Colored Stone Education
Young and Old, Male or Female, one thing that every person has in common is that everyone has a birthstone! Whether you celebrate your birthday in August or celebrate during the cold month of January, each month has a unique birthstone that has more meaning and history behind it than you think. What is your birthstone? Find your stone below by the month you were born and learn more about your birthstone:
Garnet, the birthstone for January, comes in many different colors; However, the most popular is the deep red colored garnet. Many representations of this stone relate to friendship and trust. Named from the Latin ‘granatum’ meaning “seed” referring to it’s a resemblance to the pomegranate seed, this stone is nothing but gorgeous.
Amethyst, the birthstone representing February, has a long and interesting history. Thought to symbolize royalty with its purple hue, this quartz stone does have many other colors and can be sourced in many areas of the world. From modern Russia to the ancient Greeks & Romans, this gemstone has tons of symbolism for every culture.
Aquamarine, March’s birthstone. Derived from “Aqua”, this gemstone was thought to protect sailors out on the open ocean. Formed from the mineral species of ‘Beryl’, this cool blue colored stone is durable and pure. with a hardness of 7.5 on the Moh’s scale, this gem is easy to care for and has favorable attributes for jewelry.
From beautiful diamond engagement rings to jewelers tools and more, April’s birthstone – Diamond – is one of the hardest and most important gems of modern times. Whether you are looking for the perfect color, clarity, carat, or cut (4 C’s), the diamond is one of the most famous and beautiful birthstones there are.
Emerald, May’s birthstone, represents youth, growth, and intelligence as seen in the deeper green color it has. Coming from Greek ‘smargados’ simply meaning green stone it’s rich color has been seen from royal crowns to rings and more. More rare and valuable than other stones the Emerald is known for the joy it brings.
June: Alexandrite & Pearl
Having more than one birthstone, Pearl & Alexandrite, June’s birthstones are as unique as it comes. Extremely rare and having “color-changing” abilities, the Alexandrite is green in daylight and changes to a purple-red hue in incandescent or artificial light. The pearl, too, is rare as it is the only Gem that is created by a living animal.
Ruby, arguably the most famous of red colored stones, is the gemstone for July. Representing health and wisdom this gem comes from the ‘corundum’ mineral species. Hardest of natural gems aside from diamond, it is durable enough for daily wear and matches any fashionable outfit with it’s deep and vivid red color.