Birthstones

January Birthstone – Garnet

Birthstones have been used for eons as a way to personalize jewelry and mark the month the wearer was born. In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers came up with a standardized list of what gem birthstone goes with what month and this list shows Garnet as the birthstone for January. This is what we call the “modern” list of birthstones. Prior to this, other birthstones were associated with the birth month and these are referred to as “traditional” stones.

January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and is one of 7 with 31 days. It has the distinction of having “New Years Day” as it’s first day. The birthstone of January is the Garnet. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin granatus, a grain possibly in reference to malum garanatum (pomegranate) a plant with red seeds similar in shape, size and color to some garnet crystals. Although we think of this birthstone as being red, it can also be yellow, brown, black, green or even colorless. If you have a loved one born in January and want to buy them jewelry with their birthstone visit our Garnet Jewelry Showcase where many fine pieces of birthstone jewelry for January are on display.

The birthstone jewelry of January, garnet, is thought to protect the wearer from accidents and was often worn by travelers in ancient times. It is believed to increase blood circulation and help heal blood toxicity and food poisoning as well as increase positivity and self esteem.

Six common varieties of garnet are recognized based on their chemical composition. They are pyrope, almandine or carbuncle, spessartite, grossularite (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite), uvarovite and andradite. The garnets make up two solid solution series; 1. pyrope-almandine-spessarite and 2. uvarovite-grossularite-andradite.

This beautiful birthstone has been used in jewelry since before 3000 BC and has been popular for use in jewelry, amulets and talismans. The victorians cherished it for it’s deep dark color and antique jewelry with garnets is quite collectible today. This beautiful stone looks great in almost any setting and you don’t have to be born in January to wear it or appreciate it’s beauty!

February Birthstone – Amethyst

Birthstones have been used for centuries as a way to make jewelry more personal and mark the month the wearer was born. February has had several birthstones associated with it, but in 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers came up with a standardized list of what gem birthstone goes with what month and amethyst was the stone given to the month of February. This is what we call the “modern” list of birthstones. Prior to this, other birthstones were associated with the birth month and these are referred to as “traditional” stones.

February, the second month of the year in the Gregorian calendar is also the shortest. The modern birthstone of February is Amethyst which has long been associated with this month along with the traditional stone of onyx. Amethyst is a violet or purple variety of quartz often used as an ornament. The name is generally said to be derived from the Greek a, “not,” and methuskein, “to intoxicate,” expressing the old belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. Amethyst birthstone jewelry is a great gift for anyone who has a birthday in February – check our amethyst showcase for beautiful handmade jewelry.

As a gemstone, the birthstone of February has been well used. It was popular with the ancient Egyptians and has been used often for intaglios. Beads of amethyst are found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. This birthstone can be found in many place around the world including, Braxil, Russia, and even the US.

This birthstone for the month of February comes in varying shades of color and has several descriptive to describe it’s varying colors of amethyst. “Rose de France” is usually a pale pinkish lavender or lilac shade (usually the least sought color). The most prized color for the birthstone is an intense violet with red flashes and is called “Siberian”, although gems of this color may occur from several locations other than Siberia.

Along with being the birthstone associated with February, amethyst is also associated with the constellations of Pisces, Aries (especially the violet and purple variety), Aquarius, and Sagittarius. It is a symbol of heavenly understanding, and of the pioneer in thought and action on the philosophical, religious, spiritual and material planes.

Wearing Feburary’s birthstone might help you feel calmer and protect you as it is thought that amethyst assists those who wear it in maintain their faithfulness, causing peace and calmness of mind. It was often carried by soldiers on the shafts of spears and on swords as a charm against death, being thought to bring calmness and victory in battle.

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Birthstones in jewelry can make it more personal and have been used for centuries as birthday gifts that mark the month the wearer was born. March has been associated with the bloodstone in traditional lore, but in 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers came up with a standardized list of what gem birthstone goes with what month and aquamarine was the stone given to the month of March. This is what we call the “modern” list of birthstones. Prior to this, other birthstones were associated with the birth month and these are referred to as “traditional” stones.

