A Guide to Birthstones


JANUARY

Garnet

The most common colour of garnet is a dark red or deep maroon but garnets are also available in shades of orange, green, purple, yellow and brown. Garnet have been worn for centuries not only fort heir beauty but  also for their healing and magical powers as well as their powers of love.


FEBRUARY

Amethyst

A violet variety of quartz used in jewellery since Ancient Egypt, it is available in all shades of purple, lilac or mauve. Since ancient times amethyst has been believes to guard against drunkenness which is why wine goblets were often carved from it it is also thought to have protective and healing powers.


MARCH

Aquamarine

A name derive from a Latin describing the colour of the sea. aquamarines are known for for their delicate blue or blue-green coloring and exceptional clarity. According to myth,, aquamarine is believed to have originated in the treasure chest of beautiful mermaids,  and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors' lucky stone.

 

Bloodstone

Bloodstone which is also known as heliotrope, is a green stone with distinctive red spots  that resemble blood, giving this stone its name. Historically the bloodstone was used  to stop bleeding especially nosebleeds. The Greeks believe it to bring change. Bloodstone has also been used  as an amulet to protect against the evil eye and is a symbol  of justice.


APRIL

Diamond

The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek "unbreakable" and is the hardest natural material know to man. Diamonds form naturally in a rainbow of colours including colourless, pink, yellow, blue, green red, brown and black.The diamond's physical properties of clarity and          hardness have given rise to it being a symbol of power, strength, innocence, longevity, love and good fortune.

Zircon

Zircon was one of the earliest, if not the first, gems to be used by man. Ancient  travelers wore Zircon to protect themselves from the plague, wounds and  injuries. Zircon occurs in many colors, including red, pink, brown, yellow, hazel, or black. It can also be colorless. It has been credited with guarding sailors from lightning and  expelling evil spirits with its brightness.


MAY

Emerald

Emeralds have been long a treasured gem, possessing a truly beautiful, intense and radiant green. An Indian tale speaks about emeralds originating from fireflies in the moonlight. the green emerald is the colour of life and of springtime, it has also, for centuries, been the colour of love. In ancient Rome green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.

 

 Green Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a gemstone found in a tremendous range of colors that includes green, blue, yellow, pink, red, black and the watermelon variety, which is both pink and green. The  reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on  its long journey up from the center of the Earth, passed over a  rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colours of the rainbow. It is the gemstone of love and of friendship, and is said to  render both firm and long-lasting.


JUNE

Pearl

The Pearl is a symbol of love and good fortune  and is considered the most  feminine gem in existence. To the Romans, pearl meant  “sweetness and  pleasure”. To the Greeks, “perfect purity.” Whether they are mounted   alone in jewelry or strung together in strands, pearls are simply the  most  elegant and desirable gift of nature. In an ancient tale, it is  said Cleopatra ground a pearl, dissolved it in vinegar and drank it in  an attempt to capture its beauty.

 

Moonstone

The  moonstone is characterised by an enchanting play of light. Indeed it  owes its name to a mysterious shimmer which shifts as the stone is moved. In  earlier times, people believed they could recognise in it the crescent  and waning phases of the moon. In India, moonstones are regarded as 'dream stones' which bring the               wearer beautiful visions at night.


JULY

Antique Ruby & Diamond Daisy Ring

Ruby

Ruby, in Sanskrit, is "ratnaraj", which translates to "King of Gemstones". Know for it's magnificent glowing red hue, excellent hardness and outstanding brilliance. Ruby has been revered for centuries, to own a ruby is said to have contentment and peace. Placed under a pillow the ruby may ward off bad dreams. Given as a gift, the ruby is a symbol of friendship, love and vitality.

 


Carnelian

Carnelian is one of the oldest known gemstones, deep red in colours. It was widely used in ancient Rome  to make signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal on letters or  important documents. Carnelian has been a talisman of good luck since as early as the ancient Babylonians and Greeks, it is regarded as one of the luckiest gems to wear.


        AUGUST

Antique Peridot Hinge Bangle

Peridot

Peridot is a beautiful, vivid green, with just a slight hint of gold. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient written records documenting the mining of peridot as early as 1500 B.C. It is a gem especially connected with ancient Egypt, some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridots.



SEPTEMBER

Sapphire

Sapphire is a magnificent gemstone which comes in a true spectrum of colours including, all shades of blue, pink, violet, green, yellow , orange and completely colourless. The sapphire symbolises loyalty, love and longing and has been called the "Stone of Destiny". It has   been regarded through the centuries as a stone that could  protect its wearer   from harm, detect purity and faith.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuili is beautiful a deep blue, with golden inclusions of pyrite, which shimmer like stars in the night sky. Lapis lazuli is regarded by many people around the world as the stone of friendship and of truth. The Romans also considered Lapis to be an aphrodisiac.


OCTOBER

Opal

Opals are among the most captivating of all gemstones, displaying a fantastic spectrum of colour which seem dance within each one, they can be found with a transparent, opaque white or bluish-black body colour. In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great  luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each  gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. In Arabian lore "opals are the remnants of lightning strikes  to the ground, and the flashes in the stone are captured  lightning". Each and every opal is unique and no two opals are alike.


NOVEMBER

Topaz

Topaz exists in a variety of colours, including many shades of yellow and gold, burnt orange,  silvery blue, pale pink and colourless. The Egyptians said that topaz was colored with the golden glow of the mighty sun god Ra. As an amulet topaz was used  to drive away sadness, strengthen the intellect, and grant courage, it is said to be even more powerful if used in moonlight.


DECEMBER

Turquoise

Turquoise is usually found as a brilliant sky blue but Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. Egyptians began mining the gem in 3,200 BC. It was one of the most  highly prized gems for use in protective amulets. The stone's powerful  blue color was thought to have healing properties for both the mind and  the body. Cleopatra regularly wore turquoise because she believed the  gem would help protect her from her enemies.