Gemstones have been related to the months of the year, days of the week and Zodiac signs. According to history, the birthstone jewellery where assigned to each month of year in relation to how the stones appear on the breastplate of Aaron, a Jewish high priest. But modern birthstone jewellery depend largely on the different cultures a characteristic of the stones. It is thought that Poland or Germany started the tradition of birthstones as we know them today.
Many people turn their birthstone in beautiful jewellery including rings, earrings, bangles and necklaces. These bespoke and unique pieces make for stunning birthday presents or anniversary gifts.
The different birthstone jewellery and their meaning
January – Garnet
The word garnet comes a Latin word “granatus’ which means seeds. It was named this because the garnet is very similar in appearance to the red seeds of the pomegranate. This stunning red stone symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health. Garnets can be used in rings and necklaces, or you can place a small stone in the center of a cross.
February – Amethyst
The amethyst is a stunning blend of lavender and deep violet stone that is a variety of quartz. The amethyst is associated with peace, purity and calmness. Amethysts can be used in a range of jewellery, they have been used in the British Crown Jewels which makes them a regal choice for any piece of jewellery.
March – Aquamarine
The word aqua means water and marina means sea, so it makes sense then that this birthstone is a stunning blue green colour. It is said to have healing and calming properties and symbolizes hope and health. Aquamarine is also the traditional gift for a newlywed as it symbolizes unity and love. It could be a fun idea to buy the bride a piece of jewellery with this stone as their something blue.
April – Diamond
Diamonds are one of the most popular gemstones, making those born in April very lucky. Diamonds symbolize strength, faithfulness and everlasting love. Some also believe this tone attracts abundance. Diamonds can be used in pretty much any piece of jewellery from silver earrings to silver rings and so much more.
May – Emerald
Everyone knows the vibrant green gemstone, the emerald. It make sense that these vibrant stones represents growth and wisdom as well as fertility and compassion. Cleopatra, the Queen of England and Elizabeth Taylor all wore jewellery adorned with emeralds.
June – Pearl
Pearls are an incredibly special gemstone because they are created by living creatures. Not only are pearls absolutely beautiful but they are also believed to symbolize purity and integrity as well as wealth and good fortune. Pearls are so rare and true pearls are not found in much jewellery today.
July – Ruby
The Ruby is considered the King of Gems and is well known for it’s deep red colour. This vibrant stone represents love, power, vitality and strength. The beautiful ruby is used in watchmaking, medical instruments and lasers.
August – Peridot
This is a beautiful green stone that features tinges of yellow. It is a happy stone and is said to symbolize strength, luck and wealth as well as stronger friendships. Peridot forms deep in the earth and volcanos shoot them to surface. Peridots have also been found in meteorites.
September – Sapphire
The sapphire has a beautiful celestial blue colour and it is believed that this stone promotes wisdom and intelligence. When you wear a sapphire, it is believed you are protected from harm and negativity. Sapphire was used in the engagement ring Prince William gave to Kate, seeing a growing trend in sapphire in engagement rings.
October – Opal and Tourmaline
There are two stones for those born in October to chose from. The unique gemstones, opal represents hope, optimism and confidence. The word Tourmaline comes from the word “toramalli” which is a Singhalese word that means “something little out of the earth”. This stone helps with compassion and healing.
November – Citrine
Citrine is a variety of Quarts and has a distinct deep shade of yellow. This birthstone is set to represent happiness, health and prosperity. This is a great stone to use in everyday jewellery because it is resistant to scratches.
December – Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
Those born in December can chose between these 3 blue gemstones. There is a lot of meaning attached to the Tanzanite. It believed that it could bring about good fortune and success and is also associated with truth, wisdom and compassion. Zircon can be found in a variety of colours but most people favour blue. It is also a rare but affordable stone that has made it incredibly popular.
While each of these gemstones are associated with a month, once you understand what each one means it will help you to find the perfect gift for a family member, friend or partner.