Birthday Gemstones

It’s thought that colour was originally the major attribute determining a person’s birthstone. The connection of birthstones with particular months became enormously popular during the 18th Century, and many different lists were developed.

In 1937, Britain’s National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) organised an “official” list, which seems to have become more or less internationally recognised. Gemstones associated with the zodiac signs sometimes coincide with the birthstones by month.
For each month there is a primary gemstone, and frequently an alternate gemstone that serve as each month’s birthstones. The alternate stone is typically less expensive but similar in color to the primary.
January Garnet Pink Quartz
February Amethyst Amethyst
March Aquamarine Bloodstone
April Diamond White Topaz
May Emerald Chrysoprase
June Pearl Moonstone
July Ruby Carnelian
August Peridot Sardonyx
September Sapphire Lapis Lazuli
October Opal Tourmaline
November Topaz Citrine
December Turquoise Blue Topaz

There is a degree of variance among lists of birthstones. For example, some lists include alexandrite as the birthstone for June and blue zircon for December. I’ve left these gemstones out of this birthstone chart as they are not commonly used for handcrafted jewellery.

If you follow this link to my Pinterst gallery you will see the images of all of these stones.

The alternate list contains some of my favourite stones. Citrine and Carnelian and Lapis Lazuli are in my humble opinion as beautiful as their highly costly rivals and just as suitable to be given as gifts.

So if you are struggling to find that perfect present, well, you know where to start perhaps.


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