Birthstones (If You Need to Read One Article About Birthstone, Read this One)
January Birthstone: Garnet
Garnets are most commonly known to be red. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate, these stones look very similar to the bright red seeds found inside a pomegranate. However, there is also a range of other beautiful and vibrant colours that these stones come in - from green to orange to purple and more. Garnets are known to be the stone of protection and manifestation. They protect the wearer from negativity and evil thoughts, thus bringing good health, wealth and happiness.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Amethyst comes in different beautiful shades of purple. This purple stone, other than being well known for its beauty, is also one of the most powerful healing stones that helps in releasing unhealthy thoughts or behaviours.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Named after the color of seawater, aquamarine is the blue to blue-green member of the beryl family. Faceted aquamarines are often free from inclusions and as clear as water, symbolizing purity of spirit and soul. Wearing an Aquamarine clears the mind and calms the heart.
April Birthstone: Diamond
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Like the quote, diamonds are probably the most popular gemstone if we have to choose one. Mostly colourless, diamonds also come in various colours although they are very rare. These dazzling gemstones are used on many jewellery and very commonly for engagement rings as well.
May Birthstone: Emerald
Emerald has been synonymous with the color green since ancient times. In various shades of vibrant, rich green, Emeralds are said to relieve stress and eyestrain. This happens to also be the benefit of looking at the colour green, which is backed up by some scientists and researchers.
June Birthstone: Pearl & Alexandrite
Pearls are the only gemstones in the world that come from a living creature. Mollusks such as oysters and mussels produce these precious jewels. Despite appearing in a rich variety of sizes and shapes, the white and almost perfectly round gems continue to be the most popular. There are various types of pearls, with the most commonly known ones being Akoya pearls, freshwater pearls and South Sea pearls.
Alexandrite is well known for displaying one of the most remarkable color changes in the gem world — green in sunlight and red in incandescent light. However, this June birthstone is so rare and expensive few people have seen a natural alexandrite.
July Birthstone: Ruby
One of the most popular traditional jewelry stones, ruby is exceptionally durable. Its colors — always red — can reach vivid levels of saturation. Fine-quality rubies are some of the most expensive gemstones, with record prices over $1,000,000 per carat. A symbol of love, the naturally deep red ruby stone inculcates the feelings of love, warmth, and compassion in the heart of its wearer.
August Birthstone: Peridot
The modern August birthstone, peridot has been prized as a jewelry stone since ancient times. Peridot is similar to the emerald but softer in intensity. Always green in color but with considerable variations, a peridot’s particular shade depends on its source. Peridot are said to increase strength in people and reduce anxiety.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
Well known for the pure blue colors and excellent durability, sapphire is an exceptional gemstone. Blue sapphire is regarded as a stone of mental focus and order, inner vision and psychic awareness. However, although most popularly known to be a deep blue colour, sapphires also do come in many other colours.
October Birthstone: Opal or Tourmaline
Most opals are valued for their shifting colors in rainbow hues – an optical phenomenon known as “play-of-color” when light enters an opal, and leaves it in a flash of spectral colours. Opal is often used in jewelry for making all types of jewelry designs because of its beauty and versatility. Wearing this crystal is often associated with improved relationships in personal and business life.
The other gemstone for November is the Tourmaline. The name comes from the Sinhalese word toramalli, which means “stone with mixed colors,” because it often has multiple colors in one crystal. Very few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling array of colours.
November Birthstone: Topaz or Citrine
The variety of topaz hues includes colorless, light blue, yellow, orange, pink, violet, brown and, very rarely, red. Some believe the word “topaz” comes from the Sanskrit word tapas, which means “fire.” This November birthstone was long thought to have many benefits including strength and intelligence.
Citrine is the transparent yellow quartz with colour ranging from a light lemony yellow to an earthy brown color with some very nice oranges in between. The more saturated the color the better and an even tone throughout makes for a higher valued gemstone. Citrine has been a popular gemstone since ancient times and has shared a history of mistaken identities with the topaz.
December Birthstone: Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise
Tanzanite may be a relative newcomer to the world of colored stones, but it was one of the most exciting gem discoveries of the 20th century. It was eventually named Tanzanite in honor of its country of origin. The tanzanite birthstone is often described as “velvety,” mostly because of its deep and saturated color, which ranges from a pure rich blue to violet, with the blue considered most valuable.
Zircon is not the same as cubic zirconia! Zircon is a natural, magnificent, and underrated gemstone that has been worn and treasured since ancient times. Available in many colors, zircon is one of the modern December birthstones and will look wonderful in jewelry if set carefully.
Turquoise is a semi-translucent to opaque gem that ranges from blue to green and often has veins of matrix (remnants of the rock in which it formed) running through it. The turquoise birthstone was thought to possess many beneficial powers, like guaranteeing health and good fortune.
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