The exact origins of using birthstones are ancient and have become a bit murky over time. Gemstones have been allocated to the 12 tribes of Israel and the signs of the zodiac for over 2000 years. Hindu beliefs have 9 celestial forces represented by 9 gemstones. When a child is born a chart is made to show which forces are in play at the month of birth and the priest recommends which stones should be worn to protect the child. In the 8th century, Christians developed a tradition where the twelve apostles were each represented by a stone. Priests wore a different stone each month to remember and meditate on each apostle’s strengths and weaknesses and these stones eventually became symbolic for anyone born in that month. Whether you believe the stones have mystic or spiritual properties, or that they simply represent a person close to you, they can form a beautiful, unique piece of jewellery that lets you carry your loved ones with you at all times.