Discover Your Birthstone

It’s a symbol of you

4 Reasons to Love your Birthstones

the light of a gemstone reflects the story of you

self

Often the little things in life can pass on strong subconscious messages. A look upon your birthstone is a reminder that you are valuable and unique like the gemstone itself.

value

For centuries the wealthy have treasured and collected birthstones and gemstones alike. Their natural rarity has elevated these gems into symbols of status and success.

symbolic

Birthstones and jewelry are often symbols of love and commitment. The durability of gemstones make them a perfect representation of self love and the eternal love of another.

BeautY

It's no secret birthstones are a magical part of nature's beauty. Subtlety is not lost on these gems. Like people, their beauty is often discovered when we look beneath the earth's skin.

What Is Your BIrthstone

Your birthstone is important for many reasons. It inspires beauty and celebrates the importance of your relationships. It’s a valuable treasure that can have a positive impact on your health happiness, and wellness. To discover more about your birthstone select your month below.

Birthstones By Month

Although there are many ways to choose your birthstone, the most popular option is by birth month. Many months have more than one birthstone. Let’s take a look at the modern and traditional gemstones that honor our births.

 

JANUARY BIRTHSTONE- GARNET

The beautiful garnet is both the traditional and modern birthstone for January. When people think of garnet, they envision a red stone. This gem ranges in color from deep red to dark pink, purple, yellow, orange, and many shades of green. Incredibly rare is the blue garnet. Garnets symbolize trust and friendship, peace, prosperity and healthfulness. This birthstone protects people while traveling. People who suffer from bad dreams may find that garnet relieves them from night terrors.

 

February Birthstone- Amethyst

Amethyst is the treasured birthstone for February. This gem varies in color with a wide range of violet hues, from pale lavender to deep, rich purple. Amethyst inspires courage and strengthens relationships as it promotes peace, serenity and temperance. Amethyst has also been a traditional symbol of royalty. In ancient times, the Greek people believed that this gemstone protected against drunkenness. Amethyst helps with keeping a clear head and balanced mindset.

 

March Birthstones- Bloodstone and Aquamarine

Bloodstone

March’s traditional birthstone is bloodstone. Bloodstone is green with orange and red spots.Bloodstone symbolizes good health, youthfulness, hope and love.

Aquamarine

Named for the ocean, March’s modern birthstone is aquamarine. Aquamarine presents in a variety of shades. This gemstone can range from an almost clear shade of blue to a deep pastel blue. Aquamarine brings youth, health, hope, fidelity and love.

 

April Birthstone- Diamond

April’s birthstone is the diamond. Ranging in color from clear to black and everything between, you can choose your heart’s desire in color. The diamond symbolizes eternal love, marriage and courage. Diamonds also have healing powers.
 
 
 

MAY BIRTHSTONE- EMERALD

Emerald is the brilliant birthstone of May. This gemstone usually has inclusions, but it’s expected and not considered a flaw. Green is the color of the emerald. This birthstone is most valuable when it has an intense bluish hue and is vivid green. Emeralds represent fertility, foresight, health, and faithfulness. They represent rebirth and love, renewed youth, good fortune and healing.

 
 

JUNE BIRTHSTONES- PEARL, MOONSTONE AND ALEXANDRITE

PEARL

Pearl is one of 2 traditional June birthstones. This birthstone is the only gem that’s formed within a living creature. Pearls are grown inside of fresh and saltwater mollusks. These include oysters, clams and mussels, with oysters being the most common. The color of a pearl ranges from pale creamy white to black. There are many hues to choose from, including rose, lilac, green, gold, gray, black, cream and white. Pearls are symbols of fertility, love, chastity and modesty as well as marriage.

MOONSTONE

The second of June’s traditional birthstones is the moonstone. This birthstone has a milky glow. It comes in a variety of colors including gray, pink, yellow, peach, green and blue. The most sought after moonstones have a blue shimmer and are almost transparent. Moonstone symbolizes love, protection, fertility and aids in restfulness.
 

Alexandrite

June’s modern birthstone is the relatively new gem Alexandrite. Alexandrite is a color-changing stone. It looks bluish-green in daylight but shifts to a purple-red under incandescent lighting. Alexandrite brings elevated pleasure and intuition, increases imagination and creativity. It supports learning and concentration and attracts good omens.

