Birthstones have been prized by many cultures around the world since ancient times. Wise men and healers believed they had mystical powers, and that each one conducted energy from their ruling planet, while some believed they affected physical and emotional well-being. Others thought that just wearing your stone would bring you luck…
Damas’ new spring collection features the birthstones of garnet, amethyst, peridot, topaz and citrine set in 18ct gold. Available in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, anklets, paja, rings and bangles, the new fun range offers both colour and meaning. Find your birth month below and discover what your birthstone means….
January – Garnet. It is an ancient symbol of friendship, exchanged between parting friends to symbolise their affection and to ensure that they will meet again. Those who love pure, natural and sun-bathed colours will appreciate the beauty of this stone.
February – Amethyst, a rich violet-purple stone that boasts the colour of royalty and is often in Egyptian and British crown jewels. It is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. This stone compliments both warm and cool colours, and looks lovely set in both yellow and white metals.
March – This month features two birthstones, aquamarine and bloodstone. Aquamarine is Latin for ‘’water of the sea’’ and is a tranquil stone, which is said to imbue the wearer with calmness. Bloodstone, a dark green, was believed to have curative powers in ancient times.
April – Diamonds. This elegant stone is associated with eternal love and commitment.
May – Emerald. Minded and cherished through time it symbolises rebirth, and is said to imbue its owner with youth, vitality and good fortune.
June – This birth month also has two birthstones, pearl and moonstone, which suggest modesty and purity. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
July – Ruby. Believed to have positive traits, which include wealth, wisdom, health and success in love.
August – Periodt. Formed deep within the earth, and is typically brought to the surface through volcanic eruptions. It is said to symbolise the tears of the Hawaiin goddess of volcanoes, fire, lighting and wind.
September – Sapphire. Protects loved ones from envy and harm.
October – Opal , which derives from the Greek word meaning ‘to change’ in appearance depending on their background.
November –Topaz and Citrine. A symbol of love and good fortune, and thought to bring wealth.
December – Turquoise. Said to help with sleep, prevent nightmares and relieve pain.
Garnet, amethyst, peridot, topaz and citrine make up Damas’ spring collection, which is available at all Damas Stores across the GCC. The average price is around Dhs4,000
Words: Yasmine Khammash