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Perfect Birthstone Jewelry For the Gems In Your Life

There’s something so special about a gift of beautiful birthstone jewelry.

Choosing sparkling and lustrous jewelry that features your loved one’s birthstone gives your gift particular meaning and thoughtfulness. For centuries, particular gemstones have been associated with the 12 months of the year and zodiac, and people have given special meaning and power to each one. Thanks to the rise in popularity of colored gemstones, a wide range of modern silhouettes are now available that add a modern flair to classic birthstone jewelry. To help you find the perfect gift, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite birthstone jewelry picks by month. Read on to discover our foolproof birthstone jewelry gifts and the meanings behind these dazzling gems.

January Birthstone: Garnet

 

Known for its rich, red luster, garnet is the January birthstone. Garnet’s popularity dates back to ancient Egypt, when the gemstone was exchanged to signify trust and friendship. “Granatum,” the Latin word for a pomegranate seed, is the root of the name “garnet.” In Greek mythology, Persephone the goddess of spring and wife of Hades ate pomegranate seeds in the underworld that bound her to the underworld for the winter months and allowed her to travel back to the earth for spring through fall. Because of garnet’s association with pomegranates and this famous story, garnets have long been used as a talisman for travelers and stand for the safe return of a loved one. The deep red also symbolizes love and prosperity – making it the perfect birthstone to kick off the start of each new year.

February Birthstone: Amethyst

 

 

Amethyst is the most popular variety of quartz and has been sought after by the royal and powerful for centuries for is beautiful purple color. Amethyst gemstones have long been associated with helping its wearer find mental clarity and calmness. Like garnets, this richly colored stone has ties to Greek mythology. There are multiple versions of the myth, but a key theme in all of them is that maiden named Amethyst is turned to quartz by the goddess Artemis to help her avoid the god of wine, Dionysus. When Dionysus saw Amethyst turned to stone he regretted his actions and poured wine on the stone to honor it, dyeing it purple. The literal meaning of the name amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethustos” meaning “sober”. Because of these associations, amethysts are thought to have powers that guard the wearer from anger, drunkenness, and even headaches! These lustrous violet amethyst jewelry picks are sure to make the perfect gift for anyone born in February — plus who doesn’t need more tranquility in their life?

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

 

Named for the ocean’s purest shades of blue, aquamarines are March’s birthstone and bring to mind visions of calm waters and tropical lagoons. Because of its aquatic color, this beautiful birthstone has been associated with anything to do with water and seafaring for centuries. Throughout history, Greek merchants carried the stone to give them safe passage on stormy seas. Ancient Egyptians believed the stone was a symbol of happiness and gifted it to loved ones. Legend also has it that aquamarine provides intuition and good health. Aquamarines are a stunning light blue variety of the mineral beryl – other popular varieties of beryl include green emeralds and peachy pink morganites!

April Birthstone: Diamond

 

April babies get one of the most popular and most precious gemstones as their birthstone: the diamond. Diamonds birthstones are the gem of faithfulness, purity and commitment – which goes hand in hand with diamonds traditionally being used as engagement ring center stones. As the precious gemstone with the highest rating on Moh’s hardness scale, with a score of 10, diamond has the unique ability to be cut and polished with the utmost brilliance. The name “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas” meaning “unbreakable” or “untamable.” Because of their hardness and clarity, diamonds have represented strength and vitality for many different civilizations, and diamonds were worn by their leaders and warriors. Because of their iconic sparkle and durability that makes them suited to everyday wear – diamonds are the perfect gift for anyone, whether they were born in April or not!

May Birthstone: Emerald

 

The rich green of May’s emerald birthstone arrives just in time for spring! According to Indian lore, the name emerald comes from the Sanskrit “marakata” meaning “the green of growing things.” Emeralds are a rich green variety of the mineral beryl and radiate vivid and eye-catching color. Emeralds symbolize truth, fidelity, luck, and love, and have been greatly prized throughout history by royals and celebrities alike, from Alexander the Great and Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy. This popular stone makes the perfect gift for anyone with a May birthday.

