The tradition of birthstones dates back thousands of years and have long been recognised in countries like the U.S. and Canada but they are just now rising in popularity here in the U.K. and Europe. The general idea of a birthstone is that there are special gemstones associated with the month of oneís birth. Wearing a gemstone in its corresponding month heightens its healing powers and can bring good fortune. For those reasons, birthstone jewellery is a perfect gift for all occasions.
At Lemuria Jewels, our Mother-Daughter collection was inspired by the mystical stories of birthstones and was designed to make the experience of giving and wearing a birthstone a moment to remember The collection can be customised further for that extra bit of personalisation. We offer custom engravings of your choice - and you can request to have additional stones added to a piece. You can view the collection.
Below, weíve shared the special attributes of each monthís birthstone, including your own!
Garnet is the rich, red birthstone of January. Although available in other colour variations, red is the most common. Historically, garnet was worn as a talisman of protection, and today, thestone is a symbol of friendship, loyalty, and trust. Those with a garnet birthstone are often described as cordial with a strong spirit.
Amethyst is the birthstone of February and ranges in colour from deep purple to light pink. At one point, amethysts were rare and prized as much as diamonds were. Ancient Greeks believed amethyst served as a protection from drunkenness while monarchs used it as a semblance of royalty. Today, amethyst still represents deep loyalty, clarity, peace, and contentedness.
For March, we have aquamarine, a tranquil aqua colour that evokes serenity. Sailors believed aquamarine had the power to protect a ship during a storm. Many people use aquamarine today as a meditation aid as its believed to promote spirituality, calmness, and clarity.
Perhaps the most popular of all is the diamond which belongs to April. It represents long lasting love and purity. However, it wasnít until the Renaissance period that diamonds were given as engagement rings. Most diamonds are white and transparent but it is also available in various colours.
Recognized by its rich, green colour, emerald is the birthstone of May, and is considered the rarest stone of all. The enchanting green radiates beauty and makes an extremely versatile gemstone. Itís believed to bring good fortune, rebirth, and harmony.
June: Pearl Alexandrite & Moonstone
June is one of the rare months thatís represented by a few birthstones including Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone. Those with a birthday in June have the luxury of picking from the three.
Pearl is the only gemstone made by living creatures. Pearls symbolize purity and innocence, so it comes as no surprise that brides love pearl jewellery. They have a beautiful reflective luster with an iridescent sheen that casts an array of colours.
Alexandrite is extremely rare and has a unique ability to change colours depending on the light and ranges from bluish green to purple. The stone is associated with creativity and learning and is believed to bring good luck to anyone who wears it.
As the name suggests, Moonstone is related to matters of the moon whether itís magic or mystery. It is thought to provide protection for those traveling in the night.
Julyís birthstone is the enchanting ruby, recognised by its captivating red colour. Rubies have been prized since ancient times and signifies love, passion, and protection - much like its colour.
At one point, it was worn as a charm to ward off plagues and diseases.
Peridot, the birthstone of August, possesses only one true shade - green. Ancient civilisations called peridot the gem of the sun and used it as an amulet against sorcery, evil spirits, and terrors of the night. Although underrated by many, peridot is a truly remarkable stone.
The birthstone of September is sapphire. While most people think sapphire is blue, itís actually available in almost any colour, except red. It is a symbol of wisdom, loyalty, and integrity. In ancient times, sapphire was believed to bring protection, good fortune, and spiritual insight.
Octoberís remarkable gemstone is opal. The slightest shift or tilt in movement causes the stone to create iridescent flashes of colour that are truly one-of-a-kind. With a rare ability to replicate different colours, opal was long considered a lucky stone throughout history.
Novemberís warm citrine birthstone is comforting, energizing, and stimulates regeneration. Itís often associated with the sun and is said to awaken new beginnings while promoting wealth and prosperity. Itís a lovely option for larger jewellery pieces.
December: Turquoise and Blue Topaz
Like June, December also has a few different gemstone options when it comes to birthstones. Turquoise is the one we use at Lemuria. Its distinct powdery blue colour looks striking against gold is often set in necklaces and rings. The beauty of turquoise is that it can be given as a gift regardless of occasion; its stunning blue colour has been revered since ancient times as a symbol of friendship and happiness.
Secondary birthstone options include blue topaz and occasionally tanzanite. The one attribute they all have in common is their blue colour known to represent creativity. Blue topazspecifically has often been used to enhance one's imagination and artistic ability.
Birthstone jewellery has grown in popularity over the years and as you can see now, it makes the perfect gift if youíre looking for something personal and thoughtful. Many birthstones comein a wide variety of colours, which gives you plenty of flexibility in choosing the perfect piece. Our Mother-Daughter collection is the perfect place to start.
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