Did you know all traditional birthstones have a history? Learn which birthstone correlates to your birth month below!
Garnet – Traditionally regarded as the gem offering constancy, faith, and truth for those of January birth. The diversity of color and appearance places Garnets among gemology’s most alluring subjects.
Amethyst – For those born in February, sincerity is the personal trait usually associated with the beautiful form of precious quartz. Sparkling and transparent Amethyst can range from pale lilac to deep purple.
Auamarine – The name derived from latin means “seawater.” A member of the beryl gem family, transparent, beautiful, blue Aquamarine offers a tribute to the sea, capturing both its essence and spirit.
Bloodstone – Actually not red at all, it is an opaque, deep, rich green with vivid bright red flecks and has been a favorite of men for centuries.
Diamond – The pure white gem is synonymous with love and innocence. Since ancient times, diamonds symbolized invincibility for those born in April because of their hardness and durability.
Emerald – It is Emerald’s appearance and color that make this gemstone instantly recognized. A variety of the beryl species, this famous green gem has long been associated with eternal spring, new life, and healing.
Pearl – Pure white pearls have for thousands of years been viewed as a statement of taste and refinement, as well as a symbol of perfect purity. Pearls are often given to celebrate the birth of a child and are thought to bring a happy marriage to those of June birth.
Alexandrite – June’s alternate birthstone is famous for it’s ability to change color, appearing green by day and red at night. It is rare and expensive gemstone, symbolic of joy and good fortune.
Ruby – Radiant red ruby has been highly esteemed for centuries because of it vivid, fiery-red color representing passion and romance. While there are several other re gemstones, only ruby is esteemed and regarded as the very definition of red.
Peridot and Sardonyx – Courage and happiness are the two individual attributes thought to be bestowed upon those of August birth by these tow historic gemstones. Beautiful, transparent, olive-green peridot has been a popular gem of women for over 3,000 years. While the opaque, reddish brown sardonyx, which is a form of precious quartz, has been a favorite for men’s signet rings since Roman times.
Sapphire – Wisdom and clear thinking are the personal traits of those born in September. A gift of brilliant blue sapphire symbolizes loyalty, sincerity, and faithfulness.
Opal – In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.
Tourmaline – While transparently clear, it comes in a rainbow of colors…more than almost any other gem.
Topaz – The traditional November birthstone is available in a variety of colors including orange, brown, red, pink, blue and green.
Citrine – The alternate birthstones takes its name from the French word “citron” meaning lemon, which beautifully describes the color of yellow quartz.
Turquoise and Zircon – Both stones are prized since Biblical times for their beauty and promise of prosperity.
Tanzanite – Is a glittering purple-blue gem is one of the newest birthstones and has quickly become one of the world’s most popular gems.