Even if you don’t know what your birthstone is, you’ve probably heard of the concept before. Most people know that each month is associated with a different type of precious stone that supposedly reflects the wearer’s personality and brings him or her good luck throughout the year.
Of course, you don’t have to believe that birthstones bring health and luck to purchase one. Each month has a gorgeous stone that can add sparkle, pizzazz, and personality to your current jewelry collection.
If you want to find out more about your birthstone, keep reading. Once you’ve learned more about what sets your gemstone apart, visit our jewelry store to search for necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings that contain your favorite stone.
Where Did the Idea of Birthstones Originate?
Most scholars agree that the idea for birthstones originates from ancient Israel. Aaron, the brother of the biblical hero Moses, had a breastplate with 12 gems on it that signified the 12 original tribes of Israel. Each tribe had a uniquely colored stone associated with it.
Some theorize that the 12 biblical gemstones may have also corresponded to the phases of the moon, which is how the idea transferred from tribes or social groups to months.
Many cultures around the world associate different gems with people born at different times of the year. In Western society, there’s still some dispute about which gem should be associated with each month. In most ancient cultures, gems were often divided by color rather than by type, so while we think of September’s birthstone as a sapphire, ancient cultures might have simply used a lapis.
The American Gem Society keeps a list of all the recommended birthstones for each month. Below, we list the most popular stone for each month, but we’ll also tell you about alternative stones for months that have multiple stones associated with them.
Most people think of garnets as red, but they actually come in a range of colors, from orange and yellow to deep green. Currently, garnets are sourced from Sri Lanka and various African countries, but they were used by ancient peoples, including ancient Egyptians, as far back as 3000 BCE. Garnets symbolize friendship and trust.
Amethyst is a type of violet quartz. It can range from shades of violet so deep they look almost red to pale lavender shades. The name “amethyst” originates from the Greek work for “sober,” so amethysts are believed to give the wearer a clear head.
Aquamarine reflects all the colors of the sea, from a rich green-blue to a deeper cerulean. Greek and Roman sailors believed the stone could protect them from storms while they were away from home. Today’s wearers use aquamarine to symbolize serenity and calm.
Diamonds might be one of the most commonly worn gemstones, but that doesn’t make them any less valuable or precious. They also come in more than just one color-look for precious, rare, colorful diamonds to give someone with an April birthday a unique gift. Diamonds symbolize endurance, love, and loyalty.
Most emeralds come in shades of green-which is the perfect color for a spring birthday-but you can also find emeralds with a bluish hue. As a spring gemstone, emeralds symbolize fertility and prosperity.
Pearl is a unique birthstone, since it’s formed from underwater creatures instead of from the earth itself. Celebrate your individuality by choosing pearl jewelry to celebrate your June birthday. If you’d rather have a gemstone, June birthdays can also choose from alexandrite and moonstone.
Most people think rubies are always dark red in color, but they can actually appear pale pink as well. Along with diamonds and emeralds, rubies are some of the most highly valued gemstones. Their rich color symbolizes bravery, passion, and luck.
Peridot is another green stone, but unlike the other green stones described here, it only come in one shade: bright green. And unlike many of the other birthstones, it’s sourced from the United States-Arizona, to be specific. Peridot is associated with healing, confidence, and power.
After diamonds, sapphires are some of the hardest, most durable stones. They also come in a wide range of colors-in fact, any non-red type of corundum is considered a sapphire (and any type of red corundum is considered a ruby). Many ancient cultures believed that cerulean blue sapphires would protect the wearer from harm.
Opals are some of the most beautiful gemstones on the planet. The way the colors play against the stone’s background determines how many colors the stone reflects and how vivid those colors are. Each opal is as unique as the individual who wears it.
Topaz comes in an assortment of colors, but one of the most popular is a pale, fiery yellow, gold, or orange. These fiery topazes symbolized the sun’s power for the ancient Greeks and Romans, and it currently symbolizes clarity and strength. Those with November birthdays can also wear citrine, a deeper orange stone.
Turquoise is an opaque blue stone with one of the oldest, richest histories of any gem. Multiple cultures have used it widely for thousands and thousands of years. Like sapphire, turquoise is believed to keep its wearers safe.
Visit Us to Find Your Favorite Gemstone
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for the perfect present for a loved one’s birthday, visit Sol’s Jewelry and Loan. We have jewelry that ranges from vintage, antique necklaces to unique wedding rings, so come to us the next time you want to add some variety or significance to your jewelry collection.