Birthstone Jewelry: Your Ultimate Gift Guide

Birthstone Jewelry: Your Ultimate Gift Guide

No matter what unique jewelry item you're shopping for, birthstone jewelry will always make your loved one melt. Consider a birthstone gift for any occasion; graduation, baby, anniversary, or just because gift. Birthstone jewelry, whether that’s a women’s birthstone ring or birthstone bracelets for him, adds a personal touch to any timeless piece, so we've put together the ultimate gift guide to help you select a meaningful and memorable present that they will wear with love.

Get to Know the Birthstones

Birthstone and Diamond Halo Ring in Garnet

If you're shopping for your daughter, mother, or long-time significant other, selecting the correct birthstone should be a breeze. If you're unsure of your loved one's birthstone, enlist the help of a friend or family member before you begin your quest to find her the perfect women’s birthstone ring or earrings. While some may already wear birthstone jewelry, others choose jewelry pieces according to what catches their eye. So, what birthstone should you be selecting?

Here’s a little gemstone help from our team, by month:

  • January: Garnet
  • February: Amethyst
  • March: Aquamarine
  • April: Diamond
  • May: Emerald
  • June Pearl
  • July: Ruby
  • August: Peridot
  • September: Sapphire
  • October: Opal or Tourmaline
  • November: Topaz or Citrine
  • December: Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise 

The History Behind Birthstones

The origin of birthstones is a fascinating one, spanning over time and cultures. Birthstones trace back to the biblical days of Moses and his brother, Aaron. Worn on Aaron's ceremonial breastplate, a gemstone was to represent each of the 12 tribes of Israel. Varying translations make it difficult to decipher what each of the birthstones was initially representing or their natural order.

Under the zodiac sign, the birthstones represent each of the 12 months of the year. Sometime around the 15th century, the world saw a transition from religious meaning to a more secular one, originating in Poland. The Polish began to wear the stones to represent power, regardless of one’s birth month. It became common to wear all 12 birthstones at once to signify a higher level of standing.

IPPOLITA Lollipop® 18K Yellow Gold Lollitini Long Gemstone Station Necklace in Multi Colorway

The National Association of Jewellers, in 1912, began to develop a modern-day list of birthstones, the list we continue to use today. We still recognize three separate lists of birthstones, acting for each month; ancient, traditional, and modern. On the ancient list, gemstones are most widely recognizable and have been in use for thousands of years. Gems on the traditional list have been in use for the last 500 years. It is only in the past 100 years that we have seen the modern list of birthstones in use. 

In comparison, many gemstones grace two or more lists. With many birthstone gems available, many characterize a birthstone by its color rather than the stone itself.

Although birthstones no longer hold religious means, many believe the stones hold physical and emotional healing powers, beliefs, and superstitions. Opal, the birthstone for October, holds the power of protection from spiritual decline and breakdown, while amethyst is all-healing. One thing is sure – birthstone jewelry has and always will hold great significance to the wearer, making birthstone gifts an ideal choice.

Garnet: Birthstone for January

Sabel Collection Round Birthstone Pendant Necklace

Garnet, meaning deep red or seedlike about pomegranate, is the beautiful birthstone for January. Rich in color, the garnet gemstone is absolutely stunning set in white gold, no matter what piece of jewelry you select. We love recommending this eye-catching birthstone for January for anyone, but if you’re specifically searching for a garnet necklace or women’s birthstone ring, may we suggest:

Our Sabel Collection Round Garnet Birthstone Pendant Necklace is delicately hanging from an 18-inch 14k white gold chain. The setting is spectacular and pairs beautifully with the Garnet and Diamond Halo Birthstone Ring.

Amethyst: Birthstone for February

Sabel Collection 14K White Gold Cushion Cut Amethyst Pendant

Amethyst carries various meanings, including intoxication, healing, wealth, and power. The deep purple quartz boasts various purple and violet tones in this birthstone for February. While amethyst uses range from physical and emotional healing to the birthstone for February, our birthstone jewelry collection, from women’s birthstones for rings, pendants, necklaces, and more, is breathtaking:

Fall in love with the 14K White Gold Cushion Cut Amethyst Birthstone Pendant. If you’re looking for more than the traditional round center stone, this will never disappoint. She may also love the Marco Moore 14K Yellow Gold Amethyst Bezel Necklace around her neck. 

