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, 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!
February – Amethyst
Februarys’ vibrant amethyst represents peace, royalty, and tranquility. 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.
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.
Our Pick: Keepsakes March Aquamarine Silver Charm
Make sure to pick out a chain for this charm…
A shorter rolo chain that can be worn at 18 or 20 inches long.
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.Our 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!