Guide to Birthstones

guide to birthstones

Certain gemstones have traditionally been associated with different months of the year, and are considered to be lucky or important for people born under their “influence”.

guide to birthstones

Certain gemstones have traditionally been associated with different months of the year, and are considered to be lucky or important for people born under their “influence”. This probably stems from the ancient belief that gems came from the heavens.

Many cultures associate gems with the signs of the zodiac, and others with the months of the year, but the selection varies from country to country, perhaps influenced by availability of gems, local traditions or fashions. The custom of wearing birthstone jewellery started in 18th-century Poland and has since spread throughout the world.

The most popular selection today in the UK is shown below. Alternative stones for some months are shown in brackets.

Month Birthstone Meaning
January Garnet Eternity, truth and faith
February Amethyst Health, luck and wit
March Aquamarine Understanding and happiness
April Diamond Eternity, courage and health
May Emerald Goodness, fidelity and love
June Pearl Nobility, beauty and peace
July Ruby Enthusiasm, strength and love
August Peridot Success, peace and luck
September Sapphire Serenity and truth
October Opal Wisdom, purity and hope
November Topaz (or Citrine) Sinerity, courage and wisdom
December Tanzanite (or Turquoise) Prosperity, happiness and health
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