Birth Stone


Birth Stone

Find the Best of Birthstone Gift

A birthstone is a gift of a precious material (jewelry, mainly gemstones; themselves traditionally associated with various qualities) that symbolizes the month of birth (in the Gregorian Calendar). It is sometimes also called birthday stone (cf. infra; but that word is, confusingly, sometimes used as a synonym for an anniversary gift, which is related to the recipient’s age, that is, year of birth).

There have been many different sets of birthstones used throughout history and in different cultures. In 1912, in an effort to standardize them, the American national association of jewelers, Jewelers of America, officially adopted the following list; it is currently the most widely used list in the United States and many other locations, including Australia and Thailand. Some alternates have been adopted to be a less expensive substitute for a cut stone.

Month Modern Birthstone Alternate Traditional Birthstone

January: Garnet Rose Quartz Garnet

Garnet would bring the wearer tranquility and protect against fevers and against harm during travel.

Birth Stone -Garnet Rose
February: Amethyst Onyx

Amethyst was used as a protection against drunkenness.

Birth Stone -Amethyst
March: Aquamarine Red Jasper (Bloodstone) Bloodstone, Jasper

Birth Stone -Aquamarine
April: Diamond Rock Crystal (Quartz) Diamond, Sapphire

a person who values courage might choose diamond as his signature stone since diamonds are said to ensure bravery for the wearer. (Diamond is also a symbol of fidelity in love, which is why they have become the special stone for engagement rings.

Birth Stone -Diamond

May: Emerald Chrysoprase Emerald, Agate

A woman hoping to have a child might wear emerald for fertility.
birth stone-emerald
June: Pearl, Moonstone Alexandrite Alexandrite, Emerald

Birth Stone -Pearl
July: Ruby Jade or Carnelian Ruby, Onyx

Ruby would bring the clarity of mind and protect against harm from natural.

Birth Stone -Ruby
August: Peridot Aventurine, Sardonyx, or Sapphire Sardonyx, Carnelian September Sapphire Lapis lazuli Sapphire, Peridot
A person plagued by nightmares might choose to wear peridot as protection against them.

Birth Stone -Peridot

October: Opal Pink Tourmaline Opal

It is unlucky for anyone who is not born in October to wear opal, but for those born in its month, opal would bring joy and contentment and protect against diseases of the eye.

Birth Stone -Opal
November: Yellow Topaz Citrine or Turquoise Citrine, Topaz

Birth Stone -Yellow Topaz

December: Turquoise Lapis Lazuli or Tanzanite Zircon, Ruby

Birth Stone -TurquoiseBirth Stone -Lapis Lazuli

While this word has also been used as synonym of Birth stone, there is a separate list of assignment according to the day of the week of the recipient’s birth:
Monday : Pearl(the only organic gem)
Tuesday : Garnet
Wednesday : Cat’s eye (Chatoyant Chrysoberyl)
Thursday : Emerald
Friday : Topaz
Saturday : Sapphire
Sunday : Ruby

With the huge number of “correct” choices available to each person, the wearing of a birthstone can be individual and distinctive. Whatever stone is chosen, one thing is certain, the stone has a rich mythic tradition that can add depth and interest to your choice.