Garnet is said to signify long-lasting friendship and trust as well as safety during travel. Garnet is a great gift for a friend and can come in a variety of colors. However, it is most often seen in red. Perfect for a January birthday gift.
Amethyst is believed to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. It is also said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one point in time, it was only allowed to be worn by royalty. Amethyst is purple quartz.
March: Aquamarine and bloodstone
Aquamarine was believed to protect sailors and guarantee a safe voyage. It was also believed that drinking water in which the gem was soaked in would cure heart, liver and stomach diseases. The pale blue color is said to cool the temper as well as compliment a spring and summer wardrobe. The color of this gem is most often light and ranges from blue to blue-green.
Bloodstone is a dark green jasper flecked with vivd red spots of iron oxide. This gem was believed to have healing power for blood disorders. Also called the martyr’s stone because of the legend that it was created when the drops of Christ’s blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross. Often found in riverbeds.
A symbol of everlasting love and a great gift for a loved one, the diamond was also said to bring courage and have healing powers for ailments of the brain. When considering buying a diamond as a gift for an April birthday, you can now get creative and opt for a colorful, much more valuable, diamond.
One of Cleopatra’s favorite gems, the emerald, is long associated with fertility, rebirth and love. Ancient Romans even dedicated this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. It is also said that emeralds can grant the owner wisdom, good fortune, patience and youth. Emeralds are a dark green color and are the perfect gift for any May baby you are shopping for. However, the availability of high quality emeralds is limited.
June: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone
Pearls are the only gems that come from living sea creatures and require no work to reveal their natural beauty. They are a symbol of purity and the ancient greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
Alexandrite is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon like qualities. In daylight and fluorescent light, it is a green color and in incandescent light, it is a purplish red. Moonstones show a floating display of light. They are consider sacred in India and are believed to hold a spirit who brings good fortune. They come in a variety of colors.
As one of the harder gems, Ruby is a great symbol of enduring love. It is said to arouse the senses, stir the imagination, guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love, and protect the wearer from evil. These gems are great for everyday wear and make great gifts for those July birthdays. The color of the gem is important to its value ￼because fine-quality rubies are quite rare. The most valuable color is a dark vivid red or slightly purplish red.
August: Peridot and Sardonyx
Once believed to host magical powers and healing properties, a peridot is a gem that forms deep inside the earth and is brought the the surface by volcanoes. It is also said to symbolize strength and give the wearer power, influence, and a good year. Hawaiians believe that they are the tears of the volcano goddess Pele. This gem comes in several colors ranging from yellowish green to brown but most consumers prefer the bright lime green and olive green. Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is known by the layers of reddish brown and white banding. The ancient greeks use to carry sardonyx with carvings of heroes and believed it would bring them courage and victory.
Believed to guard against evil, the sapphire was used to protect loved ones. Medieval clergy use to wear sapphires to symbolize heaven and it was said to also symbolize purity and wisdom. The colors can range from very light to very dark greenish or violet blue, along with various shade of pure blue. The most prized being dark or slightly violet blue.
Opal is said to symbolize faithfulness and confidence. It’s derived from the greek word Opallos: to see change (of color). Necklaces with opal were worn to repel evil and protect eyesight. They range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. Tourmaline is a semi-precious stone that’s a favorite among jewelry designers. It’s available in a wide variety of colors and can display several colors in the same gemstone. The most common are black or bluish black.
November: Topaz and Citrine
Believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect, topaz is a gemstone available in many colors. It is believed to symbolize love and affection. The most prized is Imperial Topaz and has an orange body with pinkish undertones. Citrine is known as the healing quartz. It’s said to support vitality, health, encourage and guide hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. It is found in a variety of shades from yellow to brownish orange.
December: Turquoise, Zircon and Tanzanite
As one of the oldest gemstones, turquoise is regarded as a love charm and also a symbol of good fortune and success. It varies in color from robins egg blue to sky blue and it can be translucent or opaque. Zircon is found in a wide range of colors including red, the most prized. It is said that zircon can relieve pain, slow appetite and protect travelers from disease and injury. Tanzanite is found exclusively in Tanzania and is a rich blue color. Once used as an alternative for sapphire because of its low price, Tanzanite has gained its own popularity and is now valued more. It is also thought to symbolize success.