Image by Savoy’s Jewelers

 

I was chatting with a fellow fan of Elon’s and they mentioned I should do a birthday post. So here we are. June happens to be Elon Musk’s birth month, but did you know that everyone has more than just one birthstone?

Historically, birthstones can be traced back to the ancient Biblical days when in Exodus where Aaron wore that ceremonial breastplate with stones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel. However, no one knows for sure what those stones are. There are theories including one where Titus Flavius Josephus, an scholar who lived in the first century A.D. connected the 12 stones to the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

However, they really didn’t become popular until Tiffany & Co. wrote a poem that laid out the birthstone for each month, (great marketing idea!).  It was not until 1912 that the National Association of Jewelers adopted an actual birthstone list.

With so many minerals out there, why have only one birthstone? Years ago, I picked up this really cool book about birthstones by Judy Hall and discovered that not only are there birthstones for each month, but for also each Zodiac sign as well. So if you are, like me, a November Scorpio, you would have some of the October Scorpio birthstones as well as some of the November Sagittarius birthstones.

 

What Do Birthstones Do?

 

Image by a random magic website that was in French

 

Way back in ancient times, people wore jewelry for two reasons: a status of wealth and for mystical gemstone powers. Magic. Which is really science, because everything vibrates at different frequencies. (Just take microwaves for example–you can’t see actual microwave frequencies but it doesn’t stop you for putting in the popcorn and pressing a few buttons).

Birthstones are used to help people born during a certain time of the year. There are tons of minerals out there that haven’t really been assigned a birth month, and there are some that are assigned only a Zodiac.

So since everyone’s favorite space, car, and solar genius is having a birthday, I am going to list a few birthstones for both his birth month and Zodiac sign, which is Cancer. Cancer is, like Scorpio and Pisces, a water sign meaning we are emotional folks. Well, every other water sign person I’ve met are crazy emotional like me.

 

June Birthstones

 

Goshenite. Image by Crystal Information

 

According to the American Gems Society, June has three official birthstones which are:

 

Alexandrite: a rare form of Beryl (think Emerald but mystically flashy). Alexandrite was first discovered in an Emerald mine, but since they in the same mineral family (Beryl), it’s pretty much self explanatory.

Pearl: an ultra feminine gem which isn’t actually a gem. It’s really organic, a by product made by living creatures.

Moonstone: There are many types of moonstone, but the moonstone described by the AGS sounds like Rainbow Moonstone, which is a shimmery feldspar that had blue flashes similar to opals and labradorite. Moonstone is also known as a gem of new beginnings and helps you hone in your intuition.

 

Cancer Birthstones or as Judy Hall puts it, Companion Stones.

 

Chrysocolla/Malachite mineral. Image by Stones and Shells

 

 

I am not listing each and every stone in the book, but here are a few of my favorites for Cancer. You can actually grab Judy Hall’s book here.

Ruby: a gem that helps keep you grounded and is known as the gemstone of nobility. It has that fire energy feel that will not only help you stay balanced, but sharpen your mind. Ruby is red corundum. Every other color corundum is called Sapphire. Blue Sapphire and Ruby are two of the four precious gemstones.

Aquamarine: Is known for helping you reach a clear mind by calming you. Like it’s mineral sister Alexandrite, it, too, is a form of the mineral Beryl.

Petalite: a somewhat rare stone that is often found occurring with Phenakite, a rare beryllium orthosilicate (a form of Beryl), is known for clearing out stress as well as dispelling hysteria and keeping you centered.

Chrysocolla: was my very first crystal I bought and it’s known for blocking negative energy and bringing about peace of mind. It’s also an ore of copper. It’s often found with Malachite and Azurite.

Carnelian: a gem known not just to be protective, but also inspires creativity and passion. It’s also one of the gemstones mentioned in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (another cool post I am working on!)

Beryl, (all forms), Beryl is simply a beryllium aluminum cyclosilicate that has beryllium and aluminum metals with rings of silicates and comes in many colors. It’s a gem that is known for promoting courage. Emerald, one of the four precious gemstones, is green Beryl, Bixbite is a deep red Beryl. Goshenite is clear Beryl. All Beryls grow in a hexagonal crystal system.

One of the things I’ve learned over the years about Beryl is that every piece I’ve come across in the raw form always looks like frozen liquid. Aquamarine looks like frozen seawater. Beryl is by far one of my personal favorite minerals.

Elon, if you are reading this, hope your birthday is awesome. Also, wanted to say thanks again for sharing my open letter–you have no idea the difference you made for me. Stay awesome and have 100x more birthdays.

About the Author

 

Johnna Sabri is a mineral, gem and crystal collector and wire artist. She loves experimenting with different styles of wrapping and collecting gems and minerals. Her work has been modeled by GA State University students in one of their annual fashion shows.

Johnna has also served customers all around the world including Dubai, Finland, The Philippines, Australia, Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong as well as people in every US state.

She learned her craft from Grammy winning guitarist, Daryl Adonis Thompson, son of Eli “Lucky” Thompson, the saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Isaac Hayes. Daryl was well known in the Little 5 Points Atlanta community as a master at his craft. Read more on Johnna here