The concept of relating birth dates with particular gems, and attributing to these stones the power to affect the wearer, is the oldest jewelry tradition. In addition to representing a significant month, the imagery attached to each birthstone gives each gem a beauty and importance that makes it a truly personal gift.
Be innovative when selecting birthstone jewelry. Choose a ruby ring for that fiery and loving person in your life or choose an amethyst jewelry set to celebrate a sixth anniversary. Whatever your circumstances, there's a birthstone to express your feelings. Read below to find out what each stone signifies.
January: Garnet In addition to symbolizing second anniversaries, the radiant garnet has been worn all over history by travelers seeking protection. Legend has it that Noah used a large garnet to glow his ark. While most people are well-known with the dark red-colored garnet, this gemstone comes in a variety of shades. Believed to represent faith, constancy, and truth, the garnet is superior for its beauty and symbolism.
February: Amethyst Found in unstable shades of purple, the amethyst represents royalty, piety, and sobriety. This gemstone is given as a sixth anniversary gift in addition to symbolizing genuineness and stability. Wear amethyst to improve your natural intuition and help get in touch with your inner self.
March: Aquamarine Literally meaning "sea water," this pastel blue-colored gemstone is known to reduce fear and encourage self expression. A symbol of happiness and everlasting youth, the aquamarine is also recommended as a nineteenth anniversary gift.
April: Diamond In addition to being a girl's best friend and a sign of commitment, the diamond is well known for its beauty and durability. Traditionally given as a tenth anniversary gift, diamonds provide the perfect touch to any collection.
May: Emerald Believed to aid one's memory and intelligence, and promote honesty, the emerald was devoted to Venus, the goddess of love. Lovers believed that the bright green color would represent the faithfulness of their significant other. Now, it is the same amazing green color which makes the emerald one of the most popular choices for jewelry. This gemstone is recommended for twentieth and thirty-fifth anniversaries.
June: Pearl From the Latin word "perula," or small pear, the pearl has been admired for centuries by emperors, kings and queens. This pearl is formed when a mollusk protects itself from a bit of irritating wreckage by building layers of iridescent material called nacre over the intruder. This gem is believed to bestow purity, intelligence and perfection.
July: Ruby Highly prized by emperors and kings, the ruby is supposed to preserve the wearer's body and mental health by removing evil thoughts, controlling amorous desires, and reconciling disputes. The gemstone's fiery red color represents inspiration, life, heat, and power. Desired by both men and women alike, this most precious gem is perfect for any occasion, but specially suggested for fifteenth and fortieth anniversaries.
August: Peridot Long linked with spring and renewal, the peridot is also known as the "evening gemstone" because its color intensifies in the evening light. This gemstone is supposed to bring its wearer success, peace, and good luck. The peridot is thought to give protection, health, and sleep; it is also used to attract love and calm anger in addition to soothing nerves and dispelling negative emotion. It is usually given for the sixteenth anniversary.
September: Sapphire The deep blue of the sapphire carries its own individual beauty. Given for the fifth and twenty-third anniversaries, the sapphire provide accents to all jewelry designs. This gemstone provides its wearer with spiritual illumination and inner peace. Known as the gem of destiny, it can help make your thoughts come true.
October: Opal Opals are well-known for their "play of colors". Attitude associated with the wearing of opal have varied: the early Greeks claimed that opals gave their owners the powers of prophecy, Romans adored it as a token of hope and purity, Arabs believed it fell from heaven. During the Medieval period, a change in the color of an opal was believed to signify if the wearer was in good health.
November: Citrine The citrine represents the thirteenth anniversary and is assumed to symbolize lightheartedness and joy. In ancient times, people carried citrine as a protection against snake venom and evil opinion. People born in November are specially able to experience the calmness and hope that the citrine brings.
December: Blue Topaz Blue Topaz is the centenary gemstone for the 4th year of marriage. Legend says that it dispels all attraction and helps to improve eyesight. The ancient Greeks believed that it had the power to enlarge strength and make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. Blue Topaz is superior for its beautiful luster and color.