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Gemstones – what makes them so very desirable?

There’s Beauty of course, Rarity is important and Durability equals ‘everlasting’… together they amount to nature at its most valuable. However, that certainly isn’t where their worth ends. We can also add Emotion, Celebration, Commemoration, Mysticism, Healing, Energy, Friendship… to the list. And Birthstones – should you wish them to – carry a great deal of positive weight.

For centuries people from across the globe have used different coloured gemstones to mark occasions, to send subliminal messages, to show status, to treat illness and even to prevent drunkenness! Sublime beauty and fashion aside, particular coloured gemstones, particularly Birthstones, have always conveyed meaning… for the giver and for the wearer.

Celebrating a new beginning, a birthday, an anniversary with a piece of jewellery set with a meaningful gemstone is as thoughtful and relevant today as it has ever been. Below we outline the various gemstones that are traditionally associated with the months of the year, together with a few of the alternative birthstone gems, should you prefer to have a choice.

And of course, if you would like to know how to find a jeweller in your area who will be only to happy to show you a great selection and advise on the various gemstones:

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 Month  Star Sign  Traditional Gemstone  Alternative Gemstone
 January Capricorn Garnet Rose Quartz
 February Aquarius Amethyst Amber
 March Pisces Aquamarine Jade
 April Aries Diamond Clear Quartz / Rock Crystal
 May Taurus Emerald Chrysoprase
June  Gemini Pearl Moonstone
July  Cancer Ruby Carnelian
August  Leo Peridot Spinel
September  Virgo Sapphire (blue) Lapis Lazuli
October  Libra Opal Pink Tourmaline
November  Scorpio Topaz Citrine
December  Sagittarius Tanzanite Blue Topaz

 

January

Garnet

 Garnet Ruppenthal

Rose Quartz

 Rose Quartz London Road

February

Amethyst

Amethyst Ruppenthal

Amber

Amber Beata Gregorczyk

March

Aquamarine

Aquamarine (Tivon)

Jade

 Jade diamond earrings by Sarah Ho

April

Diamond

DIAMOND  (Ntinga)

Clear Quartz / Rock Crystal

 thumbnail Clear QuartzRock Crystal Flora Bhattachary

May

Emerald

Emerald (Tivon)

Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase Sushilla Jewellery

June

Pearl

Tahitian Pearls Ruppenthal

Moonstone

Moonstone (Ntinga)jpg

July

Ruby

Ruby Ntinga What is July Traditional Gemstone Birthstone National Association of Jewellers NAJ

Carnelian

Carnelian Monica Vinader

August

Peridot

thumbnail Peridot GF Williams

Spinel

 Spinel (Tivon)

September

Sapphire (blue)

Sapphire (Tivon)

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli Karl Karter

October

Opal

Opal (Ntinga) 2

Pink Tourmaline

thumbnail Pink tourmaline GF Williams

November

Topaz

Topaz Ruppenthal

Citrine

 CITRINE  (Ntinga)

December

Tanzanite

Tanzanite (Tivon)

Blue Topaz

 Blue Topaz  Ruppenthal

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