June Birthstone: Pearl

 

Lustrous pearls and moonstones are June’s beautiful birthstones. Featured in jewelry for centuries, pearls are prized for their natural beauty, rarity, and unique appeal. In fact, the pearl is officially considered to be the world’s oldest gemstone that predates written history. The earliest record we have of pearls being worn as adornment can be traced to a fragment of pearl jewelry that was found in a Persian princess’s sarcophagus dating back to 420 BC that is now on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris! Pearls aren’t just a classic style of the past, however. Modern movers and shakers are still loving pearls as a symbol of power and beauty. For example, Vice President Kamala Harris made pearls a signature part of her look during her campaign, and celebrities like Ariana Grande and Emma Stone have pearls incorporated in their engagement rings. Classic pearl birthstone jewelry is sure to make the ultimate timeless gift that will never go out of style.

July Birthstone: Ruby

 

Rubies, the birthstone of July, are prized for their vivid pinkish-red hue and incredible shine. Rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum, the same mineral family as sapphires. These beautiful gemstones are a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning they have excellent toughness and durability and are well suited to jewelry you want to wear every day. Associated with prosperity, power, romance, and passion, this fiery hued gemstone is beloved by many. Rubies with rich scarlet color are sure to make a standout jewelry gift for those with a July birthday.

August Birthstone: Peridot

 

Those born in August have one of the rarest birthstones: the vibrant yellow-green peridot. Peridots are one of the few gems that only comes in one color, and these green gemstones are also sometimes more formally referred to as “olivine.” Peridots are closely linked to Egyptian history and are still the national gem of Egypt. Ancient Egyptians called peridots the “gem of the sun,” and many historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually green peridots from Egyptian mines. Peridot is believed to be a healing stone and connect the wearer with prosperity, health, and good energy. This vibrant green gem is the perfect representation of those born in this lush summer month.

September Birthstone: Sapphire

 

While most commonly thought of as being a true rich blue, sapphires come in almost every color of the rainbow—including pink, peach, orange, yellow, green, teal, purple, and even white. Like rubies, sapphires are a variety of the mineral corundum and are durable and hard gemstones suitable for daily wear. They have long been prized as one of the world’s most precious gemstones and are exhibited in a number of crown jewels. One of the most famous modern sapphires is worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as her engagement ring from her husband Prince William of England. Kate’s beautiful sapphire ring was first worn by William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Beautiful blue sapphire jewelry is a gift that will never go out of style.

October Birthstone: Opal and Pink Tourmaline

 

October is one of the months lucky enough to get two birthstones: opal and tourmaline. Opal is particularly popular, as it catches the eye with its incredible range of fiery colors. Opal is a gem quality form of the mineral silicon dioxide, and can come in a variety of colors, ranging from a deep orange to the white and blue fire for which it is well known. Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of colors, however pink tourmaline is the color traditionally used as the October birthstone, and it is said to attract good energy to its wearer. These uniquely beautiful gems are sure to be a hit for anyone born in October.

November Birthstone: Citrine

 

Citrine, a bright orange-yellow form of quartz, is the birthstone for November. Known as a symbol of happiness, citrine’s name comes from the French word for lemon. This gem is also known as “healing quartz,” because legend has it that citrine promotes vitality and energy in whomever wears it while also removing negativity — so this is the perfect gemstone for those seeking good vibes only! And, according to the Chinese feng shui philosophy, citrine creates wealth and abundance. Citrine has also had bursts of popularity in the Victorian Era, when queen Victoria added citrine elements to her collection of royal jewelry. In the golden age of early Hollywood, stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford famously wore glamorous citrine pieces. These vibrant gemstones are sure to make the perfect jewelry gift for the loved ones with November birthdays in your life.

December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

 

Although three blue gems, topaz, turquoise and zircon, belong to December babies, blue topaz birthstone jewelry is our personal favorite. London Blue Topaz is one of the richest and beautifully unique shades of blue. The topaz birthstone symbolizes love and affection, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and a gift of blue topaz is said to be a promise of love and fidelity. This cool blue stone is fitting for those born in this winter month.

Final Thoughts

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