Each month has a corresponding gemstone or multiple gemstones that signifies something special about those who wear it. Even if you don’t believe in any spiritual benefits from a stone, you can still enjoy reading about yours or picking out the birthstone of a loved one. If you’re running short on gift ideas or just want to do something special for your significant other, look through this guide for their birthstone and see which gems to choose.
The garnet is usually associated with January and signifies friendship and trust. The traditional birthstone is deep red, but garnets can come in various colors.
Amethysts are a variety of violet hues and connote serenity and royalty. Some believe they strengthen relationships and give bravery to the wearer.
March: Bloodstone / Aquamarine
Traditional listings name bloodstone — a green piece of chalcedony with irregular red and orange markings — as representative of March.
Aquamarine has taken over in more modern taxonomies and associates with youth, health, hope, and love.
As a member of the beryl family, emeralds have the honor of representing the month of May. Tradition associate it with everything from faithfulness to life and rebirth, and its history reaches back even as far or further than the days of Cleopatra.
June: Pearl / Alexandrite
Those with June birthdays may choose between the classic pearl and modern alexandrite, both beautiful and unique in their ways. Pearls are associated with purity and love, while alexandrite has connotations of intuition and pleasure.
The ruby has a variety of positive meanings, including love, wealth, peace, and passion. Each likely derives from the deep shades of red that define it. Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum; all other colors are considered sapphires.
August: Sardonyx / Peridot
Another variety of chalcedony, the sardonyx stone, has given its spotlight to the peridot, which symbolizes strength and guards against evil. Both are accepted variants of August’s birthstone.
The beautiful blue gem is the traditional and modern birthstone for September, but it comes in any color except for red (see July). Symbols include faith, wisdom, and purity.
October: Opal / Tourmaline
November: Topaz / Citrine
December: Turquoise / Lapis Lazuli / Blue Zircon