Similar to your astrological sign, your birthstone can say a lot about you. The month of your birth can have an impact on your personality, your temperament, and different characteristics that you exhibit to the world.
Many people are proud of their birthstone and what it represents about them, and want to represent that to the world by wearing birthstone jewelry.
Because each birthstone is a different gem, it makes for a highly-personalized piece of jewelry that often carries significant sentimental and emotional value to the wearer. For this reason, birthstone jewelry makes an excellent gift to give for a special occasion, such a celebrating a milestone age or the birth of a child.
Below, we're provide a comprehensive guide to each month's birthstone, what it means, and how it can be incorporated into a beautiful piece of jewelry that will be treasured for years.
Read on to learn more.
Those born in January have garnet as their birthstone, and it's a strong stone to start out the year. While garnets can be found in many colors, the most common stones -- particularly for using in birthstone jewelry -- come in fiery shades like red, orange, and yellow.
Garnets have commonly been thought to boost the energy of those who wear them, and people with garnet as their birthstone are commonly the protectors of the group. They are supportive of their friends and family and value loyalty in return.
Birthstone jewelry made from amethyst typically stands out because of its brilliant purple color, although it can be found in lighter shades as well.
Traditionally, amethysts have been thought to ward off evil and to promote peace among those who wear them. People with a February birthday and an amethyst birthstone are thought of as being honest and courageous in their dealings with people and the world. See our amethyst selection.
As you would expect from the name, aquamarine stones derive their color from the sea, and are found in a range of blue shades. The stone is also thought to have healing powers, and is sometimes associated with love.
As for people with an aquamarine birthstone, they tend to prioritize family time. For these people, birthstone jewelry that commemorates the birth of a child could be especially meaningful.
Because of their association with luxury and glamour -- and because they are often featured on wedding and engagement rings -- diamonds are common among all jewelry wearers.
For those born in April, however, diamonds have particularly special meaning because it is also their birthstone. Unsurprisingly, April babies with a diamond birthstone tend to be more romantic in nature.
Emerald stones get their vibrant green color due to the presence of chromium and vanadium, but the most important thing to know about these gems is that they look beautiful in a variety of different jewelry settings.
Emeralds are also thought to promote healthy and fertility, so as birthstone jewelry, they make a great gift for someone who has been struggling with an illness. Those born in May with an emerald birthstone are also considered to have heightened intelligence and wit.
Like diamonds, pearl jewelry is common even for those who don't have a June birthday. Those who do have it as their birthstone, though, are able to appreciate it in a different way.
Pearls are associated with modesty, and have also been thought to be a sign of a stable relationship. Those who claim pearl as a birthstone are considered to be nurturers, and often have a light-hearted personality that draws people to them.
Rubies, also known as the "King of Gems," are most commonly associated with royalty because of the richness of their color. While most rubies we see are a deep, blood red, the stones can also be found in softer shades like pink.
Fitting with its close ties to royalty, rubies are seen as signs of power, and those with a ruby birthstone are considered to be charismatic and outgoing. Ruby birthstone jewelry makes a bold statement, but for those born in July, it could be exactly what they are hoping to communicate to the world.
Peridot may not be as well-known as some other birthstones, but it is no less beautiful and unique. In shades of green, the stone is thought to keep evil and depression away.
Because it is not commonly incorporated into mainstream jewelry, peridot birthstone jewelry is even more special. Unlike with diamonds or pearls, the gem is rarely worn by those who weren't born in August.
The brilliant blues of sapphire make them standout in jewelry, particularly against a silver or platinum setting. Though rarer, sapphires can also be found in shades of yellow, orange, purple, and green.
For those born in September, sapphires are associated with dignity and September babies usually exhibit traits of honesty and strength, without being overly emotional.
Opals are semi-precious stone, and their luminescent quality is often what makes them stand out in jewelry.
As a birthstone, opals are a sign of compassion and open-heartedness, and their wearers exhibit a hopeful enthusiasm for the world.
Both topaz and citrine stones are associated with November birthdays, and both are usually found in shades of yellow, orange and brown.
These stones are meant to be good luck for those who wear them and people linked to these birthstones are considered to be fair-minded and friendly.
Turquoise closes out the birthstone calendar, and for those with December birthdays, it is a symbol of good fortune and positive energy. At a time of year that can often be cold and dark, turquoise's bright hue stands out.
Each month's birthstone is unique in look, style, and what it says about those associated with it. The thing all birthstones have in common is how beautiful they are, on their own and when set in jewelry.
If you're interested in birthstone jewelry for yourself or as a gift, please contact us at any time.
Amber is unlike many gemstones in that it is actually a fossilized tree resin. Its beauty has been admired for thousands of years. Learn more about amber symbolism with this handy guide to all things amber.