Precious stones have always been a vector of symbols and myths. From time immemorial, man has attributed to them a particular meaning, different for each stone, each culture and each era. The ruby and the sapphire have long been attributes of power. However, if the blue sapphire was particularly prized by European monarchs, it was the ruby that was considered in India as the "king of gems", reflecting power and courage. Among the meanings of the stones are the birthstones, associated with the different months of the year. Maison Alchimie Paris invites you to discover these highly symbolic stones, perfect for celebrating important moments.
But before we start, let's make a little history! The tradition of birthstones is very old. Already in ancient times, it was believed that there were links between constellations, people and stones. Thus, certain stones were associated with astrological signs. This association varies according to the sources: each has its own interpretation. We spoke then of stones of the zodiac. Over time, an association was born between the stones and the months of birth, rather than the signs of the zodiac. This reading was gradually established, until the American National Retailer Jeweler's Association formalized a birthstone calendar in 1912.
Without further ado, it's time to discover your birthstone!
January : Garnet
Garnet is a fascinating stone with many colors: red, orange, green... Pyrope garnets from the Czech Republic are particularly famous.
It is said that the garnet represents friendship and protects from evil.
Discover without delay our collection of garnets.
February : Amethyst
Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz, and is the most valuable variety.
It is a stone of balance and fullness. It would also protect against drunkenness.
March : Aquamarine
Aquamarine, with its beautiful blue color, is associated with the seas and the ocean.
It is a stone of protection for those who travel at sea, as well as a symbol of fidelity.
Discover without delay our collection of aquamarines.
April : Diamond
Diamond is the most famous gemstone of all. From the Greek "adamas", its name means indomitable: the diamond is the hardest stone of all.
It is therefore the symbol of eternity and perfection.
May : Emerald
Emerald is one of the most prestigious stones, used for thousands of years. Cleopatra's and Liz Taylor's emeralds are among the most famous.
It is a stone of appeasement, associated with the renewal of spring.
Discover without delay our collection of emeralds.
June : Pearl and Alexandrite
Long associated with the goddess Aphrodite, the pearl is often seen as a perfect declaration of love, but without the commitment that diamonds have.
It is associated with femininity, sensuality and purity.
Among gemstones, alexandrite is truly unique: it changes color from green to red depending on the light.
It is said to attract good fortune, luck and love.
Discover without delay our collection of alexandrites.
July : Ruby
The ruby is a prestigious stone with a thousand-year-old history, closely associated with power. In India, it was said that by offering a ruby to the god Krishna, it was possible to be reborn as an emperor.
It is a stone of character that symbolizes passion and courage.
Discover without delay our collection of rubies.
August : Peridot
Peridot was already used in ancient Egypt to repel evil spirits, and was believed to have healing properties.
This luminous stone is associated with love at first sight and budding love, as well as with spirituality.
Discover without delay our collection of peridots.
September : Sapphire
Sapphire was prized by monarchs to attract good fortune. Its beautiful blue color is said to symbolize paradise and immortality, and the sapphire was worn by bishops and cardinals.
Sapphire is associated with wisdom and loyalty.
Discover without delay our collection of sapphires.
October : Tourmaline and Opal
A favorite of Alchimie Paris, tourmaline is a mysterious stone with rainbow colors, sometimes even multicolored!
It is a perfect symbol of creation. It would also help to soothe hearts, and is a bearer of hope.
Discover without delay our collection of tourmalines.
Opal is a fascinating stone, with multiple iridescent reflections. Each stone is truly unique, and its opalescence is said to reflect the person wearing it.
Like tourmaline, opal is said to bring hope.
November : Citrine and Topaz
Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz. It is a bright stone, bringing life and good mood!
It would help to free oneself from negative energies and would bring success.
If the topaz appears in many colors, we associate with the month of November particularly the yellow and orange topazes.
Of warm color, it would support the mental balance and the serenity.
December : Tanzanite, Turquoise and Zircon
Discovered in the 20th century, Tanzanite comes exclusively from Tanzania. Depending on the angle of observation, its color varies from blue to violet with brown hues.
It brings good luck and is perfect for important events.
Discover without delay our collection of tanzanites.
Turquoise is one of the oldest stones used by mankind, and is today associated with Iran and Persia.
A sacred object, it is a symbol of wealth and peace and protects against disease.
Zircon is one of the oldest stones on earth. Its exceptional brilliance even rivals that of a diamond!
Blue zircon is said to promote prosperity.
Discover without delay our collection of zircons.
Birthstones are a beautiful opportunity to inscribe in time any important moment of life, so they are not exclusively related to birth! They call for a very personal interpretation, and are linked to our individual stories. Just like a piece of jewelry, they carry meaning and reflect the personality of the person who wears it. The most important thing is to find the stone and the jewel that are meaningful to you.