With their vivid color and symbolism, birthstones are a stunning way to personalize jewelry and give yourself, your mom, friend, or loved one a special gift. Since each month has a different and unique birthstone, you can easily gift or wear jewelry that holds meaning and value. From the sparkle of a diamond to the beauty of a ruby, our birthstone guide gives you more detail about each gem, its corresponding month and the popular jewelry each gem suits — so you can shop with confidence.
Discover Your Birthstone
As January is the month where people often make resolutions, garnet is the perfect gem for the new year. This birthstone symbolizes protection and longevity and can remind the wearer to keep moving forward in their plans. The deep, red-colored stone stands out against classic yellow gold for a regal look, or opt for a unique style with a different metal.
This purple gem is a type of quartz and represents passion, love, healing and tranquility. There are various shades of amethyst, including soft lilacs and deep purple. Regardless of your favorite shade, this gem looks stunning next to platinum and white gold.
Aquamarine means “water of the sea” in Latin and symbolizes peace, trust, and beauty. This birthstone comes in pale green, light blue or even transparent shades, and turns a more intense blue when heat treated.
With spring in full bloom, the birthstone for April is the stunning diamond. This gem represents strength, love and abundance, and is the epitome of beauty and status. While diamonds can come in various colors such as orange, yellow, pink or blue, the colorless shade is the birthstone for April. Diamonds are a showstopper in any piece of jewelry and pair beautifully with yellow gold, rose gold or platinum.
As a symbol of renewal and birth, the emerald’s vibrant green color is reminiscent of nature, transforming from spring to summer. This stone signifies unity, faithfulness, and compassion and is one of the oldest gems on earth. An emerald exudes regal beauty, making it a stunning gem in any jewelry, including birthstone necklaces and bracelets.
As the only birthstone that comes from a living creature, the pearl is a unique gem for June. It represents beauty, purity, friendship and peacefulness, and has often been seen to represent wealth due to its rarity. Pearls can come in various colors, including pink. However, cream or white is the traditional shade for the June birthstone.
With the summer heat increasing in July, the blazing red color of a ruby beautifully suits this month. This bold and fiery gem is actually a red sapphire and can make any jewelry item a statement piece. Known as the ‘stone of kings,’ rubies are associated with royalty and represent health, confidence, integrity and good fortune.
Peridot shines in a distinctive lime green color. It is found in two places, one in the earth’s molten rock and the other in iron meteorites. It symbolizes harmony and prosperity, and the unique yellow-green hue gives the gem an otherworldly charm. Peridot looks stunning next to platinum in bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
The most popular color that comes to mind when you think of sapphire is usually a majestic blue, but this gem comes in a range of colors. This birthstone represents royalty, romance and trust. Sapphire adds elegance and glimmer to jewelry, including earrings and rings.
Opals are a unique and stunning birthstone for October, giving off a rainbow iridescence. Each gem gives a one-of-a-kind color display and can have a different base hue, such as yellow, red or black. Opals symbolize creativity and originality, and complement a variety of metals and jewelry pieces.
Named from the French word “citron” (which means lemon), citrine displays a sunny yellow hue. It’s a type of quartz and symbolizes positivity, hope, prosperity and abundance. Citrine’s bright golden color stands out in platinum pendants or against warm gold tones.
December: Blue Topaz
Blue topaz beautifully represents the icy winter month of December. Its light blue tones remind of tranquil and cold winter mornings, and gives birthstone rings a timeless elegance. Blue topaz signifies wisdom, understanding and self-expression.
Popular Birthstone Jewelry
Colored gems are most commonly added to necklaces and rings; however, they also look stunning in birthstone earrings and bracelets. Necklaces are popular as there are endless styles, so you can readily find a design to suit the wearer. Rings are ideal when you want one large birthstone to stand out, while bracelets allow you to wear multiple-colored gems. Earrings can look elegant with small birthstones surrounding a diamond. With so many birthstone jewelry styles available, personal preference and a favorite jewelry type are the best guides to selecting the ideal piece.
Why Custom Design Birthstone Jewelry?
You can make birthstone jewelry unique with a custom design, whether for yourself or a loved one. You may like the idea of creating a custom piece with each of your children’s birthstones or using a specific month’s gem to represent a significant occasion in your life, such as an engagement or other milestone. Regardless of the stones you desire in your jewelry, you can choose each gem’s size, placement and position with our custom service. Our knowledgeable team can guide you through the design process and sourcing the perfect stones for your custom jewelry.