January – Garnet
The name “Garnet” is derived from the Latin term garanatus, which means “seed” or “seed like.” There are historical references dating back as far as 3100 B.C. in Ancient Egypt, where Garnet was compared to the pomegranate seed in appearance.
February – Amethyst
From Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth, the Amethyst has long been referred to as the “jewel of the Gods,” the Amethyst is also admired for its religious and political significance. The word amethyst is based on the Greek work amethystos or "sober".
March – Aquamarine
The name Aquamarine is based on the Latin words aqua (water) and marina (sea).
It comes in large variety of sizes, but larger stones tend to have more vibrant colors.
April – White Spinel or Diamond
White Spinel is one of the newer birthstones, but it has quickly gained popularity due to its vibrancy, affordability,
and how well it compliments gold and silver jewelry.
May – Emerald
Emeralds are one of best-known and beloved gems, and is has one of the most distinct appearances among all the birthstones. Places like the fictional Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz helped solidify Emeralds in the cultural consciousness.
June – Alexandrite
Alexandrite is one of the most valued gemstones in the world, due to its rarity and fascinating color-changing properties. Alexandrite stones larger than 5 carats are particularly rare, however stones 60 carats or larger have been found on occasion.
July – Ruby
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. The iconic red gems are also appropriate as a Valentine’s Day gift, as well as for anyone fortunate enough to call the Ruby their birthstone.
August – Peridot
Known as the “gem of the sun,” Peridot has been a prized gemstone for more than 3,500 years. While the peridot is sometimes overshadowed by the better-known emerald, Peridot has its own uplifting energy and beauty that should be seen and appreciated by all.
September – Sapphire
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, and is also traditionally given to celebrate 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries.
October – Pink Tourmaline
Pink Tourmaline is one of the most versatile birthstones, since it often appears with one or more additional
colors within the stone. In addition, Pink Tourmaline was discovered much more recently than most other birthstones, with some of the earliest records of the stone appearing in the 17th century near Italy