Tradition of Birthstones Comes from the Bible
Byline: J. Hope Babowice
You wanted to know
Kristin Kapinos, 9, a fourth-grader at Kildeer-Countryside School in Long Grove wanted to know:
Where did the idea for birthstones come from? Why do different places list different birthstones for the same month?
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For more information
To learn more about rocks and gemstones, the Cook Memorial Public Library in LIbertyville suggests the following.
- "1,001 Facts about Rocks and Minerals" (from Dorling Kindersley).
- "Gemstones" by Ann Squire.
- "National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals."
- "Rocks and Minerals" by Chris Pellant.
- "Rocks, Gems, and Minerals: A Guide to Familiar Minerals, Gems, Ores, and Rocks" by Herbert S. Zim and Paul R. Shaffer.
Kristin Kapinos, 9, a fourth-grader at Kildeer Countryside School in Long Grove asked: "Where did the idea for birthstones come from? Why do different places list different birthstones for the same month?"
The original idea for each month having a special gemstone memento originally came from the Bible in Exodus. Aaron, Moses' brother, was the high priest of the Hebrews. He wore a very special garment into which was woven a dazzling breastplate. …