Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 39ers are Real Gems

Do you know a July 39er who’s a real “gem”? 
Of course, all 39ers are gems!

We often have fun here with birthstone/gemstone information and gift suggestions … this month I became obsessed … 

Got to thinking about gemstones and how they play an intriguing part in our lives. A popular gift item, over millennia, gems have touched us in many fascinating ways.

Not only do gemstones symbolize our birth month, but identify us even by different centuries, eras, and cultures. Dedicated to the gems in our lives …
July’s gemstone via the American Gem Society is established as the royal Ruby, but … “In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National Association of Jewelers met in Kansas and officially adopted a list.” (Wiki) 

And even before a list was made “official,” Tiffany & Co. published poems of an “unknown author" in an 1870 pamphlet, lionizing our birthstones. Their July verse: The glowing ruby shall adorn, | Those who in July are born; | Then they'll be exempt and free | From love's doubts and anxiety. But doesn't the day you were born deserve something sparkly?  

Lovely – but according to Wiki’s lengthy background of gemstones, there are also birth “day” stones allocated by day of the week! Saturday, for instance, shares two: turquoise and diamond.

So far, we’ve followed the Gregorian calendar. However, long before our lives were structured by calendars, astrologers of old felt the Zodiac signs needed their own gemstones. They believed each sign and its assigned gem were compatible through symbolism, based on the metaphysical powers they perceived the gem controlled. 

Gems through history have resulted in multiple beauties ruling over each month, astrological sign, and even day of the week you were born.

Phew! I’m exhausted. Are we confused yet? Absolutely! So let’s go simple, with the three most common gemstones for July 

The Ruby, specified by modern calendar methods, is said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love.
Ancient astrologers, however, proclaimed Cancer (June 21-July 22) should enjoy the qualities of the majestic emerald, while Leo (July 23-Aug 22), rules with the mysterious onyx.

Based on all the info, I’m for wearing, buying, enjoying, whatever floats your boat!

Happy UN-Birthday July 39ers,
(Here’s lookin’ at you, kids – 39AHC Birthday 39ers, John, Yvonne, Ed, Marilyn, Pat, Joyce, and RIP/Gary.)

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