Birthstones 101

Birthstones 101

What is a birthstone? 

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated to the month someone is born. Meaning each month has its own gemstone and each gemstone has a specific meaning or significance. Birthstones are a fun way to give someone in your life a meaningful piece of jewelry. 

The history behind birthstones - 

Birthstones have been given and worn since ancient times. It was said that wearing your birthstone is a symbol of wellness and good fortune. We believe that they were probably based on astrology and the stones had some mystical significance. In 1912 the American National Association of Jewelers standardized the list of 12 Birthstones, since then some have been switched and even added to this list. Today, they are still desirable but for more sentimental reasons than superstition. 

Birthstone Chart 

Basic - 

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Although, some birthstones have alternative options, for example June can be Pearl, Moonstone, or Alexandrite. 

Traditional - 

January Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine, Bloodstone
April Diamond, Cubic Zirconia
May Emerald
June Alexandrite, Moonstone
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Tourmaline, Opal
November Citrine, Topaz
December Blue Zircon, Tanzanite, Turquoise

January - Garnet 

Garnet is known for the traditional deep red seen below, although it can be found in other colors such as purple, orange, and even green. Garnet comes from the latin word for seed-like, granatus, as the garnet looks like a pomegranate seed. In ancient times travelers would carry garnets with them for protection. Today, this birthstone is said to bring peace, good fortune, and long-lasting friendship. 
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February - Amethyst 

Amethyst is known for its purple hues. In ancient times Amethyst were used in wine goblets to prevent intoxication, the name comes from a greek word amethystos meaning "not intoxicating". Today, it is known as February's birthstone and represents wisdom. 
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March - Aquamarine 

Named after the latin word for seawater, to represent the beautiful light blue hues of Aquamarine. It was believed that sailors carried Aquamarine with them for calming purposes and help against rough seas. Today, it is March's Birthstone and is associated with calmness, serenity, and promotes harmony. 

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April - Diamond 

Probably one of the most famous gemstones to date,  as they are treasured all over the world. In ancient times people believed diamonds were the tears of gods. Today, diamonds represent purity, strength, and everlasting love. Hence why they are used in engagement rings. 

May - Emerald 

Emeralds are known for their vibrant green hues. Emeralds were King Solomon, Cleopatra, and Elizabeth Taylors gemstone of choice. They have become one of the most expensive gemstones in the world. Today, Emeralds are May's Birthstone and are said to represent rebirth, growth, and hope. 

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June - Alexandrite, Moonstone, Pearl

June actually has three common Birthstones -  Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite. Alexandrite over the last couple decades has gotten the most attention as Junes Birthstone. Alexandrite is known for its unique color change in different lighting. It can go from emerald green, to a shiny blue, and even appear purple in the right lighting. Alexandrite is said to bring luck, love, and good fortune. 

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July - Ruby 

Ruby's are known for their rich red color, they are one of the most recognized gemstones in the world. Ruby's, like emeralds tend to be one of the more expensive gemstones. In ancient times ruby's were called the "King of Gems" and was used to showcase ones wealth. Today, it is the July Birthstone and can represent love, passion, and devotion. 

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August - Peridot 

One of the more rare gemstones, Peridot has a vibrant light green hue. In Ancient times, it was named the gem of the sun by Egyptians they believed it protected them from terrors of the night. Today, Peridot is commonly known as the August Birthstone and the symbol of peace. 

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September - Sapphire 

Sapphire is most commonly known for its deep blue hue but it can range from all sorts of colors, just not red. Sapphires has been used since ancient times to represent royalty, as it is a precious gemstone and can be very expensive. Today, Sapphire is the September Birthstone and is said to bring abundance in blessings and gifts. 

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October - Tourmaline, Opal

October actually has two birthstones, they can come is many different colors but are most commonly White Opal and Pink Tourmaline. In history Opals were known to represent purity and hope because of their celestial coloring. Tourmaline can be found in a variety of colors, it was said why Egyptians that it traveled along the rainbow. Today, they are October's birthstone and believed to promote healing. 

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November - Citrine 

Citrine comes in the many hues of fall such as yellow, orange, red, and even browns. It is said to harbor sunshine and heat due to its stunning warm orange color. In history it was said to have healing powers, promoted vitality and energy. Today, it is the perfect hue for a November birthstone and represents joy. 

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December - Blue Zircon 

December now has three birthstones like June, Turquoise, Blue Zircon, and Tanzanite. The most popular one is Zircon. It can come in many different hues but Blue Zircon is the most sought after. In ancient times it was said blue zircon could induce sleep, ward off evil, and bring wisdom. Today, it is one of the more common December birthstones. 

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