STONES BY MONTH

STONES BY MONTH

 

January -  Garnet

Garnet is one of the most diverse gemstones, as it comes in an extraordinary range of colors including orange, yellow, purple and vibrant green. There are even garnets that change color from blue to purple in different lighting. Some believe the true value of the garnet birthstone is its power to bring the wearer good health, wealth and happiness.

 

February - Amethyst

Amethyst, the purple variety of quartz and is said to cure drunkenness and make you quick-witted in business.  Its lilac to deep purple hues can be cut into many shapes and sizes. It is said that the stone signifies stability, peace, inner strength balance and calmness. It is also commonly known as the sobriety stone and was used to treat alcohol addictions. If your birthday is in February, then wearing an amethyst can also be a symbol of personal empowerment and inner strength.

 

March – Aquamarine and Bloodstone

Aquamarine and bloodstone are very different when it comes to appearance, but they share a similar reputation for protecting one’s well-being. The aquamarine birthstone evokes the colors of the sea. From deep green-blue to light, slightly greenish blue hues, faceted aquamarines are often free from inclusions and as clear as water, symbolizing purity of spirit and soul.

The bloodstone birthstone is typically a dark-green cabochon that contains red spots of iron oxide, the “blood” that brings health and strength to the wearer. 

 

April - Diamond

Sparkling with an internal fire all its own, diamond is one of the world’s most sought-after and adored gemstones. Those born in April are lucky enough to call this scintillating gem their birthstone, a symbol of clarity and strength. Diamond is so strong, in fact, that its name comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means “invincible” or “unbreakable.” The timeless charm of diamond was cherished long before it became the April birthstone, and the places where diamond comes from are as fascinating as the lore that surrounds it.

 

May - Emerald

Emeralds are among the rarest gemstones in the world. Its enchanting greens mirror the splendor of spring. Few places on earth have the geological conditions needed to produce the coveted May birthstone.   Variations of this rich green color suggest soothing, lush gardens. Legend has it that emerald has the power to make its wearer more intelligent and quick-witted, and it was once believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria. Today, it's the gemstone given for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.

 
June – Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone

June is one of only three months (the others are August and December) that has three birthstones, giving you a variety of beautiful birthstone choices.

Alexandrite possesses the characteristics of a chameleon. It has a greenish color under daylight, under artificial light the color changes to violet or reddish violet.

Pearls are quite unique from other gem stones, they have organic origin. They are found in certain species of oysters, clams and mollusk in freshwater. pearls come in various shades and colors; the most popular color is creamy white.

Moonstone is renowned for its adularescence; the light that appears to billow across a gemstone, giving it a special glow. The finest moonstones show a blue sheen against a colorless background. Moonstone is often associated with love, passion and fertility; it is believed to bring great luck.

 

July - Ruby

Ruby, the king of precious gems represents passion, love and success.   It is one of the most coveted of gems. The name is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red” – the color of love and passion. Few things catch the eye like the ruby birthstone. Rubies are believed to bring health, guard against bad thoughts and dispute. Rubies are also supposed to warn the wearer of coming misfortunes.

 

August – Peridot, Spinel, Sardonyx 

If you were born in August then you have a plethora of birthstones to choose from.  Peridot is a small gemstone. It has a green color; this is due to the presence of iron. Peridot has several cultural significances. It is also believed  to have healing properties and magical powers.

The spinel birthstone was underappreciated until recently, as today’s consumers look for an alternative to ruby, a gem with which red spinel was mistaken for centuries.

Sardonyx is the original August birthstone and is associated with courage, happiness and clear communication, bringing stability to marriage and partnerships.

 

September – Sapphire

Sapphires come in different colors but the blue sapphire is the most popular. It is said to hold wisdom and protects you from envy, the word sapphire is derived from several languages Arabic ‘safir’, latin ‘sapphirus meaning blue, and Greek ‘sappheiros’  the name of the island in the Arabian sea where sapphires are found in ancient times.

 

October – Opal and Tourmaline

Opal and tourmaline are the two birthstones for October. Both have endless color combinations and beautiful coloring characteristics.  Tourmaline promotes happiness and spirituality that shields the wearer from negative emotions.

 

November – Topaz and Citrine

Topaz and citrine are the two birthstones for November. These two November birthstones are known for their calming energies and can be found around the world. Topaz comes in a rainbow of colors; citrine is prized for its charming yellow and orange hues. Both stones are known to have calming energies while bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer.

 

December – Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon

Turquoise, tanzanite and zircon are the three birthstones for December.  From the blue to bluish purple of tanzanite, to the intense blue and green of turquoise, to the rainbow varieties of zircon – there’s a color for everyone. If blue is what you’re looking for, all three December birthstones have their own unique take on this favorite hue.

 

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