To start with the basics, birthstones are gems that correspond to each month. Each one is considered to be lucky for each month, and each culture has their own beliefs on what each stone means and its effects on the wearer. It’s been a part of cultures for almost 2,000 years, and the meanings for each gem in each culture have changed over the years. By way of a little introduction to the gems and their meanings, we’ll run through the most commonly associated birthstones for each month.
January Birthstone - Garnet
February Birthstone - Amethyst
Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. Another one that is shared across Europe and Asia, the beautiful purple of the amethyst has long been the birthstone associated with intuition and self-belief, helping you to get more in touch with your mind. Amethysts are also associated with luck and health, with a good sense of humour being attached in some culture, so good stuff all around.
March Birthstone - Jasper
April - Seraphinite
Seraphinite is an alternative birthstone for the month of April. Seraphinite is a stone of spiritual enlightenment. It is renowned its self-healing properties, bringing balance, spiritual energy and deeper connections into one's life. It is a powerful ally in identifying major life changes one needs to make to reach peace, happiness and fulfilment. These gorgeous earrings would be a beautiful present for a special occasion or a lovely treat for yourself.
Seraphinite - April Birthstone Earrings
May Birthstone - Azurite
Azurite, with its stunning deep blue colour, is a very popular birthstone for the month of May. It has been around since ancient times and its name derives from an old Persian word that means "blue colour". The azurite was so sacred, in fact, that in Ancient Egypt only the priests knew of its existence and used it to help them connect with higher power. In crystal healing, Azurite is known to known to enhance ones knowledge and intuition as it cleanses and activates the third eye chakra.
June Birthstone - Chalcedony
Chalcedony, the traditional birthstone for June, has been one of the most treasured gemstones throughout many ancient civilisations. It has been prized by ancient Romans, Greeks, Babylonians and Assyrians alike so much so that it often using in traditional ceremonial gatherings due to its sacred properties. Chalcedony belongs to the quartz group of minerals and can be found in a variety of colours, from pink and yellow to grey and blue. It is a nurturing stone, that brings the mind, body and spirit into harmony and encourages a positive outlook even in times of distress.
White & Pink Chalcedony - June Birthstone Earrings
July Birthstone - Onyx
Onyx is the highly sought after birthstone for the month of July. Echoing the deep black void of the night sky, Onyx is associated with peace and serenity. Much like a moonlit sky restores us at night after energy of the sun during the day, Onyx helps you restore balance and stabilises the emotional body during stressful moments. It is a protective stone, that dispels negative energy and encourages happiness and good fortune.
Black Onyx Dangle Earrings - July Birthstone Earrings
August Birthstone - Peridot
Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August. The beautiful green of the Peridot was a favourite of the Ancient Egyptians, and remains a very popular gem for its nuanced colour that can range from a vivid green to a calmer olive tone. Peridot is said to bring with it good luck and success, along with strong ideals of peace and love.
September Birthstone - Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is a highly sought after birthstone for September. This semi-precious stone boasts the most vibrant blue hue with a hint of gold and thus often drawing comparisons to the night sky. It is a protective stone, promoting harmony and self-awareness to allow one to reach deep inner peace. It also encourages openness and honesty in the wearer, allowing one to reveal their feelings and emotions.
October Birthstone - Opal
Opal, the traditional birthstone for October, is a stone that holds some beautifully changing tones, with its name’s origin coming from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. Opal is said to aid its wearer in recovering from setbacks and sadness, as well as helping them along in the search for true love. A real romantic’s stone.
November Birthstone - Topaz
Topaz is the highly desirable birthstone for the month of November. While usually a cool blue to fit with November's winter feel, topaz can actually be found in a variety of colours across the spectrum, from pink to yellow and even sometimes brown. Topaz is said to bring ideas and imagination to the person wearing it, alongside some happiness and luck to go with the bright new ideas.
December Birthstone - Turquoise