birthstones - what are they and what do they mean

It has been such a long time since I last posted it’s almost scary! But I’m back, and just recently I’ve been reading a lot into birth stones. But what are they and what do they mean?

A birthstone is exactly that: a stone which represents the month of your birth. There are also stones which represent your astrological sign, but that’s a different post for another day!

You can read a more in depth history of birthstones over here but for now we’re going straight onto the basics: what are the birthstones for each month!

January – Garnet

The birthstone for January is Garnet, and a beautiful stone it is too! It’s name comes from the latin word “granatum” which means pomegranate. A suitable name due to the burgundy red colouring seen in most examples, although it can be found in a variety of different colours.

Garnet was known as a protective stone, used to protect it’s wearers from ghosts and evil spirits. Nowadays garnet is synonymous with self protection and the balancing of internal energies.

Check out this amazing stretch cord garnet bracelet!

February – Amethyst

The birthstone for February is Amethyst (one of my favourite gemstones!). Purple in colour and instantly recognizable, the ancient Greeks believed Amethyst would stop intoxication and so carved drinking vessels from Amethyst.

Amethyst is known for increasing creativity, removing negative energy and attracting positive energy. It’s also possibly the most spiritual of the birthstones, aiding wearers to connect to their more spiritual self.

You need to check out this amazing amethyst arrowhead necklace!

March – Aquamarine

To avoid confusion, in 1912 the gems associated with the different months was standardized, but some months still have a primary stone and a secondary stone. March’s primary stone is Aquamarine, with its secondary being Bloodstone.

Aquamarine, the primary birthstone for March, is pale blue/cyan/aqua in colour, hence its beautiful name.

Unsurprisingly considering it’s colour, Aquamarine has strong links to the sea, being used by sailors as good luck talismans. It has a calming effect on those who hold it, allowing otherwise hectic thoughts to be calmed and spoken clearly.

It’s also believed to aid in healing damaged relationships.

Always have some aquamarine to hand with these amazing tumblestones!

April – Diamond

Diamond is the primary birthstone for April, with rock crystal being the secondary. The word diamond comes from the ancient Greek for “unbreakable” or “unalterable”.

Considering it’s structure and colouring, its unsurprising that diamond symbolizes strength and clarity, being used in spiritual ceremonies to provide clarity of thought.

You need to check out my diamond birthstone print!

May – Emerald

Another month with a primary and secondary, May’s main birthstone is Emerald, with its secondary being Chrysophase.

The meaning of the word Emerald comes from the ancient Greek for “green gem” which is pretty to the point considering the instantly recognizable green hue of Emeralds.

Emeralds bring openness and calm to those who wear it. Love comes to those who have this gemstone with them.

Look at these amazing Emerald tumblestones!

June – Pearl

The primary birthstone for June is Pearl, with its secondary birthstone being moonstone. Both beautiful stones!

Pearl’s are produced by shelled mollusks (totally not vegan friendly) by concentric layers of calcium carbonate forming around an initial specimen. Only the highest quality Pearls are believed to have the qualities of a gemstone.

Symbolizing purity, the Pearl is also thought to heighten intuition and and imagination. Different colours of Pearl can have different meanings, but the white Pearl is for wisdom.

I’ve got a Pearl birthstone print over on my shop which you need to check out!

July – Ruby

Another month with a primary and a secondary, the main June birthstone is Ruby with Carnelian being the secondary.

Blood-red in colour, Myanmar/Burma was the main source of Rubies for centuries, but they have also been mined from Thailand, Cambodia, Afghanistan and many other countries.

Symbolizing passion and lust, this gemstone is is thought to attract prosperity and increase sexual passion, but is also known to increase risk taking. So please be careful!

This ruby crystal looks amazing, you need to look at it!

August – Peridot

Peridot is the primary birthstone for August, with the secondary being Sardonyx. Peridot only occurs in one colour: olive green. The intensity of this colour depends on the levels of iron found in the individual gem.

Peridot is thought to bring harmony to the wearer, aiding with positive emotions and happiness. Its the real “positive vibes” hippy stone!

This stone is also the stone for Archangel Raphael.

Handy peridot tumblestones – you can always have some nearby!

September – Sapphire

Another month with a primary and a secondary. Sapphire is the primary birthstone with lapis lazuli being the secondary.

Sapphires, although synonymous with a deep blue hue, can actually occur in many colours, but not red. A red sapphire is in fact a Ruby!

Sapphire is a stone of wisdom and protection, protecting the wearer from mental instability, particularly envy of others.

Sapphires are expensive, but my printed version isn’t: check it out!

October – Opal

Opal is the beautiful birthstone for October. The internal structures of Opals means the inside refracts light, leading to the many colourings of the gem.

Playful in colouring, the Opal also brings a child like sense of playfulness to those who carry it. It also brings balance to the chakras and can increase imagination.

An all round really fun birthstone!

Keep an opal to hand, always!

November – Topaz

Topaz is the primary birthstone for November, with Citrine being the secondary. Topaz can vary wildly in colouring, and is one of the hardest naturally occuring minerals.

Typically a green/orange colour, Topaz is the birthstone of truth. It brings out honesty, forgiveness and openness. It can help release tension and anxiety in those who wear it.

A topaz tumblestone to keep in your pocket!

December – Tanzanite

The final birthstone of the year is Tanzanite, with the secondary stone for December being Turquoise.

Blue or violet in colouring, this stone appears as a different colour depending on the way you hold it.

Tanzanite is believed to increase spiritual and psychic sensitivity, aligning the heart and mind of the wearer so they become more open. It also aids in the experience of pure joy!

Check out this beautiful tanzanite!

I think that’s all birthstones covered…

But if you have anything else to add to the conversation please feel free to leave a comment!

And if you’ve really enjoyed this post, I think you should head over to my Etsy shop which has a whole section dedicated to birth stones!

birthstone wall art - just a click away!

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