What is my birthstone?
Your birthstone may be able to tell you a lot more about your personality than you realize.
Garnet is usually thought of as being a rich red color but, in fact, it is mined in a wide range of tones. The widely differing composition of garnet deposits produces yellow, red, brown, black, green and blue stones. It is the red, pyrope garnet that is the January birthstone. The garnet symbolizes trust and friendship.
Amethysts occur in colors from lilac to deep violet and, occasionally, red. Its name comes from the Greek for “not drunk” (a methysto) and was used to give the wearer a clear head and sound judgment.
Aquamarine is usually seen in a pale blue color, but it can also be such a deep tone that it is sometimes mistaken for a sapphire. Considered a symbol of hope, health and everlasting youth, its association with March is apt.
Diamonds are forever, or so it is said, and will therefore forever be associated with love and the heart. White diamonds are the most common color, but everything down to black is possible. Diamond is one of only 4 truly precious stones along with ruby, emerald, and sapphire.
Emerald, the symbol of rebirth and love brings a deep rich green color that is unrivaled in any other gemstone. It is appropriate that it is the birthstone for May, with all it promises for the spring and summer ahead. Ireland, with its lush, rolling green lands is known colloquially as the Emerald Isle.
Pearl, Moonstone, and alexandrite make June the first multi-birthstone month. Pearls have been revered throughout history, ever since man first opened a mollusk to find one inside. Moonstone is a more recent addition to the birthstone list but was known and treasured in ancient times. For ancient civilizations, moonstone was associated with the lunar gods. Alexandrite is unusual in that its color appears differently under different light sources. From green in natural daylight to red in incandescent light, it truly is a wonder of nature.
Ruby rivals the diamond for connection to the heart. Forever the precious stone of love, health and wisdom, the deeper the red color, the more good fortune a ruby is said to bring. The most desired gemstone throughout history is still it’s most precious.
Peridot isn’t a birthstone whose name easily rolls off the tongue. It is unusual in the fact that it is one of the very few gemstones to only occur in a single color. The olive green color does come in varying shades, but never anything outside a base green. Gem quality stones of this instiller of power and influence are extremely rare, with most finds being barely larger than grain size.
Sapphire is another precious stone that occurs in a variety of colors. It is, though, the deep rich blue color which we all love and want. As a birthstone, it is a little different in that it protects those around you rather than you as the wearer. It is also a symbol of loyalty and trust.
Opal and tourmaline both represent October. Opal, with its rainbow of colors, is said to collect all the benefits of every other gem in a single stone. The blend of colors in each opal is unique, making each stone as individual as the wearer. Tourmaline is another gemstone available in a rainbow of colors, depending on other elements being present. The stone is highly unusual amongst minerals as it is magnetic.
Citrine’s warm yellow/brown color is said to have been a gift from the sun. As the giver of life, the association with the sun also provides the belief that citrine is a healing stone. Topaz is another yellow-brown stone and is mentioned in the bible. An old English superstition maintained that topaz could cure lunacy, despite no medical or anecdotal evidence to support the claim.
Zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise are all birthstones for December. Examples of all three can be found in the blue part of the color wheel and may have caused the color to be associated with winter.
Zircon, despite its name, is not related to the common diamond substitute cubic zirconia. Tanzanite is named for the only country on earth in which it is found, Tanzania, and has only been commercially available since 1968. Turquoise, for several thousand years, has been revered as a holy stone in many cultures. Popular as a stone in decorative jewelry or art pieces, turquoise is one of the most beautiful of all gemstones.