Birthstones are particular gems associated with each month of the year. There are numerous myths and legends about these stones and their properties, and different cultures and time periods each have their own set of birthstones. These stones are often fitted into jewellery to be given as gifts to friends and family. Below are the most common birthstones along with some of their prescribed qualities:
This beautiful stone, which is most commonly red but can be found in a range of other colors, symbolises peace, prosperity and good health.
Prized for its brilliant and beautiful green color, this rare and expensive gemstone is considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love.
A precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers
A beautiful purple quartz, the amethyst is an easily recognizable gem, associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability.
Pearl promotes loyalty, faithfulness and friendship and along with alexandrite and moonstone are associated with this month.
Together with tourmaline these beautiful multicoloured gemstones are associated with the qualities of hope, purity and creativity
Two stones are associated with this month: aquamarine and bloodstone. Both share a symbolism of preserving or enhancing health.
Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the color red, the vibrant ruby, along with carnelian, is said to bring love and success.
Yellow topaz and citrine are both known for their calming energies, and for bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.
Two stones are also associated with this month, the prized, colourless diamond along with clear quartz both represent happiness.
This birthstone is believed to reduce stress and protect its wearer from negativity. Sardonyx is an alternative
believed to boost bravery
Along with a number of other blue gemstones, zircon, tanzanite and blue topaz, these stones bring peace of mind and prosperity.