The tradition of gemstones having special qualities has been documented as far back at the Bible.
In ancient Indian (1500 B.C.) Ayurvedic philosophy, nine different gemstones are assigned to nine planets and, depending on a person’s state of health and the challenges that they face, it is recommended that they wear a particular stone. The stone they wear can vary depending on their circumstances, so this is still not quite the same as wearing a stone that relates to the month of your birth.
Birthstones, as we wear them today, can be traced back to 18th century Poland and the arrival of Jewish gem traders to the region. In 1870 the famous jewellers Tiffany & Co. published a series of Birthstone poems that associated certain traits with gemstones, but the modern list of birthstones wasn’t defined until 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers in the USA. Find out your birthstone below…
January Birthstone: Garnet
The red Garnet is associated with trust, truthfulness and friendship and is used to protect people during their travels.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
The violet coloured Amethyst is said to provide courage and bring a sense of serenity to those born this month.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
In the past, the blue-tree Aquamarine gemstone was thought to have healing properties. It is thought to bring the wearer happiness, hope and understanding.
April Birthstone: Diamond
Lucky April boasts sparkling Diamonds as its gemstone. The stone represents eternity, courage and good health.
May Birthstone: Emerald
The vibrant green Emerald is said to have been Cleopatra’s gemstone of choice and has been used as a symbol of rebirth throughout history. Today the stone is thought to bring the wear foresight and good fortune
June Birthstone: Alexandrite
Alexandrite is thought to bring you good luck, good fortune and love. It is also said to strengthen creativity and imagination.
July Birthstone: Ruby
The Ruby is associated with love, passion, wealth and peace. In times gone by it was worn to protect against evil.
August Birthstone: Peridot
The light green Peridot is said to symbolise strength and success and is thought to bring the wearer peace and good luck.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
The beautiful blue Sapphire was traditionally thought to protect your loved ones from harm. Nowadays they are thought to symbolise wisdom, innocence and faith.
October Birthstone: Tourmaline
The pretty Tourmaline gemstone is thought to bring happiness to the wearer as well as being said to represent healing and compassion.
November Birthstone: Topaz
The yellow Topaz was traditionally thought to attract wealth and is now viewed as a symbol of love and affection.
December Birthstone: Tanzanite
The bright blue Tanzanite is thought to be a lucky gemstone which brings the wearer happiness and good fortune.