March, the third month of the year in the Gregorian is named after the Roman god of war mars. It’s birthstone, the aquamarine is a blue beryl that is closely related to the emerald and can range in color from light blue to deep sea blue. In modern birthstone jewelry, aquamarine can be used in silver, gold or white gold settings with equal beauty. Those born in March have a truly beautiful birthstone which lends itself nicely to handcrafted artisan jewelry as shown in our aquamarine showcase

When buying aquamarine birthstone jewelry for your loved ones born in March, keep in mind that the darker the color the more valuable the stone. A darker stone will probably be larger, but the more the better for a fine gift! Aquamarines should have good clarity in order to show their full beauty.

This birthstone of March is also the anniversary stone for the 16th and 19th years and is said to help protect and rekindle love among married couples. It has soothing qualities and when immersed in water can provide protection.

April Birthstone – Diamond

Birthstone jewelry as gifts have been given for centuries and if you’re born in April you’ll be happy to receive such jewelry as the birthstone is Diamond! Although the diamond had long been associated as the birthstone of April, a modern list of birthstones was created in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers who decided that the Diamond was the standard birthstone for April.

The diamond is an expensive and coveted stone so if you like to buy diamond birthstone jewelry for your loved ones born in April, be prepared! If you do decide to purchase a memorable piece of jewelry, take some time to learn how to buy a diamond so that you can get the most for your money.

Because of it’s extraordinary physical properties, April’s birthstone, the diamond has been used symbolically since near the time of their first discovery. Perhaps the earliest symbolic use of diamonds was as the eyes of Hindu devotional statues. The diamonds themselves were thought to be endowments from the gods and were therefore cherished. It is said the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods; the Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars. Many long dead cultures have sought to explain diamond’s superlative properties through divine or mystical affiliations. Today, we honor the diamond as an engagement stone as well as the birthstone of April.

In western culture, diamonds are the traditional emblem of fearlessness and virtue. Today, diamonds are used to symbolize eternity and love, being often seen adorning engagement rings and sometimes wedding rings as well. The popularity of this modern tradition can be traced directly to the marketing campaigns of De Beers, starting in 1938. They are included in the birthstone chart created in 1912 as the birthstone for the month of April.

May Birthstone – Emerald

Birthstone jewelry has been worn for centuries as a mark the month the wearer was born. Birthstone jewelry has become very popular since it’s standardization in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers who came up with a specific list of birthstones and their associated months. In this list, they specified the birthstone for May as the emerald.

May is the fifth month of the year and, in cooler climates, is usually the first month of nice weather announcing the approach of summer. As a birthstone for May, the emerald is quite appropriate where the green color is reminiscent of grass. Those born in this month will be lucky to get birthstone jewelry with emeralds, and many fine pieces are on display in our emerald jewelry showcase.

May babies are lucky, as their birthstone, the emerald is, by weight, the most valuable gemstone in the world. This stone is of the beryl variety and range in color from light to dark green.

When buying birthstone jewelry with emeralds, look for stones that are a bright green with as few inclusions as possible. Do not strive to get an emerald that is without inclusions as this is nearly impossible, but try to buy the finest quality for the price as a present for your May baby.

The wearer of the May birthstone might find themselves thinking more positively and full of love as this stone is said to activate the heart chakra. It is said to bring the wearer love, clarity and aid in meditation.

June Birthstone – Pearl

The birthstone of June has been traditionally listed as the moonstone, alexadrite or pearl, but in 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers who came up with a specific list of birthstones and standardized on the pearl for the month of June.

Not really a gemstone in the typical sense, this birthstone for June is a wonderful gem unlike all others. Created by an irritant in a mollusk, the pearl has been used in jewelry throughout history and makes a perfect birthstone gem. Pearls have special properties and must be cared for gently in order to maintain their luster and value. If you intend to buy your June born loved one birthstone jewelry, read this guide on cultured pearl jewelry so that you will know what to look for when shopping.

