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A Guide to Birth Stones

Please find below a quick and easy chart to find birthstones by birthday month. This chart is an amalgamation of traditional and modern birthstones with a separate chart for stones of the zodiac.


Birthstones by Month

Month Birthstones
January Garnet
February  Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Quartz, Diamond
May Emerald, Chrysophrase
June Pearl, Moonstone
July Ruby, Carnelion
August Peridot, Onyx
September Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire
October Tourmaline, Opal
November Citrine, Topaz
December Turquoise, Tanzanite


Birthstones by Signs of the Zodiac

Sign Birthstone
Aquarius (21 Jan - 21 Feb) Garnet
Pisces (22 Feb - 21 Mar) Amethyst
Aries (22 Mar - 20 Apr) Chalcedony
Taurus (21 Apr - 21 May) Sapphire
Gemini (22 May - 21 June) Agate
Cancer (21 June - 22 July) Emerald
Leo (23 Jul - 22 Aug) Onyx
Virgo (23 Aug - 22 Sep) Carnelian
Libra (23 Sep - 23 Oct) Chrysophrase
Scorpio (24 Oct - 21 Nov) Aquamarine
Sagittarius (22 Nov -  21Dec) Topaz
Capricorn (22 Dec - 21 jan) Ruby

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The Crystal Healer - Physical, emotional and mental wellbeing through the power of gems.

The Age Old Power of Gems

For thousands of years many cultures have recognised the power of minerals (crystals and gemstones) to affect the physical, emotional and metal state of individuals and communities. The native American peoples use turquoise to aid in healing and general vitality while Hindu people have long associated gems with the seven Chakras represented as Ruby (crown), Carnelian (brow), Citrine (throat), emerald (heart), sapphire (solar plexus), indicolite (sacral or spleen and amethyst (root). Even in our modern western society, one simply has to see the effect a gem on any newly engaged woman's finger has to her overall demeanour to appreciate the power of gemstones on our feelings of wellbeing.


So what are some gems that can be used to enhance our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing in everyday life?

Here are a few 'super gems' that have been known to have positive affects on on various aspects of the physical, emotional and mental spheres. This is by no means and exhaustive list but rather a good starting point of some of the most widely accepted gems available:-


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Known to positively affect the glands, eyes, kidneys and liver. Calms the nerves and provides clear thinking. Will bring a creative boost to problem solving. Grief may be reduced by wearing Aquamarine.


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Reduced toxicity in the body, aiding the blood system. Stimulates greater concentration and motivation to achieve one's goals. Dispels envious thoughts and anger, focusing  the being on contented feelings.


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Assisted the repair of the kidneys and liver. Brings muscular relaxation. Encourages rational, grounded thinking. Helps closed individuals open up and embrace closer, more fulfilling  relationships with others.


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Strengthens the heart and bones. Balances sex drive.  Lifts creativity and helps finds new ideas. Eases depressions and encourages positive thought.


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Reduces headaches. Helps even eating disorders.   Encourages grounding and tolerance of others. Enhances self esteem. Wards off negative energies of others.


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 Assists intestinal system and muscles.  Balances and provides confidence. Aids in restful sleep.  Reduces hostility and depression.


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Affects the heart.  Great for breaking bad habits and establishing new patterns. Aids in mending heart break and moving on from loss.


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 Aids glandular system and purifies the body. Connects logical thoughts and initiative feelings more effectively.   Balances emotions and heightens spiritual awareness. 


Embrace the Journey!

Beyond considering the traditional uses listing above, its important when selecting a gem for you that you trust your instincts and attraction to certain types of gems and to even individual pieces. It's a journey of discovery and like all other such journeys sometimes you just have to trust your gut!



Reference Material

'Crystals: It's your turn to heal' by Bryan Gardiner (1993)

'Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic' by Scott Cunninham (2002)

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Ayala Bar - An Artist's Vision

A rose-tinted flower peeking out of a crack in a pavement... a glint of sunlight on a rusty can... a pebble marking gentle waves in a rain shower's puddle... wherever Ayala Bar goes,her surroundings inspire her. For this creative artist, the universe is indeed in the details. Insights and ideas are collected from sights and sites that to the average person seem mundane.

Nothing is routine to Ayala. The materials she works with - simple metals, glass beads, mineral stones and crystal rhinestones are used to translate her creative perceptions into intricate patterns with a thousand messages.Many have tried to define Ayala's style. It has been called Art Deco meets the Middle East, for example. But the truth is that Ayala's style cannot be categorized. That is why every woman finds her own special radiance and very  personal signature in the Ayala Bar jewelry she has chosen.

Ayala's creations draw on over ten years of experience as a costume jeweler,  and an eclectic career in theater and interior design. Today,  Ayala is a mature designer, cognizant of the trends in the fashion world, but always true to her inner vision. This precious integrity creates the radiance that is Ayala's own signature.

The Family Jewels is proud to stock a wide range of pieces from Ayala Bar. To view those available online CLICK HERE.


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A Carnival of Colour

Dutch designer Zsiska has been a personal friend of The Family Jewels for 20 years. Her fabulously successful resin range is bold, colourful and the images speak for themselves.


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The Allure of Jade

Years spent traveling in China sourcing Jade means that The Family Jewels can boast the best quality range of natural Jade in Sydney. Be it red, yellow or green, our Jade is all natural and sourced from fair trade partners in China. This guarantees only the best quality makes it into our creations.


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Jewels of the American South West

A range of original handmade Mexican and Native American sterling silver reflects The Family Jewels long-standing love affair with this part of the world. Celebrated designers Brilliante and Spratling (sp) are Highlights of this collection as are our Zuni and Navajo collections.

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Brilliant Tibet

The Family Jewels has sourced an original range of Tibetan and Nepalese traditionally crafted jewellery.
Superb necklaces, bracelets and rings are realised in traditional materials including brilliant turquoise, coral and sterling silver. Each of these pieces is strictly a one-off. A uniquely beautiful range...

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