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Birthstones explained

Each month is associated with a specific gemstone. In addition also your date of birth and your zodiac sign can determine which gemstones have the most positive effect on you. The use of birthstones goes back to the Old Testament. In the book of Exodus, a passage describes how a scholar associated twelve stones with the twelve months of the year.

Other jewellers might offer you different birthstones. At atelier elisa lee we only opt for stronge stone. Opal for example is way too fragile.

January: GARNET: willpower, energy, blood flow

Garnet is a gemstone with a deep red color. The name is derived from 'granatus' and refers to the pomegranate. Garnet has been used in jewelry for centuries. It is a fairly hard mineral rock with a score of 7 on the Mohs scale. Garnet gives energy, strengthens feelings and willpower and - just like other red gemstones - ensures better blood circulation.

February: AMETHYST: protective, cleansing, intuition, creativity

Amethyst is a gemstone with a beautiful purple color. This mineral quartz is the most famous stone from the quartz group and has a hardness of 7/10. The gemstone has a positive effect on the nervous system and the brain. Amethyst has a protective and cleansing effect and strengthens intuition and creativity.

March: AQUAMARINE: sincerity, communication, relaxation, flow

Aquamarine is the blue brother of the beryl stones. This gemstone has a color palette from colorless to blue and green, each with a glassy shine. Atelier Elisa Lee works with the light blue variants. Aquamarine helps you get into the flow and live in the moment. Wearing aquamarine makes you feel sincere, carefree and relaxed. This birthstone is protective and promotes communication.

April: DIAMOND: insight, awareness, strengthens mind and body

Diamonds are by far the most popular gemstones. Diamond is the hardest material on earth, it can only be scratched by another diamond. Of all transparent gemstones, diamonds sparkle the most, reflecting light in an unparalleled way. These beautiful stones can be found in mines in India, South Africa, Canada, Russia and Brazil. Our diamonds always come from conflict-free areas and are guaranteed free of child labour. Diamond provides more insight and spiritual awareness and strengthens mind and body.

May: EMERALD: immortality, happiness, heart and liver, resilience

Emerald is very popular thanks to its intense green color. The Greek “Smaragdos” means “green stone”. Despite its hardness of 7.5/10, the stone shows fracture surfaces more often due to the naturally present inclusions. At Elisa Lee, we carefully examine each emerald in terms of structure. These beryl stones have been known for more than 4000 years as a symbol of immortality, strength and happiness. Green gemstones work on the liver and heart energy. Emerald provides emotional resilience and improves relationships.

June: ALEXANDRITE: balance, confidence, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying

Alexandrite is a chrysoberyl stone in a green-blue, yellow or pink color. At elisa lee we opt for the green-blue (?) variant. Alexandrite scores excellent in terms of hardness with 8.5/10. This gemstone stimulates self-confidence, brings balance and has an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effect.

July: RUBY: purposeful, motivation, protection against evil

Ruby is known for its beautiful red color, the name is therefore derived from the Latin word "rubeus", which means red. Ruby is one of the hardest gemstones on earth, just like sapphire it has a hardness of 9/10. Only a diamond is harder. Due to its rarity, ruby ​​is quite an expensive gemstone. This "king of gemstones" offers protection against evil. Ruby makes you purposeful, realistic and motivated.

August: PERIDOT: healing, inner growth, rejuvenating, vitalizing

Peridot has a deep olive green color and belongs to the mineral group olivine. This gemstone originates very deep in the earth and scores quite well in terms of hardness with a 7/10. This gemstone was very popular in ancient Egypt. Peridot protects you against the evil eye, stimulates inner growth and has a healing effect. This gemstone has a rejuvenating and vitalizing effect.

September: SAPPHIRE: wisdom, truth, justice

A sapphire is generally blue, but it can also be found in many other colors. The hue depends on the chemical composition of the stone. For the birthstones we work with the blue variants. Each stone is natural and has not been dyed. Sapphire scores excellent in terms of hardness with a 9/10. Sapphires are known as the gems of wisdom, truth and justice. At Elisa lee we choose sapphires from Sri Lanka and Madagascar, these are of the best quality.

October: TOURMALINE: protection, cleansing, calming

Tourmaline quartz is rock crystal with 'needles' of black tourmaline. In our permanent collections we work with green tourmalines. The stone can also be black, brown, pink, blue, yellow and purple in color. Our tourmalines come from Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Avoid keeping the stone in strong sunlight, as this may cause the colored tourmaline to fade. With a hardness of 7.5/10, you should also be a little more careful with this gemstone. Tourmaline has a strong cleansing, calming and protective effect.

November: CITRINE: joy of life, courage, creative, abundance, letting go

Citrine is yellow in color and belongs to the quartz family. This sunny, warming gemstone is known for giving joie de vivre and courage. Citrine has a hardness of 7/10 on the Mohs scale. Citrine makes outgoing and creative, attracts happiness and abundance and helps you let go.

December: TANZANITE: independence, fertility, creativity, meditation

Tanzanite is a blue-purple zoisite. The name tanzanite refers to Tanzania, where this gemstone was found. Tanzanite scores 6.5/10 in terms of hardness. Tanzanite helps to be independent and to find your own path without influence from others. Tanzanite strengthens the immune system and fertility. It promotes creativity and deep meditation.