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All About Birthstones: Colors, Types and Meaning

Posted on | December 5, 2008 | by Ciara O'Brien | No Comments

Emerald and Diamond Ring Birthstones can be found in various types of jewelry from rings to necklaces to earrings, and they are a lovely way to add some color and personality to any jewelry piece. Because there is an individual birthstone for every month of the year, you can feel unique wearing anything that contains your birth month’s specific birthstone. Birthstones and their color and meaning vary from month to month, so read on to find out what makes your birthstone so special.

January: For those of you born in the first month of the year, your birthstone is the Garnet. The Garnet is very special, as it can come in a variety of colors from pink to black. The most commonly seen color is a reddish brown. Garnets are thought to protect the wear from nightmares and to offer guidance as you are traveling through any kind of dark, literal or figurative.

February: Many people think of Valentine’s Day when they think of the month of February, so it is appropriate that the purple hued Amethyst is the birthstone for this month. Amethysts are meant to symbolize tranquility, protection and peace.

March: Richly blue-green in color, the birthstone Aquamarine lives up to its name’s association with water. This birthstone for March has been thought to protect those at sea, as well as encouraging the making of new friends. It also represents love, hope and health.

April: Diamonds are more than just a girl’s best friend, and they are the ever popular birthstone for the month of April. Known far and wide as one of the most decadent of gemstones, diamonds represent love, eternity and strength. This makes sense, as Diamonds themselves are a very hardy and long-lasting gemstone. If you are looking for a gift for someone born in April, seeking out something like a Celtic diamond ring or pendent should be very easy to do.

May: The Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May, and its rich green hue makes a beautiful addition to any jewelry piece. The Emerald is thought to represent health and the curing of various ailments, as well as the ability to see into the future. Whether these medicinal and magical qualities are true or not, the stone itself does make you feel like they might just be possible.

June: A very rare stone, the Alexandrite was named for Alexander II of Russia. This haunting stone actually changes color, and is the birthstone for the month of June. Many people consider Alexandrite to be a lucky stone, while others think it brings the wearer love.

July: The richly deep red Ruby is the birthstone for July, and reminds one of royalty and sheer elegance. This birthstone has been associated with protection and harmony.

August: The Peridot in its bright lime green color is the birthstone for the month of August. Its vibrancy is thought to shine a light against evil and things that would come terrorize us during the night.

September: Beautiful blue in color, Sapphires are September’s birthstone. These popular gemstones, often featured as side stones in Celtic engagement rings, are thought to represent faith and purity, and that it helped the wearer stay honest and true.

October: Pink Cubic Zirconia is the birthstone for the month of October, and while it is not a real diamond, it shines with just as much luster and at a lower price. The pink color is perfect for anyone who favors simple elegance and a hint of love and romance.

November: The ancient Greeks loved November’s birthstone, Topaz. They thought that is was connected with strength, and also helped facilitate sanity, healing and life. Topaz can come in a rainbow of different colors, including gold, blue, pale green, pink and red.

December: The Blue Topaz is December’s birthstone, and the meaning of the word has it roots in Arabic and represents fire. Blue Topaz is thought to have healing properties and that the stone will help the wearer to be more clear sighted.

If you are looking for a unique piece of birthstone jewelry with a special Celtic flare, please visit Irish Celtic Jewels. We feature the best in Celtic jewelry that is crafted in Ireland. We have a large selection of Irish wedding and engagement rings that can help lend a distinct sentiment to your vows. We have the highest in quality customer service and superior products, and guarantee you will always find what you are looking for.


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