Aquamarine: Birthstone for March     

Rose Gold Round Aquamarine and Diamond Halo Ring

Aquamarine consists of a rare, silicate material often found in granite around the world. While beryl offers many colors, aquamarine is the chosen birthstone for March. Its name comes from the piercing color and meaning of beautiful blue water and has a reputation for bringing good luck and safe passage to men at sea. You certainly won’t go wrong with an icy blue aquamarine halo ring.

Diamond: Birthstone for April

This rare stone is not just for the ladies in your life. A diamond is anyone’s best friend, making the April birthstone a perfect gift for anyone. Need we say more? If the special man in your life is celebrating a birthday, why not gift him a Breitling Super Chronomat Diamond Watch? We know he’ll cherish the sleek design of this men’s birthstone gift with the subtle diamond watch accents on his wrist.

Emerald: Birthstone for May

Emerald and Diamond Bangle

Emeralds are always a stunning choice, making this birthstone for May easy to select. Emeralds are rich in color, literally meaning green. Also from beryl, emeralds are found in Zambia, Brazil, Columbia, and Afghanistan. Some of these beauties undergo heat treatments to enrich the deep color, making any emerald birthstone jewelry piece magnificent. When selecting a birthstone bracelet for May, take a peek at an emerald diamond bangle. It will turn heads wherever she goes.

Pearl: Birthstone for June

Mikimoto 8mm Black South Sea Pearl Stud Earrings

You will never go wrong with pearl birthstone jewelry. These precious gemstones come from even the tiniest grain of sand in mollusks. Over time, and through a significant process inside these mollusks, a beautiful gem forms. Pearls represent loyalty and purity, while they symbolize one’s wisdom. This timeless birthstone for June offers protection and good fortune to all who wear them, so any pearl necklace, earrings, or birthstone rings for women are sure to delight. Elegance is evident in these lovely birthstone jewelry pieces:

No jewelry collection is quite complete without a pair of Black Pearl stud Earrings. So, if you haven’t seen her with a pair, we highly recommend you gift her with earrings she will wear forever.  

Ruby: Birthstone for July

18K White Gold Diamond and Ruby Bracelet

A ruby represents blood and life while instilling courage in those who possess them. Their gorgeous deep red coloring enhances through chloronium traces. The most sought-after ruby, a rich, blood-red tone, comes from Mogok Valley, Burma, and is sure to catch many glances. We adore rubies, and so will she when you gift her one of many beautiful birthstone jewelry items, including women’s birthstones for rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and more. You will find a variety of choices when it comes to July birthstone jewlery gifts.

Her wrist is not complete without a delicate Diamond and Ruby Birthstone Bracelet. This beautiful birthstone jewelry piece boasts almost a carat of diamonds and over two carats of dazzling ruby stones.

Peridot: Birthstone for August

Sabel Collection Birthstone and Diamond Halo Pendant

Your options for a peridot birthstone for August are endless. This vibrant gem practically glows, while its story is one of intrigue. Hawaiian folklore tells us this birthstone of August represents tears from Pele, the volcano goddess. Peridot provides quite the conversation piece. Choose from birthstone jewelry pieces like Oval Peridot and Diamond Earrings, featuring the birthstone as the centerpiece. Or if she’s a pendant necklace enthusiast, surprise her with a Sabel Collection Birthstone and Diamond Halo to add to her neck.

Sapphire: Birthstone for September

White Gold Sapphire Flower Pendant Necklace

The stunning sapphire provides deep blue tones and makes a divine birthstone jewelry gift in any setting you choose. Sapphires rate a nine on the Mohs Hardness Scale, offering a lifetime of durability, much like the diamond. From Madagascar to India, these vibrant blue gems get their dark coloring from iron and titanium and will put a smile on anyone’s face. Some of our favorite sapphire birthstone jewelry gift options include:

Choose a stunning sapphire flower pendant necklace. This necklace offers beautiful marquise Sapphire gemstones in a flower shape to add additional appeal. We know she’ll love it as much as we do.

