Birthstones

Birthstones have been around for centuries with each gemstone chosen for a particular month by linking together their unique qualities. Originally, it was believed that certain gemstones were inherently tied to a specific month through other worldly bonds.  The stones were mandated by the gods, the heavens and nature around us.   People who wore their stone would be both protected from evil and reap the benefits of their stone’s magical qualities.

Over the years religion, mythology, science, and folklore have all played their part in dictating which month receives which stone.  Though the chart has changed quite significantly since the tradition began and society no longer wears their particular stone for increased magical prowess, birthstones remain a popular trend in choosing jewelry.

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Today, Birthstones have become a part of our identity:

My name is Katy; I was born in January; I’m an Aquarius and my birthstone is garnet.

We’re taught our birthstone when we are young; it’s just one of the facts we prattle off as toddlers.  I knew as a child I was a garnet.  It was my stone.  There were others lucky enough to have been born in January and have the same stone as I; it made us like family.

I distinctly remember asking children at my preschool, L.C.C., what his or her birthstone was.  As I went through the group I heard diamond, ruby, purple stone and others, but I stopped when I came to a little boy who replied, “garnet.”

He would be my friend.  He would understand.  His name was Joey.  I was right, too.  We did become friends.  He was my best friend.

Even though I’m much older now, and no longer choose friends regarding to birthday,  I still feel an odd kinship to anyone who claims the garnet as their stone.  They are like me.  We have the same velvety red gem to call our own.

Trivia: Garnets actually come in every color except blue!  My favorite is the rhodolite garnet.

So while the true magic birthstones were once believed to posses has faded with time, there is a new – entirely human – magic that remains.  For that reason, giving birthstone jewelry on birthdays, Christmas or to celebrate a new child is one of the most popular choices today.

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For an extensive guide to birthstones and birthstone jewelry, check out our Birthstone Guide.

There you can get information on all of the twelve (seventeen) different birthstones, learn about how to clean specific gems, and get gift ideas.  We have an extensive inventory of all of the different types of birthstone jewelry from January to December in every style imaginable.

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Traditional Birthstone Month Chart

January Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl or Moonstone
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal or Tourmaline
November Yellow Topaz or Topaz
December Tanzanite or Turquoise or Blue Topaz

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Birthstone Trivia:

  • Even though there are only twelve months, there are seventeen modern birthstones.
  • June, October and November have two birthstones and December has three.
  • Some say the Mines of Moria in J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring were filled with topaz gemstones.
  • Birthstones were once believed to posses magical powers.  The powers grew stronger if the stone was worn by one who had been born in its month.
  • Tanzanite is the most recent birthstone, as it was only found in 1967.  It is the third birthstone for December.  The others are turquoise and blue topaz.
  • Many believe the November birthstone is topaz, but it is more specific.  November’s birthstone is yellow topaz (or citrine).  Blue topaz is linked to December.
  • Not only the stones but the stones’ color plays a large role in linking months to stones.  December’s three are all blue.  November is all yellow.  June is white with moonstone and pearl.  The only odd month out is October with opal and tourmaline – but you could argue that the varies color varieties of tourmaline can be seen in the colorful veins of the opal!
  • June is special because it has the only organic gemstone of the bunch: the pearl.  Pearls are considered living gems as they come from organic matter.  Other living gems include coral, amber, jet and ivory.
  • June’s alternative gemstone is alexandrite.
  • Originally, March was considered the Bloodstone month.
  • Tiffany & Co. printed these poems in a pamphlet in 1870.  While they are attributed to an unknown writer, it is not known if the poems were written long ago or simply for marketing purposes.

By her who in January was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.

By her who in March was born
No gem save Bloodstone shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet, flower month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.

By her who in June was born
No gem save Pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved; alone.A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.

Gregorian Birthstone Poems
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Birthstone Jewelry Poll:

30 responses to “Birthstones

  1. I love birthstone jewelry, thanks for sharing!

  2. Voted YES YES YES in your birthstone poll!
    I have a birthstone ring with my two daughter’s birth months, but with another baby on the way I will be needing a new one.
    Thanks for all the great info. I’ll definitely be checking back in a few months (the baby is due in August!) to see what birthstone jewelry you recommend.

    – Liz

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  11. I’m still on the fence about what birthstone jewelry to get my friends. Do you have any suggestions?

  12. I have a question, I was born in December what is my birthstone? Thanks

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  19. Thanks for your information about birthstones. Mine is ruby!

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  22. Thanks for talking about birthstones. I really liked learning about them. My birthstone is aquamarine. :]

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  27. I was born 10th April, My Birthstone is March Birthstone or April Birthstone

  28. Thanks for the information!

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