Birthstones By Month

In the ancient world, birthstones were believed to carry magical properties. Just like the 12 zodiac signs, each birthstone was associated with a month. It was considered that when people wore their birthstones, they were able to attract luck, success, prosperity and positivity in their lives because birthstones would remove all obstacles from their owners’ paths and help them live fulfilling lives.

Around 1912, The National Association of Jewelers introduced a list of modern birthstones in which the stones that were opaque were replaced with transparent and crystalline stones. This was done so that it was easier to make mother rings. In the 20th century, mothers wore a special ring that contained the birthstones of all their children, as a sign of motherly affection. It was difficult to combine crystalline stones with hard stones in the frame of a single ring.

Today, all over the word, the most commonly recognized birthstones are as follows:

Garnet Birthstone for January

Mostly associated with its bright red color, garnet is a beautiful gemstone that is available in a variety of colors except blue. It has become a popular choice of stone for pendants, earrings, necklaces, rings and even brooches. It is available in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, garnets that are in the form of a cube or octahedron are quite rare.

Mostly available in a crimson red color, garnets can be colorless too. The other colors of garnet stone include; green, purple, yellow, pink, brown and even black.

It is a hard and durable stone with a hardness of 6.5-7.5. Garnet has the ability to change its color depending on the lighting. It is most commonly found in Brazil, Madagascar, India and the USA.

Magical Power

Garnet was one of the precious stones that was on the breastplate of the High Priest and therefore holds great spiritual significance. It is believed that Prophet Noah had hung a large garnet in his ark as a source of illumination. In the ancient world, it was believed that the stone gave guidance to its wearer especially when they would travel in the darkness of night.

In the ancient Egyptian civilization, the garnet stone was used as an antidote against snake bites and food poisoning. Many believed that because of its crimson red color, the stone had an affinity with the blood and this is why the ones who wore it were able to purify their blood.

Why Wear It?

  • Enhances creativity
  • Awakens mind and soul
  • Helps connect to nature
  • Increases motivation
  • Increases productivity
  • Brings positivity in relationships

Amethyst Birthstone for February

Amethyst is a beautiful purple colored crystalline quartz that has a hardness level of 7. It is scratch- resistant and can make any piece of jewelry look elegant.

The color of amethyst ranges from pale lilac to a dark purple that can even look black at first glance. The hexagonal formation of natural quartz gives them their unique ability to be cut in any shape or size. Amethyst is commonly found in Brazil, Zambia, Uruguay and Bolivia.

Magical Power

This millennium old gemstone was popular in ancient civilizations for its ability to control addictions of all kinds. According to the folklore, in ancient Greece, amethyst was used to prevent intoxication and help people become sober. In fact, it is said that vessels were made from amethyst to help the sailors stay sober and quit their addiction of alcohol.

Anyone who wore it, was able to protect themselves from the harmful effects of intoxication and even seduction. People believed that if those men who were seduced by beautiful prostitutes wore amethyst, they were able to stay strong emotionally and could quickly get over their passion for the unchaste women. 

It has long been recognized as a symbol of peace, tranquility and protection. It was also used as a talisman for protection against deceit and treason. Since, the color purple has long been associated with royalty, amethysts were popular amongst the Greek and Egyptian emperors who wore at as an ornament. Later, the British monarchs adopted the trend and infused amethysts with other precious stones in their crown.

Why Wear It?

  • Aids progress in career
  • Protects from financial crisis
  • Helps in quitting addictions
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Helps spiritual well-being
  • Strengthens body and soul

Aquamarine Birthstone for March

Like its name, aquamarine gemstone is a beautiful shade of sea blue to sea green. This stone is a member of the beryl family and therefore has a hardness level of 7.5 to 8. The stone is not as expensive as other precious gemstones. Its hexagonal shape makes it a perfect fit for all kinds of jewelry like rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets.

The stone is mainly found in Australia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Namibia, India, Brazil and the USA.

Magical Power

According to the legend, aquamarine was often gifted to sailors. It was believed that being the stone of the sea, aquamarine would protect the sailors from sea storms and monsters. Lovers would gift sailors an aquamarine ring or locket to protect them from all kinds of accidents on their cruise.

Seeing Aquamarine in your dreams means that soon you will meet new friends. It has become a universal sign for hope, health and youth.

Why Wear It?

  • Improves communication skills
  • Brings love and affection in life
  • Relieves stress, calms nerves
  • Clears mind
  • Brings positivity
  • Enhances spirituality
  • Helps heal from traumas

Diamond Birthstone for April

The king of all precious gemstones and birthstones, diamond, indeed, is forever. It is the most popular choice of gemstone for wedding rings. Highly priced, these gemstones are known for their hardness level of 10. After all, diamonds are used to cut glass and other diamonds. Once shaped, their shine and beauty leaves everyone in awe. Adored for their crystal white color, diamonds are also available in colors, such as yellow, pink, green, blue, orange, purple, brown, black and even red.

