Birthstone Guide



Crystal or Gemstone

Birthstone Colour


January Garnet Siam Deep Red Garnet is a sultry and beautiful gem. Garnet lore suggests the gemstone brings love, encourages compassion and enhances imagination.

February Amethyst Amethyst Purple Amethyst is the most beautiful form of quartz, appearing in a wide range of hues from the palest lilac to the deepest royal purple. Amethyst lore suggests the gem, which is the birthstone for the month of February, to be an aid in meditation and has calming as well as protective qualities. It is also said to contribute to healing, love, inspiration, intuition and sobriety.

March Aquamarine Aquamarine Pale Blue Aquamarine naturally occurs in hues from deep aqua blue to almost white. At one point in history the gemstone was believed to be the gift of mermaids. Aquamarine lore suggests the stone aids in clearing one's mind and enables intellect and self-expression; encourages compassion, love and tolerance; and increases courage.

April Diamond Crystal (Clear) White, Clear The most coveted of all precious gems, the word "diamond" originates from the Greek word "adamas," which means "invincible" - a perfectly fitting name for the hardest of all gemstones. Diamond lore suggests the gem encourages courage and strength, that the stone offers protection, and it is of course associated with romance. It is said that bad luck comes to those who steal diamonds. Throughout history man has always had a romantic view of diamonds. The Greeks considered them to be the tears of the gods, while the ever-romantic Romans thought them to have splintered from falling stars.

Cubic Zirconia became the most popular choice as a substitution for diamond when a Russian scientist found a way to create it in a laboratory in the 1970s. Made through a complicated process, this radiant crystal is created by combining zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide, which is heated to almost 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit and then carefully cooled in order to create flawless, superbly sparkling crystals. The result is a stone that is durable, brilliant and absolutely beautiful. Cubic Zirconia actually weighs 75% more than diamonds of the same weight, and registers a hardness of 8.5 of the Mohs scale, making it harder than most gemstones and only 1.5 points softer than genuine diamond (the hardest of all stones).

May Emerald Emerald Green Emeralds have been coveted as gemstones for centuries, so coveted that few viable emerald mines remain today and newly-mined emeralds of high quality are extremely rare. Emerald lore suggests the gem preserves chastity, protects one from evil spirits, bestows eloquence and intelligence, and encourages romance.

June Pearl,
Light Amethyst White or Purple Cultured pearls are the most elegant of all gemstones. Though they occur naturally in several colours, they are often dyed in a rainbow of beautiful hues. Pearl lore suggests the gemstones strengthen the mind, help control anger and improve memory. They are said to have a calming and peaceful effect, and encourage feelings of compassion and love. They are also believed to enable the wearer to look within.

Alexandrite is coveted for its colour-changing attribute and is among the rarest and most valuable of all gemstones. Alexandrite lore suggests the gem's strongest aspect is one of healing. It is thought to bring balance and calmness to the mind. Alexandrite is also thought to help one overcome lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and to encourage direction and focus in life.

July Ruby Light Siam,
Red Ruby usually occurs in a beautiful shade of deep fuchsia pink, not the true red with which they are often erroneously associated. Ruby lore suggests the gemstone protects one from misfortune and ill-health, and can bring reconciliation to lover's quarrels. The ruby symbolizes success, devotion and integrity. Ruby appears as accent stones in engagement rings more often than any other coloured gem and has traditionally been a symbol of passion and a promise of the heart.

August Peridot,
Peridot Pale Green Peridot, a breathtaking lime or olive green gemstone, is the birthstone for the month of August. Peridot lore suggests the gem helps to make dreams a reality, and is the a symbol of fame, dignity and protection. Legend has it that pirates used peridot to guard them against evil.

September Sapphire Sapphire Deep Blue Sapphire naturally occurs in almost all the colours of the rainbow but is most commonly associated with shades of blue that range from periwinkle to deep, almost black, navy blue. Coveted for centuries as a gemstone, sapphire lore suggests the gemstone encourages chastity, imparts wisdom and truth and enhances perception. It is also said to help maintain peace of mind and serenity. Sapphires are also associated with romance, fidelity and undying devotion.

October Opal,
Pink Tourmaline
White Opal
Opal is a stunning gemstone that glows with fiery colours from within. Opal lore suggests the gem clarifies one's emotions and desires. The stone symbolizes hope and purity, and has traditionally been used as a good luck charm or talisman. Opals were even used to detect the presence of poison at one time. They are also said to eliminate nightmares, enhance power and attract fortune.

Tourmaline is a popular gemstone that occurs in a huge variety of colours from deep greens rosy pink hues. Tourmaline lore suggests the gem promotes female balance and protection while helping to dispel fears, calm nerves and encourage tranquil and recuperative sleep.

November Citrine,
Yellow Topaz
Smoked Topaz,
Light Colorado Topaz
Yellow Citrine is a sunny quartz gemstone that comes in a wide variety of yellow, orange and warm brown tones. Citrine lore suggests the gem promotes creativity, personal clarity and helps to eliminate self-destructive tendencies.

December Turquoise,
Blue Topaz
Blue Zircon
Blue Turquoise, which occurs naturally in hues that range from yellow to green to aqua blue and is dyed in an even wider range of colours, has been treasured as a gemstone for centuries. Sleeping Beauty turquoise, mined only from the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona, is among the most beautiful and treasured turquoise in the world. Turquoise lore suggests the gem strengthens the body and enhances creative expression, peace of mind, emotional balance, communication, friendship and loyalty.

Blue Zircon is a beautiful transparent blue gem. Zircon lore suggests the gemstone brings prosperity, maintains one's honour, encourages wisdom and brings restful sleep.

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