Birthstones Each Month and Jewelry Gift Ideas for Each


Birthstones are believed to date back in the time of Aaron wherein his breastplate contains the twelve gemstones that actually represents the twelve tribes of Israel.  These birthstones contain a lot of stories, myths and legends such that it has healing powers when worn during its assigned month.  Wearing these birthstones everyday will heighten its healing powers.  Check out the interesting details and history of your birthstone below starting from January to December and the corresponding jewelry gift ideas to give to your loved ones.

We discussed birthstones in the past, but today, we do it even more indepth.

Birthstones are believed to date back in the time of Aaron wherein his breastplate contains the twelve gemstones that actually represents the twelve tribes of Israel.  These birthstones contain a lot of stories, myths and legends such that it has healing powers when worn during its assigned month.  Wearing these birthstones everyday will heighten its healing powers.  Check out the interesting details and history of your birthstone below starting from January to December and the corresponding jewelry gift ideas to give to your loved ones.

Legends and folklore referred garnet as the “gem of faith” which means that to those who wear it and you do good, more good will also come your way and conversely, if you do bad things, it will also bring you bad fortune. Garnet also symbolizes deep and lasting friendship.

So, for those who share January birthdays, who would like to start the New Year with a sense of purpose, goodwill and happiness, who would want to celebrate friendship, who will be cheering for their 2nd year anniversary, a garnet can be a perfect gift to give and a superb present to receive.   This can be found in a range of jewelry pieces and styles, from beautiful rings to stunning tiaras and dazzling earrings and necklaces. So buying a garnet for a loved one or yourself is not just a memorable gift but is also an investment with great emotional value and a perfect piece of jewelry that can stand the test of time.

January Birthstone: Garnet

january birthstone garnet jewelryJanuary’s birthstone is garnet which comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red.  This is also why the customary color for garnet is also red although it can come in a stunning range of reds or in a wide spectrum of reds.  From rust colored to deep-violet red.  However, garnet can also be green, pink, colorless or blue.  But as expected, the prices of the piece will likely increase for more rare colors like green or blue.  This beautiful birthstone represents peace, prosperity and good health.  If one wears a garnet, it can give the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth.

Legends and folklore referred garnet as the “gem of faith” which means that to those who wear it and you do good, more good will also come your way and conversely, if you do bad things, it will also bring you bad fortune. Garnet also symbolizes deep and lasting friendship.

So, for those who share January birthdays, who would like to start the New Year with a sense of purpose, goodwill and happiness, who would want to celebrate friendship, who will be cheering for their 2nd year anniversary, a garnet can be a perfect gift to give and a superb present to receive.   This can be found in a range of jewelry pieces and styles, from beautiful rings to stunning tiaras and dazzling earrings and necklaces. So buying a garnet for a loved one or yourself is not just a memorable gift but is also an investment with great emotional value and a perfect piece of jewelry that can stand the test of time.

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February Birthstone: Amethyst

February Birthstone Amethyst JewelryAmethyst is the birthstone of February.  It comes for the Greek word “Methustos” which means “intoxicated”.  This gemstone is often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability.  Since February is a month that is most of the time cold, dark and short, amethyst is the perfect gem for people who will need a little warmth and strength.  This gemstone is also believed to protect people from drunkenness and to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

The amethyst is made of a striking purple quartz and a beautiful blend of violet and red colors.  But amethyst can also range from a light pinkish violet to deep red or blue purple violet that can read more blue or red, depending on the light.  It’s a durable gemstone that works well with warm or cool colors and is a great pair for a fashion statement.

Aside from February birthday celebrants, the amethyst birthstone is also identified to celebrate the 6th and 17th year of marriage.  Moreover, a fine piece of amethyst jewelry goes well beyond special occasions as this can be an everyday jewelry as well.

See our selection of amethyst jewelry gifts here

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

march birthstone aquamarine jewelryThis serene gemstone speaks tranquility as its name suggests and is the perfect gemstone for March babies.  It is derived from a Latin word “aqua” meaning water and “marina” meaning the sea. The color is often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green.  It is one of the most beautiful stones with little or no yellow on it.  The serene blue or blue-green color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm, levelheaded and a great way to communicate affection, tranquility, and peace. This gemstone was also believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.

These are our idea for aquamarine jewelry ideas

April Birthstone: Diamond

diamond birthstone jewelryFor those born on the month of April, they are fortunate as their birthstone is diamond, the most prized gemstone of all the birthstones.  Diamonds are considered as a girl’s best friend.  It is considered as the hardest gemstones as its structure is 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond.  Diamond is tantamount to a wedding engagement.  Thus, it is always a symbol of eternal and lasting love.

Diamond is also a symbol of celebration and happiness as it represents 75 years of existence.  Thus, it is always a feat to reach 75 in any form and representation.

Check this out for diamond birthstone gifts

May Birthstone: Emerald

emeraldjewelrygiftsThe emerald is a symbol of rebirth and it is believed to grant the wearer foresight, good fortune and youth. This gem is also believed to have many mystical powers that come with its beauty.  Interestingly, there are some who also thinks that emerald can cure stomach problems, control epilepsy and stop bleeding.

Because of the cool and soothing green color, it was believed to be good at warding off panic and keeping the wearer more relaxed and serene.  Moreover, emerald is a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace and security.  It is also one of the widely prized gemstone by the rich and the famous.

Check out the emerald birthstone gifts we found!

June Birthstones: Pearl & Alexandritepearl jewelry

The month of June is one of the three (3) months of the year that has two interesting birthstones.  These are a choice of pearl and alexandrite.  Depending on the mood and budget of the celebrant, the two can be his or her gemstone.

Pearls are the only gemstones that are from a living creature. Mollusks or clams produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate.  However, the famous mother – of – pearl is only produced by only two species of bivalve mollusks that makes the lustrous, shimmering “nacreous” pearls that is valuable in jewelry.  A pearl is also the birthstone of babies under the Gemini and Cancer signs.  It is also a symbol for 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th wedding anniversaries.

You can see our ideas for pearl birthstone gifts here

june birthstone alexandrite jewelryThe alexandrite gemstone is considered as a relatively new gem founded in the mines of Russia.  It has a chameleon like characteristics that makes it a rare gemstone. It has a unique and rare feature as it changes the color gemstone and switches from green to red and this is surely a sight to see.   Its color changes are from bluish green in daylight to purplish red under incandescent light.  With these mesmerizing gem characteristics, it is described as “emerald by day and ruby by night”.

In addition, alexandrite is softer than sapphire and harder than garnet—the other gemstones that can change color. However, due to its scarcity, alexandrite is more valuable than most gems, even rubies and diamonds.  Because it’s so scarcely available, fine quality alexandrite is practically unaffordable to the general public. Even lower quality stones are expensive and limited in supply.

Here are our choice items for alexandrite gifts

July Birthstone: Ruby

july birthstone ruby jewelryThis royal stone is the gem for July.  In ancient Sanskrit, ruby is translated to ratnaraj which means “king of precious stones.” These fiery gems have been treasured throughout history for their vitality. Due to its deep red color, ruby has long been associated with the life force and vitality of blood. It is believed to amplify energy, heighten awareness, promote courage and bring success in wealth, love and battle.  Many cultures also admired ruby as a symbol of love and passion. Rubies have long been considered the perfect wedding gem.

See our ruby gift ideas here!

August Birthstone: Peridot

The Most Beautiful peridot jewelryThe primary gem for August birthdays is peridot.   This brilliant lime green glow comes from the Greek word peridona, meaning “giving plenty” and perhaps that is why peridot is associated with prosperity and good fortune. It is also known as “the Evening Emerald” because of its sparkling green hue that looks brilliant any time of the day.  Legend says that peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava.  With this, Peridot is said to possess healing properties that makes it a good protector against nightmares and evil, ensuring peace and happiness.

