Birthstones by Month and Their Meanings

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What is the birthstone for your month? See our birthstones list below for January—December.

Birthstone Colors

The birthstones we associate with certain months now are not necessarily the same ones as in ancient times. Birthstone colors were once the most important feature of a stone. Ancients did not distinguish between a ruby and a garnet, for example.

The names used in history may not relate to the stone we think of with that name today.

  • For example, a sapphire in the Bible was probably what we know today as lapis.
  • Diamonds were probably a white sapphire or white topaz.
  • The stones originally assigned to each month related to the stones appearing on the breastplate of a Jewish high priest.

The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good luck and good health. Astrologers long ago attributed supernatural powers to certain gemstones.

Birthstones by Month

The January birthstone, garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.

Garnet, January birthstone

The February birthstone, amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”

Amethyst, February birthstone

The March birthstone, aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.

aquamarine, March birthstone

The April birthstone, diamond, in addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage. In Sanskrit, the diamond is called “vajra,” which also means lightning; in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, the king of gods.

diamond, april birthstone

The May birthstone, emerald, was one of Cleopatra’s favorite gems. It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emeralds signify wisdom, growth, and patience.

Emerald, May birthstone

The June birthstone, pearl, has long been a symbol of purity. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

Pearl, June birthstone

The July birthstone, ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems.” It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby’s deep-red color signifies love and passion.

Ruby, July birthstone

The August birthstone, peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. It was once believed that the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.

Peridot, August birthstone

The September birthstone, sapphire, was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. It was believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire. Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.

Sapphire, September's birthstone

The October birthstone, opal, symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.

Opal, October's birthstone

The November birthstone, topaz, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect.

Topaz, November's birthstone

The December birthstone, turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings, in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits.

Turquoise, December's birthstone

Do you know your birth flower? See our birth month flowers page!
And have fun on our Birthdays page with birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!

Source: 

The Old Farmer's Almanac

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My birthstone is the Opal: Faithfulness and Confidence

Birthstones, colours and flowers (Spelling, I'm welsh)

Hi
Not sure if this is the right place but I don't use the laptop very much. All this info I have been reading on Birthstones ect. is great but do you do a book with all this info in one place? If so I would love to buy it, where do I go and please will it have the cost in £'s. Hope to hear from you soon.
Carol Simpson

birthstones

Thanks for your kind words about this page. We do not have a book on birthstones, but you can print this page if you have a printer, or print from the library!

I heard that every month has

I heard that every month has its own significant Gem & Stone. It is easy enough to locate birth "gems" online, even though it seems that there are various gems for some months and only one for others. However, now all of a sudden I am finding it quite difficult to locate the birth "stones".

Can you please help me in this? As my sister is trying to incorporate both everyone's birth gems & stones into her wedding (so it's kind of a rush thing)!

If you could help me get samples of both for each month, that would be both AmAzInG & WoNdErFuL!!!! And considering that I am a single mom & disabled, cost is definitely an issue unfortunately!

Please email me so we can discuss further information!!

Many Thanks,
~~ Melissa

Hi Melissa, What a great idea

Hi Melissa, What a great idea.  A birthstone is a gemstone which represents the month of the person’s birth.  So, it’s really the same thing here.  The traditional birthstones for each month are listed above on this very page. You can also link on each birthstone to get more information about that month’s gem. I hope this is helpful!

wow I didn't know that my

wow I didn't know that my birthstone meant strength and I had no idea about the volcanic goddess pele that is so amazing I'm impressed

Really love this site and buy

Really love this site and buy the magazine every year. Keep up the good work!

Thank you, Mary! We

Thank you, Mary! We appreciate your kind words—and support!

I'm A june kid. Any

I'm A june kid. Any horoscopes here?

If I was born in december and

If I was born in december and I am the love stone is there a way I can put the stone in water to make a love possion or something

That's weird.I am in April

That's weird.I am in April and my friend Kristin is in September.she is the youngest in the class.man!I wanted to be sapphire! (Lapis)

im september and so is my

im september and so is my friend and december is wisdom and good fortune april is love

Yay!! Peridot rocks and suits

Yay!! Peridot rocks and suits me perfectly 'cause i'm so strong and hardly have nighmares!

it's realy makes me fell

it's realy makes me fell amazed as what i had read my horoscopes, makes me true to life..

My birthstone is from the

My birthstone is from the November month
*****SCORPIO****
THEY ARE THE TOP NOTCH OF THE SIGNS AND THE MEANING OF THEIR SIGN, BIRTHSTONE, FLOWER etc.. ARE ALL AMAZING AND VERY MUCH REVEALING..Justsayin...
I THANK GOD DAILY IWAS BORN A SCORPION
IT DEFINES ME AND MY LIFE AND AND THE WHO AND WHAT I AM REALLY ALL ABOUT

Me and my sister are Leo.

