Symbolic of prosperity and good health, January’s crimson birthstone traces back the Bronze Age used in Ancient Egyptian jewelry. During the Middle Ages, it was exchanged to signify trust and affection.
Thought to provide healing and calmness, amethyst amulets were often worn by medieval soldiers for protection. A type of quartz, February’s vibrant purple birthstone was a favorite of both St. Valentine and Leonardo da Vinci.
A treasured gem of ancient seafarers, the March birthstone derives from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and was believed to have calming effects on its wearer. Aquamarine is a variety of beryl and features clear, bright colors and good translucency.
Treasured for rarity, brilliance, and durability, April’s birthstone is symbolic of eternal love and balance. Ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting on earth. Made of just one element, carbon, it’s the hardest gemstone.
The vibrant green hue symbolizes new beginnings and loyalty. May’s birthstone was a favorite of Egyptian pharaohs, especially Cleopatra. Emerald is a variety of beryl and the finest-quality emeralds have vivid, saturated color.
The lustrous pearl is a rare gift from the sea and is only gemstone made by living creatures. June’s birthstone symbolizes purity and innocence; ancient Greece believed they were heartfelt tears of the gods.
The fiery crimson color made July’s birthstone a symbol of romance and passion. Like sapphires, rubies are a variety of corundum and only second to the diamonds as the hardest natural gemstone. Ancient Sanskrit translates rubies as the “king of precious stones.”
In Hawaii, the August birthstone is symbolic the volcano goddess, Pele, and thought to ward off evil bringing good fortune to its wearer. Like diamonds, this rare gem forms deep in the earth, but only surfaces during volcanic eruptions.
Known for a velvety-blue hue, September’s birthstone is a symbol of nobility and sincerity bringing wise judgment to the wearer. Like rubies, sapphires are a variety of corundum, a mineral with great hardness well suited to everyday wear.
Symbolic of hope and loyalty, October’s birthstone stands out for the fiery range of colors contained within a single stone. During the Middle Ages, it was believe this stone brought good luck to the wearer.
Symbolic of happiness and vitality, November’s birthstone ranges from pale yellow to orange in color caused by traces of iron in the quartz crystals. Known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to soothe and calm.
Blue topaz is one of December’s birthstones along with tanzanite and turquoise, and symbolizes long life, wisdom, and knowledge. Found in a wide range of hues from deep London blue to paler sky blue, its versatility allows it to be cut in a wide variety of shapes. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave strength to the wearer. This stone comes in almost every color on the spectrum and high quality examples will have bright color and good transparency.