Birthstones and Their Meanings
Most women love sparkling gems both for their inherent beauty, and for what they represent to us, usually in the form of memories evoked… perhaps you own a necklace which was an anniversary gift, an antique ring handed down by a favourite aunt or a special pair of earrings you bought yourself to commemorate a milestone?
Maybe because we do treasure evocative and meaningful jewellery, or maybe just because it makes thinking of gift ideas for women so much easier, birthstones have long been a popular concept. There is a modern list, a traditional list featuring some stones which have become unpopular or scarce over time, and then there is our list, which incorporates both!
JANUARY- Garnet and Rose Quartz
Deep, chocolatey red Garnet is a stone of love & compassion. Attuned to the heart energy, it revitalizes feelings & enhances sexuality. Pale pink Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love & infinite peace. It is the most important stone for the heart & heart chakra.
FEBRUARY - Amethyst
Pretty purple Amethyst is protective, calming and comforting. Amethyst encourages selflessness & radiates divine love.
MARCH - Aquamarine
Sparkling aqua-coloured Aquamarine is the stone of courage. Aids self-expression, calms nerves, dispels intolerance, helps banish fears & doubts.
APRIL - Clear Quartz or Diamond.
Clear quartz is regarded as the energy stone, which absorbs, stores & regulates energy. A master healer. Diamonds are the symbol of innocence and constancy.
MAY – Emerald or Chrysoprase
Emerald is the stone of successful love. Enhances unity & promotes friendship. Glowing green Chrysoprase helps clarify problems & brings out hidden talents. It is also believed to balance attitudes & actions and to promote truth & love.
JUNE - Moonstone and Pearl
Pale, milky Moonstone is a stone of new beginnings which calms the emotions and aids intuition. Pearl is strongly connected to gentle calming feminine energies. Helps to promote truth, loyally, trust & love.
JULY – Ruby and Carnelian.
Sparkling pink-red Ruby encourages passion for life & improves motivation. A stone of abundance, it aids in retaining wealth. Earthy red-brown Carnelian restores vitality & motivation, stimulates creativity and cleanses other stones. It also aids concentration & memory.
AUGUST - Peridot
This glittering lime-green stone inspires joy and happiness. Alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite and anger, and reduces stress.
SEPTEMBER – Sapphire
Known as the wisdom stone, Sapphire calms the mind and releases unwanted thoughts, bringing peace of mind and serenity.
OCTOBER – Opal or Tourmaline
A seductive stone, multi-hued Opal is associated with love and passion. Tourmaline, which also shimmers with different vivid colours, attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance, and prosperity.
NOVEMBER – Topaz
Whether blue or golden coloured, Topaz promotes truth & forgiveness. Excellent for meditation.
DECEMBER - Turquoise
A strengthening stone that instils inner calm. Brings peace of mind, wisdom & understanding.