If you’re searching for a unique men’s or women’s birthstone ring option, the John Hardy Collection offers a bold Legends Naga Ring with sapphires and spinel.

Opal or Tourmaline: Birthstones for October

14K Rose Gold Oval Opal and Diamond Halo Ring

Tourmaline, the Sinhalese word for mixed colored stones, comes from a variety of minerals of varying colors and chemical makeup.

One of our favorite tourmaline pieces, the IPPOLITA Lollipop Gemstone Station Necklace, is a multi-birthstone necklace, featuring:

  • Pink Tourmaline
  • Blue Topaz
  • Turquoise
  • London Blue Topaz
  • Amethyst
  • White Mother-of-Pearl
  • Green Gold Citrine
  • Peridot
  • Prasiolite

This birthstone necklace makes a beautiful gift for many and is so easy to pair with all current and soon-to-come jewelry pieces in her collection.


Opals, meaning to see changes in colors, derive their beautiful coloring from water that picks up silica dioxide, then deposits it, and traces impurities into the open cavities. Australia’s rainfall is perfect for producing these beautiful birthstones of October, making excellent options for opal pendants and birthstone rings for women, including the 14k Rose Gold Opal Birthstone Ring.

Topaz or Citrine: Birthstones for November

You will find a variety of yellow topaz hues while searching for the perfect November birthstone jewelry gift. So, what gives topaz its radiant coloring? This birthstone for November is actually colorless in pure form. Impurities are what give topaz their gorgeous hues, including blue, orange, and pink.  If you’re shopping for the man in your life, consider a citrine pocket knife for the perfect men's birthstone gift.

The blue topaz gem adds a vibrant statement as a pair of birthstone earrings with a variety of gemstones to match every outfit. This Rock Candy Collection boasts dark amethyst, turquoise, blue topaz, and ruby.

Tanzanite, Zircon, or Turquoise: Birthstones for December

Just because it’s almost Christmas doesn’t mean you can cut corners on December birthdays. But you will have your choice of three dazzling blue birthstones for December.


John Hardy Classic Chain Sterling Silver Turquoise and Diamond Station Bracelet

Turquoise is typically the most common choice for December birthstone jewelry. It provides vibrant color as well as history. Turquoise was one of the first gemstones to be mined, and each stone offers a unique look. This gem ranges from opaque to semi-translucent and is quite delicate, rating a six on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness. Turquoise has become rarer in its purest form, but its vein-like marbling features make each stone a breathtaking piece.

Blue zircon offers beauty as well as protection from illness and wounds and wards off evil spirits. Although not as common in jewelry these days, zircon’s beauty still makes this a wonderful birthstone jewelry gem.     

Tanzanite, a more recent gem, offers deep tones of blue from vanadium traces. Masai herders came across the blue tanzanite crystals, leading to the immediate mining of the beautiful birthstones.

Browse through all of our December stones and decide which birthstone jewelry pieces make the best gift for your loved one, from birthstone rings for women to turquoise earrings she’ll love. You’re sure to find an amazing birthstone gift, like:

Have a look at the magnificent John Hardy Classic Chain Station Birthstone Bracelet with sterling silver, turquoise, and beautiful diamond accents.

IPPOLITA Rock Candy® 18K Yellow Gold Teardrop Earrings in Turquoise

Stunning Turquoise Teardrop Birthstone Earrings from the IPPOLITA Collection make the perfect birthstone gift, as they can wear them with casual or dressy attire. The yellow gold lining truly makes this birthstone for December pop.

Place a Three-Stone Tanzanite Birthstone Ring on her finger, and she will cherish it forever. The vibrant blue tanzanite stones are each brilliantly accented with sparkling round diamonds that make a statement wherever she chooses to wear it.

It’s easy to see why birthstone jewelry pieces make a fabulous gift for any occasion, isn’t it? They offer a way for you to personalize a gift even more. The thought behind any birthstone jewelry item shows you put in the extra time to select a meaningful present. We invite you to stop by a Fink's Jewelers location or browse our online selection of fantastic birthstones. Our dedicated team of jewelry experts is here to answer all your birthstone gifting questions.