Birthstones are beautiful gemstones associated with our birth month, each with a particular meaning. They are also beautiful gems that can bring color to any outfit. Each gemstone possesses its own unique beauty and meaning, making birthstone jewelry a sentimental piece. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of birthstone jewelry, exploring the gemstones associated with each month and uncovering the meanings behind them.
The History of Birthstones
The origins of birthstones can be traced back to the biblical times and the Book of Exodus, which described a breastplate worn by Aron, the first high priest of the Israelites. This sacred breastplate was adorned with 12 stones, each representing of the 12 tribes of Israel, and embellished with the names of the tribes. It was believed that the breastplate possessed miraculous powers, and it was later believed that these 12 miraculous stones corresponded to the 12 months of the year and the 12 zodiac signs.
Birthstones carried similar meanings in ancient times and other cultures, each believing the stones had special powers and meanings. Although the actual gemstones themselves differed, birthstones were standardized by the Jewelers of America in 1912, and is updated from time to time.
January - Garnet
With its fiery red color, garnet is a beautiful gemstone that brings warmth to the cold January. Garnet symbolizes strength and courage, so it’s perfect for those who want to showcase those qualities. It also symbolizes friendship and trust, making it a beautiful gift for friends. In ancient times, garnets were used as a talisman to protect warriors in battles, and it was believed that garnets would turn pale when danger was approaching, so it can also be worn for protection.
February - Amethyst
With its calming purple, amethyst has a peaceful aura. Amethyst symbolizes peace, hope, and clarity, and is known to help one overcome difficult times. During ancient times, amethyst was believed to keep the wearer clear-minded. So it’s perfect for those who want to enhance their peace, relief stress, and keep a clear mind.
March - Aquamarine
As blue as the sea, aquamarine has a soothing, serene feeling, just like the ocean. Aquamarine is known to promote tranquility, reduce stress, and inspire courage. It can be worn as a reminder to be courageous and calm, or to help reduce stress. It is also perfect for those who want to wear a piece of the sea.
April - Diamond
We all know how special diamonds are; they are associated with eternal love and commitment. Diamonds are perfect not only as engagement rings, but also as the perfect gift for any occasion. But as April’s birthstone, they also represent strength and invincibility. So they can be worn not only as a symbol of true love, but also as a symbol of strength, due to diamonds being the hardest substance on earth.
May - Emerald
With the arrival of spring, what better gemstone to represent it than emerald. Similar to the green hues of spring, emerald has a sense of growth and healing. It symbolizes rebirth, fertility, and prosperity, and is often associated with Venus, the goddess of love. The Ancient Greeks wore emerald to protect them from unfaithfulness, and believed that emerald shining green meant their partner was being faithful. Emerald is the perfect gemstone to remind yourself that the clouds will pass, and you will be healed.
June - Alexandrite
June is represented by alexandrite, an extremely rare gem. Though a real one is hard to come by, it symbolizes luck and prosperity. Its change of colors between green and purple is seen as a representation of the balance between spiritual and psychical health, and can help the wearer center themselves. Alexandria is the perfect gemstone for those who want to find balance and center themselves.
July - Ruby
The scorching hot July is represented by vibrant ruby, also known as the “king of gems”. Ruby symbolizes love and passion, which makes it the perfect gift for your significant other. It is also associated with courage and protection, and is believed to reduce negative energy, so it’s the right choice for those who want to be protected from negative energy.
August - Peridot
The warmth and sunshine during August is represented by peridot. Similar to the warm sun, peridot symbolizes happiness, healing, peace, and good fortune. It is also believed to protect the wearer against nightmares, and can help the wearer calm their anger. It is perfect for those who shine bright like the sun and radiate warmth, or for those who are chasing peace and healing.
September - Sapphire
With its captivating deep blue color, sapphire is reminiscent of the night sky. It symbolizes wisdom, loyalty, and faith, and is believed to bring serenity to the wearer, just like the night sky. Sapphire is also believed to bring success, calm nerves, and provide clarity to the wearer, so it’s perfect for those who are after these qualities. Sapphire is also the prefect gift for those who remind you of the night sky: calm, wise, and mysterious.
October - Tourmaline
Known by its multiple colors, tourmaline is a unique gemstone representing October. Due to its variety in color (green, blue, pink, yellow, and so on) it represents our emotions. It is also believed to relieve stress and help with mental health, so it’s perfect for those who want to be free of negative feelings.
November - Citrine
The arrival of fall is represented by citrine, which has similar colors to fall. Once known as the “merchant’s stone”, citrine symbolizes prosperity. It is also believed to reduce anger and provide calmness, so it’s the right gemstone for those who want to ward off negative energy.
December - Blue Topaz
December is represented by blue topaz that is reminiscent of a clear winter sky, beautiful white snow, and Christmas. Blue topaz symbolizes love, loyalty, and trust, so it’s the perfect Christmas gift for your loved one. It is also believed to provide happiness, harmony, and good fortune to the wearer - just what we all need for the new year.
Celebrate Yourself with Bayam Jewelry
Birthstones are a great way to celebrate one’s birth or characteristics. At Bayam Jewelry our Birthstone Rings are made with 10K yellow gold, and are available in a bold, oval style featuring a Greek design for men, and in a feminine, heart style with cubic zirconia for women.
So whether you want to carry your birthstone or that of someone you love, or gift one to a loved one, our Birthstone Rings are a beautiful choice that will not only add sentiment to your outfit, but also bring a pop of color. You can also simply choose your favorite color or the gemstone whose meaning resonates with you the most. So take a look at our Birthstone Rings for Men and Birthstone Rings for Women to give your style a sentimental and colorful twist.