What are Birthstones?
Birthstones are precious gemstones that are associated with a specific birth month. Each month has its own distinctive birthstone. Traditionally, each birthstone carries a unique meaning and captivating history. Some months have more than one birthstone.
The origin of Birthstones
Birthstones have a fascinating history, originating from biblical times. Over the years, the 12 gemstones became linked to the 12 zodiac signs. Ultimately, these gemstones became associated with the 12 months of the year.
What is the meaning of Birthstone Jewelry?
Birthstones are often incorporated into jewelry. Many believe they possess a magical power that brings good health and good luck to the wearer! Birthstone jewelry makes personal and thoughtful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. They make stunning rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, charms, and more. Give the gift of Irish birthstone jewelry to a loved one to mark a special occasion.
What is my birthstone?
Have you ever wondered what special gemstone is connected to your birthday? And what does this really mean? Find your birth month below to understand more about your specific birthstone and its unique meaning and history.
Birthstones by Month
January Birthstone - Garnet
Garnet is typically a deep mesmerizing red gem and represents friendship, trust, and happiness. Many believe it keeps the wearer safe when traveling. Its name originates from the Latin granatum, meaning seeds, because it resembles the shape and color of a pomegranate seed.
February Birthstone - Amethyst
Amethyst, the distinctive violet-colored birthstone for February, is a quartz stone. Its majestic hue symbolizes peace, tranquility, calmness, protection, and royalty. It is also thought to be a stone for inspiring creativity and clearing the mind.
March Birthstone - Aquamarine and Bloodstone
The word Aquamarine is named after the breathtaking ocean. It is a blend of 2 words: Aqua, meaning water, and Marina, meaning the ocean. In ancient times, sailors were given the aquamarine stone to protect them on their voyages. Its refreshing and delicate blue-green color is an emblem of eternal youth, health, and hope. It is a very popular gemstone in jewelry, complementing spring and summer fashion.
Another birthstone for March is the bloodstone, which is dark green in color with red specks. Many believe it to possess healing and cleansing properties.
April Birthstone - Diamond
Diamond is the birthstone for those of you lucky enough to be born in April! The most precious, valuable, and romantic gemstone of all, the Diamond is the ultimate symbol of love. Diamonds also represent purity, courage, and strength. Although colorless diamonds are the most common, they can be found in a variety of colors.
May Birthstone - Emerald
The luscious green Emerald gemstone was one of Cleopatra's favorite gems, and is one of the most precious colored gemstones worldwide. It is said to instill health, faithfulness, fertility, and tranquility. It also represents rebirth, loyalty, and love. The vivid and natural color of the Emerald stone links it to Spring and the green of nature.
June Birthstone - Pearl and Alexandrite
No other birthstone is quite like Pearl, which emanates elegance, natural beauty, and rarity. Pearls are recognized as a symbol of purity and innocence. They are also believed to bring wealth and success to the wearer. Because they are produced by oysters and other shellfish, many refer to them as the 'organic' gemstone, the quintessential gift from the sea.
Alexandrite, a relatively modern gemstone, is another birthstone for June. It is the gemstone of luck, prosperity, and intellect. Alexandrite gemstones change their shade based on the lighting, and are extremely rare.
July Birthstone - Ruby
The July Birthstone, ruby, is known as the 'king of gems' and signifies love, wisdom, and health. The rich, deep red glow of the ruby represents love and passion, as well as strength and courage. As a gift, it is a perfect symbol of love and devotion. Wearing your ruby birthstone jewelry is believed to grant you good fortune and health.
August Birthstone - Peridot and Spinel
The most popular birthstone for August is Peridot. It is a glorious bright green gemstone symbolizing serenity, trust, and strength. It is believed to instill calmness and protect against harm. Peridot birthstone jewelry will stand out and add a flash of summer color to any outfit!
Red Spinel is another birthstone for the month of August. The luscious and vibrant red color of this gemstone resembles the tones of the ruby stone. Known for its revitalizing properties, it boosts stamina and energy and improves memory. It is believed to protect the wearer from evil and bring comfort in times of sadness.
September Birthstone - Sapphire
The luxurious, deep blue Sapphire gemstone symbolizes trust, loyalty, enduring love, and wisdom. It is believed to bestow inner peace and tranquility on the wearer. Favored by the Royals, Sapphires are the most popular gemstone globally, exuding elegance and style. Sapphire birthstone jewelry makes a breathtaking gift for any lady born in September!
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
October birthdays lay claim to two gemstones: Opal and Tourmaline. Both of these stunning birthstones signify love, hope, healing, and compassion.
Iridescent Opal gemstones are closely linked to emotions, promoting confidence and faithfulness. Each opal stone is one-of-a-kind, displaying a rainbow of dazzling colors and designs.
Tourmaline is a gemstone featuring a near-infinite range of colors. It is believed to improve mental alertness and relieve stress.
Both Opal and Tourmaline display a magnificent array of colors, creating iridescent and dazzling November birthstone jewelry.
November Birthstone - Citrine and Topaz
Citrine and Topaz are the birthstones connected to November, both instilling positivity, and good physical and mental wellbeing. They are believed to protect the wearer from bad fortune.
Topaz features a variety of eye-catching yellow hues, and represents loyalty and friendship.
Citrine is a quartz gemstone featuring golden yellow to warm orange hues. It promotes success, joy, prosperity, and good health.
December Birthstone - Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Zircon
December birthdays are connected with three gemstones - Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Zircon. They all convey a distinctive blue tone and are regarded as healing gemstones.
The calming, dreamy color of the Turquoise gemstone is believed to convey love, success, and wealth.
Tanzanite is one of the newest gemstones, featuring striking blue, purple, and violet tones. It is extremely rare, only found in Tanzania, and promotes positive thoughts and energy.
Zircon is available in several different colors; however, Blue Zircon is the most popular. This luminous gemstone is renowned for its physical and spiritual healing effects, providing its wearer with wisdom and clarity of the mind.
At Irish Jewelry Craft, we have an elegant range of timeless birthstone jewelry featuring glistening birthstones set into stunning rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. Our exquisite range of Irish Birthstone Jewelry is the perfect choice for a birthstone-themed gift. Browse our entire collection on our website and find a piece that captures your heart!
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