Which Birthstone Are You?
Traditionally, each month in the calendar is associated with a birthstone. Since ancient times, each of these stones has been seen as a symbol of different beneficial traits for the wearer. Whether you choose to believe those traditional beliefs or not, one thing is for sure, each stone brings its own splash of colour and touch of the exotic.
January birthstone - Garnet
Embodying a number of different colours including a rich, deep red that has been likened to that of the pomegranate seed, the garnet has been mined for more than 2,500 years - originally being sourced from Sri Lanka. Said to be the gem for travelers, the garnet has traditionally been a protective token for those about to undergo a journey. With such a variety of colours, from the deep reds, muted yellows and vibrant oranges through to rosy pinks, lime greens and violets, the garnet is less obvious choice that offers plenty of eye-catching colour options.
February birthstone - Amethyst
Usually found inside volcanic or granite rocks, this beautiful stone is a violet variety of quartz that comes in a range of shades from a light pinkish violet to a deep, rich purple. Traditionally associated with providing a state of calm which sees it frequently used in people's meditation practice, ancient beliefs suggested drinking from an amethyst cup could ward off drunkenness. Despite this, we can assure you that you can't use an amethyst to counteract the effects of a brethalyser. However, the purple hues do work beautifully as part of either a gold or silver piece of jewellery and are well complimented by a halo setting of small diamonds.
March birthstone - Aquamarine
One of the less well-known semi-precious gems, the aquamarine is named for the stunning ocean-like colours it holds. Often associated with the sea and ocean travels, aquamarine has been traditionally used as a symbol for truth and trust, greater empathy during negotiation and helping to let go during grief. Spoken of as the mermaid's treasure, the aquamarine works wonderfully well as a focal point in a setting full of diamonds.
April birthstone - Diamond
Lucky April. Someone had to get diamond as a birthstone, and it turns out those people were born in April. You can easily recognise them because they say things like "well, it is my birthstone" and "did you know I have a birthday coming up?". In ancient times, diamonds were believed to be parts of a fallen star or the tears of the gods and have always been associated with eternity and love. Formed under immense pressure, the diamond is the most precious of all the stones and always a great way to show someone how special they are to you.
May birthstone - Emerald
It is said that sometimes the flaw is what makes perfection, and this is definitely true with emeralds. This delightful green stone is a variety of beryl that usually contains inclusions or other flaws that are seen to enhance their character and beauty. Traditionally thought of as a symbol of youth and wealth, the emerald has been seen as a precious stone since Egyptian times. There is plenty of low-quality emerald mined throughout the world, but high-quality stones are quite rare and consequently very precious. Treated with a special oil to improve their clarity and colour, the emerald makes a statement that is hard to overlook.
June birthstone - Pearls
The only precious stone made by an animal, the pearl is not strictly a stone at all, but is actually made when a grain of sand inside an oyster irritates the soft tissue, causing the oyster to coat it in layers of organic substances that eventually form a pearl. Believed to signify modesty, chastity and purity, the pearl has traditionally been given as a coming of age present to young women. Pearls come in a wide range of colours and sizes, with the most prized ones having lustre, vibrancy, texture and shape.
July birthstone - Ruby
Possibly the best way to warm yourself up on a chilly July morning is with a fiery ruby. The famous cherry red stone is one of the most precious on the planet and can provide a dazzling pop of colour in any setting. Known as a symbol for the three virtues - being healthy, wealthy and wise, the ruby is said to symbolise success in love. The tint of a ruby can vary from deep red to lighter, almost purple hues. Whichever tint you choose, the ruby is a stunning gem in nearly any setting across earrings, pendants, bracelets and especially rings.
August birthstone - Peridot
Want to give a loved one born in August an unexpected gift? Give them the birthstone they may not have even heard of - the Peridot. This vibrant green gem comes in a range from light yellowy-green through deep grass and olive colours all the way to a brown-tinged green. Known to symbolise loyalty, influence and respect, it has been traditionally worn by those wanting to increase the power of the medicine they are taking. While we can't promise you any medical benefits, we can tell you this: these bright green semi-precious stones are a clear step away from the classics and always a talking point.
September birthstone - Sapphire
Famous as the centre for the ring that is the engagement ring for both Princess Diana and her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, the Sapphire is a stone that can handle that level of pressure, both literally and figuratively. Their hardness, combined with the huge arrange of colours they come in, have ensured that they remain a popular choice around the world. Used to embody the qualities of good health, innocence, truth and chastity, the Sapphire is the perfect choice when you are looking for a statement piece other than a diamond.
October birthstone - Tourmaline
The stone that captures the rainbow, the tourmaline is a semi-precious gem with the widest spectrum of colour variants and one of the only stones to display several colours in the one gem. These multi-colour gems are known as bi- or tri-colour stones, the most common of which is the watermelon tourmaline which displays a green, white and pink stripe through the stone. The tourmaline is a relatively new additional to the gemstone family, with only about 300 years of history surrounding them since they first arrived in Europe from Sri Lanka. However, the stone's magnetic qualities that increase as it warms have caused it to become known as a calming and meditative touchstone that can direct the wearer towards better decisions and a fulfilling life. We've yet to see that proven, but we do know they make a great symbolic gift when you want to show someone support for a looming decision or a possible new direction in their lives.
November birthstone - Topaz
Reputed to help those suffering from poor eyesight by the ancient Greeks, the brilliant and vivid topaz has been found in many colours and sizes through history, including the famous "Braganza Diamond" - a giant white gem that is actually a topaz that disappeared in 1826 after the death of its owner - the King of Portugal. Now very popular in cocktail jewellery, the topaz makes for a definite show stopper.
December birthstone - Turquoise
First brought to Europe in the 14th Century, turquoise was made popular by its reputation for reflecting the health of its wearer. Prominent in many ancient societies, its glowing bright blue makes it stand out against unrefined browns and greys of unrefined building materials. Today, the beauty and brilliance of the stone is highlighted by setting it in silver and giving it a gem-cut style. The ideal jewellery to offset a wardrobe full of white or block colours, turquoise jewellery is the ultimate summer solution.