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AGL Jewelry 101: Birthstones

Discover Your Birthstone Colors

Birthstones: Discover Your Birthstone Colors

Birthstones are known as the gemstones that represent the month of your birth. Each month of the year has a corresponding gemstone with unique colors and meanings. These precious stones are associated with a long tradition that was cemented when the National Association of Jewelers standardized what gemstones are assigned to each month of the year and the symbolism associated with them.

So if you are looking for a meaningful gift for your loved ones or if you are simply curious about birthstones, this guide is especially for you! Read more below to learn about birthstones and their vibrant colors.

JANUARY - Garnet

Starting the year off with fiery rich red hues. Garnets are famous for their red color but come in a range of other colors like green, orange, purple, and more. The name garnet came from the Latin word granatum which means “seedlike”. It’s a direct reference to a fruit that closely resembles the gemstone, the pomegranate.  

Garnets symbolize peace and a long-lasting friendship. People also believe that garnet brings in good fortune to those who wear it. It’s a fitting gemstone for January babies as they usher in the new year with good luck. 

FEBRUARY - Amethyst 

Celebrate the month of love with shades of purple. Amethysts are breathtaking stones that embody the color of royalty. From the pale lavender to the bright violet, amethysts have always been favored by those of nobility.

These gemstones are associated with healing, spirituality, and mental well-being. Amethysts are also symbols of grace, serenity, and trust. Those born in February will find that this healing crystal will bring love into their life. 

MARCH - Aquamarine 

Aquamarine is recognizable through its pale and tranquil blue shades. The gemstone for March is derived from the Latin words aqua and marina. Together, it meant “seawater”, a reflection of its signature color. 

Aquamarines are said to protect travelers from any harm. It ensures safe travels to all those who wear it. It also represents hope, happiness, and everlasting youth.

APRIL - Diamond

Those born in the month of April will surely recognize the world’s most popular gemstone. Diamonds are colorless, brilliant gemstones that could also come in rare colors like yellow, red, or even black. They are the hardest gemstones out of all which makes them a good option for everyday wear.

Diamonds symbolize everlasting love. For those born in April, diamonds are also associated with strength, good health, and long life. 

MAY - Emerald

The designated gemstone for the month of May is the vibrant green emerald. It’s the perfect spring gemstone with its lively hues. Since ancient times, emeralds have been treasured and have been one of the most famous gemstones available on the market.

Emeralds represent one’s passions and zest for life. This richly-colored gemstone also symbolizes hope, rebirth, and intelligence.

JUNE - Pearl, Alexandrite & Moonstone

The most recognized birthstone for the month of June is the luminous and classic pearl. These gems, naturally-occurring or cultures, can come in a wide variety of colors. The most recognizable is white, but it could also come in silver, black, or grey.

Pearls are the ultimate symbol of purity, wisdom, and honesty. They could also represent serenity and strength.  

Aside from pearls, June is also associated with 2 other birthstones: alexandrite and moonstone. Alexandrite is a rare color-change variety of gemstones that may appear a deep green or red depending on the light. On the other hand, moonstone is recognized for its pale blue or white luminous quality that can be likened to a moonlight-like sheen. 

JULY - Ruby

The king of gemstones, rubies, is the gemstone assigned to the month of July. This incandescent red color marks it as one of the most recognizable gemstones in the world. 

Rubies signify love and passion. As the birthstone of July, it also shows off the passionate temperament of those born in this month. Rubies are also said to give you strength and protect you from evil. 

AUGUST - Peridot & Spinel

Notable with its distinctive lime green color, peridot is the birthstone associated with the happy month of August. It is always green in color but can vary in shades or hues. They’re pretty and elegant gemstones that bring prosperity.

The peridot stone represents beauty, morality, and strength. It is also said that the stone can repel evil spirits and protect its wearer from harm.

A recent addition to the August birthstone is the spinel. This stone occurs in almost every color and represents longevity.

SEPTEMBER - Sapphire

This serene blue gemstone is the birthstone associated with the month of September. The sapphire, notable for its blue hue, also comes in other colors. In fact, a variety known as Montana sapphires will lead you to stunning pink, purple, or white colors.

Sapphires are closely associated with nobility and spirituality. It can also symbolize wisdom, and purity, and is used to protect its wearer against negative energies.

OCTOBER - Opal & Tourmaline

Opals are hard to describe for it is a palette for different hues and shades. The birthstone for October is a creative mix that reflects almost every color of the rainbow. It comes in a variety of colors such as white, yellow, red, green, blue, pink, and more.

Opals are said to bring confidence and faithfulness to its owners. This enchanting stone is also associated with higher powers and magic.

Tourmalines are also associated with November and are characterized by it’s bright colors of pink, red, green, blue, and more. It could also come in black or brown.

NOVEMBER - Topaz & Citrine

Topaz is most known for its orange-yellow color but it can come in other popular colors like purple, pink, red, and blue. November’s birthstone is a favorite amongst collectors due to its durability and brilliance.

Topaz was said to be blessed by the ancient sun gods and would bring strength to everyday life. It also symbolized luck and great beauty.

With an almost identical orange-yellow hue, citrine is also a birthstone of November. It is deeply associated with healing and happiness.

DECEMBER - Turquoise, Zircon & Tanzanite 

Turquoise is the birthstone representing the month of December. It can be characterized by its bright blue color that also contains green accents. It can appear in between the blue and green color wheel in a semi-transparent to opaque stone.

Turquoise is seen as an amulet that can protect its wearer from bad luck. In association, it is also symbolized as a bringer of luck and peace.

December also has 2 other gemstones representing it - zircon and tanzanite. Zircon can come in bright blue, and green colors. On the contrary, tanzanite often features a brown color but is revealed to be a stunning violet after treatments. 

“Jewelry is something that has to do with emotion. That aspect of jewelry really interests me.” -Ann Demeulemeester

‍Shopping For Your Birthstones 

With every month having its representative gemstones and symbolisms, many have felt an affinity to these stunning birthstones. People may think of it as a memento or a special gift for their loved ones. Whatever you choose, know that you are never limited to your birth month and that you can choose whatever birthstone best resonates with your character.

Looking for the perfect birthstone jewelry? You can shop A Gilded Leaf’s collection here.

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