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 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

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. 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 twelve 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 twelve 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 twelve birthstones at once to signify a higher level of standing.

The National Association of Jewelers, 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 five hundred years. It is only in the past one hundred years, 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 gift-giving of one's stone an ideal choice.

 

Garnet: Birthstone for January

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 birthstone jewelry piece, 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

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 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     

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 of bringing good luck and safe passage to men at sea. You certainly won’t go wrong with an icy blue Five Row Diamond and Aquamarine Birthstone 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 birthstone of April easy to shop for him or her. Need we say more? If the special man in your life is celebrating a birthday, why not gift him a TAG Heuer Watch with Diamond Bezel? We know he’ll cherish the sleek design and subtle diamond birthstone watch accents on his wrist.

 

Emerald: Birthstone for May

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 our Oval Emerald Station Bracelet. It will turn heads wherever she goes.

 

Pearl: Birthstones for June

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 birthstone necklace, cuff, or pair of earrings are sure to delight. Elegance is evident in these lovely birthstone pieces:

Freshwater pearls are stunning when you pair them with intricate aquamarine beads. Our Sabel Pearl White Coin Four Row Birthstone Necklace offers a statement of sophistication and class.

You won't disappoint with a delicate strand of pearls, including the Black South Sea Pearl Birthstone Bracelet. With small diamond accents, she will be in awe of these stunning cultured pearls.

No jewelry collection is quite complete without a pair of Pearl Stud Birthstone 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

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:

Our Sabel Collection Three Stone Oval Ruby Halo Birthstone Pendant offers sparkling diamonds, rubies, and 14K white gold that will draw eyes to her neckline.  

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

 

Peridot: Birthstone for August

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 a double Oval Peridot and Diamond Pendant, featuring the birthstone as the centerpiece. Or if she’s a charm bracelet enthusiast, surprise her with a Heather B. Moore 14k Yellow Gold Peridot Faceted Ball Birthstone Charm to add to her wrist.

 

Sapphire: Birthstone for September

The stunning sapphire provides deep blue tones and makes a divine birthstone jewelry gift in any setting you chose. 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 18K White Gold Y Drop Birthstone Necklace. This necklace offers a beautiful bezel set sapphire stone, with a bezel set diamond to add additional appeal. We know she’ll love it as much as we do.

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

 

Opal or Tourmaline: Birthstone for October

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, including the 14k Rose Gold Opal and Diamond Cluster Birthstone Ring.

 

Topaz or Citrine: Birthstone for November

You will find a variety of yellow topaz hues while searching for the perfect birthstone jewelry piece for November. So, what gives topaz it's 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 our collection of topaz pocketknives.

The citrine 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, citrine, 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.

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, 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 birthstones for December and decide which pieces make the best gift for your loved one. You’re sure to find something amazing to gift, including:

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

Stunning Turquoise Teardrop Birthstone Earrings from the IPPOLITA Collection make the perfect 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 or browse our online selection of fantastic birthstones. Our dedicated team of jewelry experts is here to answer all your birthstone gifting questions.