The birthstone babble is all about ascribing properties to rocks in
the sense that there is a mystical connection of a particular mineral
to a group of people who were born in a particular month.
Hypothetically this means that a particular stone is reserved for
only those people who are born during a given time period.
Therefore, if all the people on earth were born during a particular
calendar year and that calendar year is unevenly segmented, it means
that in thirty one day months there are an increased number of people
who are imbued with that birthstone, while in a 28 day month a lesser
number of people were assigned to that month. However, since there
are differences in time lapses, while ovulation is more or less tied
into 28 day periods, the number of people who are born in a given
month varies considerably. Therefore, I suggest that it is very
discriminatory that some of the lesser months have fewer members and
I also suggest that those months which have more valuable birthstones
are really not playing fair. Then, of course, there is the cabin
fever syndrome in the northern climes wherein, during the winter
months, people have little else to do but keep each other warm and
the the net result is that birth rates are chronologically biased.
Therefore, the ninth month has the advantage, and all those September
babies get to have sapphires. It just isn’t fair ! O well, I was born
in May, therefore I get the cracked green gemstone which is valuable,
but shouldn’t be. On a more serious note, isn’t it tragic that we
humans should obsess on trivia to the extent that the slightest
deviation in “beliefs” should be taken as an excuse for mutual
extermination ? America has now been invaded by the Argentinian ant
which colonizes on the basis of identifiying its’ members by
smell…and, if you are not the right smell you are decapitated. Eee
gad…are we not ants ?..how do you deal with this analogy ?
Ron Mills, Mills Gem Co. Los Osos, Ca.