Before the beginning of the 20th Century, pearl hunting was the most common way of harvesting pearls. Divers manually pulled oysters from ocean floors and river bottoms and checked them individually for pearls. As you can imagine, this was time consuming and didn’t leave many pearls for the common person born in June to wear as birthstone jewelry!

Now, however, birthstone jewelry for June babies is quite common as almost all pearls used for jewellery are cultured by planting a core into Pearl Oysters. The pearls are usually harvested two years after the planting. This mariculture process was first developed by Kokichi Mikimoto from Japan, who was granted a patent for the process in 1896. The original Japanese cultured pearls are produced by a species of small oysters no bigger than 6 to 7 cm in size, hence Japanese pearls larger than 10 mm in diameter are extremely rare and highly priced. The birthstone of June can be found in any size in birthstone jewelry, when shopping for pearl birthstone jewelry, however go by quality as opposed to size (or both!).

In the past couple of decades, cultured pearls have been produced with larger oysters in the south Pacific and Indian Ocean. South Sea pearls are characterized by their large size and silvery color. Sizes up to 14 mm in diameter are not uncommon. Australia is one of the most important sources of South Sea pearls. You can buy June birthstone jewelry online in the form of the standard round pearl as well as different shapes and the shell shaped mother of pearl.

July Birthstone – Ruby

Birthstones have been commonly used to personalize jewelry and mark the month the wearer was born. In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers came up with a standardized list of birthstones and their months. This list shows the birthstone of July as the ruby. This is what we call the “modern” list of birthstones. Prior to this, other birthstones were associated with the birth month and July has also been linked to the stone carnelian.

July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and was renamed for Julius Caesar. Because of its origin, until the 18th century this month’s name was pronounced the same way as the girl’s name “Julie”. It’s birthstone, the ruby is a beautiful red gem that is very hard – even harder than the diamond.

In birthstone jewelry, rubies are valued according to several characteristics including size, color, clarity and cut. All natural rubies have imperfections in them. On the other hand, artificial rubies may have no imperfections. When shopping for your July birthstone, the fewer the number and the less obvious the imperfections, the more valuable the ruby is—unless there are no imperfections (i.e. a “perfect” ruby)—then it is suspected of being artificially made and its status as a priceless gem is therefore not assured. Some manufactured rubies have dopants added to them so that they can be identified as artificial, but most require gemmological testing to determine their origin.

As with any jewelry, one should buy birthstone jewelry from a reputable jewelry. There are plenty of these online, or at your local mall. Buying birthstone jewelry for July can be a fun way to give a gift that has unique meaning to the recipient.

August Birthstone – Peridot

The birthstone for August, peridot has become a very popular stone in jewelry today. In traditional times, the gem sardonyx was also linked to this month, but in 1912 the American National Association of Jewelers came up with a standardized list of birthstones and named peridot as the birthstone for August.

The month of August was named in honor of Augustus Caesar. August reputedly has 31 days because Augustus wanted as many days as Julius Caesar’s July. Augustus placed the month where it is because that’s when Cleopatra died. Interestingly enough, the birthstone for August, peridot is rumored to be the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra. Before Augustus renamed August, it was called Sextilis in Latin, since it was the sixth month in the Roman calendar which started in March.

The birthstone peridot is bright yellow-green in color with the depth of green depending on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure, and varies from yellow-green to olive to brownish green. Peridot is also often referred to as “poor man’s emerald”. The name of the stone possibly derives from the French Perot, meaning unclear, due to the many inclusions and cloudiness of larger stones. Those born in August enjoy a wide variation of jewelry made with their birthstone. It is often combined with other gemstones and set in sterling silver for a unique artisan look like that found in our peridot jewelry showcase

Those wearing the birthstone for August may be happy, calm and successful as it is said to bring its wearer success, peace, and good luck. Its powers supposedly include protection, health, and sleep and it is used to attract love and calm anger while also soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotion.

