Birthstones are gemstones that are connected to certain months of the year. The custom of linking birth months to gemstones goes way back to the breastplates worn by high priests in the Old Testament. In 1912, the American National Association of Jewellers got together to come up with an official standardized list of birthstones. That way everyone could be on the same page about which stones belong to which months.
Keep reading to find out how the Royal Family has incorporated birthstones into their jewelry and family heirlooms.
Kate Middleton — Garnet
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on January 9th, which means that her birthstone is garnet. Garnet is a deep reddish-orange colored stone. Some people believe that garnet is linked to faith, love, and courage.
Kate Middleton has been photographed wearing a garnet and pearl yellow gold ring that seems to have been in her possession since 2005. Kate’s unique engagement ring doesn’t have a garnet stone in it, though. Keep reading to find out why.