Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide Series: Birthstone Edition

Birthstones refer to the ancient idea that specific gemstones accompany one’s birth month. Each birthstone has a unique meaning and historical significance behind it that you might be surprised by. These gems date way back; birthstones are mentioned in the Bible and they were worn by ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, and Romans. Back then, it was widely believed that gemstones had incredible powers such as the ability to boost wearers’ luck, health, or prosperity. It was thought that wearing the gemstone during its assigned month would heighten the power.

Birthstone jewellery has remained a favourite for ages; popularity continuing to rise steadily due to the desire to wear or gift something that is both beautiful and has personal significance to the wearer. You don’t need to be a history major or a gemstone expert to find the perfect birthstone gift; here at Edwards & Davies, we’ve done all the hard work for you! Not only are birthstones gorgeous, but they also add that extra special sense of personalization to the gift of fine jewellery.

Keep reading for the low-down on every birthstone and our top picks from the E&D inventory!

January – Garnet

The regal January birthstone, garnet, symbolizes vitality, passion, and motivation. The perfect stone for the cold days of January, garnet’s warm red hue stimulates the senses, increasing passion and vitality. Said to have the power to motivate its wearer, garnet is a great choice for a piece to wear into the New Year!

red rhodolite garnet diamond platinum drop stud earrings

Our Pick: Garnet and Diamond Platinum Dangle Earrings

 

February – Amethyst

Februarys’ vibrant amethyst represents peace, royalty, and tranquillity. From modern Russia to the ancient Romans, this quartz stone can be sourced in many areas of the world, which gives amethyst a rich history. From Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth, the amethyst has long been referred to as the “jewel of the Gods” and is often associated with royalty.

February birthstone amethyst and diamond white gold bezel ring

Our Pick: White Gold Amethyst and Diamond Ring

 

March – Aquamarine

Ice-blue aquamarine symbolizes the three C’s: clarity, calmness, and courage. The gem is said to help its wearer clear their mind, remain calm and build up courage. A pure type of beryl, aquamarine is a favourable gem for jewellery as it is durable and easy to care for.

sterling silver hexagon March aquamarine keepsake charm mom birthstone necklace pendant

Our Pick: Keepsakes March Aquamarine Silver Charm

Make sure to pick out a chain for this charm…

Short Keepsakes Silver Chain

sterling silver short rolo chain

A shorter rolo chain that can be worn at 18 or 20 inches long.

OR…

Long Keepsakes Silver Chain

A long rolo chain that can be worn at 36 or 40 inches.

Note: Our Keepsakes charms are available for every birthstone.

April – Diamond

Perhaps the most coveted of all birthstones; sparkling diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love, devotion, and invincibility. Derived from the Greek word “adamas” which means invincible, diamond is the most durable gemstone found in nature, making it the perfect symbol for long-lasting love and devotion.earring jackets for studs 14k white gold claw set diamond haloOur Pick: White Gold Diamond Stud Jackets

May – Emerald

You may have seen this majestic green gemstone on a royal crown; Emerald is May’s birthstone. As a symbol of rebirth, emerald and its rich green hue represent growth, intelligence, and youth. Known to bring joy to its wearer, emerald is also rarer and more valuable than other stones.

oval green emerald diamond halo drop earrings white gold

Our Pick: White Gold Diamond and Emerald Drop Earrings

June – Pearl

June’s birthstone is unique in the fact that it is the only gem that is created by a living creature. Formed inside mollusks such as mussels and oysters, the process of creating a solid pearl can take up to 8 years! Lustrous and made in nature, the pearl embodies innocence, purity, and friendship.

 

silver and pink freshwater pearl station necklace with adjustable closure and length

 

Our Pick: Freshwater Pearl and Silver Station Necklace

 

July – Ruby

One of the most expensive and prized stones in the world, ruby is Julys birthstone. The most iconic red gem, the vivid colour of the ruby epitomizes strength, integrity, and wisdom. The second hardest natural gem after the diamond, rubies are durable enough for daily wear and will add a gorgeous pop to any outfit with its deep red colour.

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Our Pick: White Gold Ruby Diamond Ring

 

August – Peridot

Formed deep within the Earth, August’s gem – the peridot – is most commonly brought to the surface during volcanic eruptions. Historically known for its healing powers and the ability to ward off nightmares, peridot represents dignity, protection, and fame. This gem is a great gift for anyone who is seeking good luck or to become better-known.

 

Green round peridot coloured stone bracelet in 14k white gold

 

Our Pick: Peridot Coloured Stone Bracelet

 

September – Sapphire

Septembers’ sapphire birthstone has been protecting lovers for centuries. Said to protect its wearer from envy and to attract blessings from heaven, sapphire symbolizes truth, commitment, and sincerity. Sapphire is available in a variety of colours, but is best known for its blue-to-violet hues.

Sapphire Stacking Wedding Ring Gabriel LR4912W45SA-1Our Pick: White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Stacking Band

 

October – Opal

Iridescent and beautiful, the opal is an emotional stabilizer that signifies loyalty, faith, and confidence. The word opal comes from the Greek “opallios,” which means “to see a change of colour.” Due to their unique make-up of light-bending microscopic silica spheres, an opal can contain the entire rainbow of colours. One of the most beautiful and untraditional gemstones, opals are truly one-of-a-kind due to their unique colour combinations.

 

opal pendant diamond accented pendant 10k yellow gold necklace box chain floating opal pendant

Our Pick: Gold and Opal Pendant Necklace

 

November – Citrine

November’s birthstone is the warm citrine. Known to provide energy and vitality to its wearer, citrine is symbolized by bringing hope, health, and fidelity. This variety of quartz represents energy and warmth with a glowing orange hue.

diamond and citrine 14k white gold ringOur Pick: White Gold Citrine and Diamond Ring

 

December – Tanzanite

The last birthstone of the calendar year, tanzanite promotes introspection and can result in profound wisdom when used well. Named after its limited geographic origin in Tanzania, tanzanite encourages introspection, intuition, and spirituality. Between its deep blue colour and its limited supply, this gem is treasured by many – whether one is born in December, or not.

tanzanite diamond halo stud earrings 14k white and rose goldOur Pick: White and Rose Gold Diamond Tanzanite Studs

That’s a Wrap!

Concluding our 12 weeks of Gift Guides, it is now time to getting wrapping! As always, our expert jewellers at Edwards & Davies would be more than happy to assist you in-store picking out gifts for anyone left on your list. Thank you for joining us for our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide series! We hope to see you soon. Happy Holidays!

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