September Birthstone – Sapphire

The birthstone for September, sapphire has been used in jewelry for centuries. In traditional times, lapis was also linked to this month, but in 1912 the American National Association of Jewelers came up with a standardized list of birthstones and named sapphire as the birthstone for September.

The Sapphire birthstone is any gemstone-quality corundum. (The red variety of corundum is also known as ruby.) When color is not specified, sapphire refers to the blue variety. Pink, yellow, green, white, and parti-color (multi-coloured) sapphires are often valued less than the blue variety of the same quality and size. However a pink-orange sapphire, called a Padparacha or Padparadja, is highly prized and would make a wonderful and unusual birthstone gift for one born in September.

If you are looking for a meaningful birthstone gift for someone born in September, but cannot afford a sapphire then be aware that gem quality sapphires can be easily and cheaply produced in the laboratory. The chemical compositions and physical properties are identical to the natural sapphires. The tell-tale sign of synthetic sapphires is the crystalline growth lines which are usually curved due to the pulling during the accelerated crystal growth process. Thus, you may be able to get a birthstone that looks as good as the real thing for a fraction of the price.

Aside from having the distinction of being the birthstone associated with September, The Logan sapphire is one of the largest blue sapphire gems known. It weighs 423 carats (84.6 g) and Lady Diana Spencer’s engagement ring from Charles, Prince of Wales was a sapphire ring.

October Birthstone – Opal

The birthstones associated with October are fiery and sparkle with multi colors. Traditionally, the tourmaline has been associated as Octobers birthstone, but more modern associations set by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 list the opal as the birthstone for this month.

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If you are lucky enough to be born in October, you might want to treat yourself to a nice piece of birthstone jewelry. You can find some prime examples in our opal showcase which features artisan handmade jewelry of unique quality and design.

The birthstone of October, Opal, is a mineraloid ranges from colorless through white, milky blue, gray, red, yellow, green, brown and black. Often many of these colors can be seen at once, caused by interference and diffraction of light passing through minute, regularly arranged apertures within the micro-structure of opal, known as Bragg’s lattice.

When buying birthstone jewelry, always buy a gem of the most quality that you can afford. Opals are thought to give the wearer energy due to their fiery appearance so wearing the birthstone of October can be energizing as well as beautiful.

November Birthstone – Topaz

Birthstones have been used in jewelry for personalization and to mark the month the wearer was born. In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers came up with a standardized list correlating birthstone goes with months. This list shows Topaz as the birthstone for November. This is what we call the “modern” list of birthstones. Prior to this, other birthstones were associated with the birth month and these are referred to as “traditional” stones and citrine was also included as a birthstone for November.

When shopping for birthstone jewelry to mark the birth of someone born in November, always buy the highest quality jewelry you can afford. Topaz is a beautiful stone that works well with other stones and is exceptional in sterling silver jewelry lending itself to unique handcrafted designs such as those shown in our topaz jewelry showcase.

The mineral topaz is a silicate of aluminium and fluorine with the chemical formula (AlF)2SiO4. It is orthorhombic and its crystals are mostly prismatic terminated by pyramidal and other faces, the basal pinacoid often being present. It has an easy and perfect basal cleavage and so gemstones or other fine specimens should be handled with care to avoid developing cleavage flaws. Birthstone jewelry made with topaz can be set in any type of metal.

When buying birthstone jewelry for November, the purchaser has a choice of colors. Pure topaz is transparent but is usually tinted by impurities; typical topaz is wine or straw-yellow. They may also be white, gray, green, blue, or reddish-yellow and transparent or translucent. When heated, yellow topaz often becomes reddish-pink.

November’s Birth Stone

November’s birth stone – Topaz can help you be more clear sighted and is reputed to help improve vision.

This warm colored stone comes in yellow, brown, orange red and pink. Recent technology has also enabled it to be available in blue which is created by irradiation and comes in a beautiful pale to medium shade.

