Rings 101: What are the Birthstones by Month?
A birthstone is a specific gemstone associated with each month of the year, and each stone holds a special meaning. Whether it's for a birthday gift, a graduation present or a promise ring, birthstones are the perfect piece to make a statement in everything from rings to necklaces. We've created a helpful breakdown of each month's stone and what they symbolize.
The birthstone for January is the garnet. Common colors for this gemstone are red and green, although you can find them in an array of other colors such as orange, yellow or even blue. The garnet is considered to be a semi-precious stone.
Significance of the Garnet
The birthstone for February is the amethyst. This purple quartz stone ranges in hue from light purple to deep violet.
Significance of the Amethyst
The birthstone for March is the aquamarine. The aquamarine is a semi-precious stone with a transparent light blue hue. The aquamarine is primarily mined in parts of South America, Africa and Asia.
Significance of the Aquamarine
The birthstone for April is the diamond. Since diamonds are so valuable, they are carefully appraised with four factors in mind: cut, clarity, carat and color. The most common color for diamonds is clear, but they also come in yellow, pink, blue and other shades.
Significance of the Diamond
The emerald is May's birthstone. This gemstone comes in varying shades of green, from medium to deep green. The finest emeralds are a translucent bold green shade.
Significance of the Emerald
June's birthstone is the pearl. While most pearls on the market are cultured, some are still natural. Pearls are created when a grain of sand or other particle gets stuck inside an oyster's shell.
Significance of the Pearl
July's birthstone is the ruby. Rubies have an indulgent red hue and are one of the toughest natural stones next to diamonds and moissanites. The natural toughness of rubies makes them a great stone to wear on an everyday basis.
Significance for the Ruby
Peridot is the birthstone for August. The peridot ranges in color from olive to light green, and can even be found in warm yellowish brown colors.
Significance of the Peridot
The birthstone for September is the sapphire. Sapphires come in a variety of colors. You can find sapphires in colors such as yellow, purple, pink or colorless but the most valuable sapphires are a medium to deep blue.
Significance of the Sapphire
There are two birthstones for October, the tourmaline and the opal. Tourmaline gemstones come in a variety of colors including greens, purples, blues, pinks and even multi-colors . Opals come in a variety of colors as well, from a milky white with rainbow speckles to rare black with red speckles.
Significance of the Tourmaline
Significance of the Opal
Significance of the Topaz
Significance of the Citrine
There are three birthstones for December: zircon, tanzanite and turquoise.
Zircon comes in colorless, yellow-green, red, brown, blue and green shades. Tanzanite, a lovely purplish-blue gem that's similar in appearance to the aquamarine. The last and probably most notable birthstone for December is turquoise. Turquoise is unmistakable with its opaque blue-green hue.
Significance of Zircon
Significance of Tanzanite
Significance of Turquoise