Birthstones have an interesting and varied history, including references to Christian beliefs and correlations between birthstones and zodiac signs. These gemstones are said to have benefits when worn during a certain month. However, a more modern idea of birthstones use is simply a way to add customized elegance to jewelry. Below is the American Gem Trade Association list of birthstones and a convenient visual guide to birthstones.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Amethysts are defined by their elegant purple hues, ranging from deep, plum purples to pale violets. There is a common misconception that amethysts can be green, however, amethysts are defined by their purple tones. Green amethysts are just green quartz. Amethysts are the stone of sobriety, meditation, and balance.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Both aquamarine and bloodstone are March's birthstone. Aquamarine is a sister stone to emeralds, meaning they are from the same mineral group, Beryl. Aquamarine is found in ocean-inspired tones of blue and green. For a person looking to calm their nerves, overcome fear, and gain clarity, Aquamarine is the perfect gemstone.
March Birthstone: Bloodstone
Bloodstone is mainly found in shades of dark green, greenish blues, and browns with spots of red, brown, and yellow. Although Bloodstone doesn't sparkle in the way that other gemstones do, it is unique and perfect for a person that appreciates a different type of glitz. Bloodstone gives protection to the wearer as well as alleviating pain.
April Birthstone: Diamond
Diamonds are one of the four stones that are classified as "precious" and the hardest natural substance on Earth. Diamonds come in a variety of colors; champagne, cognac, and pink diamonds top the list of most popular. A fun fact, the red diamond is one of the rarest gemstones on Earth. Diamonds give mental clarity and inspire love.
May Birthstone: Emerald
Considered one of the most precious gems, emerald is the birthstone for May. Most emeralds will have small inclusions and fissures, which do not reduce its value. In fact, emeralds that are dark green with hints of blue and imperfections are more valuable than a pale green emerald without cracks. Emeralds give intuition and abundance.
June Birthstone: Pearl
Quality, natural pearls are extremely rare. However, there are cultured pearls, which are made in the same way with a little help from technicians. Pearls are a more modest and versatile way to get the sophistication of diamonds. Pearls come in a variety of colors from whites, creams, and pinks to lavender, brown, and black. Pearls represent honesty, integrity, and purity.
June Birthstone: Moonstone
Layers of feldspar give moonstone its signature look. The Romans believed it came from the rays of the moon and were featured in many pieces of Art Nouveau jewelry. An almost mysterious shimmer and aura refract light in a mystical way, giving off a soft light. For inner perspective and a calming influence, look to the Moonstone.
June Birthstone: Alexandrite
Alexandrite is very rare, which makes it nearly impossible for non-collectors to access. The most intriguing feature of Alexandrite is its color changing properties, green in daylight and purplish in incandescent light. Alexandrite delivers discipline, self-control, and concentration.
August Birthstone: Peridot
Peridot is defined by its gorgeous green color. There can be small variations in green with hints of yellow, brown, and olive greens. Also called the "emerald of the evening" this stone does not change colors in daylight or incandescent light. Don't be green with envy, lessen anger and jealousy and boost personal growth by choosing Peridot.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
Sapphires are the second hardest mineral on Earth and the last of the four precious stones on this list. Usually, when someone thinks of a sapphire, they imagine a blue gemstone. However, sapphires come in an array of blues and every shade imaginable from fancy sapphires such as pink to orange and yellow. Develop creative expression, reduce pain, and bring some positive energy with Sapphire.
October Birthstone: Tourmaline
Tourmaline develops in a multitude of colors, not only differing gem to gem but in a single gem, it's not unusual to find two or three colors. Not only is this gem beautiful, but it can also be electrically charged when heated and cooled. Expand compassion and understanding as well as positive energy with beautiful Tourmaline.
November Birthstone: Topaz
Topaz comes in many colors including blue, clear, pink, and green, which gives plenty of options for a November birthstone. Although topaz comes in many of the same colors as other gemstones, its chemical make up sets it apart, and its unique ability to exhibit other colors, depending on the angle it is viewed Topaz will clear the way for balance and honesty within while increasing good health.
November Birthstone: Citrine
Citrine is a gem that embodies its birthstone month it its color. Although the name suggests a bright citrusy yellow, citrines are usually a golden or pale yellow with autumnal tones of brown. Citrine is said to bring success, abundance, and inspiration to those that wear it.
December Birthstone: Turquoise
Turquoise is arguably the most recognizable gem due to its opaque sky blue and earthy green color palette. Blue turquoise is formed with the help of copper, whereas greens are formed with the help of iron and chrome. Turquoise brings out a love of nature and self-acceptance.
December Birthstone: Tanzanite
Tanzanite is a sapphire blue colored stone with an aura of violet. Named for Tanzania, the only place that they can be found, Tanzanite changes tones depending on which angle is shown, always be cool blues and royal purples. Reduce and protect against negative energy with cool colored Tanzanite.
December Birthstone: Zircon
Zircon, not to be confused with Cubic Zirconia, is a natural gemstone that looks much like a diamond due to its brilliance. Zircon is the oldest mineral on Earth and comes in a few colors. However, blue zircon is the most popular. With the right stone and light, the stone can appear green. Get better sleep and be more prosperous, while bringing honor and wisdom into your life.