Buy Jewelry Made With November’s Birth Stone – Topaz
November’s birthstone has been used in jewelry since the 18th century and is most known for its warm amber tones. The most famous stone is perhaps a giant colorless stone which is set in the Portuguese crown and was once thought to be a diamond.

Topaz has mystical properties and is a calming stone that can balance your emotions and bring you success. It is reputed to have the ability to protect you from greed and is used to ward off the “evil eye”. This stone is a stone of hope that is said to encourage creativity and individuality.

November’s birth stone also has healing properties and is reputed to help heal blood disorders, poor appetite, gout and also may be used to help slow or reverse aging.

Topaz is a hard stone that can be split with single blow much like a diamond and should be protected from being hit or hard blows.

Buying jewelry made with November’s birth stone can be a great gift, but you don’t have to limit the recipients to those who have a birthday in November! Most anyone will love the warm glow of this gemstone either set alone or in combination with any amount of other stones. When buying Topaz, make sure that you deal with a reputable jewelry and that you get topaz and not the less expensive citrine which is similar in color.

December Birthstone – Turquoise

Birthstone jewelry has been given as gifts and worn for centuries and if you’re born in December you’ll be happy to receive such jewelry as the birthstone is the beautiful stone Turquoise! Other stones associates as a birthstone for December include lapis lazuli, blue topaz and zircon. A modern list of birthstones was created in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers who decided that turquoise was the standard birthstone for December.

When shopping for birthstone jewelry to mark the birth of someone born in December your choices in color and striation of the stone are many. Some people prefer the sky blue of sleeping beauty turquoise, while others like a the more greenish tint of vintage old pawn turquoise. Either way, turquoise works well with other stones and is exceptional in sterling silver jewelry lending itself to unique handcrafted designs such as those shown in our turquoise jewelry showcase.

December birthstone wearers should be proud as the pastel shades of turquoise have endeared it to many great cultures of antiquity: it has adorned the rulers of Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs (and possibly other Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans), Persia, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and to some extent in ancient China since at least the Shang dynasty.

those who wear the birthstone of December may be protected as it was a common belief shared by many of these civilizations held that turquoise possessed certain prophylactic qualities; it was thought to change colour with the wearer’s health and protect him or her from untoward forces.

Amethyst Birth Stone Jewelry

The Amethyst Birth Stone is one of the most beautiful stones with an ancient history

Being the birth stone for February, it has roots in ancient civilization and is historically known as the sobriety stone. It has been used to adorn the jewelry of kings and monarchs since the pre Columbian societies of the Aztecs, Incans and Myans.

An amethyst birth stone can be set in gold or silver and combined with other gemstones. When buying one as a gift, you don’t have to stick to the traditional ring – you can get beautiful earrings, bracelets and necklaces made with this stone as well. I might suggest, however that you buy unique artisan made jewelry so that your gift is a one of a kind that will be noticed and admired by many.

Along with your amethyst birth stone gift – you may wnat to entertain the recipient with this story of how Amethyst was created. In greek mythology, amethyst was “created” by the God Dionysus – the god of wine. Apparently he was quite put out by a mortal that refused to acknowledge him so he vowed to get back at all mortals who did not partake of his gifts – wine and drunkenness. He vent his wrath on a young virgin named Amethyst who had never had wine and was on her way to pay homage to the goddess Diana.

Dionysus unleashed 2 tigers to devour the young maiden, but when she cried out to Diana for help, Diana turned her into a beautiful white (quartz) crystal to protect her. As Dionysus wept into his wine cup with sorrow for his deeds, the cup tipped over and tear tainted wine ran into the crystal ans was absorbed to form the amethyst color we know today!

This gem stone is mined all over the world and amethyst birth stone jewelry can be found readily at affordable prices. Some of the areas where mining takes place include: Mexico where highly saturated deep purple crystals can be found, Brazil where crystals range from pale to medium lilac, Uruguay where stones are typically a medium to deep purple and the US where stones are found all over the country and are usually medium to dark in color.