Birthstones are gemstones that associate with each month of the year, each with its distinct appearance, worth, and beauty. The fascinating colours of gemstones represent an enduring and spiritual bond to the wearer. Birthstones have been popular since ancient times when cultures believed that gemstones possessed great abilities such as fortune, health, and wealth. Learn about the qualities and meaning of each month's gemstone in our Birthstone guide.
Garnets are recognizable for their soft to vibrant tones of red, symbolizing good fortune and power. This red semi-precious gemstone makes a wonderful jewellery piece that is perfect for a regal style. Whether it's a birthday, a second anniversary, or any special occasion, garnets are the perfect gift of choice.
Known for its innate calming and meditative energies, Amethyst is the most popular purple gemstone. Amethyst is the perfect treat for yourself or the February-born in your life. St. Valentine, the patron saint of romantic love, is said to have always worn an amethyst ring. That is why this romantic gemstone is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
The name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. This March birthstone is also known as a symbol of youth, hope, honesty and faithfulness. Aquamarines vary in colour from light blue to bluish-green and are mostly found in countries like Brazil, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
The symbol of forever love is a diamond. The name ‘diamond’ came from the Greek word ‘Adamas’ meaning indestructible. Apart from being a symbol of love, this April birthstone also symbolizes strength, elegance, and luxury. For many years, diamonds have been used for engagement and wedding rings as a mark of unbreakable love.
One of the most treasured gemstones, Emerald. The rich colour of May’s birthstone is thought to symbolize wealth, wisdom, and growth. Emerald was a favourite of the Egyptian Pharoah Cleopatra. In Roman mythology, emerald is linked with the goddess of love Venus. Emerald colours can range from light green to deep rich green.
The sweet simplicity of the June birthstone symbolizes purity and humility. Pearls come in a variety of soft colours that are perfect for every complexion. A pearl can be eye-catching or understated yet exquisite, making them a versatile stone.
Being one of the rarest and most romantic precious stones, this fiery gemstone is almost as tough and durable as a diamond. Rubies belong to the corundum family. Its name originates from the Latin word "ruber," which means red. Rubies are also associated with love and passion, protection, and wealth
August: Peridot & Spinel
The peridot is one of the world's rarest gemstones. It's a semi-precious stone made of the olivine mineral. And the newest gemstone to be added to the birthstone list is the stunning Spinel, known mainly for its beautiful vivid colours.
A symbol of royalty and truth, sapphire has been the most sought-after gemstone for centuries. This September birthstone is known for its astounding blue colour and its durability rating of 9.0 on the Mohs scale which makes this gemstone the second hardest next to diamond.
October: Pink Tourmaline
Loved for its breathtaking beauty. A stone that symbolizes gentleness, compassion, and joy. Among the few gemstones that display the widest range of colours appearing in different shades, pink tourmaline is the preferred birthstone for October.
November: Topaz & Citrine
Topaz and citrine are the beautiful birthstones for November. â Popular for its golden shades, citrine is a perfect choice for someone who loves warm tones for their jewellery. Topaz has a variety of hues, it ranges from colourless to light blue and other warm tones from yellow to orange. â
December: Blue Topaz
Just like the cold December sky, this gemstone displays a lovely light blue colour. Blue Topaz symbolizes love and loyalty, which makes it a great romantic gift as well as the perfect present for a close friend, especially those born in December.
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