Birthstones are valued for their incredible beauty, bringing sparkle and enticing shine to all styles of jewellery. Many birthstones are also imbued with spiritual meanings, with a history of symbolism dating back to the breastplate of Aaron that contained 12 gemstones representing the tribes of Israel along with the zodiac signs. Today’s modern birthstone list was established by the National Association of Jewellers in 1912 when symbolic meanings, zodiac associations, gem availability and historical context were all combined into our modern list. There have been a few updates to the list over the years with stunning gems joining the ranks of birthstones.
Treat yourself or a loved one to the thoughtful gift of birthstone jewellery. Perfect for gifts—birthstones are said to reflect the strengths and positive characteristics of the people born to their month. From powerful garnet to generous blue topaz, all our birthstone jewellery is expertly crafted to be as unique as the wearer.
Red garnets are a shining birthstone perfect for all types of jewellery. These gemstones were prized by ancient Egyptians and were even exchanged during the Middle Ages as symbols of affection. A high-quality garnet birthstone brings rich colours and good translucency. This gemstone’s game comes from the Latin word granatum, which means pomegranate seed.shop garnet jewellery
Amethyst is a vibrant, purple gemstone that has long been associated with royalty. A favourite of St. Valentine and Leonardo da Vinci, amethysts are a purple-toned variety of quartz that has lasting popularity. Medieval soldiers valued amethysts for their reported calming and healing powers while ancient Greeks believed the gemstone offered sobering powers. A high-quality amethyst birthstone offers a strong, saturated purple hue.shop amethyst jewellery
The light blue aquamarine birthstone has long been associated with water. In fact, it was even an ancient talisman for seafarers. Today, the relaxing blue shade of this birthstone is believed to bring calming energy to its wearers. A high-quality aquamarine will bring bright colours, clear hue and good translucency.shop aquamarine jewellery
The toughest of all the gemstones, diamonds are the shining birthstone for April jewellery. The durable diamond is prized as a symbol of eternal love and strength. Diamonds are evaluated by the 4Cs and are believed to represent balance and courage.shop diamond jewellery
Rich green emeralds have been valued for centuries. This gemstone was considered holy by ancient Incas and Aztecs. A variety of beryl, emeralds bring a famous green coloration. High-quality specimens of this birthstone bring a vivid coloration and may have inclusions.shop emerald jewellery
The lustrous pearl is the glistening birthstone for June. Considered gifts from the sea, rare pearls are each one-of-a-kind with unique characteristics that make them natural wonders. Pearls are either cultured or found in freshwater and saltwater environments. They are a famous gemstone revered by royalty, celebrities and everyday people. Pearl birthstone jewellery represents innocence and purity.shop pearl jewellery
Ruby’s crimson colour has long symbolized romance, passion and devotion. This variety of the mineral corundum is perfect for daily wear. A high-quality ruby birthstone brings good depth of colour and relatively clean translucency.shop ruby jewellery
The vivid green peridot is a birthstone that’s long been believed to bring good luck and ward off evil. In Hawaiian mythology, peridots represented the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. High-quality peridot birthstones will bring good translucence along with bright green-yellow hues.shop peridot jewellery
Sapphires are additional gemstones from the mineral corundum. This birthstone most commonly comes in rich blue hues, but other colours such as pink and white are also available. Sapphires are associated with royalty, romance and honesty. High-quality sapphire birthstones offer good transparency and rich depth of colour.shop sapphire jewellery
Opal birthstone jewellery features this striking gemstone and unique characteristics. Opals have a play-of-colour that incorporates an inner glow along with multifaceted flashes of colour. Opals are believed to symbolize faith, hope and loyalty. Some people also believe that the play-of-colour offered by opals brings the symbolism of all birthstone jewellery into play. A high-quality opal will display an inner glow, known as opalescence, along with flashes of colour.shop opal jewellery
The bright citrine derives its name from the French word for lemons. Citrine birthstone jewellery represents happiness, vitality and health. A high-quality citrine will show the gemstone’s signature orange-focused shades with additional tones and hues ranging from deep brown to yellow-orange.shop citrine jewellery
DECEMBER: BLUE TOPAZ
Blue topaz is the most popular December gemstone for birthstone jewellery. Birthstone rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets with blue topaz often feature the London blue variety of this gemstone. Ancient Greeks believed that topaz offered strength to those who wore it. High-quality stones offer consistent colour saturation and good transparency.shop blue topaz jewellery
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Top Questions and Answers About Birthstone Jewellery
Birthstones are particular gemstones popularly associated with the month or astrological sign of a person's birth. Birthstones are said to reflect the positive aspects of your personality, strengthen your best characteristics and highlight your most charming traits.
Some months are associated with multiple birthstones because there is a traditional and modern list of birthstones.
The traditional list of birthstones originated in Poland between the 16th and 18th centuries. In contrast, the National Association of Jewellers released the modern list in 1912.
The National Association of Jewellers created the modern list to suit the contemporary taste, and this is the list most jewellers go by today.
The 12 birthstones on the modern list are garnet, amethyst, aquamarine, diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby, peridot, sapphire, opal, citrine and blue topaz.
Jewlery with birthstones is the perfect gift for any occasion. Birthstone jewellery can be an especially meaningful gift for new parents.
Whether you’re looking to purchase birthstone jewellery for mom or you’re looking for a piece for yourself, there are many types of jewellery to choose from. You can choose from birthstone necklaces, rings, bracelets or earrings.
Jewellery with birthstones is a stylish choice for symbolism, self-expression and simple aesthetic wear. These gems are an on-trend choice.
While many people choose birthstone jewellery by the month they were born in, there are no set rules that you must stick to your birth month. If there’s a birthstone from another month with symbolism or a look that you enjoy, you can absolutely wear that month’s birthstone. In fact, many people choose to wear symbolic jewellery with birthstones to represent special moments in their lives. Many gemstone engagement rings feature birthstones as well.