Find your unique birthstone and discover the symbolic meaning behind it
Each month of the year is marked with its own unique birthstone chosen for its symbolic meaning and individual characteristics. It is a long held belief that wearing the gemstone corresponding with your birth month will bring good luck and protection, making it a thoughtful and personalised gift for the loved ones in your life.
Garnet - January
January’s birthstone, garnet, is a beautifully deep red stone, believed to bring confidence and determination to the wearer. Known to invigorate and revitalise, they are a perfect symbol to mark the beginning of a new year.
What is the history and symbolism behind garnet?
Historically, garnet has been connected with clergy and royalty. Pharaohs traditionally wore red garnet necklaces in Ancient Egypt, while in Ancient Rome garnets were cut with distinct symbols and designed to stamp wax on official papers. This gemstone is said to symbolise trust, love, and faithfulness and is known to relieve anxiety in its wearer.
What are the properties and characteristics of garnet?
While garnet can be found in a variety of shades from orange to green, its name originates from the Latin word for pomegranate, chosen for its most recognisable fiery red shade. Garnet is the gemstone used to celebrate second wedding anniversaries, making it the perfect jewellery to gift and keep as a special family heirloom.
Amethyst - February
Known for its vivid purple hue, the amethyst is believed to keep its wearer focused and calm, while relieving anxiety and stress. A fitting birthstone for those born in February.
What is the history and symbolism behind amethyst?
Amethyst is thought to bring good fortune, along with tranquillity and peace. Historically, it was particularly prominent in Ancient Greece, where it was often used for protection with its name literally translating to “not intoxicated.” Today amethysts are considered to be a highly spiritual and healing gemstone, used to decorate sacred spaces.
What are the properties and characteristics of amethyst?
Amethyst is the most valuable of all quartz stones and is most often found naturally occurring in Brazil and Uruguay. This gemstone can range in colour from a deep red to a light lilac and scores a 7 on the Moh’s hardness scale, making it a perfect choice for jewellery designed to be treasured for a lifetime.
Aquamarine - March
Known for its serene and dreamy pale blue colour, March’s birthstone aquamarine has long been a symbol of happiness and tranquillity.
What is the history and symbolism behind aquamarine?
Channelling the calming energy of its namesake, aquamarine is thought to represent the ocean captured in stone. Given this gemstone's strong association with water, historically, aquamarine was thought to safeguard sailors at sea. Today, this pastel gemstone is associated with youth, emotional clarity, and peace.
What are the properties and characteristics of aquamarine?
Aquamarine can be found in a variety of blue hues. Due to its distinct pastel colour, this gemstone was a firm fixture of Art Deco and Art Nouveau jewellery. A relatively rare gemstone, the special deep blue Santa Maria aquamarine is found exclusively in Brazil. Its durable nature makes it the perfect addition to family heirloom jewellery.
Diamond - April
The most precious and durable of all gemstones, diamonds are considered a symbol of eternal love. This sparkling gemstone is the birthstone for those born in April.
What is the history and symbolism behind diamonds?
Throughout centuries, diamonds have always been highly revered. In Ancient Greece they were thought to represent teardrops from the Gods’ or shrapnel from shooting stars, while the Romans saw them as a symbol of love, believing Cupid's arrows to be coated with them. In the mid 20th century the diamond engagement ring was highly popularised, making the diamond the ultimate symbol of love and commitment that it remains today.
What are the properties and characteristics of diamond?
Made of carbon and formed under billions of years of pressure, diamonds are the hardest gemstone known to man. They are graded on 4 characteristics, known as carat, colour, cut, and clarity. The more clear and colourless the diamond is, the rarer and more expensive it will be. A true symbol of love, they are the perfect gemstone for engagement jewellery.
Emerald - May
A fitting birthstone for those born in May, the emerald is known for promoting radiance and vitality.
What is the history and symbolism behind emeralds?
This vibrant gemstone was treasured by many ancient civilisations. Known to be the favourite gemstone of Cleopatra, the emerald was also beloved by ancient Romans as they believed it symbolised Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Its vibrant green colour has fostered its connection to springtime and rejuvenation, symbolising new life after winter.
What are the properties and characteristics of emeralds?
Wearing emerald is thought to promote equilibrium and balance, while encouraging partnership and loyalty. Unlike other gemstones, which can be found in a variety of colours, emeralds are exclusively green. They are considered one of the 4 most precious gemstones, scoring a 7.5 to 8 on the Moh’s hardness scale, making them the perfect choice for jewellery made to pass down through generations.
Moonstone - June
Moonstone is believed to represent inner clarity, balance, and intuition. This luminous gemstone is thought to foster strong feminine healing energy and to symbolise new beginnings.
What is the history and symbolism behind moonstones?
Named after the moon, this pale gemstone has a natural iridescent glow. Just like the moon, it represents cyclical change, and helps us to connect with our feminine energy, promoting intuition and balancing our emotions. It was associated with lunar deities in both Ancient Greece and Rome, and they believed that a moonstone's appearance would shift with the phases of the moon.
What are the properties and characteristics of moonstone?
Moonstones are found in a variety of colours, ranging from pink to blue to colourless, also appearing opaque and pearly or completely translucent. Each variety of moonstone captures and reflects light to create the moonstone’s signature glow. Like opal, moonstone is a softer gemstone and is not often faceted but rather cut with a smooth surface to highlight its unique iridescence.
Pearl - June
The other birthstone for June, pearls, have long been celebrated for their lustrous and iridescent nature. This beloved gem is believed to be a symbol of wisdom, innocence and purity.
