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Garnet is the traditional birthstone for the month of January. Its rich, burgundy red color and inner fire have helped make it a favorite addition to jewelry for more than 5,000 years. High-quality garnets have vivid, saturated color and good translucency.
Brilliant purple amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. These vibrant gemstones have long been part of crown jewels and remain very popular today because of their beauty and availability. Amethyst is a variety of quartz, and high-quality specimens will have saturated color and pure purple hues.
The birthstone for the month of March is aquamarine. These light to very light blue gemstones are a variety of beryl, like emerald. They've long been associated with water, and are especially treasured by seafaring people. A high-quality aquamarine will have clear, bright colors and lighter tones.
Diamond is the traditional birthstone of April. Treasured for their fire and brilliance, diamonds have been prized for a wide variety of jewelry for centuries. Look for high-quality diamonds that have a good balance of the Four Cs - cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
Rich green emerald is May's birthstone. Emeralds have been prized in cultures around the world for centuries, and their color is the definitive green. Emerald, like aquamarine, is a variety of beryl and truly flawless specimens are exceptionally rare. Finest-quality emeralds have vivid, saturated color.
The traditional June birthstone is pearl. Pearls are an organic gem, and only about one in 20 pearl growing mollusks will produce gem quality pearls. The unique iridescent luster of pearls have helped make pearls a jewelry essential for generations of women around the world.
Because of its fiery crimson color, ruby continues to make an eye-catching choice for jewelry. Ruby is the traditional birthstone for July. It's a variety of corundum, like sapphire, and shares sapphire's natural vibrancy. While flawless examples are extremely rare, the best examples have good translucency and color depth.
Bright, green peridot is the birthstone for the month of August. Peridot's unique vivid green will add a lively sparkle to any piece of jewelry. Peridot has been treasured from Egypt to Hawaii for thousands of years. The finest peridot has bright yellowish-green hues and good translucency.
Sapphire, the September birthstone, is most well-known for its velvety blue hues and dramatic highlights. However, pink sapphire is also a popular choice for jewelry. A variety of corundum, sapphires are in the same gemstone family as ruby. High-quality examples of sapphire have good translucency and vibrant color.
Opal is the birthstone for October and its fiery incandescence produces an endless variety of color flashes. A high-quality opal offers a unique experience every time you look at it. Opals are cut into rounded cabochons to enhance their exceptional play of color. Never clean opals with an ultrasonic cleaner.
Golden yellow-orange citrine is the traditional November birthstone. This fiery gemstone gets its name from the French word for lemon. Citrine is a variety of quartz, like amethyst, and high-quality examples will add a bright warm splash of color to any piece of jewelry.
Radiant blue topaz is the traditional birthstone for the month of December. This dramatic gemstone has given jewelry designs a unique blue fire for thousands of years. It is well-known for its dynamic color and range of vivid blue hues. High-quality blue topaz has bright color and good transparency.