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Birthstones are gemstones that accompany a birth month, each having a unique meaning and historical significance. The popularity of birthstones dates back to ancient times when civilisations believed that gemstones had incredible powers such as luck, health and prosperity. Traditionally, each month is associated with a single gemstone, but there are a few months with multiple birthstones choices. Gifts of birthstone jewellery with a loved one’s birthstone are very popular because of the desire to wear beautiful colour as well as something which has personal significance to the one you love.
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Garnet, the birthstone of January, is mined in a rainbow of colors. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized color of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.
Diamonds, the birthstone of April, are commonly associated with love which make it the perfect gift for a loved one. In addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage.While white diamonds are most common, Diamonds can be found in various colours including yellow, blue, pink and a variety of others as well. As a cheaper solution CZ or Cubic Zirconia is often used as a substitute for Diamond.
Rubies, the birthstone of July, are considered the king of gems and represent love, health and wisdom. It was believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune on its owner. A Ruby is the most valuable gemstone and its value increases based on its colour and quality.
October also has two birthstones; Tourmaline and Opal. Tourmaline is a favourite gemstone for many because it’s available in a rainbow of beautiful colours. Opal gemstones are truly unique because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind colour combination.
Opal, symbolises faithfulness and confidence
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is a variety of Quartz that carries a spectacular purple color that ranges from a blend of deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue. Ancient Greeks believed that the stone protected the wearer from drunkenness and enabled them to keep a balanced mindset. Amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”
Emerald, the birthstone of May, was one of Cleopatra’s favourite gems. It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emeralds signify wisdom, growth, and patience.
August is the latest month to claim two birthstones; Peridot and Spinel. Peridot, with it’s signature lime green colour, is believed to instil power and influence in the wearer. Spinel is available in a brilliant range of colours and is believed to protect the owner from harm and soothe away sadness.
November birthdays are associated with two gems; Citrine and Topaz. The warm colour of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz is most desired in its rich orange Imperial Topaz colour but it is found in a variety of rich colours like blue, pink and yellow. Citrine and Topaz, symbolises love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect.
Aquamarine, has a rich colour and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. It was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases, all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. It's mesmerising colour ranges from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the sea. A perfect birthstone for March, the Aquamarine creates a beautiful accent to spring and summer wardrobes.
June birthdays claim two birthstones; pearl and Alexandrite. Pearls have been wildly popular in jewellery for centuries because of their natural beauty. Alexandrite gemstones are extremely rare and desirable since they change colour based on the lighting. In recent years Moonstone is used as an alternative to Pearl.
Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is most desired in its pure, rich blue colour but is present in almost every colour including pink, yellow and green. In the Middle Ages the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented loyalty, purity, wisdom. and trust.
December birthdays have claim to three gemstones; Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise. Each of these gemstones carries a unique blue tone making it a perfect birthstone. Turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm.