Hello everyone! It’s not always easy to remember all the beautifully unique birthstones for each month of the year. Now if you’re like me; I find it quite fascinating & enjoyable learning about the many birthstones that are connected to the months of the year. Birthstones are a beautiful expression of symbolism while displaying brilliance in their appearance. When one receives a gift that includes their birthstone, it provides an intimate sense of thoughtfulness; and connection resulting in a heartwarming gift for the recipient. Now, please keep in mind that the recipient can also be you! As it is nice to treat ourselves once in a while… don’t you think? With that being said, I would like to share with you below: the origin (from one popular viewpoint), while listing the names of the breathtaking birthstones that coincide with each month of the year including: a brief description of their appearance, symbolism and fun trivia about each birthstone; plus providing a who’s who; and gift-giving/keepsake ideas that incorporate birthstones. With this narrative, I hope to share awareness of the beauty and symbolism for a greater admiration of birthstones. Without further ado, lets dive right in…
To have a greater appreciation for the beauty of birthstones we should explore the origins of birthstones. Having the understanding of the origins and the significance of these gems, will allow us to gain a new perspective and appreciation for the stones themselves and the significance they hold. So with that lets get to exploring….
It is said that birthstones originated from biblical times; along with having a strong link to the zodiac. There are many versions of historical references regarding the genesis of birthstones; one being that it is believed by Josephus that there was a connection between the twelve stones in Aaron’s breastplate. The stones represented the tribes of Israel, as detailed in the Book of Exodus, interconnected with the representation of the twelve months of the year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac. However, there are varied translations and interpretations of the passage in Exodus regarding the display of the breastplate; as George Frede asserted that Josephus saw the breastplate of the second temple not the one that was detailed in Exodus; and by St. Jerome reference of Josephus, shared that the Foundation Stones of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19-20) would be of an appropriate reference in detailing the beginning of the identification of birth-month gemstones.
Origins of birthstones may differ from culture to culture, which adds to the allure and enhances the mystique existence of these enchantingly-beautiful gems. The above shared origin reference of birthstones lends itself to knowing more about these captivating gems. Therefore, lets further explore a quick-reference description of these gems for a better understanding of their significance.
Birthstones In Review
In order for us to explore and obtain a deeper description of the 12 designated birthstones, please see below identified gemstone names, a brief description of their appearance & symbolism, along with an element of fun trivia:
|MONTH||NAME OF BIRTHSTONE||APPEARANCE||SYMBOLISM||FUN TRIVIA|
|January||Garnet||deep dark red gemstone||said to have historical connection to the belief of safe travel while displaying courage while traveling||during medieval times this birthstone was thought to cure depression and protect against bad dreams|
|February||Amethyst||light and dark shades of purple gemstone||said to provide strength from within; while keeping your head free of distraction and your mind ready for the tasks at hand||said to promote success in sports, war and business|
|March||Aquamarine||seawater color gemstone||said to promote peace of mind; which is a great way to support a Zen state-of-being||during the Middle Ages Europeans believed this birthstone gave the wearer wisdom and the ability to overcome evil|
|April||Diamond||brilliantly crystal-clear available in array of colors such as: yellow brown, gray, not as common in: blue, green, black, translucent white, pink, violet, orange, purple, and red gemstone||said to be a symbol of love and faithfulness, possess healing powers; while embodying
strength of character and ethics to one and all
|most desired birthstone of all for their uniqueness and beauty; so much so, it is said that the Romans believed that the tips of Cupid’s arrows were encrusted with this stone|
|May||Emerald||deep green crystal-like gemstone||said to bring good luck and an essence of youthfulness and rebirth; along with captivating harmony and stability, making this birthstone to appear to be the most balancing of birthstones||it has been said that in honor and reverence of the mythical Goddess of Love; Romans dedicated this stone to Venus|
|Alexandrite acts as a chameleon; displays of a green or a bluish-green color in daylight, and a light shade of red to purplish-red in incandescent light gemstone// Pearl opaque color||Alexandrite said to help one focus with specific emphasis in learning and studying, additionally, helping to boost creativity and good juju// Pears are said to gain wisdom through experience, enticing wealth and luck, as well as providing protection; while additionally representing purity, generosity, integrity, and loyalty of the one who possess it||Alexandrite are associated with the moon and water because of its appearance and origin// Pearls are the only birthstone that are born of and extracted from a living organism…the oyster|
