Birthstones: A Quick Guide

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A beautiful gift for a loved one is a piece of birthstone jewellery, whether that is a ring, a set of earrings or a statement necklace. However, the birthstones have meanings that go beyond their beautiful colours. Some people enjoy giving the birthstone specifically for its meaning, regardless if the wearer of the gift was born in that particular month.

No-one knows the exact origin of birthstones but these have been popular for centuries, if not millennia. In ancient times, birthstones were believed to have magical powers which protected the owner or person who wore the stone. Birthstones were traditionally linked to the Zodiac. Now, birthstones are associated with calendar months and each month corresponds to a different stone.

Many different types of jewellery have birthstones. There are rings, pendants, and even earrings. Giving the gift of a birthstone is a thoughtful way to show someone that you care.

Following is a list of months with their corresponding birthstone, as well as a brief description of their meanings.

January

January’s birthstone is the garnet. It was once thought to be connected with blood and believed to be a purifier. The garnet was also thought to protect the wearer from having nightmares. These stones are long lasting and beautiful. They can range in colour from deep red to pink to even black.

February

The birthstone for February is the amethyst. This stone is associated with tranquility and peace. It is also thought to improve the appearance of the skin as well as preventing baldness. The stone comes in a variety of shades of purple. It can be a deep, rich purple or pale lilac in colour. It is another stone that is durable and long lasting.

March

The birthstone for March is the aquamarine. The aquamarine was thought to protect men who were at sea. It symbolises love, health, and hope. The colour of the stone is greenish-blue and ranges in the amount of colour saturation. Some aquamarines have more of a blue tinge, while others have more of a green tinge.

April

Diamonds are one of the most popular gemstones in history. Diamonds are linked to feelings of love and romance. They also symbolise eternity and strength. This is why diamonds are used for romantic gifts like engagement rings, eternity rings, and even for wedding bands on occasion. These stones are one of the strongest minerals known to man and they last for an eternity. The colour of diamonds can be clear and near colourless to a variety of colours like pink, yellow, and brown.

May

The birthstone of May is the emerald. This stone was thought to cure sickness and promote health. They were also thought to give wearers the ability to see into the future. Emeralds come in a variety of shades of green. The deeper the green colour, the more valuable the stones.

June

The pearl is the birthstone for the month of June. These are linked with modesty and chastity. They are also linked to happy marriages.

Pearls are round shaped birthstones that come in a variety of colours and sizes. These are staples of many women’s jewellery collections.

July

The ruby is the birthstone for July. This stone is linked with bodily protection and inner harmony. The ruby has been around since ancient times and is a rich red colour. Rubies range in colour from fiery pinkish-red to a deep brilliant red.

August

Peridot is the birthstone for August. It was thought to be a stone that offered protection against night terrors. It was also a stone that was thought to offer healing powers to those who wore it as it could cleanse most bodily organs. A peridot is lime green in colour.

September

The sapphire is the birthstone of September. This gem is linked with purity and faith. In ancient times it was believed that the stronger the sparkle, the more faithful and honest the wearer.

Sapphires are beautiful stones that go well with a variety of precious metals. They look equally beautiful in white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. These stones are durable and are most commonly thought of as being a deep, dark blue. However, they also come in other colours such as pink.

October

The opal is October’s birthstone. In history it was linked to hope, innocence, and purity. As with other birthstones, this stone was thought to offer healing powers and was particularly beneficial to the eyesight.

Opals come in both white and black varieties. Opals are unique stones in that they appear to have other colours within them.

November

The birthstone for November is the topaz. It was linked with sanity, life, and healing. The ancient Greeks also connected it with strength.

Topaz comes in a variety of colours. The colours of topaz range from blue, pale green, pink, golden, and red. Topaz comes in a range of other colours as well.

December

The birthstone of December is turquoise. In the past the stone was linked to happiness, fortune, and luck. It was also considered to be a master healer.

The colours of turquoise can range from blue to green-blue. It can also be a light green colour.

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