Birthstones are a wonderful tradition that, depending on the source you’re reading, date back to biblical times when the breastplate of Aaron contained 12 precious stones.
“Birthstones” have always been associated with various things ranging from different groups of people, to superstitions, to important life commitments, to symbolizing the month of your birth.
Today, birthstones are exactly what they sound like. They’re a personalized symbol of the month of your birth.
Are you curious which gemstones go with which months? Here is your guide!
Garnet, the birthstone for January, signifies eternal friendship and trust.
Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus (the god of wine, winemaking, and “ritual madness”), is also said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February.
March has two birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone
The name diamond is adopted from the Greek word “adamas”, meaning “invincible”. Diamonds aren’t actually “invincible”, but as close as it gets in nature.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that owning an emerald (the May birthstone) increased the importance of your presence and speech during business transactions. He believed that it gave you victory in trials, helped settle litigation, and comforted and soothed your eyesight. It's associate with healing, harmony, and luck.
June has three birthstones:
It’s called the king of all gemstones. It was the gemstone of all gemstones before diamonds took the lead in popularity over the last 100 years or so.
Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. It was once known for healing stress in relationships, lessening anger and jealousy, slowing aging, and promoting abundance and prosperity.
Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, will protect your loved ones from envy and harm.
There are two birthstones for the month of October: Opal and Tourmaline.
Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal's beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background.
Tourmaline is a favorite among jewelry designers and gem collectors the world over. Since it is available in a wide variety of colors, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste.
November has two birthstones: Topaz and Citrine.
Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were once called topaz.
Citrine, the other birthstone for November, is known as the "healing quartz". This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer.
December has three birthstones: Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise.
Tanzanite was discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and is found exclusively in this tiny area of the world. Tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color.
Zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, colorless, and red (the most prized color).
Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin's egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent to opaque.