|July||Ruby||pink to blood-red colored gemstone||said to symbolize passion, success, and love; believed to increase energy and vitality, while additionally attracting wealth||said to be one of the scarcest and most expensive of the gems and revered as the “Head Honcho of Gems”|
|August||Peridot||light green to olive-green gemstone||said to promote wealth, good luck, and healing, while warding off evil spirits; said to be one of the most versatile of the birthstones||said to be known for its brilliance; as explorers would look for it at night and were able to discover it by its strikingly glow|
|September||Sapphire||clear deep blue-ocean additionally available in a few other shades of colors such as, pink and yellow||said to be the most precious and valuable gemstone, regarded as displaying sincerity, integrity, wisdom, and power||said to be linked to royalty throughout history and said to embody wealth; monarchs wore them as a symbol of protection against those with disloyal intent|
|October||Opal||colorless baseline, due to solid deposits of silica resulting from the evaporation of water during dry spells; resulting in flashing rainbow colors identified as the phenomena: play-of-color||possessing of loyalty and faithfulness||said to be considered the most mystical of all birthstones, as the colors of all other gems combined display within this gem; legend has it that according to Middle Eastern Folklore the flashing colors embodied in this stone were born of lightning|
|Topaz shows as a colorless baseline, with a prismatic display; (if no impurities) comes in an array of colors such as: blue, brown, orange, gray, yellow, green, pink and reddish pink// Citrine shows as a deep golden yellow, yellowish-green, brownish-yellow or orange hue||Topaz is said to provide calmness, warmth, love, and bringing passion to all; additionally, linked to financial wealth// Citrine are said to represent mental clarity and emotional well-being; as well as financial prosperity; and healing ability||Topaz were believed to provide physical and mental healing, and the possibility of preventing one’s demise//Citrine is widely known as the “Merchants Stone” due to its bringing of good luck in business|
|Zircon available in an array colors: reddish brown, yellow, green, blue, gray, colorless, in a thin layer it may be colorless to a pale brown//Tanzanite shows as blue and when heated to obtain stones characteristic becomes purple-blue to bluish-violet//Turquoise available in array of colors: sky blue, blue, bluish-green, green, yellowish-green, often with brown or black matrix, spider-webbing or background, with a bluish white to greenish white||Zircon is said to bring compassion, confidence, and strength//Tanzanite is said to bring wisdom, truth, dignity and spiritual mastery; while fostering introspection which can result in ardent acumen when channeled effectively//Turquoise is seen to have a variety of many characteristics such as: refreshing, feminine, calming, sophisticated, energy, wisdom, serenity, wholeness, creativity, emotional balance, good luck, spiritual grounding friendship, love, joy, tranquility, patience, intuition, and loyalty||Zircon was believed to induce sleep, as well as, representing honor and wisdom, also believed to bring its owner prosperity, and keep away plagues and evil spirits //Tanzanite was formed 585 million years ago, however wasn’t discovered until 1967, and is considered trichroic as it gives off three different colors in its pallet// Turquoise is said to have been held in the highest regard for thousands of years as a holy stone in several cultures, for bringing good fortune|
Did You Know?
Just for fun, here are names of some notable celebrities and their birthstones, chances are you may find someone on this list that shares the same birthstone as you. Notable celebrities who possess January’s Garnet birthstone are: Oprah Winfrey (actress/philanthropist), Tom Selleck (actor), Eli Manning (American football player) , Drew Brees (American football player), & Benjamin Franklin (inventor/author). Notable celebrities who possess February’s Amethyst birthstone are: Jane Seymour (actress), Chris Farley (comedian/actor), Dakota Fanning (actress), Cybill Shepherd (actress) Jon Travolta (actor), and Elizabeth Taylor (actress). Notable celebrities who possess March’s Aquamarine birthstone are: Bruce Willis (actor), Andrew Lloyd Webber (song writer/film producer), Quentin Tarantino (director/screenwriter), Ewan McGregor (voice actor/screenwriter), Steve McQueen (actor/film producer), Dane Cook (comedian/film producer), Reese Witherspoon (actress).
Notable celebrities who possess April’s Diamond birthstone are: Ashley Judd (actress), Leonardo da Vinci (inventor/painter), Billy Holiday (singer-songwriter/actor), Heath Ledger (actor), Marvin Gaye (singer-songwriter/music producer), and Emmylou Harris (actor/singer-songwriter). Notable celebrities who possess May’s Emerald birthstone are: Cate Blanchett (actress), Anne Heche (actress), Candace Bergen (actress), Audrey Hepburn (actress), Tina Fey (comedian/television producer), Bing Crosby (singer/actor), Mr. T. (actor/professional wrestler), Fred Astaire (dancer, singer). Notable celebrities who possess both of June’s Alexandrite & Pearl birthstones are: Liam Neeson (actor), Gene Wilder (actor), Mark Wahlberg (actor).
