Know the history of Birthstones before going on a discount shopping online for them Arenâ€™t birthstones mysterious and also mesmerizing? When we are born on a certain month, there is already a birthstone assigned to it where it will be our sole birthstone. There are a lot of legends and lore surrounding the practice of wearing these assigned gems but a lot of people believe that the idea of wearing them started out as nothing more than a marketing ploy by companies selling jewelry. But the real reason behind the practice is actually deeper than that. This sort of practice has its roots deep in religion and astrology. One of the earliest stories connected to the practice of wearing birthstones came from the Christian Bible. In the book of Exodus, the Breastplate of Aaron is described to have been mounted with twelve precious gems: Ruby, topaz, beryl, turquoise, sapphire, emerald, jacinth, agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx and jasper. These twelve stones represented each of the twelve tribes of the Hebrews. Other ancient cultures such as the Hellenics and the Babylonians particularly have associated certain previous stones with their gods and goddesses. Later on with the planets and the stars represented in astrological signs. These stones were given attributes pertaining to the astrological signs they are linked with as well as supernatural, protective powers. By simply wearing the particular gemstone associated with a particular month on that given month is to invoke the protection offered by the power of the stone. As time passed by and Christianity came to rise, the Church tried to downplay astrology in the lives of the flock and so wearing gemstones came to represent guardian angels and the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ instead. The idea that gemstones have the power to protect its wearer was nonetheless retained. However, since it was only the wealthy population who can afford owning all the different gemstones of each month, most people have adopted the practice of wearing just the gemstone that represents the month of their birth and that was the birth of the birthstones. Birthstones today are available fashion shops online and you can even go for discount shopping online if you are on a budget and are collecting all the stones!