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Birthstone Buying Guide

 

History of Birthstones

Birthstones and birthstone jewellery have fascinated people for centuries and it’s easy to see why. Gemstones were originally associated with each sign of the Zodiac based on a colour system. Over time, gems became associated with calendar months. The wearing of birthstone jewellery began in 18th century Poland and the custom has spread though the world with different cultures developing their own birthstone calendars.

What is my Birthstone?

 

January – Garnet

Garnet 

This precious gemstone is said to bring victory, fidelity, chastity and truth to the owner.  Though Garnets are varied in colour, traditionally the Garnet is a deep blood-red colour.

 

February – Amethyst

 Amethyst

The gorgeous amethyst stone is purple in colour because of the small amounts of iron which are stored in the quartz-variety stone. When exposed to high levels of heat, the garnet will turn yellow. In ancient times the stone symbolised peace, and is today thought to bestow luck, health and clarity of mind on its wearer.

 

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Aquamarine: The name comes from the Latin phrase meaning “Water of the Sea” because of its gorgeous blue to blue-green colour. The precious Gemstone is said to being courage, victory and confidence to its wearer.

 

 

April – Diamond

 

The most wanted of all the gemstones, diamonds have been cherished since ancient times for their brilliance. They are the hardest natural substance in the world and only a diamond can cut  or scratch another. Diamond is famously a clear sparkling stone which symbolises Love.

 

May – Emerald

 

The bright green colour of the emerald reflects the colours of spring. It represents luck, rebirth and success. One of the precious gemstones, the emerald is particularly precious to Ireland which is known as the Emerald Isle for is green fields and pastures.

June – Pearl

 

The pearl has been cherished for thousands of years for its beauty and rarity. They are formed naturally as an oyster coats one piece of sand over another. The pearl exists in a variety of colours such as black and pink, though the white or cream pearl is most commonly recognised.

 

 

July – Ruby

 

The ruby is a gorgeous, deep red coloured stone. Adored since ancient times for its beauty, the precious gemstone is said to promote passion and a balance in love and spirituality. Ruby is the second hardest gemstone, after diamond.

 

 

August – Peridot

 

Peridot, a unique gemstone, is formed in volcanic fire. Depending on its origin, peridot will have various shades of green. Said to bring prosperity, fertility and healing, the peridot stone is hard enough to be suitable for everyday wear.

 

September – Sapphire

 

Sapphire is so well known for its striking blue colour. The word Sapphire is derived from the Greek work for “blue”. One of the most precious gemstones, some sapphires can be more valuable than diamonds.

October – Opal

 

Opal is the most unusual and most colourful of all gemstones because of the myriad of colours it shows, meaning that no two opals are alike. Since ancient times, Kings have treasured this gemstone for its beautiful fiery shine.

 

 

 

November – Citrine

 

Citrine stones are a lovely yellow-orange colour variety of quartz. The name “Citrine” is derived from the French work “citron”, meaning lemon. Traditionally, the Citrine was supposed to protect the wearer against evil words and thoughts.

 

December – Tanzanite

 

Discovered in 1967, Tanzanite can only be found in one part of the world, in Tanzania at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. This stone changes colours when viewed from different angles revealing its signature blue and violet hues.