Notable celebrities who possess July’s Ruby birthstone are: Omar Epps (actor), Hilary Swank (actress), Donald Sutherland (actor), Sylvester Stallone (actor), Will Smith (actor), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor/politician). Notable celebrities who possess August’s Peridot birthstone are: Jack Black (actor), Andy Warhol (actor/painter), Martin Sheen (actor), Audrey Tautou (actress/model), Robert De Niro (actor), Charlize Theron (actress). Notable celebrities who possess September’s Sapphire birthstone are: Jada Pinkett Smith (actress), Charlie Sheen (actor), Raquel Welch (actor/singer), and Adam Sandler (actor).
Notable celebrities who possess October’s Opal birthstone are: Peter Tosh (musician), Usher (singer/actor), Charlton Hester (actor), Jeff Goldblum (actor), Susan Surandon (actress), Kate Winslet (actress), and Zac Effron. Notable celebrities who possess November’s Topaz & Citrine birthstones are: Bjork (actress/music producer), Neil Young (actor/film director), Rachel McAdams (actress), Scarlett Johannsonn (actress), Bo Derek (actress), Charles Bronson (actor), Richard Burton (actor), David Shwimmer (actor/film producer), Ryan Gosling (actor), and Bruce Lee (actor/ martial artist-arts instructor). Notable celebrities who possess December’s Zircon, Tanzanite & Turquoise birthstones are: Jim Morrison (actor/film director), Christina Aguilera (singer), Katie Holmes (actress), Tyra Banks (model/actress), Jake Gyllenhaal (actor), John Wayne (actor), Tyson Beckford (model), and Denzel Washington (actor).
Gift Giving/Keepsake Ideas
Now that we have explored the shared origins of birthstones; covered their assigned month and meaning; our minds can now be opened to the plethora of gift giving possibilities, found in any price range. As birthstones are versatile in style and wear; they’re truly the capstone to a captivating look for any outfit. For example, if you have an important event to attend, gemstones effortlessly add sparkle and drama (the good kind). Further, when you need a look to segway you from day to night, birthstones help in accomplishing your desired goal.
Firstly, let us start with Pearls (June birthstone), and Opals (October birthstone) as they have a natural essence of opulence; and convey a blending of elegance and assertion. These stunners display well in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and or brooches; which work well on their own or in an ensemble; while showing well with daytime wear, such as suites, dresses, and blouse- skirt/slacks/jean parings. As such, you can always transform a casual look, into a more formal and or professional style, by merely throwing on a blazer and a striking set of Pearls and/or Opals… and presto you have a sophisticated look for a short-notice meeting that could occur day or night. Additionally, Pearls and Opals lend their elegance to any wedding dress, and/or formal evening wear; while being available in array of hues for versatility and contrast such as the colors found in saltwater pearls.
Secondly, you’re dazzling jeweled-toned birthstones, such as: Garnets (January birthstone), Amethysts (February birthstone), Aquamarines (March birthstone), Alexandrite (June birthstone), Peridots (August birthstone), Topaz (November birthstone), Citrines (November birthstone), Ziricons (December birthstone), Tanzanites (December birthstone), and Turquoise (December birthstone), can also be quite the sparklers for any types of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, as well as rings. Jeweled keepsake boxes are also a great way to display these brilliant birthstones. These beauties stand out in a crowd, with their beaming variety of shades from deep as the color of the sea blue and light blue of the sky, to the deepest dark Merlot reds, to the velvety shades of purples, to the fiery shades of yellows and oranges. These sparklers never miss a compliment, as the captivating colors of these beautiful birthstones bring a dazzle affect that can brighten anyone’s day.
Now we mustn’t forget, what I would call “the lavish four”, the remaining suite of birthstones: your Diamond (April birthstone), Emerald (May birthstone), Ruby (July birthstone), and Sapphire (September birthstone). These enchanting birthstones are often seen in the most exquisite of settings, such as found in the crown jewels of monarchs; and are regal in appearance, However, one must not feel intimidated by these exquisite gemstones. Like their sister birthstones, these gems have the ability to add a fabulous pop to any casual garment; and add exquisite sparkle to necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, and tiaras; making them just as accessible as any of the other monthly gemstones.
As you can see, the gift giving ideas encompassing birthstones are endless, from dressing up any outfit, to displaying in captivating arrangements of necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches, tiaras, etc. Additionally, you can find real or simulated versions of birthstones encrusted in jewelry & small keepsake boxes, and hair clips & barrettes; bedazzled book markers, and writing pins… gift giving options are frankly boundless.
A Greater Appreciation
It is always a delight to dive into the wonderful world of birthstones. Learning more about these beautiful gems brings about a more insightful appreciation for their beauty and wonderment. I hope you found learning about the origin of birthstones; their description & symbolism; a who’s who of notable celebrities that may share the same birthstone as you; along with gift giving/keepsake ideas, enlightens you with a treasure trove of information for a deeper appreciation for some of the world’s first created gems.