Here are our selection of the best peridot birthstone gift ideas we can find

September Birthstone: Sapphire

sapphire jewelry september birthstoneSapphire is the birthstone for September.  Known as the blue stone, this precious gem is often associated with wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers.  Interestingly, this gem became a symbol of royal love in 1981 when Prince Charles of London gave Lady Diana a 12-carat blue sapphire engagement ring. Prince William later gave this ring to Catherine Middleton when he proposed in 2010.

Today, top-quality blue sapphire remains one of Mother Nature’s rare gems.

Here are some great sapphire gift ideas we found!

October Birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline

opal jewelry giftsIndividuals born in October get to choose between two birthstones —tourmaline and opal. Each gem then unveils nearly limitless possibilities, as each one comes in a rainbow of shades and color combinations.In fact, both of October’s birthstones came to earth through a journey involving rainbows, according to legend.

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which means “to see a change in color.”  This gem has a kaleidoscopic “play” of colors that could simulate shades of any stone. This is one of Opal’s interesting characteristic – the “play-of-color”.

Here are our select opal gifts you can give

The Best Tourmaline Jewelry Gifts EverTourmaline which means “mixed stone” is living up to its name.  It is available in a spectrum of colors and color combinations.  Because of its rainbow feature, tourmaline can easily enhance any jewelry collection.  Colors such as bubblegum pink, hot magenta, cranberry red, peach and orange, canary yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet and many others can be tourmaline. Name it and it is tourmaline. With the availability of so many colors of this gemstone, one is sure to find its favorite color.

Here are some tourmaline jewelry that you can give as gifts

November Birthstone: Citrine & Topaz

citrine jewelry giftsCitrine is relatively a durable gemstone against scratches and everyday wear-and-tear—making it a lovely option for large, wearable jewelry.  This gemstone is sometimes known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm. It can release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. It’s even called the “merchant’s stone” for its tendency to attract wealth and prosperity

Here are some of the best citrine jewelry we selected so you can buy them and give them as gifts!

november topaz birthstone jewelry

The topaz stone is the November birthstone and the gemstone of Sagittarius.

Topaz is a soothing stone that has been said to calm tempers, cure madness and eliminate nightmares.

People also believed that topaz could break spells and quell anger.

Here are the best topaz gifts you can find online, buy and give as a gift for those who are born in the month of November!

December Birthstones: Tanzanite, Turquoise & Zircon

tanzanite jewelry giftsTanzanite is the exquisite blue variety of the mineral zoisite that is only found in one part of the world and is named for its limited geographic origin in Tanzania.  Because of this, tanzanite has quickly risen to popularity since its relatively recent discovery.

Precious topaz, ranging in color from brownish orange to yellow, is often mistaken for “smoky quartz” or “citrine quartz,” respectively—although quartz and topaz are unrelated minerals.

Here are some of the best tanzanite gift ideas!

turquoise jewelry giftsThis precious gemstone has been admired since ancient times, turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to greenish robin’s blue egg. It is one of the few minerals to lend its name to anything that resembles its striking color.  From ancient Egyptians to Persians, from Aztecs and Native Americans, to kings and warriors alike, all of them admired turquoise for thousands of years. It adorned everything from jewelry to ceremonial masks to weapons and bridles granting power and protection to them, particularly against falls.

Here are the Most Beautiful Turquoise Jewelry

zircon jewelry giftsZircon is an underrated gem that is often confused with synthetic cubic zirconia due to similar names and shared use as diamond simulants. Few people realize that zircon is a spectacular natural gem available in a variety of colors.  The colorless zircon, known as Matura Diamond, displays brilliance and flashes out multicolored “fire” that can rival fine diamond. There is one key difference though: Zircon is more brittle though it measures 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, its faceted edges can chip.

Here are some of the most gorgeous zircon jewelry we found

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