Garnet, the birthstone for January, signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.
Amethyst, the Febuary birhtstone. The gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.
Aquamarine, the March birthstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.
Diamond the April birthstone, diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one. And now you have more choices than ever. Get creative and give the ultimate gift of beauty: a fancy-color diamond.
Emerald the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.
Alexandrite the June Birthstone, was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. Alternate birthstones are Pearls and moonstone.
Ruby, the July birthsone, are said to arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love.
Peridot the August birthstone, is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year.
Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, will protect your loved ones from envy and harm.
Opal the October birthstone, derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning “to see a change (of color).” The opal has been called the “Queen of Gems” due to it’s play of color. Alternate birthstones for October are Tourmalines.
Topaz is the November birthstone. The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Due to the rarity of Imperial topaz, Citrine, the other birthstone for November is known as the “healing quartz”. This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer.
Zircon, specifically the blue variety is the December birthstone. Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep. Alternate birthstones for December are Turquoise and Tanzanite.