January – Garnet. Known thousands of years for their pomegranate color, a gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of a deep love and having the ability to keep loved ones safe during travel. Legend says Noah used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the darkness and protect him from evil and disaster. A diverse and complex gem group, garnets are hard and durable. Famed for its rich red color, consumers are always surprised to find this gem available in a rainbow of sparkling hues … everything except blue.
February – Amethyst. This beautiful, transparent, purple form of precious quartz was named for a Greek word which translates to “not drunk.” In Greek mythology, it was thought to be a talisman to ward off intoxication and was revered by Bacchus, the god of wine. Sparkling clear amethyst ranges in color from lavender to deep purple and has been used in personal adornment for centuries. For February born, it represents visionary, independent thinking and sincerity.
March – Aquamarine & Bloodstone. Those born in March are fortunate to have two birthstones to choose from Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Although these two gems are strikingly different, both promise courage to those of March birth.
Aquamarine is a transparent sea blue beryl once prized by ancient Greek sailors on long voyages. Opaque bloodstone isn’t red at all; it is actually a dark green chalcedony with vivid red flecks and it has been a favorite of men since medieval times.
April – Diamond. A crystalline material composed of pure carbon, diamonds are brilliantly clear, sparkling, and one of the hardest substances known to man. The pure white diamond has long been a symbol of innocence and invincibility. And, because of its inner fire and durability, diamond was always believed to strengthen love and bring marital happiness. No wonder it is now the most popular gem for engagements and weddings. Because of their inner fire, it is important to have your diamonds cleaned professionally to maintain their lively sparkle and brilliance.
May – Emerald. It is the deep, rich green appearance of emerald that makes it instantly and universally recognized. A variety of the beryl species, this famous grass-green gem has long been associated with eternal spring, new life, and healing. Early Romans associated it with eternal love, fertility and rebirth; dedicating it to Venus, the Goddess of Love. Its color is said to denote honesty and integrity, while bringing success to those born in May. Clear, large, and deeply colored emeralds are rare and highly prized.
June – Pearl & Alexandrite. According to myth, the luminous white pearl was said to pledge a happy marriage and the gift of purity to those born in June. In ancient days only worn by royals, today’s pearls are nature’s perfect gift, suitable for all ages, and can be worn with everything from jeans to evening gowns.
June’s alternate birthstone, alexandrite, was once thought to promise long life and good luck. Today it is known for its surprising ability to change color from green in daylight to wine-red in most artificial lights.
July – Ruby. The vivid, fire-red ruby has been prized for centuries as the “King of Gems” and has traditionally been associated with passion, power and strength for the July born. Rubies are beautiful, long-lasting and they are rare.
August – Peridot & Sardonyx. One of the few gemstones that come in only one color, a rich, vivid green with a slight tinge of gold caused by very fine traces of iron. Peridot dates back to the early 2nd millennium B.C. and historical legend implies that peridot was the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra.
The word Sardonyx is derived from the Greek, Sard meaning “reddish brown,” and onyx meaning “veined gem.” This stone was worn as a talisman by the Egyptians to protect against infections and evil. Today it is highly polished and carved into beautiful beads and cameos. A gift of this stone is considered symbolic of happiness within a relationship.
September – Sapphire. Wisdom and clear thinking are the personal traits of those born in September. A gift of brilliant blue Sapphire symbolizes loyalty, sincerity and faithfulness. The sapphire belongs to the corundum group, classified by their hardness which is second to diamond, the hardest mineral on Earth!
October – Opal & Tourmaline. Those born in October are lucky to have a choice of two beautiful and distinctive gemstones. For centuries, Opal and Tourmaline have offered the power of hope and harmony to those born in this month.
In the Middle Ages, Opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.
While transparently clear, Tourmaline comes in a rainbow of colors … more than almost any other gem. Old Egyptian legend states Tourmaline passed through a rainbow on its way up from the center of the earth assuming all of the colors of the rainbow.
November – Topaz & Citrine. In ancient times, Topaz in its purest, colorless state was sometimes mistaken for diamond. Today iconic for its yellow and golden colors having an unmistakable color characteristic in Imperial Topaz of a deep yellow almost orange, tinged with gold.
Citrine is the alternate November birthstone. The description of citrine is contained in its name from the French word, citron, meaning lemon. Citrines actually cover a wider range of yellows than do most lemons, including rich orangey yellows. Citrines are greatly esteemed for their warm, earthy color and vivacious sparkle.
December – Turquoise, Zircon & Tanzanite. December born are honored by three lustrous blue gemstones. Turquoise, one of the first gems used as ornamental, representing friendship and luck. Zircon, in the middle ages, was thought to bring prosperity and promote honor and wisdom to the owner. And, recently Tanzanite, discovered in 1967, became the third birthstone to those born in December. Tanzanite is said to relieve the stress and pressures of everyday life and bring happiness, good tidings and riches.