All About Birthstones

January: Garnet

Garnet

Garnets come in a variety of colors but the most typically seen in jewelry are Rhodalite Garnet, a reddish purple, and Mozambique Garnet, a reddish brown. Friendship and trust are most often associated with this particular gemstone.

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February: Amethyst

amethyst

There’s a reason royalty favored this gem over most others. This gem was also a favorite of Saint Valentine. It is said that Saint Valentine had an amethyst carved with the likeness of a cherub’s face mounting in a ring. It is also said that wearing amethyst can ward off drunkenness and clear the mind.

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March: Aquamarine

aquamarine

Named after the sea, this gemstone was thought to protect those who travel the seas. The colors can range in shade from the pale blue color of a mountain lake to a rich blue-green of the Mediterranean Sea. Often the larger the aquamarine, the more intense the color.

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April: Diamond

diamond

Long renowned as an engagement ring staple and a girl’s best friend, diamonds also come in a variety of colors, with red being the rarest. Formed deep within the earth and brought to the surface in volcanic explosions, diamonds have taken their time to form into those dazzling pieces that take your breath away.

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May: Emerald

emerald

There’s no other color close to emerald. Those deep darker tones turn everyone around lighter shades of envy. Not sure what this means?? Columbia is a powerhouse for emeralds today. High quality natural emeralds are extremely rare and are thought to bring the owner good fortune and foresight.

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June: Pearl/Alexandrite

alexandrite

Alexandrite is a color-shifting stone depending on the light source. It can swing from a deep green to a nice reddish/purple color in natural sunlight. Finding genuine alexandrite can be quite challenging for consumers due to the rarity of this stone. Pearls are fruits of the ocean. Their color, shape and size all depend on the host oyster and its environment. They are also a favorite gift for young ladies graduating from high school and entering the adult world.

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July: Ruby

ruby

Bold and evoking feelings of passion and amor, rubies were often use to stir such feelings and lead the way to success. Rubies are also one of the strongest gemstones, only able to be scratched by diamonds. For decades, Rubies were thought to be their own gems until it was found that they share the same composition as sapphires.

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August: Peridot

peridot

This olive green to lime green stone has a shade for everyone. Peridots are brought from deep within the earth by raging volcanoes. The variety of shades mimics the soft green seen during spring and summer. Peridot was thought to bring the fortunate wearer influence and power.

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September: Sapphire

sapphire

Most people recognize sapphire as being blue but sapphire comes in every shade of color. White sapphires are used in everyday items such as watch crystals and even helicopter windows! Sapphires are the second hardest gem in the world second only to diamonds.

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October: Opal/Pink Tourmaline

opal

A unique characteristic of tourmaline is that most examples of this gemstone are bi- and tri-colored. There are watermelon tourmalines where one half is green and the other pink! Opals are actually formed with non-crystalline silica gel that hardens into a solid piece from heat and pressure. This helps with the characteristic flashes of color that is so highly prized among collectors.

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November: Topaz/Citrine

topaz

Topaz is often confused with citrine but is a whole other species entirely. This gemstone comes in a variety of colors with its blue topaz being most popular. Russian czars were smitten with the Imperial topaz with its orange and pink coloring. Citrine was favored among the healers as it was thought to promote healing and good health. This is one of the most plentiful and affordable gemstones on the market today.

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December: Zircon/Tanzanite/Turquoise

turquoise

Tanzanite is exclusively mined in Tanzania and was originally promoted by Tiffany and Co. The rich vibrant blue-purple makes tanzanite a great sapphire substitute. Zircon is another gemstone that comes in a variety of colors, with red being the most sought after. White zircon is often used as a diamond substitute. Turquoise is a staple in Southwest jewelry. Its lack of a crystal structure lends itself to being used in inlays and carvings. It is found with or without that characteristic veining as well as variety of hues from robin’s egg blue to sea green.

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