Birthstone chart: Birthstones, history, characteristics, meanings, care and cleaning

Since the 16th century, people have chosen and used different birthstones for 12 months in a year known as the birthstone chart, as a symbol of a certain month and believed that the properties and meanings of each gemstone has an impact for people born during that month.

Since the 16th century, people have chosen and used different birthstones for 12 months in a year known as the birthstone chart, as a symbol of a certain month and believed that the properties and meanings of each gemstone has an impact for people born during that month.

These selected gemstones representing each month is called the “birthstone”. Predecessors generally believed that birthstones have magical powers to protect them from evil and can bring good luck to people.

Today, with the progress of science, we no longer believe in the real functions of the “birth stone”, but still regard it as a tradition and a hobby.

January Birthstone: Garnet- Chastity, Sincerity, Friendliness, Authenticity

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Garnet, as the January birthstone, is a rich, intense, and vivid gemstone that is known for bringing peace, good health and prosperity in the lives of people and homes. Most people have used this gem as a talisman for protection. Garnet birthstone also symbolizes power and strength of the wearer.

It has been one of the cornerstones of the jewelry industry for thousands of years. Thanks to their timeless beauty and dazzling quality, they are sure to remain popular for years to come. If your birthday falls in the month of January, or if someone you love celebrates their birthday in the first month of the year, a garnet is a sign of love and affection that will stand the test of time.

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February Birthstone: Amethyst– Honesty and Peace

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Source: Tiffany & Co Amethyst Cocktail Ring

Amethyst is the Febrary birthstone. Widely distributed in nature, including Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and Madagascar, such gems usually show a beautiful purple tone with a little blue or red, and symbolize tranquility and safety and are able to bring inspiration and wisdom to the wearer. In summary, we can think of amethysts as a stone of mystery, romance and elegance.

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March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone- Calm, Brave, Smart

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If you’re a March Pisces (born before March 21), you might be drawn to the luminous lagoon-blue aquamarine, the stone of sailors and sea gods. The fiery bloodstone, with its mythos of passion and war, suits a March Aries (born March 21-31). Or perhaps, like March weather, you embrace the contradictions.

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April Birthstone: Diamonds- Pure and Flawless

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Source: Garrard

The April birthstone, like so many of those who have April birth dates, is a clear, strong, impressive gem with a classic and timeless aura. A diamond has an unmistakable presence and commands attention in all forms, even “in the rough”; when cared for properly, polished and allowed to show its many facets, it elevates into something rare and completely unique.

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May Birthstone: Emerald- Lucky and Happy

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They’re green, they’re gorgeous, and they stand in a class of their own. Emeralds are a May birthstone and it is one of the most popular gemstones currently on the market, apart from three others that are considered precious: rubies, diamonds and sapphires.

Emeralds have been captivating the world for thousands of years. From Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari brooch to Queen Elizabeth II’s gorgeous tiara, it is a gem steeped in history and it is still treasured and cherished today. What makes these green gemstones so popular?

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June Birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite– Health, Longevity, Richness

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Source: Mikimoto pearl necklace

June birthstones include pearl, moonstones and alexandrites. All of the three gemstones are pure, precious and beautiful in appearance and are supposed to bring emotional well being, prosperity and longevity to the wearer.

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July Birthstone: Ruby- Passion, Love, Dignity

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Source: Cartier Etourdissant garance ruby necklace

Ruby is the July birthstone, also known as the “stone of love”, which symbolizes passion, love and eternity. Ruby embodies three main characteristics of high-grade gems: charming beauty, excellent durability and extreme rarity.

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August Birthstone: Peridot, Spinel and Sardonyx- Pure, Holy, Protective

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People born in August are unique in the fact that they have three August birthstones: peridot, spinel, and sardonyx.

The first is a unique, bright green gemstone formed under extreme conditions, often brought to Earth by meteorites that have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles through space. The second one, spinel is a deep red gem that was popular among ancient kings and emperors due to the fact it looks similar to rubies. Sardonyx, however, was the original birthstone for August and has a history dating back over 4,000 years!

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September Birthstone: Sapphire- Loving, Honest, Virtuous

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September birthstone in the Western tradition is sapphire, a gem that has been prized since as far back as 800 BC.

Click below to see the beauty and value of the sapphire, its physical features, where it’s found, its symbolism, some famous pieces of sapphire jewelry and how sapphire jewelry should be cared for.

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October Birthstone: Opal, Tourmaline– Joy, Ease, Blessings

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Source: Bvlgari, Ashistudio

People born in October celebrate and commemorate their birthdays with two beautiful and colorful birthstones- opal and tourmaline, both of which are known for their excellent coloring characteristics in the world.

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November Birthstone: Citrine, Topaz– Friendship, Hope

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Source: Tiffany

As November birthstones, both citrine and topaz are beautiful gemstones with bright and vivid colors, a crystal clear texture and an affordable price. Due to the fact that they are also light in color, people have much lower tolerance for flaws and impurities within, which makes the stone even more precious and charming.

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December Birthstone: Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon– Victory, Luck, Success

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Source: Tiffany Ring in platinum with a cushion-cut tanzanite and a double row of round brilliant diamonds

There is not just one birthstone for December but three of them: Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon. Each November birthstone by month is gorgeous, symbolic and in some cases lucky.

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Conclusion on the birthstone chart

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