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Your Guide to Birthstones

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Searching for the perfect gift for a birthday or anniversary? Or maybe you're just looking to treat yourself? There are a lot of options out there, but why not go with something personal and unique - like a birthstone?

Birthstones are gemstones that correspond to the month of your birth, and they are thought to bring good luck and protection. Each birthstone has its own meaning and history, making it a truly special and personal gift.

Not sure which birthstone is right for you? Keep reading for your guide to birthstones!


Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January, and is also the stone given to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of marriage. The name ‘garnet’ comes from the Latin word ‘granatum’, meaning seed, as in the pomegranate fruit. Garnet is said to enhance positive and calming emotions.

Find out more about the garnet here: January's Birthstone - Garnet (

February – Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and is said to provide balance, calm and harmony through healing. This beautiful purple stone is also said to promote courage, strength, and inner peace.

Find out more about Amethysts here: February's Birthstone - Amethyst (

March – Aquamarine or Blue Topaz

The birthstones of March are both light blue clear stones; Aquamarine or Blue Topaz.

Aquamarine is said to Promote honesty, loyalty and good health, and Blue Topaz represents emotional attachment, honesty, and emotional clarity.

Find out more about the birthstones for March here: The Birthstones for March – Aquamarine or Blue Topaz (

April – Diamond, Cubic Zirconia or White Topaz

a diamond held by tongs

Lucky people with April birthdays have the Diamond as their birthstone; the stone of love, strength and invincibility.

There are less expensive alternatives available with both cubic zirconia and white topaz also known as birthstones for April.

Wondering which to choose? take a look at our guide here: April Birthstones: Diamond, White Topaz or Cubic Zirconia (

May – Emerald

The beautiful green emerald is the birthstone for May. Emeralds symbolise wisdom, love and compassion.

Created emeralds are an alternative; created stones are made in a laboratory, and are chemically, physically and optically identical to those mined underground — However they have a higher clarity and colour grade, are ethical, conflict free and cost less.

June – Moonstone or Freshwater Pearl

The birthstone for June is either the Pearl or Moonstone.

Pearls are believed to restore youth and self-worth. One of the oldest and most coveted jewels in the world, a pearl is formed organically inside a mollusk shell, and can be natural or cultured. Moonstones are gemstones with a similar milky white colour but contain a rainbow opalescent effect. Moonstones are strongly associated with the moon, with people in ancient times believing the stone was created from moonbeams!

July – Ruby

The Birthstone for July, ruby, is the stone of success, devotion and passion.

Ruby is also the traditional gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.

Ruby has traditionally been regarded as a stone of royalty in many cultures and there are many links between power and money in ruby symbolism and lore. Owning a ruby was said to facilitate wealth accumulation, and even to help the owner to acquire more gemstones!

August – Peridot

The birthstone of August, peridot, is said to protect against negative emotion. This pretty green gemstone encourages wearers to follow their passions and stay loyal to their inner selves.

It is a stone that will enable you to let go of the past and move forward.

September – Sapphire

The birthstone of September is Sapphire which is sometimes called the stone of destiny and represents truth.

Sapphires are part of the corundum mineral family along with rubies and share exceptional hardness and durability.

Red corundum is ruby and all other colours are sapphires, although most of the sapphires used in jewellery are deep blue.

October – Opal or Opalite

The birthstone of October, Opal, is said to enhance imagination and creativity.

Opal is known as the dreamer's stone because of its iridescence and flashes of colour that seem to emerge suddenly from its depths. It is thought to have a variety of healing properties including emotional comfort.

November – Citrine

November's birthstone, the citrine is a symbol of hope, youth and health. Citrines have been prized for their beauty and brilliance throughout history. They serve as a reminder of the vivacity of life and the warm, brilliant sun. Their bright yellow hue and brilliant clarity are associated with success and happiness as well as a healthy body and mind.

December – London Blue Topaz or Turquoise

Both of the bright blue stones, Turquoise and London Blue Topaz are known as the birthstone of December.

Turquoise is considered lucky. Turquoise is a stone that represents friendship and is thought to bring harmony to a person's house and to everyone who lives there.

London Blue Topaz , as the "Gem of love and devotion," stands for enduring love and deep connections as well as honesty.

The Bottom Line

Birthstone pendants are perfect for gifting and can be combined with an initial charm for a really personal gift. Sennen Jewellery can also make custom jewellery commissions featuring a birthstone or your favourite stone!

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