Me and my sister are Leo. (Lion) We are natural leaders, and are sometimes bossy, but in the sense of accomplishment, and leadership. We speak our minds and I'm proud to fit those standards. JULY 30. I'm obviously a ruby, king of gems to the Hindus and man does it feel good to have these titles. God bless America!!!!!

My sister is a Scorpio I'm q

My sister is a Scorpio I'm q Taurus so I'm particularly fond of my sign but I have to agree that Scorpios are cool

i like my birthstone peridot

i like my birthstone peridot it really come true b'cause im strong and even im scared of the dark im still protected to nightmares

I wish my birth-month is to

I wish my birth-month is to be September or July but its August. not so crapiii but I chills it. And how about the April and May, yea!! both are superb. Good but I am a scorpion.

i am emerald the best of them

i am emerald the best of them all ....those born in may

OH YEAH BABY U R CORRECT

OH YEAH BABY U R CORRECT ABOUT THAT I LOVE MAY (EMERALD)!

May barthstone

May barthstone

My b-day is in Nov. The

My b-day is in Nov. The ugliest stone of them all!!! But I am a Scorpio and it say s Love and affection and ironically we are known for that!! LOL!

my b-day is 20th of September

my b-day is 20th of September and its true!!! :)

Mine also! Sapphires ROCK!

Mine also! Sapphires ROCK! WITH AGE COMES WISDOM! Lol Happy day 20th September!

I was born on october i wan't

I was born on october i wan't to run my business my good luck gem is opal

My daughter birthday is on

My daughter birthday is on 22april14 & couldn't find her nick name

My birthstone is the garnet

My birthstone is the garnet which apparently keeps the wearer safe during travel. THAT'S IT???!!!!!

My Birth Stone is also Garnet

My Birth Stone is also Garnet and It's a Blessing to know Because I drive 18 wheeler Big Rig Trucks and Company Moto is always keep it Safe. January 18, 1956

You know whats really

You know whats really freaky?
My birthstone is a opal
:-D
I repel evil
yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

i love the december and its

i love the december and its my birthday

the truth is there is for my

the truth is there is for my birth day ,opal,and tourmaline

I am born in April the 22nd

I am born in April the 22nd and I'm a diamond !

I am a pearl the hardness of

I am a pearl the hardness of tears of and joy
Im 11 born 6-15 !♡

Im a June Bug TOO!!!!!!!

Im a June Bug TOO!!!!!!!

just wishing you the best on

just wishing you the best on our up coming day of birth April 22, 3 members of my family have this date

I am ruby! "king of gems."

I am ruby! "king of gems."

Is that why you are called

Is that why you are called loveGems? It's because you were born in July so you're a ruby (king of GEMS)

mine is peridot :)

mine is peridot :)

mine isamythest

mine isamythest

Darn it I'm a garnet!

Darn it
I'm a garnet!

turquoise is the best

turquoise is the best birthstone

I love my because sapphire is

I love my because sapphire is awesome I mean I don't want to get poisoned and it look awesome to me

wow i don't now that pearl is

wow i don't now that pearl is my birthstone

iam diamond what is my

iam diamond what is my future?

wow I love my birth stone

wow I love my birth stone everlasting love wonderful and my boyfriend birthstone is the same too perfect couple I love him

ME TOO, I LOVE MY BIRTHSTONE!

ME TOO, I LOVE MY BIRTHSTONE! SUPER LIKE! ITS TOPAZ! It will never fades like me Im Mortal but if I get my "afterlife" I can be an "IMMORTAL" with our Savior! Forever till the world ends.

Well my birthstone is citrine

Well my birthstone is citrine well don't even care if it brings you enough things you want but at least if you wear the right stone every month

I am a aquamarine..... why

I am a aquamarine..... why only healing...booo!!

I hate mine because mine is

I hate mine because mine is only healing but not to protect evil spirits and nightmares.........I wish I was born in august.........

ye! I like my birthstone :)

ye! I like my birthstone :) PERIDOT :D

OMG YAYZ! My stone is the

OMG YAYZ! My stone is the Peridot, Which symbols strength and I'm REALLY strong! My crush's is Sapphire, and He is REALLY smart too! Wow, this is all, like, literally true!!! I heard Wisdom And strength are a good mix too!!! AWESOME!!! Looks like we're a good mix! XD

<3I Dedicate This To My Crush, Liam C.<3

I'm diamond

I'm diamond

i'm a maybaby so I have the

i'm a maybaby so I have the emerald, which is quite cool since I love emeralds. I also have a friend born in june and she loves pearls. crazy, huh?
a really useful website. thanks :)

horoscopes would be a nice

horoscopes would be a nice addition to the page.

We do offer Zodiac profiles

We do offer Zodiac profiles on our Web site if you are interested here:
http://www.almanac.com/bestday...

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