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We've all heard of birthstones, the gems used to represent the month a person was born. These beautiful stones actually have a long history. According to the Book of Exodus, the High Priest of the Israelites wore a 12-stone encrusted breastplate to communicate with God. The 12 different stones were believed to represent the tribes of Israel.
In the 1st and 5th centuries A.D., two scholars by the names of Flavius Josephus and St. Jerome associated the 12 stones of the breastplate with the 12 zodiac signs. Their initial idea was that a person would own all 12 gemstones and wear one stone during the corresponding month. In the 18th century, birthstones became what we know today when Jewish gem traders in Poland sold the stones based on a person's birth month. This tradition was solidified in the United States in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers. The stones representing each month have since remained the same and are as follows:
October: Pink Tourmaline (this is the alternative stone, the traditional is Opal)
November: Yellow Topaz
While it is traditional for birthstones to be worn in a pendent, ring or other form of jewelry, here at Tiemart we thought, “Hey, why not birthstone neckties?!?!”. As stunning as a gemstone encrusted necktie would be, that would go against our belief in keeping neckwear affordable. So we came up with a list of our solid color neckties you can use to represent your birthstone. Enjoy!