Discover Your Birthstone and sign By Month

Where do the Birthstones Come From?

The birthstones we associate with certain months now are not necessarily the same ones as those used centuries ago. Originally, they related to the 12 gemstones appearing on the breastplate of the High Priest of the Israelites described in the Book of Exodus.

The color was once the most important feature of a stone, which meant that there was no significant difference in meaning between a ruby and a garnet, for example.

The names used in the past may not relate to the stone we think of with that name today, too:

  • Sapphire was probably what we know today as lapis.
  • Diamonds were most likely white sapphire or white topaz.

The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good luck, good health, and protection. Astrologers long ago attributed supernatural powers to certain gemstones.

Birthstones by Month

January – Garnet

The January birthstone, garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel. The word “garnet” is derived from a term that means “seed,” because the gem resembles the color and shape of a pomegranate seed.

February – Amethyst

The February birthstone, amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst was guarded against intoxication. In fact, “amethyst” comes from amethyst, a Greek word meaning “sober.”

March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone

The March birthstone, aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.

Another March birthstone is the bloodstone, which is dark green with red specks.

April – Opal

The October birthstone, opal, symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opals, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.

May – White Agate

The May birthstone, white agate, is considered a grounding stone that is able to bring spirituality into your life, improving mental functions and helping you think clearly, especially when you are concerned about some issues. The white color of Agate gemstone is associated with peace, calmness, purity, and protection.

June – Moonstone

The June birthstone, moonstone, has long been a symbol of purity. The ancient Greeks believed that Moonstones were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

July – Red Quartz

The July birthstone, red quartz, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems.” It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the Red Quartz’s deep-red color signifies love and passion.

August – Peridot

The August birthstone, peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the “evening emerald” for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.

September – Lapis Lazuli

The September birthstone, lapis lazuli, was said to uncover and access your inner noble and Divine nature. It is said to activate intuition, connect you to spiritual guidance and visionary awareness and help you discern and speak the truth, as well as discover your truest inner Self.

October – Tourmaline

The October birthstone, tourmaline, means to purify your mind, body, and spirit and absorb whatever you need to release. It boosts your energy and fills you with positive vibrations.

November – Citrine

The November birthstone, citrine, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect.

December – Turquoise

The December birthstone, turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and protect its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings, in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits.