Assigning particular gemstones to each month of the calendar is a modern tradition that dates back to biblical times. In the past, it was believed that wearing a gem during its given month heightened its healing powers. In order to obtain the full effect of the gems though, you needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly.
While we certainly love the idea of wearing twelve gemstones year-round, just focusing in on your birthstone can bring a little magic and energy into your life.
At the very least, choosing a gift of birthstone jewelry for a loved one is a thoughtful way to acknowledge your connection.
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Here’s our month-by-month guide to help celebrate you with our beautiful collection of raw birthstone jewels.
Garnet is the birthstone assigned to the month of January. Bright and colorful, garnets are most commonly known to be red but can also be found in shades of orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless varieties.
Used since the Bronze Age as gemstones for jewelry and ornaments, garnets have been found in Egyptian tombs and in ancient Roman signet rings and wax seals.
When it comes to benefits, garnet is said to aid circulation and blood-related issues. It is often thought of as the stone of love and relationships, making it an excellent choice for someone special in your life.
February's amethyst is a variety of quartz found in a whole range of violet hues. The deep purple of these gemstones has long signified royalty and you’ll still find them today adorning crowns and royal jewelry.
This gem is associated with number of different properties, including stability, peace, courage, inner strength, and calm. In ancient Greece, it was believed wearing an amethyst would protect you from getting drunk!
You can view all of our regal amethyst jewelry pieces here.
The birthstone for March is aquamarine, representing the beautiful blue sea. The greenish blue tones of this gem promote calmness and peace for those who wear it.
Historically, sailors wore aquamarine gemstones as good luck charms to ensure safe passage over the seas. So, it’s the perfect gift for a traveling friend.
April babes might be considered the luckiest of all with their birthstone represented by quartz and diamond.
Quartz is one of the most well known minerals on earth and comes in many varieties and colors. The word quartz comes from the Greek word for ice, as the gem was thought to be a form of permanent ice that was so cold it never thawed out.
Usually transparent with a hint of diamond-like sparkle, Herkimer diamonds are the most powerful of all quartz. They are named after Herkimer County, New York, USA, the main place they are found. They are the high-energy seekers of the crystal world and are said to magnify the influence of other stones too.
An alternative April birthstone is white topaz, which sparkles just like a diamond.
Emerald is the birthstone for May, linked to the properties of faithfulness, loyalty, and friendship. The word emerald is derived from the Greek word, smaragdus, which translates to green, the color of this gem.
The healing properties of emeralds are said to help with diseases related to fertility, eyes, headaches, and spine. Emeralds are also thought to improve your mental capabilities.
These gems have been around for centuries, with ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians all in awe of them. Cleopatra is said to have loved emeralds so much she claimed ownership of every single emerald mine in Egypt during her rule.
If you were born in June, your birthstone is moonstone. Moonstone is, not surprisingly, linked to the magic of the moon. It has long been considered an amulet of protection for travelers, a gift of lovers, a channel for prophecy, and a path to wisdom.
With a moon-like sheen, Moonstone has been used in Roman jewelry for almost two thousand years. It has always been considered a sacred stone in India too, and is a traditional wedding gift there.
All of our magical moonstone pieces, perfect for June birthdays, can be found here.
The king of gemstones, ruby is the birthstone for July and is considered a precious gem along with diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires.
Found from a light pink through to a deep red, the ruby represents life and blood and is thought to increase courage. Warriors in Burma would implant rubies into their skin before battle for protection and courage on the battlefield.
Fall in love with more July birthstone jewelry here.
August is represented by peridot, a green gem, which is often found along plate boundaries and hot spots such as Hawaii. Peridot is rare and one of the only gems that comes in only one color.
In Hawaii, this gem symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanos. Some people believe the gem brings the person wearing it power and influence.
Green with envy? Shop every August birthstone piece.
Sapphire is the gemstone for September. This gem comes in purple, yellow, pink, and green but is most known for its royal blue color variation.
In a spiritual context, sapphire is said to hold wisdom, power, and faith. Priests from the middle ages often worn sapphires to help protect them from temptations of the flesh and impure thoughts. Throughout history, the sapphire has also been popular with royalty and was considered protection from envy and harm.
Find every stunning sapphire piece, and alternative iolite jewelry for a September birthstone, right here.
Tourmaline is the birthstone for October. Tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word, tura mali, meaning mixed colored stone. It is mostly found in Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and in the US.
Tourmaline symbolizes a raw connection with nature and humanity and is thought to help with detoxification and promoting a healthy mood.
More October birthstone pieces, including tourmaline and opals, right this way.
The birthstone for November is both Citrine and Topaz.
As a birthstone, topaz is said to provide balance to emotions and help to promote a harmonious lifestyle. In ancient Egypt, the yellow variety of Topaz was thought to be a representation of the Sun God Ra and so can be found in many ancient artifacts.
Citrine is part of the quartz family and is said to promote vitality and health. It is a very common gemstone originating from Brazil, Africa, and some parts of Spain.
If you're in love with this golden stone, check out more November birthstone pieces here.
Lucky December-born babes get Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Golden Zircon as their birthstones. Turquoise and tanzanite are a deep blue color and originate from the earth’s core.
Originating in the 13th century, turquoise is one of the oldest stones in the world and is said to contain special healing powers that promotes wealth and good fortune in the person who wears it. It is also said to fend off evil and bring good luck.
Tanzanite is rare gem that is only found in Tanzania, discovered as recently as 1967. Golden zircon is a honey colored gem that also hails from the same region.
Whatever your birth month, there is something for every modern beauty in our birthstone collection. See all of the birthstone pieces in the collection.