Curious About The Background of Birthstones?
Find you or your loved one’s birthstone on this list and discover a little history and fun facts behind your stone.
With its warm red hue, garnet is said to stimulate the senses and increase vitality. Garnet brings peace, passion, good health and motivation and symbolizes loyalty and trust among friends. Those with a garnet birthstone are believed to be amicable and possess a strong spirit.
Amethyst is a purple quartz that brings clarity to emotions, feelings and values to the wearer. The amethyst is also admired for its religious and political significance. Amethyst symbolizes deep loyalty, love and happiness, as well as peace & contentedness.
Aquamarine is a type of beryl that shines with a light and soulful blue hue. The cool, tranquil aquamarine is said to help wearers remain calm, clear their minds and build courage. It is often used as an aid in meditation.
The diamond is the most durable gemstone found in nature, making it the perfect symbol of long-lasting love and devotion. Diamonds are commonly associated with love. While white diamonds are most common, fancy colored diamonds can be found in various colors including yellow, blue, pink and a variety of others as well.
Emerald, another type of beryl, has a rich and majestic green hue that’s perfect for spring! The emerald is a symbol of rebirth and is said to bring its owner good fortune, foresight and youth. Emeralds are the rarest gemstones and are typically mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.
Pearls are the only gemstones created by living creatures. Pearls signify faithfulness, friendship and loyalty, and in many cultures, purity and innocence.
Alexandrite is known for its rare ability to change colors. Alexandrite appears bluish green in daylight and purplish red under incandescent light. Alexandrite is said to promote concentration and learning, and is associated with creativity and imagination.
Rubies are regarded as symbols of love and passion and are said to increase energy as well as powerful emotions & feelings, much like its powerful color. As one of the most expensive and prized stones in the world, it comes as little surprise that the ruby is often given for 40th wedding anniversaries.
Easily recognized by its olive green hue, the peridot is thought to protect the wearer from nightmares, and symbolizes fame, dignity and success. It’s a great gift for those seeking good luck, plus, it is prized in many alternative medicine communities for it’s known healing powers.
The sapphire is a symbol of loyalty and integrity. It is also said to protect the wearer from envy or harm and to attract blessings from heaven. The sapphire is most closely related to the ruby, and as such is second in hardness only to the diamond. It is a popular option for engagement rings.
Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of colors. It promotes relaxation of the body and the mind and is also thought to inspire creativity.
Opals shine with a rainbow of colors because of their unique make-up of light-bending microscopic silica spheres. Opals signify hopeful love, faith and confidence. Opal gemstones are truly unique because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.
Though having a variety of colors, Topaz is usually known for its stunning yellow color. Topaz symbolizes love and affection and it is thought to cleanse emotions and stress.
Citrine is a variety of quartz with a glowing orange hue. Citrine has been called the “healing quartz” because it provides energy and vitality. Citrine has also been known as the “merchant’s stone” because it is said to attract prosperity and wealth.
DECEMBER: ZIRCON/BLUE TOPAZ
Zircon comes from the oldest mineral on earth. This rare stone is thought to bring prosperity, honor and wisdom.
Blue topaz coloration can range from fairly pale blue to a medium or even somewhat dark sky blue. blue topaz symbolizes leadership, spiritual growth and insight. As a gift, it can also symbolize eternal love!