In the Book of Exodus, Moses named his brother, Aaron, the first High Priest of Israel. As a gift for the newly appointed High Priest, Moses ordered a breastplate made with twelve different jewels, each representative of the twelve different tribes of Israel. This passage within the Bible conveys one of many possible origins of the twelve birthstones known today. Historians also link the stones with many other ancient figures and practices including the twelve apostles, the twelve foundation stones of the Holy City of Rome, the twelve zodiac signs and, of course, the twelve months of the year.

In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers produced a standardized list of the twelve stones to officially coincide with the twelve months of the year.

For the months with two stones listed, we have decided to supply the first stone for your family cross. This choice was based on the aesthetics and durability between the two stones. Additional information is available upon request.