Birthstone by Month: What Is My Birthstone?
We bet the colour of a gemstone is the first thing that attracts you. But did you know that there is one gemstone to represent every birthday month? Each birthstone has its own meaning and they are great for gifting, whether it is for the one you love, your mom or dad, your friends, etc.
Here is our birthstone jewellery guide where we explain the birthstone for each month from January to December, along with their colours and meanings. Continue reading to discover the details behind each birthstone and what they represent.
Birthstone for January
The January birthstone is garnet – a name inspired by the alluring red shade of pomegranate seeds. Although most of us think of this orangey-red stone, garnets come in a variety of colours including blue, orange, black, and green garnets which are known as tsavorites. Garnets have been long believed to symbolise friendship, love, passion, loyalty and faith.
Birthstone for February
The birthstone for February is the Amethyst, representing peace, courage and stability. Its name originated from the word sober in ancient Greek, amethustos as it is said to prevent the wearer from getting drunk. Amethysts come in different tones, from a light or pale violet, to a deep purple tone. The deeper the colour, the more valuable it becomes!
Birthstone for March
The March birthstone is Aquamarine, a gemstone loved for its blue colour that resembles the ocean. “Aqua” is from the Latin word for water and “Marina”, for the sea. This beautiful blue gemstone represents youth, health, and hope.
Birthstone for April
The April birthstone is the dazzling Diamond, the most popular and precious stone. They are commonly associated with endless love and commitment, making them the perfect gift for your beloved. Here’s an interesting fact – you can also get fancy colour diamonds such as pink diamonds or yellow diamonds!
Birthstone for May
The May birthstone is Emerald, synonymous with elegance, prosperity, hope and health. Inclusions are common in this green gemstone and they can form various patterns, making each gem unique like our fingerprints. Unlike other gemstones that come in various colours, Emeralds are only available in different green hues, ranging from bluish-green to yellowish-green. This colour difference is due to the different chemical compositions based on their mining areas.
Birthstone for June
The June birthstone is Alexandrite, one of the rarest gemstones in the world with their ability to change color based on the lighting. This beautiful stone can turn green in daylight and red in incandescent light! It represents growth, peace, hope, intellect and luck to the wearer.
Birthstone for July
The July birthstone is the ruby, nicknamed The King of Precious Gemstones. Many people fell in love with their powerful red colour. Rubies represent nobility, royalty, love, passion, fire, and power. They are the most valuable gemstones, with their value increasing based on their colour and origin.
Birthstone for August
The August birthstone is the Spinel, a gemstone often mistaken for rubies and sapphires. This precious gem is available in a range of colors, each with its own symbolic meaning. Overall, spinels symbolise hope, happiness, joy and revitalization.
Birthstone for September
The September birthstone is the Sapphire – the second hardest gemstone right after diamonds. Mostly known for their calm blue colour, this coloured gem represents wisdom, nobility, truth and royalty. However, sapphires actually come in most of the rainbow colours. We call these “fancy sapphires”.
Birthstone for October
The October birthstone is the Tourmaline – an extremely versatile stone which boasts the most colors among all the gemstones. Bi-colour and multi colour tourmalines such as the watermelon tourmaline are highly prized. It is said that tourmalines create peace to the wearer while symbolising hope, innocence and creativity.
Birthstone for November
The November birthstone is Citrine; the warm color is said to be a gift from the sun. They range from light pastel yellow to a dark reddish-orange and they often represent wellness, abundance, happiness and success!
Birthstone for December
The December birthstone is the Tanzanite which also comes in a wide array of colors including blue, violet, green, gray, yellow, pink and brown! Deep saturated violet blue or blue violet are the most valuable Tanzanite Gemstone. This colourful gemstone represents stability, wisdom and truth.
Birthstone Chart: Birthstone by month, colours and meanings
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