Birthstone Jewelry Guide
Traditionally, birthstones are associated with each month of the year. For example, the birthstone for January is a radiant garnet, while those lucky enough to be born in April get a diamond as their birthstone. You’ll find, there are a few months that have multiple birthstones. The origin and history of birthstones is a bit cryptic, however some believe the idea originated with the breastplate worn by Aaron in the book of Exodus. It was set with 12 stones that were said to correspond to the 12 tribes of Israel, or possibly the 12 months and zodiac signs. The modern concept of wearing a gem that represents your birth month can be traced back to 16th century Poland. The current list of birthstones dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – tanzanite was added to December.
Birthstones by Month
Garnet, the birthstone of January, is naturally mined in a rainbow of colors. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized color of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a special and intimate gift for friendship or significant others.
If you’re lucky enough to be born in April… Diamonds, the birthstone of April, are typically associated with love (and also marriage), which make it the perfect gift for that special loved one. While white diamonds are most common, fancy colored diamonds can be found in various colors including yellow, blue, pink, red and a variety of others as well.
Rubies are the birthstone of July. They are considered the royalty of gems and represent love, health and wisdom. It was believed in past times, that wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. A Ruby is the most valuable of gemstones and its value increases based on its color and quality. much like a diamond.
October – a two birthstone month represented by Tourmaline and Opal. Tourmaline is available in a rainbow of gorgeous colors, making it a favorite in the gem world. Opal gemstones are truly unique because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination, crafted by mother nature and unlike any other gem or stone on earth.
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that showcases a rediant purple color that ranges from deep violets and reds to a lighter lilac hue. Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset. A true asset to the February birthday celebrator.
Emerald is the birthstone of May. It carries the rich green color of Spring and radiates a glamorous, beautiful tone. They are considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. Emeralds are the rarest and most fragile gemstones and are typically mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.
Peridot, the birthstone of August, showcases a lime green color. It is one of the only gemstones that exists in only one single color. Peridot is unique in its legend; it is believed to instill power and influence upon the wearer, as well as bring magical powers and properties that protect against nightmares.
Those born in November are also lucky enough to choose from two gems; Citrine and Topaz. The warming color of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz is most sought after in its rich orange Imperial Topaz color but it can also be found in other inspiring colors like blue, pink and yellow.
Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, has an extremely rich color and has long symbolized hope, health and youth. Its mesmerizing color ranges from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the depths of the sea. The Aquamarine creates an ironic accent to spring and summer wardrobes, making it the perfect birthstone for March.
June birthdays have two birthstones; Pearl and Alexandrite. Pearls are naturally beautiful and have been a jewelry focal piece for centuries. Alexandrite gemstones change color based on their lighting environment and are extremely rare, making them most desirable.
Sapphire is the birthstone of September. The Sapphire can be fond in almost every color including pink, yellow, green, etc but it is most desirable in its pure, rich blue color. In the Middle Ages the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented loyalty and trust.
If you’re fortunate enough to be born in December, you have claim to three gemstones; Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise. Each of these gemstones is striking in characteristics and carries a unique blue tone, giving them a subdued and unexpected beauty. December birthstones are also a wonderful compliment to winter fashion trends. Zircon can be found in a variety of colors, but blue is the overwhelming favorite.