Birthstones have been around since ancient times, and in those days were believed to possess some magical force that could protect the owner or wearer of the stone. These birthstones were traditionally linked to the Zodiac.
However, modern birthstones are linked to calendar months, and each month has its own unique birthstone, with its own fabled properties. Many people love to wear jewellery set with their birthstone, as the ancient meanings and associations with these stones still intrigue them. More recently people have began to select birthstones in colours that resemble the original stones.
You can get many types of jewellery containing birthstones, such as birthstone rings, a birthstone pendant and birthstone earrings. Giving someone an item of jewellery set with their birthstone is a touching and wonderful gift, and whether you give them a birthstone ring, a birthstone pendant or a birthstone brooch, it is something that they are likely to treasure forever because it has real meaning and significance.
(Our birthstones are based on colours rather than the actual semi-precious stones and are created using Swarovski Birthstone Crystals.)
Below you will find a listing of each of the birthstones used today.
January - Garnet
Garnets are a brilliant Bohemian dark red colour, and according to traditional folklore gave the wearer guidance during the night.
February - Amethyst
This beautiful stone can be found in a remarkable purple colour. It symbolises peace, protection and tranquillity.
March - Aquamarine
This stone is a pastel sea-blue colour. It is a symbol of youth, hope, health. affection and love. This stone was once also thought to protect those at sea.
April - Diamond
Comes from the Greek word "Adamas", meaning unconquerable and is linked to love, eternity and strength.
May - Emerald
The name comes from the Greek word "Smaragdos" meaning green stone. According to legend, Emeralds help the wearer predict the future.
June - Light Amethyst
The emblem of modesty, chastity and purity..
July - Ruby
Ruby is a vivid, fiery red. A stone traditionally linked with protection and harmony.
August - Peridot
This stone is formed from volcanic action and should be a lime green colour. Commonly linked with protection against evil and night terrors, as well as a gem that enhanced the properties of healing drugs.
September - Sapphire
The Sapphire is a rich deep blue. This gem has been linked with faith and purity, as well as foresight.
October - Opal
Described as "made up of the glories of the most precious gems. the gentler fire of the ruby, the rich purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, glittering together." The birthstone of October is the opal, a stone that has been linked to purity, hope and innocence. This gem has also been linked to healing forces, friendship and emotion, so it has experienced its fair share of folklore over the years.
November - Topaz
Topaz is highly valued as a gem and may be colourless, yellow, green, blue, or red The most popular coloured topaz is a rich orange-yellow colour. Once linked with sanity, healing, and life, as well as being connected to strength by the ancient Greeks. This stone has even been linked to an ability to make the wearer invisible in dangerous situations.
December - Turquoise
The colours of this spectacular stone range from sky blue to blue-green. The given birthstone for December is turquoise, and this precious stone was once linked to happiness, fortune and luck, making it a very popular gem in centuries gone by.