Welcome to the Design Vaults Birthstones guide – we’ve included the main birthstone by month but this is by no means exhaustive!
Birthstones are a collection of precious and semi-precious gemstones, with each stone representing a month of the Gregorian calendar. The idea behind the birthstone can be traced back to the Breastplate of Aaron, a religious garment holding the twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. In today’s present culture, each birthstone carries special characteristics that are believed to hold true to its wearer.
According to legends, wearing a gemstone during the correlating month heightens its healing powers.
Gemstones are believed to offer various healing benefits to its owner.
Garnet, the birthstone of January, is mined in a rainbow of colours.
While the most popular colour of a garnet is reddish-brown, it is found in other colours such as purple, pink, violet, green, yellow, orange, red, brown, black, and even colourless. Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.
The amethysts purple tones range from deep, dark violet, to the less coveted pale lavender. The gems rich colour is associated with royalty and nobility. Amethyst signifies peace, temperance, serenity and royalty. Wearing this birthstone during the month of February may strengthen relationships and provide courage when it is needed.
The calming and clear colour of Aquamarine gems, make aquamarine jewellery a great gift for any woman who loves the ocean. The Aquamarine gemstone symbolizes loyalty, honesty, and beauty.
Diamonds, the birthstone of April, are commonly associated with love which make it the perfect gift for a loved one. Diamonds are a precious gemstone and the most popular of all gemstones. A diamond is a mineral compound made of pure carbon and is the hardest natural substance on the planet. For this reason, diamonds should always be stored separately, as they can damage other jewelllery. They are so strong, they can only be cut or polished by another diamond. The name itself is derived from the Greek word, adamus, which means “invincible.”
Emeralds are associated with fertility, rebirth and love, making it perfect for mothers and future mothers. Today, emeralds represent wisdom, growth and patience.
The month of June has three birthstones – Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone. A pearl symbolizes success, happiness, and love. Unlike most other gemstones, pearls are not mined. The most highly valued pearls are created inside of saltwater oysters and freshwater clams whose shells are lined with mother-of-pearl, or nacre. Alexandrite gemstones are extremely rare and desirable since they change colour based on the lighting. Moonstones are believed to have the power to bring victory, health & wisdom to those that wear it – this stone is believed to have been named for the bluish white spots within them.
The ruby gemstone provides strength and nobility, helping protect its wearer from the evils in the world. It signifies love and passion while attracting good friends and good luck. Rubies are used to increase vitality and confidence with hopes of bringing a life full of success of prosperity.
The peridot stone signifies beauty, strength and morality. Some believe that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When the stone is set in gold, it is said that it can protect its wearers from depression, evil and nightmares.
Sapphire, the birthstone for September, comes in a variety of colours, but are mostly associated with blue hues. A sapphire of another colour, like pink, white or yellow, is generally called a fancy sapphire. The blue sapphire represents peace and serenity. It is seen many times in ancient religious writing to symbolize purity, wisdom, loyalty and faith.
The Opal has vivid colours and reflects the light with the slightest of movement – it is said to protect wearers from envy and negativity. The name opal can mean ‘to see a change in colour’ & represents hope.
November birthdays are associated with two gemstones – Citrine and Topaz. The warm colour of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone keeping the wearer in a positive frame of mind and optimistic mood. Topaz is most desired in its rich orange Imperial Topaz colour but it is found in a variety of rich colours like blue, pink and yellow.
The traditional gemstone for December is the Blue topaz, which is a bright and brilliant icy blue color. Giving this stone as a gift is a sign of love and fidelity. The wearer of blue topaz may experience an increased confidence in their ability to communicate. Three other gemstones are also referred to in this month – Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise – each of which carry gorgeous blue tones.
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