These crystals are formed under extreme pressure and temperature. They lie deep down, near the earth’s crust and are mostly found in South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, India, Australia, Russia and in the USA.

Magical Powers

The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘adamas’ which means unconquerable. Like its name, diamonds are a symbol of might and eternal love. Even in ancient Greece, diamonds were gifted as a sign of undying love to lovers. Diamonds were first found in India, almost 2500 years ago. Locals believed them to be broken pieces of stars due to their unique shine. Others mistook them for lightening that had been crystalized or dew drops that had been hardened with time. But since then, diamonds have remained a priced possession and today, are a status symbol for the rich and the famous.

Why Wear It?

  • Increases will power
  • Helps accomplish goals and overcome challenges
  • Enhances leadership qualities
  • Attracts success and happiness
  • Purify soul
  • Clears mind

Emerald Birthstone for May

Today, emerald is not only a gemstone, but the word is used to signify a popular color. It can be easily recognized as a radiant shade of green. Classified as one of the precious stones, emerald mystifies all who lay their eyes upon it. It is a member of the beryl family and part of the big four popular gems; diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald. All four are equally precious, expensive and astonishingly beautiful.

Emerald has a hardness of 7.5 to 8. It is hexagonal in shape and is available in medium green to bluish green colors. It is most commonly found in North Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Zambia, Colombia and Brazil.

Magical Power

The name emerald comes from the Greek word ‘smaragdos’, which means a green stone. In the ancient world, people believed that if they wore emerald around their necks or as a ring, it would help cure all kinds of diseases like poor eyesight, infertility and even slow brain development. Many believed that those who wore emerald were able to predict future.

Why Wear It?

  • Purifies mind
  • Brings positivity in life
  • Success in financial pursuits
  • Relaxes minds
  • Brings harmony in life
  • Improves love life
  • Increases confidence

Pearl, or Alexandrite – Birthstone for June

Pearl

Pearls are very different from all other gemstones because while all other birthstones and gems are found in the depths of the earth, pearls are found in the depths of the sea and inside of a living creature. Mollusks that live in fresh and sea water produce pearls while secreting a fluid. Pearls have become quite rare now, due to their long production time, and that is why most pearls that are available in the market today, have been artificially cultured in labs.

Pearl jewelry is famous for its elegance and shine. Pearls come in a variety of colors. The most common color is white. Other than that, pearls, can be in grey, pink, lilac, yellow and even blue color. Gentle in structure, pearls have a hardness level of only 2.4-4.5. They need special care and can quickly change color with time and weather conditions.

Magical Power

Since long, pearls have been known as a symbol of modesty, purity and chastity. Women who wear pearls are seen as an embodiment of womanhood and feminine traits. Pearls have also become a symbol of a happy marriage and quite often are given as a gift on wedding anniversaries.

Why Wear It?

  • Helps feel calm
  • Heals emotional traumas
  • Helps infertility
  • Improves love life
  • Helps feel beautiful and radiant

Alexandrite

Famously known as the ‘emerald by day and ruby by night’, alexandrite has the unique property of changing colors. It becomes green in sunlight and when observed under an artificial source of light, it appears as red. It is a rare and expensive birthstone that is hardly available in the market.

Magical Power

Alexandrite has long been known as the stone for success and prosperity.

Why Wear It?

  • Brings success and prosperity
  • Helps attract true love
  • Helps overcome challenges
  • Protects from enemies and negative energies
  • Helps you achieve targets

Ruby Birthstone for July

This beautiful reddish-pink gemstone is one of the most priced possessions in the world. It is a popular choice of stone for jewelry due to its durability (hardness level 9). Fine quality rubies can be as expensive as $1,000,000 per carat. These hexagonal gemstones are mostly found in India, Myanmar, Nepal, Afghanistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Magical Power

Known as the ‘Lord of Gems’ because of their beauty and rareness, rubies are named after the Latin word ‘ruber’ which means red.

In olden days, the finest rubies were used a talisman by emperors and the rich landlords to protect them and their lands against all sorts of misfortunes. If the owner wore a ruby, it meant that he would be able to maintain a good relationship with his neighbors and allies. They believed that the protective powers of ruby worked best when the stone was worn as a jewelry on the left side of the body. Due to its beautiful color and texture, people thought that a flame was burning inside of these stones and that it would continue to burn forever.

Why Wear It?

  • Increases passion in life
  • Brings wealth and prosperity
  • Improves concentration
  • Decreases self-doubt
  • Improves physical health and well-being

Peridot Birthstone for August

Peridot is a pale earthy colored stone, which was formed as a result of volcanic activity. Usually available in a lime green color, peridots can also be found in brown or in olive-green color. These crystals are usually prism shaped and have a hardness level of 6.5 to 7. They are most commonly found in Norway, Mexico, Kenya, Australia, Sri Lanka and the USA.

