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May 12, 2014

Birthstones

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 2:26 am

1. class: 57
Group: 3
Group Members: 강지수, 김하영, 안소영, 유석현

2. Glossary

-nobility : [NOUN] honesty, courage, and kindness
-longevity : [NOUN] living for a long time
-invariability : [NOUN] a quality of uniformity and lack of variation
-pendant : [NOUN] a piece of jewellery worn around the neck, consisting of a long chain with an object hanging from it, or the object itself
-separation : [NOUN] an arrangement, often legal, by which two married people stop living together as a couple

3. Text

Birthstones are a jewels that symbolize the month of one’s birth.
They are believed to bring luck to those who carry them.
Ancient people(not only a royal families but also the common people) expected to keep loving or hope for a long life through Birth stones.[1]
1.탄생석 사진
January’s birthstone is garnet. it means truth and friendship. garnet is known that shield a traveler from danger. [2]

February`s birthstone is amethyst. it means peace and faithfulness .
Old western people believed that when they have amethyst, they didn’t get drunk.[3]

March`s birthstone is aquamarine. it means brightness .
Recently young people believed that when they wear earing made of aquamarine, they will becom couple.

April`s birthstone is diamond. it means nobility. diamond is treated the best wedding present.

May’s bithstone is emerald. it means purity. Many people believe that diamond is most precious stone. But emerald is rare at least 20 times than diamond.

June’s birthstone is pearl. Asians think that pearl is inappropriate jewelry for gift because pearl means ‘tear’.
But Western people present pearl because they fathom the pain of pearl shell.

July’s birthstone is ruby. it means love. ‘ruby’ is originate in the Latin language ‘Rubrum’ which means red.

August’s birthstone is peridot. it means happiness and harmony. peridot is found in a meteorite occasionally.

September’s birthstone is sapphire. it means truth and invariability. Also sapphire is a symbol of the fall.

October’s birthstone is opal. it means purity and hope. in the Middle Ages, Opal was said to cure eye trouble.

November’s birthstone is topaz. it means friendship and separation. And Ancient people believed that topaz exorcises evil spirits.

December’s birthstone is turquoise. it means success and victory.Most people think that turquoise is yielded from Turkey.
In fact, turquoise has nothing to do with Turkey and area of production is far from Turkey.[2]

Such birthstones are used in neck laces, pendants, rings, as wedding presents, and even as medicine.
jewelry (47)
루비목걸이

4. References
[1]http://terms.naver.com/entry.nhn?docId=1152182&cid=40942&categoryId=32305 두산 지식백과 탄생석
[2]http://m.media.daum.net/m/media/society/newsview/20100114173405003 탄생석별 부가설명
[3]http://m.blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=navidjj&logNo=70189891162&isFromSearchAddView=true 탄생석설명2

5. Discussion Questions

1- Do you like your birthstone? Why or Why not?

2- Do you think birthstones are effective?

3- What do you think how to use the birthstones excepting for those text?

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