 

July Birthstone- Ruby

The ruby is the traditional and modern birthstone of July. This beautiful stone varies in shades from deep reddish-purple to orangish-red. The Burmese Ruby is the most valuable color and the brightest. It’s a rich red color with a slightly blue hue. The ruby symbolizes passion, wealth, love, courage, wisdom, health, peace, emotion and power. This gemstone increases harmony and energy and brings heightened awareness.

 

August Birthstones- Sardonyx, Peridot and Spinel

SARDONYX

The traditional birthstone is Sardonyx. Sardonyx is a beautiful stone composed of alternating layers of onyx and sard. These layers of chalcedony create a striped stone. This gemstone is typically reddish with white bands. Sardonyx can also range in color from yellowish red to reddish-brown. Sardonyx inspires happiness, strength, courage and clear communication. It also provides protection from evil.

PERIDOT

Peridot is a modern August birthstone. A bright and beautiful stone, peridot ranges in color from yellow-green to brown. The lighter colors of green are the most popular. Peridot brings strength, prosperity and good fortune. This stone instills power and influence. It protects from evil and when given as a gift, peridot brings the wearer magical powers and is healing. It also protects against nightmares.

SPINEL

The third and most modern birthstone for August is Spinel. Spinel is usually recognized as red, but can also be shades of orange, pastel pink and purple and rarely blue. This birthstone is most desirable in the vivid red color. Spinel protects its owner from harm, helps to heal sadness and aids in reconciliation.

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONES- SAPPHIRE AND LAPIS LAZULI

SAPPHIRE

Sapphire is a modern and traditional birthstone of September. This gemstone comes in every color except red but is most thought of as blue. Sapphire represents trust, sincerity, integrity, purity, faith, wisdom and honesty. It protects those close to its owner from harm. A very powerful gemstone, Sapphire has both spiritual and medicinal healing properties.

LAPIS LAZULI

Another traditional birthstone of September is lapis lazuli. This unique stone is a combination of blue, black and gold. No stone is exactly like another. Lapis lazuli brings wisdom, healing, inner peace and love. It nurtures psychic ability.

 

 

OCTOBER BIRTHSTONES- OPAL AND TOURMALINE

OPAL

October’s traditional and modern birthstone is opal. The opal is identified by its beautiful play of colors. Opals are categorized as black or white, which refers to their background body color. Every opal is one of a kind, the stone’s color shifts by moving the gem. Opals are gems of intimacy, as they symbolize desire, love, eroticism and passion.
 

TOURMALINE

Tourmaline is another traditional birthstone for October. You can find this gemstone in many varieties and colors, including multicolored stones. Tourmaline is a stone of self-love. It inspires happiness, soothes fear and boosts self-confidence and inspiration. This gem protects its wearer against negative thoughts. Tourmaline protects against toxins, pollutants and radiation.

 

 

NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONES- CITRINE AND YELLOW TOPAZ

CITRINE

Citrine is a modern and traditional birthstone for November. The most popular citrine gems are bright yellow to brownish red and very clear. The stone also ranges from yellow to orange-brown. Citrine represents imagination, success, healing, personal will and manifestation. This is a stone of strength of mind and body.

YELLOW TOPAZ

Another modern birthstone for November is yellow topaz. There are many shades of topaz ranging from green, blue, red, pink, colorless and even more. The yellow version is the birthstone for November. Topaz represents love, health, protection, healing and wealth.

 

 

DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES- LAPIS LAZULI, BLUE ZIRCON, TURQUOISE, TANZANITE AND BLUE TOPAZ

December has 5 birthstones! This highly celebrated month has all blue gemstones. 
 

LAPIS LAZULI

One traditional birthstone for December, as well as September, is lapis lazuli. This precious stone is a combination of blue, black and gold. Each stone is as unique as a fingerprint, no two are alike. Lapis lazuli brings wisdom, healing, inner peace and love. It nurtures psychic ability.
 
BLUE ZIRCON
Another traditional birthstone for December is zircon. This gem comes in many colors, but for December it’s blue, which is also the most popular. Zircon inspires compassion, love for the self and others as well as the opening of the heart. It aids in restfulness, wards off evil and brings prosperity, honor and wisdom.
 
