Birthstones used in jewellery
Some gemstones, are traditionally associated (in Western cultures) with the month in which you were born. These gemstones are often in their crystallised form and can vary widely in colour to reflect the month of the year:-
- January - Garnets (red)
- February - Amethyst (purple)
- March - Aquamarine (light blue)
- April - Diamonds (white)
- May - Emeralds (green)
- June - Pearls (grey)
- July - Rubys (deep red)
- August - Peridots (green)
- September - Sapphires (dark blue)
- October - Opals (creamy fire)
- November - Citrine or Yellow Topaz (yellow)
- December - Blue Topaz (blue)
This chart of birthstones does vary from culture to culture and has changed throughout the centuries. For example prior to the influence of Buddhism, the ancient Chinese region of Tibet used a mystical Birthstone list which was used to warn of impeding troubles.
There are both modern and traditional variations on the stones associated with birthstones. For example some say Tanzanite is the 'modern' association with December as opposed to the 'traditional' interpretation of Blue Topaz. Whatever those associations are, our advice is not to take it too seriously and choose whatever stone you like, as their is no scientific or logical basis for any stone to be associated with the month in which you were born.