Birthstones Buying Guide

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1 Why Birthstones Matter
2 Birthstone Basics
    2.1 January
    2.2 February
    2.3 March
    2.4 April
    2.5 May
    2.6 June
    2.7 July
    2.8 August
    2.9 September
    2.10 October
    2.11 November
    2.12 December
3 Birthstone Details
    3.1 Garnet
    3.2 Amethyst
    3.3 Aquamarine
    3.4 Diamond
    3.5 Emerald
    3.6 Pearl
    3.7 Ruby
    3.8 Peridot
    3.9 Sapphire
    3.10 Opal
    3.11 Topaz
    3.12 Turquoise

Why Birthstones Matter

What better way to wish someone a happy birthday than to give a gift  representing their birthstone ? Every month has its own special birthstone. These stones  (or fake ones that are made to look like one of these stones) can be found in jewellery ,picture frames ,ornaments , and lots of little decorative items. Giving someone their birthstone as a gift is a great way to show that you are considerate and thoughtful. Mothers sometimes like to have a necklace  or bracelet  with birthstones representing each of their children. Some couples consider the gem  representing the month that they were married to be significant. Thus, birthstones are great gifts for Mother's Day ,Father's Day ,birthdays ,anniversaries  and just to show you care.

Birthstone Basics

Birthstones vary from country to country. Over the years, birthstones have changed for various reasons. This list reflects the accepted birthstones in the UK. 

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Birthstone Details

Garnet

  • Dark red stone. Colour similar to that of a pomegranates .
  • Inexpensive unless you get a rare type of garnet.
  • Provides guidance and protects from nightmares.

Amethyst

  • Clear purple, mauve, or violet colour.
  • It is a form of the mineral quartz .
  • Its name comes from amethustos, which means "not drunken" in Greek. It was believed to protect against intoxication from alcohol!
  • Modern belief is that it stands for tranquility and peace.

Aquamarine

  • Sky blue colour.
  • Variety of beryl .
  • Means "seawater".
  • In the Middle Ages, it was believed that it could magically reverse the effects of poison.
  • Sailors used to sleep with it under their pillows  to ensure a safe voyage and a safe trip home. They also thought that the fish-like part of a mermaid was made from aquamarine.

Diamond

  • Considered the perfect gem.
  • A pure diamond is colourless.
  • Diamonds come in a variety of colours, such as blue ,green ,yellow ,pink ,orange ,purple ,brown  and black .
  • Very expensive.
  • More diamonds are manufactured now than mined!

Emerald

  • Rich, green colour.
  • Variety of beryl.
  • Extremely expensive!
  • Ancient belief was that emeralds helped people see the future.
  • Modern belief is that this gem stands for good health.

Pearl

  • Stands for chastity.
  • Produced within a mollusk .
  • Metaphor for something rare and beautiful.
  • Usually white, but can be found in black .

Ruby

  • Transparent red or pink corundum.
  • Associated with harmony and protection.
  • Very hard, second only to diamonds.

Peridot

  • Bright yellow green or golden green.
  • Not ideal to use with rings.
  • Delicate.
  • Said to protect against nightmares.

Sapphire

  • Transparent corundum.
  • All corundums that are not red or pink are sapphires (the red and pink ones are rubies).
  • Usually associated with blue.
  • Some are pleochroic and will change colours.
  • Represents faith and purity.
  • Myth has it that the brighter the sparkle, the more faithful the person is who is wearing it.

Opal

  • Known as the stone of paradox.
  • Exhibit play of colour, meaning that different colours will be seen from different angles.
  • Red  and black opals  are the most desired... and the most expensive.
  • Represents innocence and purity.

Topaz

  • Very clear stone.
  • Traditionally yellow, although it can be colourless, blue ,green ,pink ,orange  or brown .
  • One of the most popular gems.

Turquoise

  • Comes in baby blue to dark blue-green.
  • Associated with Native Americans  and the American Southwest .
  • Thought to bring about happiness, good fortune, and protection while traveling.
  • Ranges in price, but usually relatively inexpensive.