What Is the Significance of Birthstone Jewelry? | The Diamond Reserve

What Is the Significance of Birthstone Jewelry?

The practice of assigning different gemstones to different birth months has ancient and possibly even biblical origins. Today, these birthstones are a symbol of identity, often worn in necklaces and even engagement rings. Here’s how you can find your birthstone (or birthstones) and what exactly this significant gemstone means.

How Can I Find My Birthstone?

As the idea of birthstones has evolved over the years, some months have had multiple gemstones assigned to them as you can see below. While the number of options and the stones themselves depend on the source you reference, these are the most common birthstones assigned to each month.

JuneAlexandrite, Pearl
AugustPeridot, Spinel, Sardonyx
OctoberTourmaline, Opal
NovemberTopaz, Citrine
DecemberZircon, Tanzanite, Turquoise, Blue Topaz

Many birthstones are well-known gemstones, such as diamonds (April), emeralds (May), rubies (July), and sapphires (September). However, some birthstones are more obscure and less commonly found in jewelry. For example, one of December’s birthstones, Tanzanite, is a rare blue-violet gemstone only found in Tanzania.

What Does a Birthstone Symbolize?

As a birthstone is unique to the wearer’s birth month, it’s often believed to be an expression of someone’s individuality. Birthstones have also been tied to generally good fortune, symbolizing luck, well-being, and protection.

Each birthstone has its own meaning and symbolism as well. For example, citrine, November’s birthstone, is meant to represent thoughtfulness and intentionality, bringing relaxation to those who wear it.

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