Many cultures associate gemstones with birthdays and zodiac signs and have done so for centuries. Some believe that birthstone were even mentioned in the Bible.
In more recent history (1912), Jewelers of America came up with a list of 12 gemstones (one for every month) that would be associated with a person’s birth month and known as their “birthstone”.
Since then, some extra gems have been added to the list meaning that some months have two birthstones, lucky!
Let's take a closer look at each month.
January - Garnet
a “stone of health”
extracts negative energy
brings passion and strength
provides spiritual protection
Garnets are traditionally associated with a deep red colour, but did you know that they exist in a wide variety of colours such as green (Tsavorite), orange (Spessartite) and purple (Rhodolite).
Although I would not recommend garnets for engagement rings, they make a great and affordable option for large cocktail rings and other jewellery such as pendants and earrings.
February - Amethyst
a calming, healing, and purifying stone
helps achieve peace and understanding
blocks negative energies
gets rid of distracting thoughts
helps to remember and understand dreams
Amethyst ranges in colour between rich, deep purples and lighter, pastel shades.
Amethyst is abundant and readily available in a variety of sizes and shapes, from tiny 1mm round stones, to 5 carat+ ovals and trilliants, like above.
Personally, I have a soft spot for this lovely gem and love having it as my birthstone!
March - Aquamarine
a stone of courage, hope and health
calms, soothes, reduces stress and helps letting go
facilitates spiritual awareness
offers a sense of peace, tranquility and regeneration
helps make new friends
Although it has been popular for many years, there was a sudden spike in interest and popularity after Meghan Markle wore an aquamarine cocktail ring after her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
The gorgeous ring featuring an emerald cut aquamarine (above) once belonged to Princess Diana.
April - Diamond
linked to love, eternity and strength
promotes a feeling of inner peace and calmness
opens up doorways to the spiritual realm
enhances psychic abilities
helps you achieve your dreams and bring desires into reality
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May - Emerald
calms upset emotions and brings peace
gives the strength to overcome problems
creates positive actions and outcomes
brings clarity to thoughts
associated with the ability to see in to the future
Emeralds, greatly favoured by Cleopatra, occur in various shades of green, from bottle green to bluish green to lighter shades.
This magnificent jewel is know as one of the "Big Three" gemstones, along with rubies and sapphires. A high quality emerald can even be worth much more than a diamond.
June - Alexandrite and Pearl
symbol of self confidence and self esteem
strengthens intuition and unleashes imagination
gives the owner hope and encouragement
can help you become your own source of happiness within yourself
brings balance between one's physical and spiritual worlds
The national stone of Russia, Alexandrite was first discovered there in 1833, near the Ural Mountains (which happens to be where I am originally from).
It is named after Russia’s Prince Alexander II and possesses a very special characteristic, it changes colour under different light sources. Green in daylight and red in warm candle light, it is known as “emerald by day, ruby by night” and I cannot wait to add one to my collection!
“stone of sincerity”
helps women connect with their “inner goddesses” and “feminine energy”
assists in self acceptance and lifting one’s spirits
signifies faith, charity and innocence
balances and heals all chakras
Pearl, The “Queen of Jewels” has a timeless quality and is an everyday essential for many jewellery lovers all over the world.
July - Ruby
increases courage and passion, due to its vivid red colour
brings protection and harmony
restores vitality and energy levels
provides a barrier against those who want to steal your energy
improves mental focus and intellectual prosperity
The majority of rubies you will see are dark red, my clients are often surprised by how dark mid-range rubies really are (they can even be mistake for garnets).
They also don't photograph very well, so when it comes to choosing a ruby I always suggest doing so in person.
August - Peridot
brings good health and restful sleep
alleviates stress and anxiety
linked to protection against evil
powerful aid to repairing and maintaining friendships
has the ability to keep you calm and safe no matter what is going on around you
Peridot is available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items.
But don’t go too small, the smaller the stone, the lighter the colour looks.
Larger stones show more saturated colour so I recommend going larger to really appreciate this unique gemstone's vibrancy.
September - Sapphire
brings joy, good luck, and peace of mind
the wisdom stone, stimulates concentration and promotes depth of thought
grants serenity and patience
decreases mental fatigue and mental tension
a reminder that when you seek with a true heart, you will discover spiritual treasures
Did you know that sapphires exist in colours other than blue?
Read more about their rainbow colour range here
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October - Tourmaline and Opal
a stone of emotional healing and self love
helps calm ones emotions in times of distress
can give you energy and encourage positivity
soothing and nourishing stone that helps restore a sense of wholeness
can help overcome your fears about love and relationships
Did you know that Tourmaline exists in different colours?
Green (green tourmaline), blue-green (indicolite) and bright vibrant pink (“rubellite”).
Have you heard of a “watermelon tourmaline”?
One part is green and the other part is pink!
promotes unconditional love
encourages inner growth
enhances imagination and creativity
acts as an emotional stabiliser
bridges the gap between one’s ego-self and true-self
Opals are usually fashioned as cabochons, rather than faceted gems. In other words, they have one flat side and one side shaped like a dome. A cabochon cut helps display play-of-colour and is less likely to chip.
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November - Citrine
brings self-confidence and positive energy
brings good fortune and good luck
enhances mental clarity, confidence and willpower
help eliminate fears
a shield against spite and jealousy
The name citrine comes from an old French word "citrin," which means lemon. This cheerful stone’s colour ranges from pale yellow to yellowish orange.
Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by how affordable this gorgeous coloured stone really is.
December - Tanzanite and Blue Zircon
brings the feeling of being “centred”
accelerates spiritual growth
elevate the mood and removes negative habits
facilitate truthful thinking and communication
can help open your third eye and help with spiritual awakening
Tanzanite, which shows a stunning combination of blue and violet was first introduced to the world market by Tiffany and Co. and can only be found in Tanzania.
Tanzanite was considered an affordable alternative to sapphires but has since gained popularity as a striking gem in its own right.
brings stability and strength of mind
can help develop intuition
helps repel negativity
encourages positive energy and positive behaviour
inspires, motivates and gives guidance when guidance is needed, can can help achieve one’s goals
Although Zircon occurs in other colours including yellow and brown, Electric Blue is my personal favourite and is perfect for a dazzling cocktail ring!
Due to its unique properties, blue zircon shows more brilliance and fire than other gemstones.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly have recently got engaged with a custom engagement ring featuring "his and hers" birthstones (diamond and emerald).
This stunning ring by Stephen Webster features two large gemstones, a very sought after design right now!
I am predicting that Toi et Moi rings (aka You and Me rings) are going to be HUGE in 2022.
Stay tuned for my new blog, Top 3 Engagement Ring Trends for 2022, coming soon!
A final word...
Whether you decide to go for your own birthstone or not, I would love to help you choose the perfect gemstone for YOU
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