What is the history and symbolism behind pearls?
Pearls have been used as adornment for centuries, dating back to as early as Ancient Greece, where they were believed to symbolise tears of happiness from the Greek goddess of fertility, Aphrodite. Centuries later, in Tudor England, pearls were particularly popular among the nobility of the period, used both as jewellery and clothing adornment.
What are the properties and characteristics of pearls?
Pearls are the only organic gem, originating from a living being. Known for their distinct spherical shape, they grow in oyster shells in both salt and freshwater. While some pearls grow perfectly spherical, others grow in organic and irregular shapes and they can range in colour from iridescent ivory to champagne, pink, and even black. A perfect jewel for truly classic and timeless jewellery.
Ruby - July
One of the 4 most precious gemstones, the ruby is symbolic of passion and protection. Known for their deep red colour, this gemstone is the birthstone for July.
What is the history and symbolism behind rubies?
The ancient Sanskrit word for ruby translates to “king of precious stones”. In Hinduism rubies were offered as a gift to the deity Krishna and ancient warriors were known to adorn their armour with rubies to offer protection in battle. Rubies were treasured by ancient cultures for their similarity to the redness of blood, believing that rubies held the power of life.
What are the properties and characteristics of ruby?
Rubies are an incredibly rare gemstone and often considered the most precious after diamonds. They are assessed on the same 4 characteristics of carat, cut, colour and clarity. Scoring a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, similar to sapphire, it is an ideal stone for jewellery, meant to be worn and passed down through generations.
Peridot - August
The August birthstone, peridot, is known as the stone of compassion, believed to attract love and peace to the wearer. Pale green in colour, this warm hued stone is often referred to as evening emerald.
What is the history and symbolism behind peridots?
Peridots were first discovered in Ancient Egypt, where they were known as “the gem of the sun” and associated with springtime and youthfulness. Often mistaken for emeralds, it is thought that some of Cleopatra's famous emeralds were actually peridots. Today, peridot is the official national gemstone of Egypt.
What are the properties and characteristics of peridot?
Unlike other multi-hued gemstones, peridots are only found in their warm golden-green colour, varying only slightly from darker to lighter. They are often faceted due to their clarity and transparency and score a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, making them ideal for jewellery.
Sapphire - September
September’s birthstone, the sapphire, is the gemstone of loyalty. Symbolic of trust and truth, this multi-hued gemstone is most known for its deep blue shade, but occurs in a variety of colours from white to pink.
What is the history and symbolism behind sapphires?
Long associated with trust and loyalty, sapphires are the perfect gemstone for engagement rings or to give as gifts to loved ones. Before diamonds became the preferred gemstone to mark engagements, sapphires were a popular choice, particularly among royalty.
What are the properties and characteristics of sapphire?
Sapphires are known as the wisdom stone, opening the mind and giving the wearer the ability to make good choices. It was often worn by Ancient Greeks for this purpose. Scoring a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, sapphires are extremely durable and ideal for passing down through generations as family heirlooms.
Opal - October
Known for their luminous play of colour, October’s birthstone is believed to symbolise hope, innocence, and purity. The ethereal nature of this gemstone lends opal a dreamy, mystical quality.
What is the history and symbolism behind opals?
The fiery rainbow of colours held within the opal has captivated humans for centuries. While the practice of wearing opals as jewellery is relatively new, it was a favourite gemstone of Queen Victoria, who was known to give it to her daughters and close confidants as gifts. This unique gemstone is believed to be infused with supernatural powers.
What are the properties of opal?
A softer gemstone, opals are rarely ever faceted and instead cut with a smooth surface, as this is also a perfect way to display the rainbow of colours within. As each opal is entirely unique, every piece of opal jewellery is one of a kind, making it the perfect gift for a loved one born in October.
Citrine - November
A glowing birthstone for those born in November, this golden gemstone is believed to channel the energy of the sun, bringing the wearer happiness and prosperity.
What is the history and symbolism behind citrines?
For generations, citrine’s brilliant yellow and amber hue has been connected with vitality, energy, and overall good health. This sunshine stone was a favourite of old Hollywood royalty, making the gemstone an integral element of the art deco style. Known as the "lucky merchant's stone", it is thought to provide prosperity and bring wealth and protection to those who wear it.
What are the properties and characteristics of citrine?
Its association with the sun has made citrine a symbol for both positivity and bright energy. Due to its unique colour, this stone has been used for centuries to adorn jewellery and was particularly popular with the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Natural citrine is a rare form of quartz, scoring a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it a durable gemstone, ideal for jewellery.
Turquoise - December
Turquoise is a healing stone and the birthstone for December. Believed to dispel negative energy, the stone is thought to promote inner happiness, empathy, and wisdom.
What is the history and symbolism behind turquoise?
Possibly the oldest recorded stone in human history, turquoise was once the talisman of great monarchs, shamans, and warriors. Known for its protective powers and peaceful spirit, this vibrant gemstone is worn as a symbol of tranquillity and good fortune. It has a long history of being used in ornamentation and jewellery by many ancient civilisations including the Egyptians, Aztecs and Native Americans.
What are the properties and characteristics of turquoise?
Turquoise is a bright and opaque gemstone, which can be found in colours varying from green to bright blue. This stone is seldom faceted and when used in jewellery it is often cut with a smooth surface. As a softer stone, historically, it would often change with time and wear, however, today turquoise can be treated to avoid the gemstone losing its signature colour.