Red Garnet – January
Your birthstone is Garnet. The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word granatus, which means pomegranate. These gemstones are composed of closely-related minerals and come in several colors, including orange, green, pink, and purple, although red is the most commonly known.
Purple Amethyst – February
Your birthstone is Amethyst. The name “amethyst” comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.” In some cultures it is believed to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage and at one time, only royalty were allowed to wear them.
Blue Aquamarine – March
Your birthstone is Aquamarine. The name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin “aqua marina” which means “sea water.” The color can range from a deep teal to a pale icy blue and can be mined all over the world.
Diamond – April
Your birthstone is Diamond. The name “diamond” comes from the Greek word for “invincibility,” which is reflected in its strength and durability. Diamond is one of the best-known and arguably one of the most sought after gemstones.
Green Emerald – May
Your birthstone is Emerald. The oldest emeralds are around 2.97 billion years old and this stone was often worn by Cleopatra during her time as the queen of Egypt. More than 50% of the world’s emeralds come from Colombia and are believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.
Pearl – June
Your birthstone is Pearl. Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea pearls form in saltwater and come from oysters while freshwater pearls are extracted from mussels. They are the only gemstone found in a living animal and unlike many other stones they require no cutting or polishing before use.
Red Ruby – July
Your birthstone is Ruby. The word ruby comes from the Latin word “rubens,” which means red. Rubies come in a variety of pink and red shades and are often associated with wealth and prosperity. Many ancient crowns were decorated with rubies because they represented good fortune and courage.
Light Green Peridot – August
Your birthstone is Peridot. It is the only birthstone that comes in just one color and form along the Earth’s mantle or upper layers. Hawaiian folklore tells the story of how peridot gemstones are believed to be the tears of the goddess of volcanoes, Pele.
Blue Sapphire – September
Your birthstone is Sapphire. The word sapphire comes from the Latin word “sapphiru” which means blue. For centuries, sapphire has been worn on the robes of the clergy. They come in a variety of different colors ranging from blue to yellow to a pink color. Israel’s diamonds also offer sapphires in other uncommon colors such as purple, orange, green and black
Opal – October
Your birthstone is Opal. Black opal is the rarest variation of the stone and was nicknamed, “The Mother of all Gemstones” by William Shakespeare. In the Middle Ages the stone was supposed to be a bringer of good luck and was seen as very valuable. The opal symbolizes faithfulness and confidence.
Blue Topaz – November
Your birthstone is Topaz. This gemstone comes in a variety of colors with red being the most rare. Ancient civilizations believed that topaz held magical healing properties. Specifically, Ancient Greeks thought that the gemstone would provide strength to whoever wore it.
Blue Turquoise – December
Your birthstone is Turquoise. Known as the “sky stone” by Tibetan and Nepalese people, turquoise comes in colors ranging from bright blue to sea green. Another popular birthstone for December is tanzanite, which is the blue and violet variety of the mineral zoisite.