Birthstones

Use this page to find which gem is your birthstone

Birthstones are precious and semi-precious stones that have been connected with birth dates for centuries and thought to originate from the Breastplate of Aaron, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

The definition of which stone aligns to which month has changed over time, originally based solely on the colour of the stone rather than the stone itself. Since the early 1900s, birthstones have been formally defined by the American Gem Society.

Historically, and today, it is believed that stones can have healing powers and can also bring luck and prosperity. There are various meanings related to each birthstone. In a tangible sense, birthstones concentrate power and redirect it along a particular prismatic path.

Besides a specific month, each birthstone is related to a planet. Actually, there are several birthstones for every one of the twelve months!

Birthstone jewellery is regarded as a perfect present as it is very personal, being specific to the birth month and show real thought and empathy. Wearing or carrying your birthstone is believed to bring luck, together with enhancing the qualities connected to the individual’s zodiac sign.

Your can jump to your birthstone by clicking the links below:

January: Garnet

February: Amethyst

March: Aquamarine

April: Diamond

May: Emerald

June: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone

July: Ruby

August: Peridot

September: Sapphire

October: Tourmaline and Opal

November: Topaz and Citrine

December: Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise

 

January: Garnet

There are a number of colour garnets, the traditional and most popular being the red stones. It is the birthstone for Aquarius, (birthstones also include Amethyst, Hematite and Amber), which is frequently related to truth.

Garnet is derived from the word granatum, which means seed due to the resemblance of a pomegranate seed. They are not too expensive stones Regular garnet is fairly scratch resistant and for that reason very suitable as to be made into jewellery.

The stone was once considered to help increase aim, bring good fortune, and extend protection against devils. It also was thought to shield sailors and to guarantee a safe voyage. It is a highly protective stone, connected with success and thought to bring peace and happiness.

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February: Amethyst

Amethyst is a tough gem, in fact a variety of quartz, which does not scratch easily making it a perfect stone for jewellery.

Being the birthstone for Pisces, its name is derived from a Greek word that means sober, and thought to encourage celibacy and keep the wearer keen witted against the influence of the Greek god of wine – Bacchus.

A popular crystal with healers, Amethyst crystal is also reported to promote positive behavioral change.

Once considered to be more precious than diamonds, amethyst is found in many locations including Brazil and Uruguay.

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March: Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, the green version being emerald, and is sourced from a number of areas including Colorado, Colombia and Madagascar.

Unsurprisingly related to water, its colour is reminiscent of the sea and is associated with coolness and youth. Carrying aquamarine is also thought to build a joyful marriage.

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April: Diamond

Diamonds have always been the most well known gemstones, as well as the most expensive.

Derived from the Greek word adamas, meaning “invincible”, as well as the classic clear colour, diamonds can be a number of colours, depending on the level of impurities present.

In medieval times, it was thought that diamonds were able to cure illness stemming from the brain.

Given the striking nature of diamonds there are beliefs and stories about the power of diamonds and what they represent from most cultures – tears of the gods; captured lightening.

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May: Emerald

A relative of Aquamarine, the emerald is formed from beryl. Emerald is hard but slightly brittle compared with other precious stones, so handle with care. Today it is mined in Brazil Colombia, Zambia, and Afghanistan.

Emerald comes from the Greek word smaragdus, meaning green and is associated with more than one zodiac sign – Taurus, Cancer and sometimes Gemini.

Being the colour of spring, the emerald symbolises love, fertility and rebirth and believed to bring hope, luck and prosperity – and help keep the wearer youthful!

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June: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone

June is unusual in that it has three associated birthstones.

Pearl is grown by oysters, and formed when a small piece of grit enters the shell. To defend itself the oyster produces a smooth hard shell, which is the pearl. Because of this, no two pearls are the same.

They were thought to be connected with the moon, presumably because f its appearance and also with the Greek god Aphrodite. It was said that pearls were her tears of joy that had subsequently hardened. The pearl represents friendship purity.

Alexandrite is a newly discovered gem, found in Ural Mountains in Russia in the early 1800s and is associated with good fortune and believed to enhance creativity.

The moonstone was named by the Roman historian Pliny, who noted the stone altered in accordance with the phases of the moon, hence the name.

Moonstones are mined in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, USA, and Madagascar and said to provide safe travel and good health.

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July: Ruby

Ruby is a pleochroic stone, meaning it exhibits two colours when viewed from other angles. It is one of the hardest gemstones, with the exception of diamond.

Associated with the Cancer zodiac sign, this stone has been desirable since man started wearing stones for decoration and has long symbolised wealth and power, being the adornment of kings It also represents strength, passion and courage, given its bold red colour.

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 August: Peridot

Peridot is a starling light green stone, also called the Evening Emerald. The Egyptians called it the gem of the sun.

It is said to bring luck and to ward off evil spirits and bad dreams, giving a peaceful life. The stone is reported to be a sign of faithfulness, courage, and friendship.

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September: Sapphire

The stunning blue sapphire worn since the middle ages, representing both heaven and wisdom and said to protect from envy and harm.

Often worn by senior church figures in medieval times to guard against temptation and unclean thoughts, the sapphire now is said to enhance understanding and intuition.

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October: Tourmaline and Opal

Tourmaline is a relative new but well-known crystal healing stone, which is quite elaborate in both colour and structure, from deposits of aluminium borosilicate.

Found in Brazil and Uruguay, its wide spectrum of colour can change, and said to reflect on the spirit and state of mind of the wearer.

Tourmaline is said to diffuse anger and has been called the Peace Stone.

Opals are incredibly popular, silica based, stones which have been popular in jewellery since ancient times. The Egyptians and Romans were known to use Opal, as were oriental cultures.

Derived from the Greek word Opallos (seeing a change of colour), it’s a universal sign of youth, hope and wellness, and in legend used to be thought an aid to invisibility, presumably due to its translucent nature.

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 November: Topaz and Citrine

Topaz is another birthstone that has been used through the ages by many different cultures in both royal and religious circles. The Egyptians used it as a symbol of the sun, and the god Ra.

Alchemists in the Middle Ages thought Topaz had the ability to reduce heat, both in physical item like water and to cool tempers.

Sometimes confused with Citrine, this gemstone was also thought to bring safety to those travelling by sea.

Citrine is a quartz-based stone mined mainly in Bolivia, Brazil and Spain. It is also known as the Flower Stone and the Healing Quartz, as its use is very popular in crystal based healing.

Citrine is believed to stimulate memory, reduce self-destructive tendencies and neurological disorders, and to be effective for heart, kidney and liver based conditions.

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December: Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise

Found only recently in the hills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzanite is a stunning blue form of zoisite, which can change colours when it is viewed in different lights and at different angles.

Tanzanite is considered to bring spiritual awareness to the wearer, increase compassion and bring lovers close to each other.

Zircon is a relatively abundant stone found in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand sometimes associated with insight and interpretation.

Healers use Zircon to manage pain, stimulate appetite and promote sleep and is said to bring dignity and wisdom to the wearer.

Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones used in protection amulets.

Its bold, solid colour is a very strong statement representing strength, sensitivity, and connection to the spiritual world.

The gemstone is also a symbol of friendship, peace and good fortune.

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