Magical Power

Peridots were worn as amulets by pirates. They were said to protect them from the evil eye and all dangers that lurked at the sea. It was believed that if the stone was worn inside a gold chain or ring, the wearer would be protected from night terrors.

Peridots were also believed to possess medicinal properties. They were carved into chalice from which the ill people drank their medicines. Some people say that in ancient Rome, the High Priest wore the stone on his breastplate. Many successful and influential people wore peridot to help them enhance their decision-making abilities.

Why Wear It?

  • Boosts intelligence
  • Enhances communication skills
  • Promotes good health
  • Helps in achieving goals
  • Declutters mind
  • Brings positivity
  • Increases self confidence

Sapphire Birthstone for September

This bright, blue stone is most famously known for being on Princess Diana’s engagement ring. Sapphires are extremely durable and have a hardness level of 9. The shades of sapphire include; blue, navy blue, colorless, white, grey, bluish green, purple, orange, yellow, green, golden, pink and black. Sapphires are mainly found in Myanmar, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Australia and the USA.

Magical Power

Ancient priests and magicians considered sapphire to be a special stone. They thought that sapphire helped the oracles to see the future. In ancient Rome, the Ten Commandments were said to have been written on a sapphire tablet.

Moreover, in olden days couples believed that if the sapphire changed color or lost its shine, it meant that the spouse had been unfaithful. Evil, impure or wicked people could be identified easily if they wore sapphire because on them, the stone should be colorless and dim.

Why Wear It?

  • Encourages idea generation
  • Increases intuition
  • Increases creativity
  • Relieves stress
  • Wards off evil eye
  • Helps in achieving dreams and goals

Opal Birthstone for October

An opal’s gleam and shimmer cannot be matched. This colorless stone has a range of colors and textures within it. Opals are very delicate gemstones and need special care. They have a hardness level of 5.5 to 6.5 and are available in white, grey, black, yellow, yellowish brown, green, orange and blue color. Opals are mostly found in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Tanzania, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and the USA.

Magical Power

This centuries old gemstone has been a symbol of innocence, purity and hope. In the middle-ages, blond haired, young maidens used to wear opals in their hair to protect them from the evil. In the medieval literature, writers often associated opal with invisibility. Opal was also used to treat bad eyesight.

Several used it as a talisman to protect children from evil spirits. Its possession was said to bring positivity and goodwill.

Why Wear It?

  • Changes negative thoughts into positive thoughts
  • Enhances creativity
  • Improves luck
  • Protects from danger
  • Helps become emotionally strong
  • Has healing properties

Yellow Topaz Birthstone for November

Yellow Topaz has quite recently been recognized as an individual topaz stone because before the 20th century, all gemstones that were yellow in color were mistakenly called topaz. Topaz can be naturally found in many different colors e.g. blue, golden, green, pink, red and brown. It is mainly found in Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Brazil.

Magical Power

The name Topaz comes from a Greek word that means ‘to shine’ and also signifies the ‘fire’. The finest topaz is known to be the Imperial topaz which is orange-red and pink in color.

In ancient history, topaz has been famous for its magical and romantic properties. It is most famous as the gemstone that has a large range of curative powers. According to the Greeks, it gave them strength. The stone was said to have healing properties and was used by people to reduce anger and insanity. It helped to cure asthma, insomnia and even protected people against accidental deaths. People thought that the stone could make them invisible and if their subordinates were being disloyal, then the stone would change color and alert the wearer.

Why Wear It?

  • Helps in career advancement
  • Increases financial stability
  • Improves health
  • Promotes happy married life

Blue Zircon or Turquoise- Birthstone for December

Blue Zircon

Blue Zircon is a centuries old gemstone that is naturally formed in earth. The beautiful, radiant blue color of this stone makes it a prized possession. It is also found in green, yellow, gray and reddish-brown colors in Sir Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Canada and Australia.

Magical Power

People have long used blue zircon as a talisman for protection against the evil spirits. It is said to bring money, business and success to the ones who own or wear it. It also improves love life and helps to build harmonious relationships.

Why Wear It?

  • Success in profession
  • Happy married life
  • Financial prosperity
  • Clears mind
  • Purifies energy
  • Wards off evil spirits

Turquoise

Most commonly known as the Turkish stone, turquoise has long been an essential part of Islamic architecture. This sky blue or sea-green stone was first found in the 4,000 B.C. near Mount Sinai. Since, then it has been used in jewelry, for making pottery and in cosmetics. Its finest quality is found in Iran. But as of recent, the USA has become the world leader in turquoise production.

Magical Power

In the 16th century, turquoise was used as a currency by the people of Southwest India. They thought that if they carried the stone with them, it would bring them luck and they could win wars or succeed in their hunting expeditions. The stone was associated with good fortune.

Why Wear It?

  • Healing properties
  • Fixes astrological misalignments
  • Improves communication skills
  • Helps achieve goals and fulfil dreams
  • Improves luck
  • Brings positive energy

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