Ageless Heirlooms

Birthstones

Lauren Thomann

The National Association of Jewelers put together the modern list of birthstones in 1912.

 

Birthstones by Month

January

Garnet - birthstone of January Garnet

Garnet is a romantic stone that comes in a rainbow of colors.


February

amethyst - February birthstone Amethyst

Amethyst was once said to help reduce drunkenness.


March

Aquamarine - March birthstone Aquamarine

This pale blue gemstone gets its name from the Latin term for water and sea, ‘aqua’ and ‘marina.’


April

diamond - april birthstone Diamond

Diamond is the hardest gemstone on the market with a Mohs Scale rank of 10.


May

emerald - may birthstone Emerald

Most emeralds have natural inclusions that look like small fractures.


June

alexandrite - june birthstone Alexandrite

Natural alexandrite gemstones have color changing abilities. Pearl is the alternate stone for June.


July

ruby - july birthstone Ruby

Ruby has the same chemical composition as sapphire.


August

peridot - August birthstone Peridot

Peridot is a historical gemstone that used to be more widely known as Olivine.


September

sapphire - september birthstone Sapphire

Sapphire is a durable gemstone that makes a great alternative engagement ring.


October

opal - october birthstone Opal

Some people believe that opal is bad luck. However, this myth has been debunked.


November

topaz - november birthstone Topaz

Both golden citrine and yellow topaz are the birthstones for the month of November.


December

turquoise - december birthstone Turquoise

Turquoise is the traditional birthstone for December, but Tanzanite and Blue Topaz have been since added.


Birthstone Chart

MonthPrimaryAlternativeZodiacPrimary
JanuaryGarnetAquariusGarnet
FebruaryAmethystPiscesAmethyst
MarchAquamarineAriesBloodstone
AprilDiamondTaurusSapphire
MayEmeraldGeminiAgate
JuneAlexandritePearl, MoonstoneCancerEmerald
JulyRubyLeoOnyx
AugustPeridotVirgoCarnelian
SeptemberSapphireScorpioBeryl
NovemberYellow TopazCitrineSagittariusCitrine
DecemberTurquoiseBlue Topaz, TanzaniteCapricornRuby

 

Birthstone History

Birthstones have been around in some fashion for over a thousand years. The orgins of giving each month a gemstone originates in Judiasm and Christianity.

The beginning of birthstones how we know them today developed somewhere between the 14th and 18th centuries. It wasn’t until 1912 that the list became standardized.

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