Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month of the year, representing the month in which a person is born. These gemstones have cultural and historical significance and are often used in jewellery or as meaningful symbols. Each birthstone is believed to possess unique properties or symbolism, making them special and personal to individuals born in a particular month.
Birthstones are often used to create personalised jewellery pieces, such as rings, necklaces, or bracelets, that serve as meaningful gifts or personal adornments. They can be cherished as symbols of identity, good luck, or spiritual connections.
Garnet is a gemstone available in a variety of colours, most commonly deep red. It symbolises faith, love and strength. It was also believed to be a protective stone, and was popular amongst warriors and royalty.
Garnet is also gifted for the 2nd wedding anniversary.
Amethyst is a purple gemstone that represents peace, stability, and balance. It is associated with qualities such as clarity of mind, spiritual growth, and inner strength. Ancient Greeks believed this stone can protect its owner from drunkenness, and wore amethyst and carved amethyst wine goblets.
It is also associated with royalty and nobility.
Amethyst is also gifted for the 6th and 9th wedding anniversaries.
Aquamarine is a pale blue or greenish-blue gemstone associated with tranquility, clarity, and communication. It was known for its connection to the sea. The name ‘aquamarine’ derives from the Latin for ‘seawater’, and Ancient Romans believed that aquamarine could protect wearers who are travelling across the sea.
Emeralds are rich green gemstones symbolising rebirth, love, and fertility. It was one of Cleopatra’s favourite gemstones.
It was believed that the emerald gives the wearer the ability to predict the future. It is also associated with growth, health, wealth and faithfulness.
Emerald is also given for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
Pearl, the birthstone for June, symbolises purity, modesty and wisdom. It is associated with the Moon, Venus and femininity.
Unlike most gemstones which are minerals, pearls are organic material formed within the softer tissue of a living shelled mollusc.
Pearl is also a wedding anniversary stones for the 3rd and 30th anniversaries.
Rubies are vibrant red gemstones symbolising passion, courage, and love. It is believed to bring good luck and ignite the inner flame within the wearer.
Due to the blood-like colour, ruby has been associated with health, physicality and strength. Warriors wore ruby, and it was supposed to increase the strength of the wearer.
Ruby is also given for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
Sapphires come in various colours, but are most commonly associated with deep blue. Sapphires are believed to bring clarity, protection, and spiritual insight to the wearer.
The Persians thought the earth was on a giant sapphire, and the colour of the sky was reflection of the sapphire.
Sapphire is also gifted for the 5th and 45th anniversaries.
Tourmaline, the birthstone for October, comes in a wide range of colours. It was believed that tourmaline increases creativity, and is helpful for people in the creative field.
Alchemists thought tourmaline was related to the philosopher’s stone.
Tourmaline is the wedding anniversary stone for the 8th anniversary.
Blue topaz is also given for the 4th wedding anniversary.