Birthstone Guide - Birthstones by Month
Garnet, January’s birthstone, is mined in every color except blue. The most common garnet featured in birthstone jewelry is a dark, deep red that is almost brown. The Garnet is associated with faith, love and constancy and due to such properties is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.
Purple Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is variety of quartz that shines a beautiful purple color. This gemstone is said to represent peace, serenity, and royalty. Ancient Greeks were known to wear the amethyst to protect themselves from the effects of drunkenness.
The name Aquamarine, the March birthstone, comes from the Latin phrase, “water of the sea” due to its mesmerizing blue­green color. Its colors range from pale to deep blue and is said to be mermaid treasure and was thought to have the powers to keep sailors safe. The aquamarine gemstone is said to represent courage, health and confidence.
The diamond, the birthstone of April, is the most coveted gemstone. A diamond is the hardest natural substance and is the only gemstone prized for its complete lack of color. While the classic white diamond is most oftenly seen, diamonds can be mined in many colors; yellow and brown being the most common. The rarest and most prized colored diamond is the brilliant blue diamond. The April birthstone, the diamond, due to its brilliance and fire has become the symbol of love.
Emerald, the May birthstone, is a rich green color that is reminiscent of mother nature and springtime. The most valued Emeralds are mined in Colombia and there deep green color that reflects the jungles in which they are found. Emeralds have become a symbol of rebirth and love.
The two birthstones of June are Pearl and Alexandrite. The Alexandrite, a spectacular and cherished gemstone, is known as the color change gem as it changes color based on the lighting. Pearls are extremely popular due to its elegant natural beauty. Pearls are formed when an irritant, such as a piece of sand, enters an oyster. The oyster coats the piece of sand over and over to form a pearl and give the pearl its iridescence shimmer.
The ruby, the birthstone of July, is a majestic red gemstone that is known as the king of gems. Rubies represent health, wisdom and courage. It was once believed that wearing a Ruby gemstone brought good fortune to its owner. The finest rubies are mined in Burma and are the second hardest gemstone, after diamonds.
Peridot, the birthstone of August, is a dazzling lime green color. The peridot is one of only a few gemstones that exists in only one to bring prosperity, fertility and healing.