 TANZANITE
A very modern birthstone that represents December is tanzanite. This stone is highly sought after as it’s only mined in one place in the world and is beautiful. It can be hues of purple or blue, with blue being more popular. Tanzanite represents truth, dignity, spiritual mastery and wisdom.
 
BLUE TOPAZ
Blue topaz is the final modern birthstone for December. This stone can range in color from pale to deep blue. Blue topaz is a birthstone of emotional attachment. It represents eternal romance and friendship, clarity of feelings and honesty. It can assist in spiritual connection, ease writer’s block and increase creativity.
 

TURQUOISE

Turquoise is a modern and traditional birthstone of December. This gemstone is opaque and can range from a variety of blues to greens and even yellowish-green. Turquoise has what’s known as the matrix. The matrix is veins of color that spiderweb in an intricate pattern through the stone. These matrices are usually brown, black or yellowish-brown. Turquoise is the birthstone of protection, healing, good luck and fortune. It brings power, status and wealth and a happy life.
 

BIRTHSTONES ARE A CELEBRATION OF YOU!

You can choose your birthstone for aesthetic appeal or healing properties. It’s a symbol of you! You are rare, there’s no one else in the world like you and no birthstone like yours. Your contributions to society are valuable, and your birthstone embodies your value. You persevere everyday and your birthstone’s durability is a symbol of your strength. Your birthstone is the representation of the beauty of your life, your soul and your work.

Discover yourself in your birthstone today.

 

 

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The Origin of Birthstones

Birthstones are a collection of gemstones that relate to a person’s birth. There are a variety of ways to choose your birthstone. History records how these precious gemstones were first identified as powerful. Traced to the book of Exodus, birthstones appear in the Bible. The breastplate of Aaron was inlaid with 12 gemstones, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel. These stones included:

Emerald – Sapphire – Diamond – Topaz – Carbuncle – Sardius – Agate – Ligure – Amethyst – Onyx Jasper – Beryl

 

Raw Jasper Specimen Isolated On A Black Background
Jasper Represent its own tribe of Israel on The breastplate of Aaron.
Brown Agate with concentric layers isolated on a black background
Agate represent its own tribe of Israel in The Breastplate of Aaron.

 

“There were twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.” (Exodus 28:17-20)

A scholar in the first century created the idea of birthstones. Flavius Josephus associated the breastplate stones with the 12 signs of the zodiac. In the fifth century Saint Jerome referenced Flavius Josephus and agreed that the stones were appropriate. 

This discovery was later questioned by George Frederick Kunz. He argued that Josephus saw the breastplate of the Second Temple, not the one described in Exodus.

Jewish gem traders in Poland introduced birthstones (when?) as we know them today. They began selling each gemstone by birth month, which caught on in the United States as well. Selling birthstones by month became standard practice in 1912. Kunz and the National Association of Jewelers played a big part in this.

Kunz wrote the definitive book on birthstones and their folklore. He felt that birthstones should be protected from becoming a commercial interest because this would weaken the history and meaning of these precious gems.

Kunz wrote a pamphlet about natal stones, published by Tiffany and Company. This described each stone and its special properties. This event led to the modern belief that the qualities of gemstones can transfer to the wearer. The National Association of Jewelers then called for an official list of birthstones.

Birthstones today have changed greatly from their origins.  A look back at history will reveal many different birthstone lists.

wHat is a birthstone

  • A birthstone is a gem that symbolizes a person’s birth. The characteristics of a gemstone mean they are rare, beautiful, durable and valuable.
  • A gemstone is usually a mineral such as a diamond or an emerald. An example of a non-mineral birthstone is the pearl.
  •  A gemstone is also identified as being semi-precious or precious. The Big Four precious stones are diamond, sapphire, emerald and ruby. Generally speaking, any gemstones outside of The Big Four are semi-precious.
  •  Don’t let the words “precious” and “semi-precious” fool you. There are some semi-precious birthstones that are as valuable as the precious gemstones.
  •  A gemstone, cut, polished, and used in jewelry, is a traditional birthstone gift. Other types of gifts can include the stones in their raw state, which are also known as specimens. Any item that contains the birthstone would be a special gift.

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