Birthstones

The modern birthstone reference

In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the (American) National Association of Jewelers (now called Jewelers of America) met in Kansas and officially adopted a list. The Jewelry Industry Council of America updated the list in 1952

Source: Wikepedia

Garnet

January

Garnet

Garnet

This beautiful stone, which is most commonly red but can be found in a range of other colors, symbolizes peace, prosperity and good health. Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth.

Amethyst

February

Amethyst

Amethyst

This month is often cold, dark and short for many people around the world, so the amethyst—which is often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability—is the right gem for individuals who need a little extra warmth and strength this time of year.

Aqua Marine, Bloodstone

March

Aqua Marine, Bloodstone

Aqua Marine, Bloodstone

Both stones are very different from one another in appearance, but each share a similar symbolism of preserving or enhancing the health of the wearer. Learn more about each March birthstone by browsing the links below.

Diamond, White spinel

April

Diamond, White spinel

Diamond, White spinel

For this month, diamonds truly are a girl’s (or boy’s) best friend.

Emerald

May

Emerald

Emerald

Prized for its brilliant and beautiful green color, the emerald is often favored by the rich and famous to wear as statement pieces for big events.

Alexanderite, Pearl, Moon stone

June

Alexanderite, Pearl, Moon stone

Alexanderite, Pearl, Moon stone

June’s birthstones range from creamy-colored opalescent pearl and moonstone to the rare color-changing alexandrite—one of the most valuable gems on earth. With this spectrum of price points and color options, people with June birthdays can choose a beautiful gemstone to fit any mood or budget.

Ruby

July

Ruby

Ruby

Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the color red, the vibrant ruby is said to bring love and success.

Peridot, Sardonyx, Spinel

August

Peridot, Sardonyx, Spinel

Peridot, Sardonyx, Spinel

The original birthstone for August was Sardonyx, and then peridot was added, becoming August’s primary gem. Now spinel adds its multitude of color choices!

Sapphire

September

Sapphire

Sapphire

This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers.

Opal, Tourmaline

October

Opal, Tourmaline

Opal, Tourmaline

Each gem then unveils nearly limitless possibilities, as each one comes in a rainbow of shades and color combinations.

Topaz, Citrine

November

Topaz, Citrine

Topaz, Citrine

November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite

December

Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite

Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite

These gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered (tanzanite).

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