What Is a Birthstone?

People often come to us with the question regarding the meaning of a birthstone and asking what is a birthstone?

So it led us to look into it.

You can look at birthstones as an “alternative” jewelry. Alternative in the sense of the connection of each gem with a particular month of the year. Each gemstone represents a month. So we have gathered information on all birthstones by month:

Birthstones by MonthBirthstone NecklaceBirthstone RingBirthstone Braclet
January Birthstones - Garnet, Zircon, Emerald, Serpent

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February Birthstones - Amethyst, Pearl, Bloodstone, Moonstone

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March Birthstones - Aquamarine, Bloodstone

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April Birthstones - Diamond, Sapphire, Quartz, Opal
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May Birthstones - Emerald

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June Birthstones - Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite

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July Birthstones - Ruby, Sapphire, Onyx

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August Birthstones - Sardonyx

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September Birthstones - Sapphires

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October Birthstones
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Opal

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November Birthstones
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Topaz

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December Birthstone
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Tanzanite
Turquoise

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But before we go and explore all birthstones by month let’s get educated on what exactly birthstones are.

What Is a Birthstone and the Origin of Birthstone Beliefs?

March birthstones

The concept of birthstones can be traced back to the time of discovery of the connection between astronomy and astrology. As regular star patterns observed in the skies were put into zodiac calendars.

The traits which clearly manifested in a human’s personality depending on the month of birth were linked to a gemstone accordingly.

During the ancient times, the Greeks believed that each of the stones possesses a certain mythical property such as magical healing powers or bringing good fortune. It is said that the birthstone of January – Garnet brings eternal happiness, health, and wealth.

Amethyst, for example, would prevent its wearer from getting drunk and for example aquamarine was popular among the sailors, as it granted protection from shipwrecking and other accidents at sea. Rubies were associated with power and invulnerability.

Emeralds offered the find of true love and fertility of both the wearer and his surroundings. The diamond represents the symbol of enduring love and is the birthstone for April. You might be thinking people in April are lucky to have such an extraordinary and valuable gemstone! However, in ancient times the value of the diamond was not comprehended as in modern times. At the time people would wear the gem, whose powers they wished for. That’s pretty much it in case you are wondering what a birthstone is.

What are modern Day Birthstones?

Later as they were linked to the twelve zodiac signs and eventually to the months of the year, they were named as “birthstones”. In the 20th century, the American National Association of Jewelers established a standardized list of the gems by date and month.

If you are a Believer and if you already have a gemstone, you might have noticed the discrepancy that occurs in some cases between a person’s birth month and his zodiac sign. Astrologists say that regardless of the fact that wearing your own zodiac gemstone would imbue you with the best energy for your personality, the birthstone linked to the zodiac sign before yours is also known as “twelfth house gem” and while it would grant you a different kind of personality trait and perhaps also not the one you wished for, it will help you to respond and tune into all of the positive energy around you.

While you might not believe in any of this, the birthstone would still be a thoughtful gift and would show a special and caring attitude towards the lucky recipient, whenever their birthday is.

Birthstones as a Gift or Present

So as You read it previously – birthstones can bring You luck and help in everyday life. So before buying a birthstone, first thing You need to know is in which month person has his birthday. When that is known – go for the month and choose the best birthstone jewelry for Your friend.

Birthstone Jewelry could be:

  • Necklaces,
  • Rings,
  • Bracelets,
  • Anklets.

Be sure to check which birthstones representing each month:

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