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The birthstones that we associate with different months may not be the same as those in ancient times, but they’re still important to us. Here’s a look at sterling silver birthstone jewellery and what each stone for each month means.
- January’s Birthstone
The birthstone for January is the garnet, which is considered to keep the wearer safe when he or she goes travelling.
- February’s Birthstone
The birthstone for February is amethyst. Amethyst is said to provide courage for the wearer and strengthen relationships. There was a time when only royalty would wear amethyst. And, Ancient Greeks believed that the gem guarded against intoxication. You can find gorgeous amethyst silver jewellery from Silver by Mail in the UK.
- March’s Birthstone
The birthstone for the third month of the year is aquamarine, which is thought to cure liver, heart and stomach diseases. All a person had to do in bygone days was drink water in which the gem had soaked. What’s more, sailors believe that aquamarine trinkets or charms that were etched with the sea god Neptune would protect them against the dangers of the ocean.
- April’s Birthstone
A diamond is a symbol of everlasting love and used to be thought of as bringing courage to the wearer.
- May’s Birthstone
Emerald is the birthstone of May, and it was also one of Cleopatra’s preferred gems. Emeralds have long been associated with love, rebirth and fertility. The Ancient Romans dedicated the stone to their goddess of love and beauty, Venus. Today, people see emeralds as signifying patience, growth and wisdom.
- June’s Birthstone
June’s birthstone is the symbol of purity – the pearl. It was the ancient Greeks that believed pearls were the hardened tears of joy from their goddess of love, Aphrodite.
- July’s Birthstone
July is dedicated to ruby, which was regarded by the ancient Hindus as the king of the gemstones and believed that the rubies protected wearers from evil. Today, though, the deep-red hues of a ruby signify passion and love.
- August’s Birthstone
August is associated with peridot, which symbolises strength. Sometimes this gem is called the evening emerald due to its light green colour. It used to be believed that the green peridot crystals that you’d find in volcanic ashes were the volcano goddess Pele’s tears. When peridot is set in gold, it’s said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
- September’s Birthstone
This month is the month of the sapphire, which used to be regarded as protecting against poisoning and evil. In ancient times, it was believed that a poisonous snake would die if it were placed in a sapphire vessel. This stone is traditionally a favourite of kings and priests, and today it symbolises wisdom and purity.
- October’s Birthstone
October is dedicated to opal, which symbolises confidence and faithfulness. Necklaces set with opals were once worn to protect eyesight and repel evil.
- November’s Birthstone
Topaz is the symbol of affection and love and is believed to bring wearers increased intellect and strength.
- December’s Birthstone
This one is turquoise and is considered a love charm. Turquoise is also a symbol of success and good fortune. Some believe it can relax the mind, too, and protect wearers from harm or ward off evil spirits when set in a ring.
The lure of these gemstones is partly due to the meaning associated with them as well as the months they represent. Do you think your birth month is well represented by the precious stone assigned to it?