Birthstones Guide - Birthstones By Month

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


Garnet is the birthstone associated with January across continents and cultures, as it is also the traditional Indian Ayurvedic stone for the equivalent month in the Hindu lunar calendar. The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the pomegranate's red, round edible seeds. The gem is associated with traits like faith and truthfulness as well as giving its wearer a long life. 

Garnet - January Birthstone
Garnet - January Birthstone

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.

February Birthstone - Amethyst
Amethyst - February Birthstone

March Birthstone - Jasper, Aquamarine

Jasper is a traditional birthstone for the month of March as depicted in the ancient Russian, Italian and Hebrew calendars. The word "jasper" is derived from the Greek word "iaspi", literally meaning spotted stone. It is an opaque chalcedony that can be found in a variety of different colours. Known as the "supreme nurturer", it is considered a powerful healing stone that alleviates stress and promotes peace and tranquility. It allows one to live in the present moment and to appreciate the smaller things in life, without the interference of outside pressures and distractions.
Dalmatian Jasper - March Birthstone
Dalmatian Jasper - March Birthstone

 Jasper Dalmatian Earrings

Dalmatian Jasper - March Birthstone Earrings 

 

Aquamarine is another traditional birthstone for the month of March. The subtle blue of aquamarine evokes the kinds of qualities it is said to inspire in the wearer. A subtle and deep kind of happiness and an understanding of the world around them mean aquamarine might be one of the most subtle but effective birthstones, just like the colour of the stone itself.

March Birthstone - Aquamarine
Aquamarine May Birthstone

April - Diamond


Diamond, the classic. This one is a favourite of jewellery makers and buyers everywhere. This birthstone is said to inspire courage and good health in its wearers, with others claiming it has healing and purifying powers. It’s also well known as a very popular gem for engagement and wedding rings, bringing with it a sense of loyalty and strong bonds.

April Birthstone - Diamond
Diamond - April Birthstone

May Birthstone - Emerald

The emerald birthstone is another gem where the colour of the stone fits in with the values associated with it. The calm green of emerald is paired with the ideals of calmness and peace of mind. It also brings with it the effect of strengthening bonds between loved ones, perfect for the lovers among us.

May Birthstone - Emerald Emerald - May Birthstone

 

June Birthstone - Alexandrite


The beautiful gem named after Russia’s Tsar Alexander II changes is a very rare stone indeed. Its effects are fittingly exclusive, being said to inspire creativity in those who wear it, bringing about the sparks of imagination for the best ideas. This highly sought after birthstone also carries an aspect of nobility and beauty, going well with the royal origins.

June Birthstone - Alexandrite
Alexandrite - June Birthstone

 

July Birthstone - Ruby


Probably the most well-known birthstone, Ruby is associated with July and the summer in virtually every culture, with the red stone inspiring thoughts of the summer heat. The ideas of love, strength, and enthusiasm in all things go very well with the passion of the summer month. A very fitting gem to hold some of the July heat throughout the year.

July Birthstone - Ruby
Ruby - July Birthstone

 

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. 

August Birthstone - Peridot
Peridot - August Birthstone

September Birthstone - Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire


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. 
Copper Lapis Lazuli - September Birthstone
Copper Lapis Lazuli - September Birthstone 
Sarika Lapis Lazuli Ring - September Birthstone

Sapphire, a precious gemstone, is also an associated birthstone for the month of September. Moving out of the summer months, the September Sapphire is very well known for its bright blue, but the gem can be found in a variety of other colours. It is said to be a protective stone, guarding its bearer from all kinds of stress, harm, and general evils.

September Birthstone - Sapphire
Sapphire - September Birthstone

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.

Pink Opal - October Birthstone
Ella - Opal & Turquoise Earrings & Rings, October Birthstone

 

November Birthstone - Topaz, Citrine

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 - Topaz
Topaz - November Birthstone
Mandira Topaz Bracelet - November Birthstone Bracelet
Topaz Bracelet - November Birthstone

Citrine, a beautiful yellow variety of quartz, is another well known birthstone for November. Its bright colour helps to warm up some of the coldest times of the year. A very lucky stone, citrine is said to help its bearer make some extra cash. It is also said to bring wisdom and courage to the person wearing it.

November Birthstone - Citrine
Citrine - November Birthstone

 

December Birthstone - Turquoise
Last not but not least, Turquoise is the birthstone for December. Turquoise, with a dazzling sky-blue to blue-green colour, has been a coveted gemstone for thousands of years tracing as far back as 4000 BC making it one of the most ancient stones in existence. It has long been hailed for it's special protective and healing abilities, as the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans believed it would protect one from harm. It also cleanses one's mind, allowing one to plunge deep beneath the surface to identify and alleviate burdens and bring about peace. 
Turquoise - December Birthstone
Turquoise - December Birthstone
Krisha Turquoise Earrings - December Birthstone
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