What Are the Birthstones for Each Month?
As the name clearly suggests, a birthstone is a unique gem that is linked to your personality, based on the month you were born on. It is said that a person feels the strongest when they wear their own birthstone in the specific month they were born on. Whether or not these theories are true is up to you to decide, but we can definitely say that they are all extremely beautiful gems.
So What Are the Birthstones for Each Month?
The list varies quite a lot depending on the system you decide to follow. However, some are quite old and referenced in prehistoric and even religious texts. These include birthstones such as topaz, ruby, jasper, turquoise, and more. Here is a list of gemstones for each of the twelve months of the year:
Garnet is the birthstone for January and it has been the same for a very long time. A lot of references track it back all the way to the Bronze Age. Garnet in Middle English means dark red which is actually the color of this gemstone. The modern birthstone for January is also Garnet.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and this also goes all the way back to Ancient Greece. The people of that time believed that this gemstone stopped the wearer from intoxication and protected from addictive vices. At one time, amethysts actually had more value than diamonds! The modern gemstone for February is also Amethyst.
The Birthstone for March
There are two birthstones for March: Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Aquamarine is present both in old beliefs and the modern ones, whereas bloodstone is no longer considered to be its birthstone. Bloodstone has iron oxide in it which produces the distinctive red color that the gemstone usually has. Aquamarine, on the other hand, is blue in color and is believed to have a wide range of healing properties. It is also incredibly beautiful and one of the hardest natural materials out there.
April has one of the most sought after and expensive stones as its birthstone: diamonds! A diamond is a lady’s best friend and the irresistible charm of a diamond alone is what makes it huge for those born in April especially. So much so, that a lot of people born in other months still choose diamonds for their charms. Diamonds are also extremely tough and that only adds to their popularity. The modern gemstone for April is also the diamond.
The most commonly used gemstone for the month of May is the Emerald. Almost as popular as diamonds, this green colored beauty is a representation of life and fertility in a lot of cultures. The history of the stone itself goes back thousands of years, and its importance is hard to deny. Emerald is also part of the modern birthstone collection.
Unlike any other month, June actually has three birthstones: Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite. All three carry their own importance, both as charms and as precious stones in jewelry as well. Why June has three birthstones is not very clear historically but most accounts relate it to the Gemini zodiac twins.
July’s birthstone is the Ruby, which is a symbol of both power and heat. The (mostly) red gemstone is also among the most precious stones on the jewelry market. It is truly a powerful stone, both in its believed powers and its beauty.
August boasts two classic birthstones: the Peridot and the Sardonyx. Peridot is an incredibly beautiful stone, nicknamed the “evening emerald”. It is highly sought after in the jewelry industry and is associated with good fortune and general prosperity. Sardonyx is a type of quartz that is opaque in nature and is believed to be a good protection against evil and disease.
The Birthstone for the Month of September
The birthstone for September is widely known and extremely popular: Sapphire! This gemstone is considered to be the second hardest mineral next to diamond and is believed to have some protective properties.
The Birthstone for the Month of October
October has two birthstones, one being the pink colored Tourmaline and the second being Opal. Pink Tourmaline is associated with creativity and is considered to enhance the level of creativity of the wearer whereas Opal is considered to be great for confidence.
The Birthstone for the Month of November
Again a month with two birthstones, the first one is Citrine and the second is the yellow-colored Topaz. Both are quite powerful stones with the Citrine representing strength and a sense of hope and Topaz symbolizing love.
The Birthstone for the Month of December
December actually has four different birthstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite, Blue Zircon, and Blue Topaz. Zircon and Topaz are very similar and often used interchangeably, but they’re actually very different stones. The most widely accepted stone for this month is definitely the Blue Topaz.
It is important to understand at this point that the only difference between modern and classic birthstones is that the modern birthstones are basically a standardized list of stones created by the National Association of Jewelers in the United States for easier recognition. Both the modern and classic lists of birthstones coexist in the current world.
What is your birthstone and what would you rather have? Let us know!