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Birthstone Colors, Gemstones
and Meanings

birthstones for 12 months and their meanings

Each month of the year has a birthstone that is especially for that month.  Each birthstone also has a specific birthstone meaning which makes it special for that month

 

Birthstone colors, gemstones and meanings for all the months of the year.

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

The answer to "What's my birthstone?"

There is also a chart that lists the Birthday birthstones by month and also for each day of the week. 

Birthstones have always been a good choice for a birthday gift no matter what the child's age. 

 

Birthstone colors can also be used to create a party theme that will be tailored to the birthday child. 
See our Birthstone Birthday Party Theme for fun ideas to incorporate the birthstone colors and meanings into a birthday party. 

Fun ideas for decorations, invitations, games, activities and much more. 

 

 

Birthstone Gems and Meanings Chart

 

 

Birthstone for January is

Garnet

january birthstone

Garnet is the birthstone for January.

The most popular color for garnet is a deep red.  The garnet got it's name from "granatum" in Latin which means "seed" because it looks like a pomegranate seed. 

The stone represents truth, friendship, patience, consistency, perseverance and trust.





Birthstone for February is

Amethyst

amethyst birthstone meaning for february

Amethyst
is the birthstone for February.

The amethyst, with it's purple color at one time was only worn by royalty.  The ancient Greeks named the stone "amethystos" which means "sober" and was thought that the stone protected them from intoxication and poison.

The amethyst represents strong relationships, sincerity, health, peace of mind and courage. 





Birthstone for  March is

Aquamarine


march birthstone

Aquamarine
is the birthstone for March

The aquamarine stone's name is from the Latin words "aqua" - water and marina  - sea.  The aquamarine stone was believed to give protection and safe voyage to sailors and also to be the treasure of mermaids.

The aquamarine represents beauty, honesty, loyalty and creativity.
It is a symbol of youth, friendship, health and hope.  The aquamarine birthstone is unique because it rarely has inclusions which means it is flawless.







Birthstone for April is

Diamond

april birthstone

Diamond is the birthstone for April

The diamond received it's name from the Greek word adamas - invincible, indestructible or unbreakable.  Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth. They were once thought to be pieces of stars that had fallen to the earth.

The diamond represents purity, innocence, eternity, courage




Birthstone for May is

Emerald

may

Emerald is the birthstone for May

The emerald is one of the rarest gemstones.  The deeper the green color the more valuable.

Emeralds are were admired by royalty and were sought after by kings for centuries. 

The emerald represents faith, happiness and goodness
.




Birthstone for June is

Pearl

june

Pearl
is the birthstone for June

Pearls have an interesting history.  Pearls are the oldest gem.  It takes 5 years for an oyster to make 1 pearl and no 2 pearls are alike. Pearls are the only gem that is made by a living creature.
A pearl's value comes from it's size - larger pearls are more valuable. 

Pearls symbolize love, longevity, health, faith and peace




Birthstone for July is

Ruby

july birthstone

Ruby is the birthstone for July

The ruby is a beautiful red gemstone.  It is believed that the ruby brings peace and success to the one who wears this stone.

The ruby represents health, wisdom,  success, contentment, nobility and integrity.




Birthstone for August is

Peridot


what is august birthstone

Peridot is the birthstone for August

Peridot is a beautiful lime green color.  Peridot has been said to have healing powers and ward off nightmares.

Peridot represents fame, dignity and happiness.



Birthstone for September

Sapphire

september birthstone

Sapphire is the birthstone for September

Sapphires have a beautiful blue to violet coloring. 

The sapphire represents love, wisdom, purity and victory.




Birthstone for October

Opal



birthstone for october

Opal is the birthstone for October.

The opals name comes from the Greek Opallios - to see a change of color.  The opal is seen as the luckiest of the birthstones because it can show all colors.

The Opal represents happiness, hope, truth, innocence
, faithfulness and confidence.


 
Birthstone for November

Citrine


birthstone for november

Citrine is the November birthstone

Citrine is a beautiful stone with orange hues. 

Citrine was known as a healing stone and represents warmth, energy, good luck, fidelity and courage.




Birthstone for December

Blue Topaz

what is december's birthstone

Blue Topaz is the December birthstone

The blue topaz represents love, prosperity, courage, success, love and affection.  It is also thought to increase a person's sweet nature and disposition.

Turquoise and Tanzanite are also recognized as December's birthstones.


 

Birthday Stones
There are also gems and stones that correspond to the day of the week that the child was born.  Birthday stones are a fun way to celebrate a birthday as a gift or as a birthday party theme!

 

Birthstone gems for days of the week for bdays

 

Monday

Pearl

birthstone pearl


Tuesday

Garnet

january birthstone



Wednesday

Cymophane / Cat’s Eye

Wednesday birthstone


Thursday

Emerald


thursdays birthstone



Friday

Topaz

Fridays birthstone is Topaz


Saturday

Sapphire

Saturdays birthstone


Sunday

Ruby

sundays birthstone

 

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How Did the Birthstone Tradition Begin?

 

The tradition of birthstones meanings probably came about from the breastplate of Aaron from the book of Exodus in the Bible.  The breastplate was adorned with 12 gemstones.  Each gemstone represented a tribe of Israel. 
..and thou shall set in it, settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle; this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

 

A Sardius stone is now known as carnelian.

 

A Carbuncle is another name for a red ruby or garnet.

 

AA Ligure references to Zircon or a quartz crystal.