Investing in beautiful birthstone necklaces is a wonderful idea, whether you’re just keen to treat yourself or want to buy a friend or relative something truly special as a present. But do you even know which stone relates to which month? Here’s a handy guide to help you find the perfect piece of jewellery for you or for someone special in your life.
The birthstone for January is garnet, which comes in a wide variety of colours, although the most popular seems to be deep red. The stone itself is said to represent trust and friendship, so perfect if you’re looking for a gift for a pal.
Amethyst is a stone with a stunning purple colour that can be a light hue (almost like lilac) or something deeper, like violet. The Ancient Greeks apparently believed that the stone could protect against drunkenness and help the wearer achieve a more balanced mind.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, often said by many to help protect sailors while they’re out on the open sea. You’ll likely find that the darker the stone, the more expensive the piece of jewellery you’re looking at will be! It’s also durable and low maintenance, with the only cleaning required a warm water bath from time to time. It’s thought that aquamarine represents purity of the spirit and the soul.
Anyone born in April will be happy to hear that diamonds are the birthstone for this particular month! As you may already know, diamonds are the hardest stones around, as well as one of the most beautiful gems of them all.
Emerald is a gem that has long been used in the creation of jewellery, said to represent love, fertility and rebirth, no doubt because of the incredible greens these stones can come in. Again, the darker the stone, the more expensive it will probably be.
Were you born in June? If so, then you’re incredibly lucky indeed because June has not one but two birthstones to its name - pearl and Alexandrite. The latter is a very rare gem and changes colour depending on the light conditions. During daylight, it will look green but if you hold it up in artificial light you might notice that it takes on a purple-red hue instead.
Pearl, meanwhile, is one of the more traditional stones used in jewellery and accessories - the only gem that is formed by a living creature, which makes it incredibly unique.
When you think of red gems, your mind most likely turns to ruby straightaway - the birthstone of those born in July. It represents both health and wisdom, and is one of the hardest stones to be found which makes it perfect for everyday wear. It’s also associated with love, success and wealth.
Peridot is a stone found in meteorites and lava, a stunning green in colour. If you know someone with sleep disturbances, it would make a lovely present since it’s thought the stone can cure nightmares.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and you’ll likely be familiar with its intense blue colour, but note that it can also be found in yellows, pinks and oranges as well. Over time, it has come to symbolise truth, nobility, fidelity and sincerity.
Another month with two birthstones to its name! October’s stones are opal and tourmaline, so again you’re spoiled for choice. Opals are a very interesting stone because they contain so many different colours in just one gem - depending on how the light hits them, their appearance will change. Apparently, it’s bad luck to buy opals for yourself so bear this in mind when shopping for accessories online.
And tourmaline also comes in a variety of colours, thought to strengthen the body and spirit, as well as inspire creativity… so a great choice for any artists, writers or musicians in your life.
Lucky are you if you were born in November since you can choose between topaz or citrine quartz for your birthstones - or wear them both at the same time! Topaz is famous for its calming properties, bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer, it is said.
Citrine, meanwhile, ranges in colour from pale yellow to a dark orange, thought to have very similar properties and powers as topaz, including being able to calm feelings of anger.
Those born in December actually have three stones to choose from - tanzanite, blue zircon and turquoise. These are all stones that come in varying shades of blue, so it’s just a matter of deciding which one you like the most.
Tanzanite can only be found near Mt Kilimanjaro and is a relatively new discovery, so you may not have come across it on your travels. As for turquoise, this is one of the oldest gemstones around, said to promote both spiritual and mental clarity, as well as being good luck!
And blue zircon comes in different colours as well as blue, including yellow, orange, red and green. Some think that it can help promote good sleep, honour, wisdom and prosperity while warding off evil.
Of course, this is just a little snapshot into the origins, history and meaning of each of these stones and there’s a lot more to find out about each one. But if it’s a present idea that you’re looking for and want to give something to someone with a bit of meaning, you really can’t go wrong with a birthstone or two.
We’d love to hear what you think about your particular stone, what you like about it and what you don’t, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to tell us your stories.