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Your Ultimate Guide to Birthstones: What They Mean, How They Heal, and More

Vogue Arabia, May 2020. Photo: Amina Zaher

If you’re looking to astrology to bring some positive energy, then researching birthstones might be a good place to start. As someone who has religiously looked to the stars for answers (hence my career as an astrologer), I was always in awe that a gem could denote one’s personality traits. And thus began my lifelong affair with gemstones and crystals.

What is a birthstone and what do they mean?

Experts believe that the concept of birthstones dates back to biblical times. It is said that as early as the first century, Romano-Jewish historian, Josephus, discovered a connection between the 12 stones of high priest Aaron’s breastplate, the zodiac signs, and the months of the year. The custom of actually wearing these stones originated around the 16th century in Poland, where it was fashionable to wear a different one every month.

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