Birthstones — rare gems that are associated with each month of the year — are believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron in biblical times, which had 12 gemstones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. If you’re looking for a unique and meaningful present for a friend or family member, why not consider a piece of jewelry that corresponds to their birth month? You’ll want to make sure the gemstone is real, of course, and consider whether you want a lab-grown or mined one. But once you make that decision, all that’s left is to pick out the bracelet, ring, or necklace that speaks to you the most.
Garnet is derived from the 14th-century Middle English word gernet, which means “dark red.” It’s a fitting name for this dark-red gemstone, which resembles the ruby-red color of pomegranate seeds and symbolizes energy, passion, and devotion. If you’re looking for a bold way to make a statement, you can’t go wrong with these garnet earrings.
This rich violet quartz stone’s name comes from the ancient Greek word methustos, which means “intoxicated.” Ancient wearers believed the stone would ward off drunkenness, but today, people associate amethyst with relieving stress and irritability, alleviating sadness, and awakening spiritual awareness. We’re especially fond of this multifaceted cushion set ring.
Reminiscent of the soothing blue waves of the ocean, aquamarine is derived from the Latin words “aqua” (water) and “marina” (the sea). The tranquil-seeming stone imbues courage, calms stress, and invokes tolerance. There’s no better way to model it than with this striking necklace made of aquamarine.
Undoubtedly the most-prized gemstone of all, diamonds are 58 times harder than anything else in the natural world (and they can only be cut with another diamond). First popularized in India by the moghuls and Imperial Colony, diamonds are believed to give victory to anyone who carries them. For a truly special gift, we recommend this diamond bracelet.
This bright, cheerful gem is the perfect choice to symbolize the advent of spring. Beloved for its bold, rich look, the emerald has long been a top choice for statement pieces and understated pendants alike. Fittingly, it’s derived from the Greek word for green. Emeralds are believed to heal both love and the physical heart, and they are considered a stone that regenerates and heals negative emotions. We’re obsessed with this white gold and emerald ring.
Although three birthstones are associated with June (pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite), we’re particularly fond of the pearl, a creamy-colored, simple gemstone that pairs well with almost anything — case in point: this simple yet timeless pearl necklace. Pearls are the only gemstone made by living creatures (oysters). Pearls are believed to give purity, promote faith, and calm wearers.
This bold red gemstone is symbolic of passion and energy, and is believed to bring love and success to wearers. Rubies were traded along China’s North Silk Road as early as 200 B.C., and ancient Hindus believed they would reincarnate as emperors if they gave rubies to the god Krishna. Today, people wear pieces like these ruby earrings to add a pop of color and confidence to their outfits.
August also has three birthstones: peridot, spinel, and sardonyx, but peridot — known as “the evening emerald” because of its lime-green hue — is a fitting summer look. Peridot was traditionally associated with good fortune and prosperity, which means you won’t want to miss out on giving a necklace like this one as a talisman.
Most people think of deep blue when they hear the word sapphire. The sapphire can also be found in every color except red. Known as a wisdom stone, it’s believed to bring the wearer balance and serenity. We recommend making this sapphire ring part of your loved one’s permanent collection.
October counts both opal and tourmaline as its birthstones, but we’re partial to opal because of its iridescent hue. Originating from the Greek word opallios, which means “to see a change in color,” it’s known for enhancing cosmic consciousness, creativity, and memory. This opal ring adds a welcome touch of sophistication to any outfit.
Those born in November can choose between two stones — topaz and citrine — that share a citrusy orange/yellow color. We’re big fans of this dainty topaz bracelet, in part because those in Renaissance Europe thought it could break spells and tamp down anger (who doesn’t love a stone with those kinds of powers?). Today, it’s recognized as a gemstone that heals and also promotes abundance and good health.
December has a trifecta of blue gemstones: tanzanite, turquoise, and zircon. While you can’t go wrong with any of them, we’re especially fond of tanzanite, an ultra-rare, deep-blue gemstone that can only be found in Tanzania. It’s known for healing, balancing energy, and uniting the higher mind, so consider this tanzanite necklace as a good luck charm that’s ideal for someone whose birthday is during the holiday season.
Shop the Looks:
- Garnet Earrings
- Amethyst Ring
- Aquamarine Necklace
- Diamond Bracelet
- White Gold and Emerald Ring
- Pearl Necklace
- Ruby Earrings
- Peridot Necklace
- Sapphire Ring
- Opal Ring
- Topaz Bracelet
- Tanzanite Necklace
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Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.