A Brief Guide to Birthday Gemstones
"Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories," said Buddy Valastro, the celebrity chef behind the TV show Cake Boss. It's true. Birthdays are all about the celebration and the memories that come with it. We may not always like to think about how we're getting older, but we remember the moments that made each birthday special.
How about giving a gift that creates one of those memories that last a lifetime? Consider a piece of jewelry highlighting someone's birthstone for their birthday, giving them a gift they will remember for birthdays to come.
A Little Bit About Birthday Gemstones
January – Garnet
Garnet is most commonly known by its red color, but it has been found in a variety of shades ranging from deep oranges to dark greens. Paired with white or yellow gold, garnet shines in stunning rings and necklaces as a birthday gift. Giving the gift of garnet symbolizes friendship and trust and makes for a perfect way to show you love someone.
February – Amethyst
Amethyst is one of the most popular birthstones because of its vibrant purple color. This purple can run from deep violet to a lilac hue depending on the source of quartz it's mined from. Amethyst stands out when giving the gift of pairs, such as a necklace and earrings or a ring and earrings.
March – Aquamarine
The aquamarine stone is mesmerizing and ranges in color from deep to pale blues. Aquamarine jewelry offers a refreshing look to any wardrobe and is perfect for spring and summer styles. Paired most often with white gold and accent diamonds, you'll be hard-pressed not to give a set to the birthday girl.
April – Diamond
Who doesn't love diamonds for their birthday? If you celebrate in April, being given the gift of diamonds is an extra special treat. Symbolizing love, white diamonds are the most common gemstone to give no matter the special occasion. The rise in popularity of black diamonds and chocolate diamonds gives an even broader palette to choose from.
May – Emerald
Emerald is a gorgeous birthstone that goes with just about anything you wear. Its vivid, striking green color are beautifully paired with white or yellow gold. Considered one of the rarest gemstones on the planet, the emerald makes for a bold statement whether worn on the finger or around the neck.
June – Pearl, and Alexandrite
June birthdays have two gemstones: Pearl or alexandrite. With alexandrite, you'll get a plethora of color from purples to yellows to pinks. Pearls, on the other hand, are mostly iridescent although the rise in colored pearls in the last decade is on the rise. Pearls are well-known for their sophistication and class when worn; alexandrite's known for its color-changing properties in lighting.
July – Ruby
Rubies are vibrant red and have often been associated with love, wisdom, and wealth. Throughout history, wearing rubies is known for bringing good fortune to their owner. Whether paired with white or yellow gold, rubies make a bold statement and even more memorable birthday gift.
August – Peridot, and Spinel
Peridot and spinel are August's birthstones, and while the former is more popular than the latter, they're both equally charming and vibrant. Peridot is known for its lime green color, paired with yellow gold often. Spinel is a ruby alternative that's been used as a replacement in the British Crown Jewels. Whether you're a fan of peridot or spinel, each is a unique way to showcase pride in your birthday month.
September – Sapphire
Sapphires have been a staple of jewelry for decades, like the ruby and emerald. Paired with either white gold or yellow gold and surrounded by diamonds, the sapphire is a bold choice to wear as a necklace, earrings, or ring – or all three! One of the little-known facts about September's birthstone is sapphires can come in other colors, such as yellow, pink, and green.
October – Opal, and Tourmaline
Opal is one of the most unique gemstones in existence, coming in one of a kind combinations of color. Tourmaline is found in a multitude of colors giving birthdays this month a color spectrum unlike any other month in the year. Both gemstones are truly perfect to give for birthdays or other special occasions because of their distinctive colors.
November – Citrine, and Topaz
November is another birth month that shares two gemstones: Citrine and topaz. Citrine is sun-colored, paired with yellow gold, and stands out the most when worn around the neck with warm colors. Topaz is found in several colors, but the most popular is rich orange. Both gemstones are thought to bring good health to their wearers.
December – Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Zircon
If you celebrate a December birthday, you have three birthday gemstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Zircon. All three have a different shade of blue to choose from, although zircon's color palette is more diverse overall. Blue has always been considered a calming color, and with the end of the year approaching for those celebrating in December, these gemstones couldn't be a more welcoming gift.