Birthstone Guide

Here’s a comprehensive guide to all the traditional and modern birthstones for each month:

January: Garnet

  • Traditional & Modern: Garnet
  • Color: Typically deep red, but can be found in a range of colors
  • Symbolism: Protection, friendship, and trust

February: Amethyst

  • Traditional & Modern: Amethyst
  • Color: Purple
  • Symbolism: Wisdom, sobriety, and peace

March: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

  • Traditional: Bloodstone
  • Modern: Aquamarine
  • Color: Aquamarine (light blue), Bloodstone (dark green with red spots)
  • Symbolism: Courage, healing, and clarity (Aquamarine); strength and healing (Bloodstone)

April: Diamond

  • Traditional & Modern: Diamond
  • Color: Typically clear but can be found in various colors
  • Symbolism: Strength, love, and eternity

May: Emerald

  • Traditional & Modern: Emerald
  • Color: Green
  • Symbolism: Rebirth, fertility, and love

June: Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone

  • Traditional: Pearl
  • Modern: Alexandrite and Moonstone
  • Color: Pearl (white or cream), Alexandrite (green in daylight, red in incandescent light), Moonstone (white with a blue or rainbow sheen)
  • Symbolism: Purity and innocence (Pearl); balance and joy (Alexandrite); intuition and fertility (Moonstone)

July: Ruby

  • Traditional & Modern: Ruby
  • Color: Red
  • Symbolism: Passion, protection, and courage

August: Peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel

  • Traditional: Sardonyx
  • Modern: Peridot and Spinel
  • Color: Peridot (light green), Sardonyx (banded red and white), Spinel (varies, often red or pink)
  • Symbolism: Strength, protection (Peridot); happiness and courage (Sardonyx); revitalization and energy (Spinel)

September: Sapphire

  • Traditional & Modern: Sapphire
  • Color: Typically blue, but can be found in a variety of colors
  • Symbolism: Wisdom, loyalty, and nobility

October: Opal and Tourmaline

  • Traditional: Opal
  • Modern: Tourmaline
  • Color: Opal (varies, often with a play of colors), Tourmaline (varies, often pink or green)
  • Symbolism: Creativity, hope, and innocence (Opal); protection and healing (Tourmaline)

November: Topaz and Citrine

  • Traditional: Topaz
  • Modern: Citrine
  • Color: Topaz (varies, often blue or yellow), Citrine (yellow to orange)
  • Symbolism: Friendship, strength, and wisdom (Topaz); happiness and success (Citrine)

December: Turquoise, Zircon, and Tanzanite

  • Traditional: Turquoise
  • Modern: Zircon and Tanzanite
  • Color: Turquoise (blue-green), Zircon (varies, often blue), Tanzanite (blue to violet)
  • Symbolism: Good fortune, protection (Turquoise); prosperity and wisdom (Zircon); transformation and healing (Tanzanite)

Each of these birthstones has its unique beauty and significance. Whether you’re choosing a birthstone for yourself or as a gift, it’s a thoughtful way to celebrate a particular month or occasion.

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