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Rings 101: What are the Birthstones by Month?

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.

Gemstones

Birthstones by Month


January | February | March | AprilMay | June | July | August

September | October | November | December

 

January: Garnet

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

  • Symbolizes purity, faithfulness, truth and friendship.
  • Protects the wearer against bad dreams and depression.
  • Makes a great gift for a friend born in January because it signifies eternal friendship.
january birthstone

February Birthstone

February: Amethyst

The birthstone for February is the amethyst. This purple quartz stone ranges in hue from light purple  to deep violet.  


Significance of the Amethyst

  • Keeps the wearer of the gemstone clear-headed.
  • Ancient Greeks and Romans believed amethyst to protect and prevent drunkenness.
  • Connotes royalty.

March: Aquamarine

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

  • Said to keep the wearer calm and level-headed.
  • Historically, sailors wore them to keep them safe on the high seas.
  • Said to help strengthen the bond in a relationship.
March Birthstone

April Birthstone

April: Diamond

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

  • Given to significant others as engagement rings.
  • Gifted as signs of affection, love and achievement.
  • Symbolize innocence and constancy.

May: Emerald

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

  • Represents the Roman goddess Venus, as well as rebirth and youth.
  • Symbolize true love.
May Birthstone

June Birthstone

June: Pearl

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

  • Symbolizes purity and innocence.
  • Represents wealth and wisdom.
  • Makes a classic fashion statement.

July: Ruby

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

  • Symbolizes devotion, integrity, courage and happiness.
  • Said to increase the wearers vitality, confidence and strength. 
July Birthstone

August Birthstone

August: Peridot

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

  • Traditionally said to protect against nightmares.
  • Thought to bring the wearer power, influence and a good year.
  • Often gifted to a loved on the 16th anniversary of marriage.

September: Sapphire

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

  • Believed to protect the wearer from envy and harm.
  • Historically, the sapphire was worn by medieval clergy to get closer to God and by royalty because of the rarity and beauty of the gemstone.
September Birthstone

October: Tourmaline & Opal

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

  • Symbolizes different things depending on the color: Yellow is for self-esteem, pink is for love, blue for calmness and green for good health, etc.
  • Represents an abundant harvest.
  • Said to attract happiness.

Significance of the Opal

  • Connected with peace.
  • Represents love, passion, loyalty, faithfulness, emotional. expressiveness, warmth, drama and spontaneity.
tourmaline (top left), opal (bottom right)

November: Topaz & Citrine 

Topaz and citrine are the two birthstones for November. You'll find citrine in orange, yellow and brown shades. The topaz comes in a selection of colors as well, from the most commonly recognizable amber color to blue, red, pink and more.  

Topaz (top left), Citrine (bottom right)

Significance of the Topaz

  • Connected to loyalty, friendship, constancy and faithfulness.
  • Said to help balance emotions, give strength and help release stress.

Significance of the Citrine

  • Believed to increase psychic powers.
  • Said to increase sales.
  • Thought to improve self-esteem, a person's thought process and to protect the wearer.

December: Ziron, Tanzanite & Turquoise

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

  • Said to promote wisdom and drive away evil spirits.
  • Believed to bring the wearer beauty and peace.

Significance of Tanzanite

  • Creates a calming feeling from its purplish-blue tone.
  • Thought to aid in meditation.

Significance of Turquoise

  • Thought to attract money and success.
  • Represents nature as a whole.
Zircon (top), tanzanite (bottom left), turquoise (bottom right)