Birthstone 

Zodiac Sign

Month/Date

Birthstones

Capricorn

Dec 22 ~ Jan 20

Ruby

Aquarius

Jan 21 ~ Feb 19

Garnet

Pisces

Feb 20 ~ Mar 20

Amethyst

Aries

Mar 21 ~ April 20

Bloodstone

Taurus

April 21 ~ May 20

Sapphire

Gemini

May 21 ~ Jun 21

Agate

Cancer

Jun 22 ~ Jul 22

Emerald

Leo

Jul 23 ~ Aug 23

Onyx

Virgo

Aug 24 ~ Sep 23

Carnelian

Libra

Sep 24 ~ Oct 23

Peridot

Scorpio

Oct 24 ~ Nov 22

Beryl

Sagittarius

Nov 23 ~ Dec 21

Topaz

Anniversary Gemstones

This is the accepted list of suggested gemstone gifts of the Jewelers of America, the American Gem Trade Association, the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America. 

Year / Anniversary Stone

Year / Anniversary Stone

  1 year       Gold 
  2 year       Garnet 
  3 year       Pearls 
  4 year       Blue Topaz 
  5 year       Sapphire 
  6 year       Amethyst 
  7 year       Onyx 
  8 year       Tourmaline 
  9 year       Lapis Lazuli 
10 year       Diamond 
11 year       Turquoise 
12 year       Jade 
13 year       Citrine 
14 year       Opal 
15 year       Ruby 
16 year       Peridot 

17 year       Watches 
18 year       Cat’s Eye - Chrysoberyl 
19 year       Aquamarine 
20 year       Emerald 
21 year       Iolite 
22 year       Spinet 
23 year       Imperial Topaz 
24 year       Tanzanite 
25 year       Silver 
30 year       Pearl 
35 year       Emerald 
40 year       Ruby 
45 year       Sapphire 
50 year       Gold 
55 year       Alexandrite 
60 year       Diamond 

 

https://www.timewellcorp.com/birthstones.htm

Lists of wedding anniversary gifts vary by country. The traditional and modern U.S. versions are compiled below as per Wikipedia.

Year

Traditional (U.S.) 

Traditional (UK)

Modern (U.S.)

1st

Paper

Paper

Clock

2nd

Cotton

Cotton

China

3rd

Leather

Leather

Crystal, glass

4th

LinenSilk

Fruitflowers

Appliances (electrical)

5th

Wood

Wood

Silverware

6th

Iron

Sugar

Wood objects

7th

Woolcopper

Wool, copper

Desk sets/pen and pencil sets

8th

Bronze

Bronze

Linens, lace

9th

Pottery

Pottery

Leather goods

10th

TinAluminum

Tin

Diamond jewelry

11th

Steel

Fashion jewelry, accessories

12th

Silk

Linen, fine silk

Pearls, colored gems

13th

Lace

Textilesfurs

14th

Ivory

Gold jewelry

15th

Crystal

Crystal

Watches

16th

Silverware

Fibre Glass holloware

17th

Furniture

Stainless Steel

18th

Porcelain

Wax

19th

Bronze

Panettone

20th

China

China

Platinum

21st

Brass

CorkNickel

22nd

Copper

Bone

23rd

Silver Plate

Rubber Glue

24th

Opal

Musical instruments

25th

Silver

Silver

Silver

30th

Pearl

Pearl

Diamond

35th

Coraljade

Coral

Jade

40th

Ruby

Ruby

Ruby

45th

Sapphire

Sapphire

50th

Gold

Gold

Gold

55th

Emerald

Emerald

60th

Diamond (yellow)

Diamond

Diamond

65th

Blue sapphire

70th

Platinum

75th

Diamond, gold

Diamond, gold

80th

Oak

Diamond, pearl

85th

Wine

Wife’s birthstone

90th

Stone, granite

Diamond, Emerald

 

Chinese New Year signs

The Chinese animal zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyaoww/ ‘born resembling’), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years. 

In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal.

View more about your Chinese New Year sign click HERE.

 

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