Birthstones are more than just an easy guide to jewellery gifting. Birthstones are a gemstone that is linked to a month, and if your birthday falls in that month, then the gemstone is your birthstone. Knowing your birthstone is key to knowing yourself – or so it’s said. If you’d like to take a deeper look into your inner self, perhaps the supposed powers of your birthstone can provide new insight.
Here we go.
Kicking the year off, garnets are the birthstone for January. Most typically, garnets are a rich red colour, but they can come in a wide variety of colours. Other warm colours like purple and orange can also be found in this gemstone. Garnets are believed to defend against bad dreams, and historically they’re even believed to be capable of emitting light. Dark nights are made lighter by the presence of garnets, powers or not. It only takes one look at some of our garnet jewellery to believe in their abilities. If your birthday is in January, start the year off right.
The shortest month of the year, February is often lumped together with Valentines Day, with prominent themes of red, red, and red. If February is your loved one’s birth month, however, consider stepping away from the romantic red and exploring the purple hues of amethyst. In Ancient Greece, amethysts were used to prevent the wearer from becoming ‘overly intoxicated’. Crafting drinking goblets using amethyst was supposedly a way of preventing drunkenness from ever taking hold, even if the goblet was filled with wine – worth trying definitely!
Aquamarines are a beautiful, clear blue colour, varying from ice pale tones to more pigmented blue shades. Deriving its name from the Latin for ‘blue water’, it’s very easy to tell if you’re dealing with an aquamarine. Deep, dark blues are not involved in aquamarines, mostly just the pale blue colours of the springtime sky. Perhaps this is why aquamarines are so perfect for March birthdays. Often, aquamarines are used to promote health and fidelity. Their pastel colour relates them to youth and beauty. Young love, new marriages, and March birthdays are all celebrated with aquamarines. Put a spring in your step with the cool blue shades of aquamarines.
Before you go thinking that those born in April are spoilt, remember that gemstones like diamonds are usually reserved for very special occasions. Since Ancient Rome, it has been believed that diamonds covered the tip of Cupid’s arrow. Furthermore, diamonds supposedly make relationships more honest and lengthier. Traditionally, diamonds are used for engagement rings. If you’re looking to make April special, or if your loved one’s birthday falls in this month, diamond jewellery might be the way to go for you. The most hardwearing mineral in the known world, diamonds have been believed to even make the wearer stronger. In history, diamonds have been used in all manner of weapons and armour because of this belief.
The rich green of emeralds is linked to fertility and new life. May seems like the perfect month for such a birthstone. New life is everywhere during this month, and emeralds reflect this like nothing else. Those born in May can be a part of the celebration of new life with emeralds. One of the rarest gemstones in the world, emeralds are supposedly capable of ensuring eternal youth – or so the Ancient Egyptians believed. Unlike other gemstones, emeralds featuring inclusions don’t usually lose much of their value from flaws like this. Investing in emeralds for those born in May can be a gift that only gains value year on year.
Pearls are one of the most uniquely beautiful natural gemstones in existence. Related to innocence, youth, and purity, pearls are a great gift for young birthdays. Sometimes, even Christening gifts are accented with pearls. An Ancient Roman symbol of wealth and status, pearls have always had significance within society. Those born in June can enjoy the subtle lustre of pearls as a birthday gift. Furthermore, pearls have increased in popularity as engagement rings in recent years. For this reason, anyone looking to get engaged in June might consider a pearl as a part of their proposal.
Summer heats up, and the scorching red heat of rubies comes in as the birthstone of July. The typical colour for rubies is a deep, rich, red, though there are also lighter shades on the spectrum. The most highly valued rubies are called ‘pigeon blood’ rubies due to the richness and depth of their colour. Burmese rubies – found in Myanmar – are among the highest quality rubies available on the market. They are considered superior due to their colour above all other factors. The price of any ruby is intricately linked to its colour and any heritage it may have. Rubies from Thailand are also highly valued due to their slightly different hue, tending to be more of a purple-ish, burgundy colour than most other rubies.
A much lesser known gemstone than those previously mentioned, peridots are a beautiful green/yellow colour. Sometimes peridots are brown, other times they’re more of a bright lime green colour. From defending against evil, improving the impacts of medicines, to strengthening the bonds of friendship, peridots have had many supposed powers. It must be said, however, that giving peridots out will certainly help you make fast friends. So, whether it’s a loved one’s birthday or you’re just looking to ensure you make close friends in as quick a time as possible, perhaps August is the time for you to explore peridots.
The weather gets colder, and so do the birthstones. The famous, rich blue colouring of a sapphire isn’t the only shade that you might find the stone in, however. Sapphire come in pretty much every colour except red. This is because sapphires and rubies share the same basic mineral compounds, with red varieties being rubies, and blue varieties being sapphires. The most valuable sapphires are the ones that are the richest, most vibrant blues. However, another incredibly valuable shade for sapphires is referred to as ‘Cornflower Blue’ sapphires. These stones are a lighter shade of blue than many, but their vibrance is uniquely stunning.
Not quite like anything else currently in existence, opals take unique beauty to a new level. October is the time for falling leaves, spooky frights, and the chilly winds increasing. Throughout time, opals have been defending people from disease, allowing them to see the future, and bringing foul misfortune upon those who would abuse this power. The variety of colours that can be seen in opals is called ‘fire’ and the fire of opals can be found in different colours in each individual stone. The shimmering of opals is quite mystical to behold, and it’s no surprise that it’s the birthstone for such a mysterious month as October.
Some months have multiple birthstones. Both of November’s birthstones – topaz and citrine – are very similar in their colours, tones, and shades. Warm-toned, both gemstones share brown/golden colours that embrace the changing leaves of the autumn season. A symbol of faithful love, intellect, and strength, topaz could be everything that those born in November need. Ancient Egypt associated topaz with the golden god of the sun, and in Ancient Greece, topaz could (apparently) be used to grant the wearer with invisibility. Very impressive! Topaz is not often used in romantic jewellery such as engagement rings. However, if your loved one was born in November, perhaps a coloured gemstone is the answer for your proposal.
Coming back full circle, a beautiful blue colour is the birthstone for the final month of the year. Turquoise is quite a universally popular gemstone, and for good reason. The solid, duck-egg blue colours of turquoise have a peaceful effect on the wearer. Most turquoise found in the world has elements of black or brown in it, as pure blue turquoise is incredibly rare to find. Those born in December will sadly always have to compete with Christmas, suffering the ordeal of receiving one gift intended to serve both as a birthday gift and a Christmas gift. However, if you’re looking to treat someone in December to something a little different, you couldn’t go far wrong with turquoise jewellery.
Now that you know more about your birthstone, it’s time to get a better understanding of yourself. Go forth and learn what more you can about your true, inner self – gemstones couldn’t hurt the effort!
Bethany Massey – Digital Assistant (Content Creator)
Having graduated university with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing Bethany then joined the AC Silver team as a content creator. Bethany spends her days writing content for the AC Silver blog and other luxury goods/antique blogs.