What’s Your Stone? New Looks For Traditional Birthstones

Birthstone jewelry is often one of the first pieces of jewelry a girl will own. I was scarcely old enough to pronounce "amethyst" when I received a tiny one on a gold chain. From the dawn of time, people have believed gemstones possess mystical powers, and that the position of the stars on one's birth date determines personality traits and virtues. (Does "I'm a typical impatient Aries!" sound like a convincing defense against a traffic ticket?) The new year is a time for resolutions and astrological predictions. We believe today's women are the luckiest of all because the 18 stones now considered birthstones are cut and appreciated especially for their beauty. The newest and most creative designs using these stones are a far cry from the tiny talismans we received as little girls. (Note: Because the jewelry shown with this story is for women, we've used "she" in our descriptions. R

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