January – Garnet
Garnet comes in many different colors; However, the most popular is the deep red colored garnet. Many representations of this stone relate to friendship and trust. Named from the Latin ‘granatum’ meaning “seed” referring to it’s resemblance to the pomegranate seed, this stone is nothing but gorgeous.
February – Amethyst
Amethyst has a long and interesting history. Thought to symbolize royalty with it’s purple hue, this quartz stone does have many other colors and can be sourced in many areas of the world. From modern Russia to the ancient Greeks & Romans, this gemstone has tons of symbolism for every culture.
March – Aquamarine
Aquamarine was thought to protect sailors out on the open ocean. Formed from the mineral species of ‘beryl’, this cool blue colored stone is durable and pure. with a hardness of 7.5 on the Moh’s scale, this gem is easy to care for and has favorable attributes for jewelry.
April – Diamond
Diamond is one of the hardest and most important gems of modern times. Whether you are looking for the perfect color, clarity, carat, or cut, the diamond is one of the most famous and beautiful birthstones there are.
May – Emerald
Emerald represents youth, growth and intelligence as seen in the deeper green color it has. Coming from Greek ‘smargados’ simply meaning green stone it’s rich color has been seen from royal crowns to rings and more. More rare and valuable than other stones the Emerald is known for the joy it brings.
June – Pearl
For centuries pearl has been used as a precious stone and has had meanings from mythological and more. Many different cultures have used this stone for jewellery because of it’s natural beauty and refined look. The unique feature of the pearl is that it is the only gem to be formed by a living creature.
July – Ruby
Representing health and wisdom this gem comes from the ‘corundum’ mineral species. Hardest of natural gems aside from diamond, it is durable enough for daily wear and matches any fashionable outfit with it’s deep and vivid red color.
August – Peridot
Peridot, the birthstone for August, has historic “powers” for healing and warding off nightmares. Formed deep within Earth, this gem is brought to the surface in many ways, but most commonly due to volcanic eruptions.
September – Sapphire
Protecting lovers for centuries, the Sapphire is September’s birthstone. Coming in a variety of colors, but best known for it’s blue to violet color, this ‘corundum’ mineral has been used to help romance lovers and protect from harm.
October – Opal
There is much lore surrounding opal. Much of this tradition dates back to the beginnings of civilization, when jewellery was worn not only as adornment but, also as protection against occult forces and human foolishness. Blonde women were known to wear necklaces of opal in order to protect their hair from losing its color.
November – Topaz
Most experts agree the name Topaz is from Topazios, an ancient Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea. Others say it is from a word that means “fire” in an ancient Indian language. For centuries, topaz was associated with the color yellow. People assumed that all yellow gemstones were topaz, and that all topaz was yellow.
December – Tanzanite
Named for Tanzania, the country where it was discovered in 1967, by Tiffany & Co. It is found in only one place on earth, near majestic Kilimanjaro. Legend has it that tanzanite was first discovered when some brown gemstone crystals lying on the dry earth were caught in a fire set by lightning that swept through the grass-covered hills.