January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnets, although typically most recognizable as being a deep, warm red, come in a wide range of colors, including green, yellow, orange, and brown. Garnets are a popular choice for jewelry not only because of their vibrant color choices, but also their relative hardness. Their hardness allows them to be cut into a variety of styles and ensures that they will have a long life in almost any type of jewelry setting. In addition to being January’s birthstone, garnets are also the zodiac stone for Aquarius and the traditional gift for second anniversaries.
Garnets have been a popular gemstone throughout history, as far back as ancient Egypt and Rome. Garnets are said to improve feelings of stability and security, promote success in business, and increase compassion and self-confidence.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Amethyst is a violet colored quartz that is available in a variety of shades and tones, from light pink to deep purple. Amethysts can have red or blue undertones. This lovely gemstone is ideal for all types of jewelry due to its hardness. Amethyst is both the birthstone for February, as well as the zodiac stone for Pisces.
Amethysts as jewelry pieces date back to ancient Egypt. Throughout time amethysts have been thought to benefit the wearer in a variety of ways, including preventing intoxication, protection in battle, and healing.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a pale blue to blue-green, or cyan, type of beryl. Aquamarine gemstones are exceptionally hard, making them ideal for use in rings, necklaces, and other jewelry. Aquamarine is not only the birthstone for March, but also the gift for the 18th wedding anniversary.
Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin term for seawater and was considered a “lucky” stone for sailors, keeping them safe and preventing storms.
April Birthstone: Diamond
Diamonds are named after the Greek word for unbreakable due to their hardness and durability. Although diamonds are typically thought of as being clear, they are also popular in a variety of colors including yellow, blue, green, pink, orange, green, chocolate, and black. Diamonds are the birthstone for April and the zodiac stone for Aries.
Their strength, paired with their beauty have made them the historic choice to represent love and marriage.
May Birthstone: Emerald
Emeralds are vivid, green colored precious stones. Emeralds are considered to be one of the most valuable precious stones even though they can be somewhat brittle and difficult to cut due to their penchant for breaking. Emeralds are not only the birthstone for May, they are also the zodiac stone for Taurus, and the gift for 20th and 35th marriage anniversaries.
Emeralds have a long history of being used in jewelry; they were used by both ancient Egyptians and Aztecs. Emeralds are thought to represent devotion, and everlasting love; making them a great alternative to diamond engagement rings. In addition emeralds are thought to enhance well being.
June Birthstones: Pearl, Moonstone, & Alexandrite
Pearls are iridescent and range in color from white to pink to purple, to black. Ideally, pearls are round, but other shapes occur as well. Natural pearls, which are rare, are created inside living shelled mollusks in the wild and happen spontaneously, while cultured pearls are created from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels. Pearls are the birthstone for June, the zodiac stone for Cancer, and the gift for the 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries.
Moonstones are a type of feldspar that have a blueish white shimmer that can be compared to the mystical look of moonlight. Moonstones are believed to be lucky, especially for lovers. Moonstones are not only one of the birthstones for June, but also for the zodiac Cancer.
Alexandrite is a rare color changing gemstone from Russia. Alexandrite ranges in color from green to blue under daylight and red to purple under incandescent light. Alexandrite is one of the birthstones for June, the zodiac symbol of Gemini, and the gift for the 55th wedding anniversary.
July Birthstone: Ruby
Rubies are a fiery red gemstone that is extremely hard, making it a great choice for jewelry. The ideal ruby color is a pure red or a red with just a hint of blue; lighter rubies are considered pink sapphires. The July birthstone is also the zodiac gemstone for Capricorn, and the traditional gift for both the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Rubies have represented passion and deep love throughout the years, and is a popular alternative to diamond engagement rings. They are also thought to assure a life of peace and plenty.
August Birthstone: Peridot
Peridot is a translucent green gemstone that ranges from yellow-green to olive. Peridot is the birthstone for August, the zodiac stone for Leo, and the gift for the 16th wedding anniversary.
Peridot is belived to bring good fortune and happiness, as well as attract friendship and love. It is also thought to have healing properties.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
Sapphires, although typically thought of as being blue, come in a complete range of colors, including yellow, green, purple, and red. This gemstone is very hard, making it ideal for all types of jewelry. Sapphires are the September birthstone, the zodiac stone for Virgo, and the traditional gift for both the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries.
Sapphire is a popular alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring. Sapphire engagement rings have been made popular by a varirty of famous women including Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and Debra Messing.
October Birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline
Opals diffract light, giving the stone rainbow-like colors that change depending on the angle of the view. Opals are a softer stone and require gentle cleaning to ensure the polish lasts.Opals are the birthstone for October and the zodiac stone for Libra.
Opals are thought to offer a wide range of benefits including healing, finding love, and stimulating creativity. It is also thought to absorb thoughts and feelings due to its porous nature.
Tourmaline is a versatile gemstone; available in all the colors of the rainbow. In fact, tourmaline are available in bi-color and tri-color. Tourmaline is the birthstone for October and the gift for the 8th wedding anniversary.
November Birthstone: Citrine & Topaz
Citrine is a translucent yellow gemstone. Citrine is the birthstone for November, the zodiac stone for Scorpio, and the traditional gift for the 13th wedding anniversary.
Citrine is belived to inspire optimisim, signify fidelity and bliss, and represents joy and contentment.
December Birthstones: Tanzanite, Turquoise, & Zircon
Tanzanite is a blue to violet gemstone discovered in 1967. Made popular by the famous Tiffany & Co., Tanzanite is the December birthstone, the traditional gift for the 24th wedding anniversary, and also a gift for the birth of a child.
Turquoise is a unique non-transparent gemstone that comes in blue, blue and black, and blue-green with black. Along with being one of the December birthstone options, turquoise is also the zodiac stone for Aquarius, and the traditional gift for the 11th wedding anniversary.
Zircon occurs in a wide range of colors, from clear to blue and is a popular alternative to diamonds. Zircon is one of the birthstones for December.
Zircon is believed to bring prosperity, honor, and wisdom. It is also thought to improve confidence and provide clarity.