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Birthstones

The Folklore of Emerald

Not only is emerald the birthstone for May, but it’s also linked to a few astrological signs. Learn more about the folklore behind this beautiful gemstone.

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The Folklore of Diamond

Ancient civilizations believed diamonds were lightning made real on Earth and that they had incredible healing powers. Learn more about this gem’s folklore.

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The Folklore of Bloodstone

Bloodstone was believed to have healing powers, especially for blood disorders. Find out why it’s been called the “martyr’s stone” and learn other legends.

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The Folklore of Garnet

According to folklore, January’s birthstone represented eternal happiness, health, and wealth, making it appropriate for the start of the year. Learn more.

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The Folklore of Amethyst

Legends and myths about amethyst abound. People have believed that February’s birthstone could improve intelligence, focus, and peace. Learn more about this gem.

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