Traditional and Modern Birthstones

Birthstones are, at once, very modern and also very traditional choices for gems that have been chosen for a variety of reasons to represent each month of the year. Some families have adopted this way of keeping a family tradition for gift giving for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

It is believed that the origin of the twelve monthly birthday stones was thought to have originated in The Bible as they were found on the breastplates of Aaron.

Choosing jewelery gifts by month, especially as birthday gifts is fun and traditional, for men, women, and even children. Many, perhaps, most jewelery stores will have a selection of compatible pieces - rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings for each birth month.

There is quite a variation from culture to culture so this is something that you can have a lot of fun with as you choose a special gift for someone you love.

January - Garnet

In many traditions, including Russian, Hebrew, Polish and Arabic, the garnet is recognised as the gemstone representing January.

February - Amethyst

According to North American, Hebrew, Roman, Arabic, Polish and Russian traditions.

March - Aquamarine or Bloodstone

Modern tradition claims the Aquamarine birthstone for March.

Hebrew, Roman, Arabic, Polish and Russian traditions name the Bloodstone.

April - Diamond/Sapphire

North American, Jewish, Hindu and Polish cultures name the Diamond.

Roman, Persian and Russian traditions name the Sapphire.

May - Emerald/Agate

North American, Arabic, Hindu, Polish and Russian traditions name the Emerald, but Hebrew and Roman traditions say the month belongs to the agate.

June - Moonstone/Pearl/Alexandrite

North American culture names the gemstone for June to be Moonstone, Pearl or Alexandrite.

Ancient Hindu tradition names the pearl.

Ancient Roman and Hebrew traditions names the Emerald.

Russian, Polish and Arabic cultures name the Agate.

July - Ruby/Onyx

North American, Polish and Russian culture names the Ruby.

Hebrew and Roman traditions name the Onyx.

The Arabic culture names the Carnelian.

Hindu religion says a sapphire represents the month.

August - Peridot/Carnelian

North American tradition names the Peridot.

Hebrew and Roman traditions name the Carnelian.

Arabic and Polish traditions say Sardonyx.

Hindu tradition names the Ruby.

Russian tradition names the Alexandrite.

September - Sapphire

North American names the Sapphire as the birthstone.

Hebrew, Roman, Arabic, Polish and Russian traditions name the Peridot.

Hindu tradition assigns the Zircon to September.

October - Opal/Tourmaline

North American tradition says the Opal or Tourmaline.

Hebrew, Roman, Arabic and Polish name the Aquamarine.

Russian culture names the Beryl.

Ancient Hindu tradition says it is Coral.

November - Yellow Topaz/Citrine

North American tradition assigns either yellow topaz or citrine as the gemstone.

Hebrew, Roman, Arabic and Russian traditions name the Topaz.

Hindu tradition names the Cat's Eye.

December - Tanzanite/Turquoise/Blue Topaz

North American tradition says any of three choices of three blue stones: Tanzanite, Turquoise or Blue Topaz.

Hindu religion also names the Topaz.

Russian and Polish traditions name Turquoise.

Arabic, Roman and Hebrew traditions name the Ruby as the birthstone.

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