Around 1981, I made a piece of jewelry for my wife to commemorate the birth of our first daughter. Now, more than half a dozen children later, I'm pleased to share the design with you.
The use of the bow and arrow symbolism is King Solomon's, the author of Psalm 127. There is much to meditate on in this passage from God's Word.
If you like the look of your birthstone and your spouse's, one option is to pick a "his" and "hers" scheme. Use Dad's stone for the boys, and Mom's stone for the girls. Birthstones are a secular, cultural tradition, and we're all about freedom, right?
The main idea with Solomon's Bow is the symbolism. The parents are represented by the bow, and they motivate and propel the children.
In my original design, I used opals (my birthstone) and diamonds (hers)(very small ones) for Katrina and our daughter. The concept of birthstones is widespread in our culture: pretty much everyone "gets" birthstones. When I decided to offer the bow as a production item, I moved to birthstones, but if you want something a bit different, just ask!
The origins of birthstones are lost in antiquity; some relate them to the twelve stones mentioned in the Old Testament, on the High Priest's ceremonial breastplate, but different cultures have their own lists. I use the modern, traditional list. Some months have several different stones that are customary.
The stones used in Solomon's Bow are synthetic birthstones. I generally don't offer natural stones, for several reasons:
Natural stones vary widely in cost; amethyst is very cheap, but if you are born in April, we're talking diamond, and a 3mm stone is close to a quarter carat.
Natural stones vary widely in durability. The natural stone for October is an Opal or Tourmaline; for June, Alexandrite or Pearl.
|Month||Traditional Birthstone||Modern Birthstone|
|June||Alexandrite, Emerald||Moonstone, Pearl|
|October||Tourmaline, Aquamarine||Opal, Tourmaline|
|November||Citrine, Topaz||Topaz, Citrine|
|December||Zircon, Ruby||Turquoise, Blue Topaz|