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A breakdown of birthstone gemstones

By Lee Ladyga

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A breakdown of birthstone gemstones

If you’re curious as to what your birth gemstone is, there are a few different lists and takes on it. Here’s James Michelle’s list of birth month gemstone. Learn about the different semi – precious stones and why they pertain to the months of the year.


January – Garnet is the gemstone for January birthdays. Garnet signifies eternal friendship and trust. Garnet gets its name from the word “granatum” which means seed. The deep red color of red garnets matches the resemblance of a pomegranate seed.


February – Amethyst is the gemstone for February. Amethyst is said to ward off bad spirits and keep the wearer clear headed and sharp. Amethyst is made of violet and red quartz. The finest amethyst is said to be found in Russia and Brazil.


March – Aquamarine: This gemstone gets its name from the Latin term “aqua” for blue and “marina” for sea. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, and guarantee a safe voyage.


April – Clear Quartz is the birthstone for April. This form of quartz is typically colorless and transparent, signifying a new beginning in spring.


May – Emerald is the gemstone of rebirth. Emeralds bring good fortune, foresight and youth. Emerald is derived from the Greek word “smaragdus” which means green.


June –  Moonstone shows a floating play of light in its features, and sometimes a multi-rayed star or cat’s eye. Moonstones are sacred in India. They are believed to house a spirit that is mean to bring good fortune.


July –  Ruby: Some say that rubies bring health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. Rubies are harder than almost every other gemstone, other than diamonds. They are perfect for everyday wear.


August – Peridot has been said to have magical powers and healing properties. It’s said that they bring the wearer wealth and power. Peridot is a gemstone that forms deep within the earth. It’s brought to the surface by volcanoes. In Hawaii it symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.


September – Sapphire has been popular since the Middle Ages. It’s supposed to protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Rubies and sapphires are both corundums, so they’re cousins.


October – Opal light pink: Opal comes from the word “opallos” which means to see a change of color. Which is exactly what opals are. Opals range in color from milky white to black, with yellow, orange, red, green and blue mixed in.


November –  Citrine is known as “healing quartz.” It’s said to bring vitality and health to the wearer. It’s found mostly in Brazil, Bolivia and Spain.


December –  Turquoise is most popular in Southwest jewelry and fashion. It is one of the oldest known gemstones. It is most often used for bead, carvings or inlays.