For centuries gemstones have been held in high regard, not only for their beauty but as symbols of luck, power, wealth and luxury.

Today gemstones are often used to represent our birth month, making them ideal birthday gifts.

Amethyst

Amethyst, a stone prized by royalty throughout the ages for its regal purple hues, is recognised as the birthstone for the month of February. It get its name from the Greek word “amthystos” which means “not dunk” as it was believed that the stone could protect the wearer from alcohol intoxication.

The essence of the color purple, amethyst is beautiful enough for crown jewels yet affordable enough for class jewelry.

BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Amethyst History and Lore

Because of its wine-like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in business affairs.

Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for ages. It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. It’s no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty.

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the emblems of the twelve apostles.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is intriguingly pure and clear.

According to lore, aquamarine was invisible when placed in the sea where mermaids amassed it in their treasure chests. The gem’s legendary powers protect sailors, portend good fortune, and promise everlasting youth and fidelity. Likewise, March’s birthstone symbolises hope and good health.

Citrine

The birthstone for November is the Citrine. The warm, fiery colors that exude from this precious stone are off the Van Gogh painting of the sunflowers.

Citrine is a form of quartz and the sister of Amethyst. It is worn to keep evil thoughts from one’s thinking and ward against venomous snakes.

The vibrant color and “fire” of the citrine has always been symbolic of healing in general, as fire represents strength and hope.

Cubic Zirconia

Cubic Zirconia actually starts its life in a laboratory and is a synthetic gemstone.

It shares many of the same qualities as diamond

CZ is seen as the alternative to diamond as the April gemstone.

Diamond

Fondly referred to as a girl’s best friend, diamond has an enduring popularity and is the most desired gemstone. April’s traditional birthstone is thought to bring forth purity and inspire creativity in the wearer.

Emerald

Superb colours elevate emeralds to among the most precious gemsThese fissures in emeralds are also called “a jardin” for their plant-like appearance that deepens their vivid garden shades. Treasured from antiquity as the queen of gems, May’s birthstone symbolises spring and renewal and communicates harmony, beauty, and eternal love.

Garnet

Unlike other gemstones, garnets are natural beauties whose consistently deep colour needs no manipulating. As an extra added attraction, garnets change shades between daylight and artificial light. January’s birthstone is associated with imagination and inspiration, and is said to signify truth and faith.

BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES

Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem for the second anniversary.

Moissanite

Although Moissanite can be found naturally it is extremely rare and in almost all cases the Moissanite you buy will have been made in a laboratory. It displays very similar properties to diamond although the gem’s sole producers, Charles and Colvard, prefer to market it as a jewel in its own right. Moissanite displays considerably more ‘brilliance’ than any popular gemstone and twice the ‘fire’ of diamond. While the standard round brilliant continues to be the most popular cut for Moissanite, fancy cuts such as cushion, square brilliant, and oval are also available in limited quantities.

Opal

Opal is considered to be the most beautiful and desirable of all gems because it is highlighted with all the colours of the rainbow. As the birthstone of October, the Opal symbolises hope and purity.

Fireworks. Jellyfish. Galaxies. Lightning. Opal’s shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors is unlike any other gem.

Pearl

Produced naturally in the body of salt and freshwater molluscs, perfectly round pearls are very rare. A process known as cultivation was developed in the early 1900s–it takes approximately 20-24 months of intensive husbandry to cultivate a saltwater pearl and somewhat less time to cultivate freshwater pearls. June’s birthstone symbolises beauty and chastity.

Perfect shining spheres. Warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.

Peridot

Anointed “the evening emerald” because night heightens its vibrant green shade, August’s birthstone symbolises purity and wisdom and alludes to renewal and spring. Iron causes peridot’s yellow-to-olive green colours, and the transparent gem form of the mineral olivine has been found in meteorites and volcanoes.

BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES

Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone.

Peridot History and Lore

Peridot has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits.

The word peridot comes from the Arabic “faridat,” which means “gem.” Most peridot formed deep inside the earth and was delivered to the surface by volcanoes.

Ruby

Called the “king of gemstones,” ruby is among earth’s most precious and durable gemstones. Symbolising love and immortality, July’s birthstone mythically epitomises power and abundant passion.

Sapphire

This precious gemstone is September’s birthstone and symbolises truth, sincerity and faithfulness.

Topaz

Once thought of as the stone of the sun due to its yellow colour, Topaz is now known to come in a variety of colours. It is the yellow variety that is November’s birthstone and it is associated with friendship and faithfulness. Nowadays Topaz is best known, and is most popular, as a blue stone.

BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES

Blue topaz is a birthstone for November. and the gem of the 4th anniversary.

Topaz History and Lore

Most authorities agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios. Some scholars trace the origin back to Sanskrit (an ancient language of India) and the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire.”

Mystic topaz

Mystic topaz is colorless topaz which has been artificially coated giving it the desired rainbow effect.

The word topaz may be related to the Sanskrit word ् “tapas”, meaning “heat” or “fire”

The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength. In Europe during the Renaissance people thought that topaz could break magic spells and dispel anger. For centuries, many people in India have believed that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty, and intelligence.

Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a bright and beautiful gemstone that comes in an impressive range of colours ranging from red to green, a quality which has earned it the nickname the “rainbow gemstone.” It is considered an alternative to opal as the birthstone for the month of October.

Tourmalines have a variety of exciting colors with one of the widest color ranges of any gem.

BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES

Tourmaline is a birthstone for October,also the gem of the eighth anniversary.