Birthstones are a fun way to say "Happy Birthday" to a special someone. Birthstones are sometimes used as anniversary gifts as well -- for example, if you married in June your anniversary stone would be pearl. Birthstone jewelry is great for birthday presents, Christmas gifts, Mother's Day or anytime. For moms and dads, jewelry featuring the birthstones of their children are popular choices as well. While jewelery is a great gift idea, birthstones can also be incorporated into various types of ornaments, pendants, brooches, and even picture frames. The number of ways that birthstones can be incorporated into a gift is endless and what's even better is that a birthstone gift shows thoughtfulness and brings about a more personal element that many simple store-bought gifts lack. Many also beleve that the birthstone that pertains to an individual's month brings good luck.

Birthstones at a Glance

By Month

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'''Anniversary Stones'''

Although not commonly given as gifts (most couples follow the usual anniversary gift list), certain gemstones correspond with wedding anniversary years. Actually, there are several lists, and they don't often agree. Have fun perusing the different lists in the External Links section below, but don't put too much stock in them. A quick glance is enough to show you that they vary considerably. You're probably better off with the traditional or modern gifts if you are bent on an "appropriate" gift for a particular anniversary; those lists are more or less standardized.