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From prehistoric shamans to modern consumerism birth stones have been a part of human life Beginning as magical talismans they have been used for thousands of years to cure the sick strengthen the weak and decorate the rich Birth stones are a modern fad powered by the wisdom of history In prehistoric times every village had a shaman or witch The shaman would cast spells to do all sorts of things within the village After time shamans discovered that different rocks and minerals did different things Gold would give energy and strength while silver would grant love The same thing worked with gems Each was presented with a different quality in life that the stone could affect Thus birth stones were born Every civilization from the Babylonians and Sumerians of Mesopotamia and the Greeks and Romans used birth stones In Greece rich men would adorn their wives with his own birth stone to show off his wealth Especially during the age of Alchemy science of turning minerals into gold birth stones were studied and organized Originally related to a zodiac sign and not a month they were recently changed with the decline of occult belief Garnet--Legend holds that Noah hung a large garnet in the ark for illumination It reportedly give its wearer guidance in the night protection from nightmares Garnets are found in the US Africa Sri Lanka Brazil and India January Amethyst--The Greeks believed that it would prevent intoxication when worn The amethyst has also symbolized peace protection and tranquillity It is mainly found in Brazil Uruguay and Zambia February Aquamarine--In ancient times the stone was said to aid seafarers To dream of an aquamarine signifies the making of new friends to wear aquamarine earrings brings love and affection It is the universal symbol of youth hope and health The aquamarine is mainly found in Brazil Nigeria Madagascar Zambia and Ukraine March Diamond--Discovered about 2500 years ago in India
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