Birthstones have been around since ancient times, and in those days were believed to possess some magical force that could protect owner or wearer of stone. These birthstones were traditionally linked to Zodiac.
However, modern birthstones are linked to calendar months, and each month has its own unique birthstone, with its own fabled properties. Many people love to wear jewellery set with their birthstone, as ancient meanings and associations with these stones still intrigue them.
You can get many types of jewellery containing birthstones, such as birthstone rings, a birthstone pendant and birthstone earrings. Giving someone an item of jewellery set with their birthstone is a touching and wonderful gift, and whether you give them a birthstone ring, a birthstone pendant or a birthstone brooch, it is something that they are likely to treasure forever because it has real meaning and significance.
Below you will find a listing of each of birthstones used today.
The birthstone for this month is garnet, which was once thought to be connected with blood. This stone is supposed to protect wearer from nightmares and offer guidance through dark.
Garnets are long lasting and durable gems, with a fiery, ravishing beauty. This is type of gem that wearer will treasure forever, no matter what item of jewellery it is set into. Garnets are traditionally thought of as deep red, but actually come in a wide range of colours, so there is something to suit every taste for this month.
The birthstone for this month is amethyst, and folklore attached to this gem associates it with sobriety, tranquillity, protection and peace. This birthstone as also been linked to improving skin and preventing baldness, as well as protection from deceit, so it has a lot to live up to!
The amethyst birthstone comes in varying shades of purple, and can be a pale lilac in colour. On other end of scale, you can also get deep violet amethysts, which means that you can enjoy a birthstone that is as subtle or as rich as you like. This birthstone is very hardwearing, and its strength and durability will ensure that it lasts for a very long time.
This month's birthstone is aquamarine, which has been linked to making of new friends as well as affection and love, hope and health. This stone was once also thought to protect those at sea.
As name of this birthstone suggests, it is a green-blue in colour and has a rich, sparkling look. You can get aquamarine birthstones in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can also get this stone in varying shades of green-blue.
One of most popular gems throughout history, diamonds are birthstone for this month, and these stones are linked to love, eternity and strength. This has contributed towards diamonds being most popular gems of all time when it comes to romance, such as engagement rings and wedding bands.
Diamonds are very strong and hardwearing, making them perfect birthstone to wear on a daily basis. You can enjoy many different cuts of this stone, and fiery, glamorous sparkle given off by diamonds is positively captivating.
This month's birthstone is beautiful emerald, once linked to health and curing of ailments, as well as being associated with ability to see in to future, giving them an almost bewitching, magical reputation.
These fiery green gems are amazing to look at, and can be found in a variety of shapes and cuts. The beauty and richness of this stone makes it perfect gem for birthstone jewellery, and is something that wearer can show off and take pride in for a long time.
The elegant pearl is birthstone for month of June, and this gem has been linked with chastity and modesty, making it something of an angelic, pure birthstone. They are also linked to successful and happy marriages.