Birthstones for each Month August 25, 2014 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog
What is my birthstone? The birthstone may be able to tell you a lot more about your personality than you realize.
Here is the list of the birthstones for each month. Tell us what you think in the comments below! Feel free to explore our website and browse through our rare and beautiful pieces.
Birthstone Gem of the Month
The birthstone for each month is a matter of contention. Not everyone agrees with each other when it comes to which birthstone represents which month. We have followed the most traditional opinions. In the situation where there are a few stones, we’ve only added the most popular stones.
- January Birthstone – Garnet
- February Birthstone – Amethyst
- March Birthstone – Aquamarine
- April Birthstone – Diamond
- May Birthstone – Emerald
- June Birthstone – Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite
- July Birthstone – Ruby
- August Birthstone – Peridot
- September Birthstone – Sapphire
- October Birthstone – Opal and Tourmaline
- November Birthstone – Citrine and Topaz
- December Birthstone – Turquoise, Zircon, and Tanzanite
Understanding the Birthstones
Navigate the months and discover more about your month’s birthstone. We also placed links to shop the birthstones.
Garnet is usually thought of as being a rich red color but, in fact, it is mined in a wide range of tones. The widely differing composition of garnet deposits produces yellow, red, brown, black, green and blue stones. It is the red, pyrope garnet that is the January birthstone. The garnet symbolizes trust and friendship.
Amethysts occur in colors from lilac to deep violet and, occasionally, red. Its name comes from the Greek for “not drunk” (a methysto) and was used to give the wearer a clear head and sound judgment. Whether it worked then we’ll never know, of course, but it’s a nice thought.
Aquamarine is usually seen in a pale blue color, but it can also be such a deep tone that it is sometimes mistaken for sapphire. Considered a symbol of hope, health and everlasting youth, its association with March is apt. As the herald of spring, when new life bursts forth, what better or more beautiful a birthstone?
Diamonds are forever, or so it is said, and will therefore forever be associated with love and the heart. White diamonds are the most common color, but everything down to black is possible. Diamond is one of only 4 truly precious stones along with ruby, emerald, and sapphire.
Emerald, the symbol of rebirth and love bring a deep rich green color that is unrivaled in any other gemstone. It is appropriate that it is the birthstone for May, with all it promises for the spring and summer ahead. Ireland, with its lush, rolling green lands is known colloquially as the Emerald Isle.
Pearl, Moonstone, and alexandrite make June the first multi-birthstone month. Pearls have been revered throughout history, ever since man first opened a mollusk to find one inside. Moonstone is a more recent addition to the birthstone list but was known and treasured in ancient times. For ancient civilizations, moonstone was associated with the lunar gods. Alexandrite is unusual in that its color appears differently under different light sources. From green in natural daylight to red in incandescent light, it truly is a wonder of nature.
Ruby rivals the diamond for connection to the heart. Forever the precious stone of love, health and wisdom, the deeper the red color, the more good fortune a ruby is said to bring. The most desired gemstone throughout history is still it’s most precious.
Peridot isn’t a birthstone whose name easily rolls off the tongue. It is unusual in the fact that it is one of the very few gemstones to only occur in a single color. The olive green color does come in varying shades, but never anything outside a base green. Gem quality stones of this instiller of power and influence are extremely rare, with most finds being barely larger than grain size.
Learn about August Birthstone | View Peridot Jewelry
Sapphire is another precious stone which occurs in a variety of colors. It is, though, the deep rich blue color which we all love and want. As a birthstone, it is a little different in that it protects those around you rather than you as the wearer. It is also a symbol of loyalty and trust.
Opal and tourmaline both represent October. Opal, with its rainbow of colors is said to collect all the benefits of every other gem in a single stone.The blend of colors in each opal is unique, making each stone as individual as the wearer. Tourmaline is another gemstone available in a rainbow of colors, depending on other elements being present. The stone is highly unusual amongst minerals as it is magnetic.
Learn about October Birthstone (coming soon) | View Opal Jewelry
Citrine’s warm yellow/brown color is said to have been a gift from the sun. As the giver of life, the association with the sun also provides the belief that citrine is a healing stone. Topaz is another yellow-brown stone and is mentioned in the bible. An old English superstition maintained that topaz could cure lunacy, despite no medical or anecdotal evidence to support the claim.
Learn about November Birthstones (coming soon) | View Citrine Jewelry
Zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise are all birthstones for December. Examples of all three can be found in the blue part of the color wheel and may have caused the color to be associated with winter.
Zircon, despite its name, is not related to the common diamond substitute cubic zirconia. Tanzanite is named for the only country on earth in which it is found, Tanzania, and has only been commercially available since 1968. Turquoise, for several thousand years, has been revered as a holy stone in many cultures. Popular as a stone in decorative jewelry or art pieces, turquoise is one of the most beautiful of all gemstones.
Birthstones have long been believed to bring a combination of good luck, good health, prosperity, love and many more benefits to the wearer. Each stone is associated with a particular month is a tradition going back as far as the 15th century. Some changes have taken place in the list over the years, with several months now having more than one birthstone. The latest “official” list, produced by the American Gem Trade Association was finalized in 2016. This update added alexandrite as a June birthstone and tanzanite for December.
There’s little if any evidence, of course, to suggest that any of the birthstones do bring the wearer good health or fortune, but that hasn’t stopped the idea being embraced up to the present day.
One advantageous effect of a birthstone is that birthday gifts can be given which have the relevant stone within them. Magical powers or not, it’s a very nice effect of the system that will always be appreciated. Most birthstones are readily available, and the purchased stone doesn’t need to be of the highest quality to still carry the love and thought that went into choosing it.
Recipients of birthstone gifts are often unaware of the significance, but start to learn more about their own stone. Some go on to become collectors and enjoy their birthstone enormously.
History Of The Birthstone
Each precious or semi-precious stone associated with a particular birth month has its origins in ancient history. Gemstones have long been believed to offer luck, good health, protection or more, often based on the color of the stone.
The birthstone list as we know it today isn’t always representative of that used in ancient times. Often, red stones were all grouped together according to color, rather than by mineral content. The tradition of a single stone for a single month is actually only a few hundred years old. Over the centuries, some stones have actually moved around between the months. The lack of any kind of “official” list means that the US one is different to the UK, for example. Furthermore, some months have more than one associated birthstone. The reasons behind these multi-stone months are unclear. It is suggested that it was an attempt to add affordable gemstones to the list, and yet the most expensive stones have no competition for their own month.
The list we use today was standardized by a collective of interested parties in the US, in 2016.
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