Birthstones are a collection of gemstones that correspond with one's birth month.
Traditionally each gem holds a different meaning that is thought to hold true to its wearer. There are a few months where multiple birthstones symbolize various characteristics, giving its wearer multiple choices in the gem that they choose. These precious gems come from all over the world and come with various legends of their time.
Legends say that the Garnet offers protection from nightmares and gives its wearer guidance in the night for those born in the month of January. As an energizing stone, garnet helps build self-confidence and clarify one's life purpose.
The Amethyst gemstone represents royalty, passion, and hope. This gem is said to calm the spirit and give focus to the wearer. It is also revered for inducing independence and creativity.
In ancient times, Aquamarine, the traditional birthstone of March, was said to be treasures of mermaids and aided seafarers in helping them to clearly remember their loved ones when they were far away at sea. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness.
Diamonds have been the traditional symbol of love since ancient Greece and the sparkling birthstone for April-born babies. It is supposed to bestow the wearer with good luck, happiness, prosperity and peace in life in the long run.
Some believe that by wearing the vivid Emerald gem, the symbol of May birthdays, you will be cured from certain ailments and will be able to see into the future.
Celebrate June birthdays with pearls, which are said to symbolize modesty and purity. Alexandrite also correlates with the month of June as its ranks alongside ruby, one of the world's most desirable gemstones.
The vivid gem of Rubies is symbolic of July birthdays and are said to be protective against misfortune and allow their wearer to live in harmony with others.
Historically, Peridots were said to bring courage, wealth, wisdom and purity to wearers with a birthday in the month of August.
The majestic Sapphire gemstone has been portrayed as a symbol of truth and protection to those born in September.
Ancient legends say the Opal gemstone will soothe away sadness and envy for those with October birthdays. The Tourmaline gem represents the birth month of October with its resistance to breaking and scratching.
In ancient times, Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Today, the cheerful Citrine, representative of November birthdays, is known as the merchant’s stone and is associated with success and prosperity. Topaz also compliments the month of November with its shades of brown, orange and yellow.
Zircon provides the wearer with wisdom, honor and riches for those born in December. Turquoise is also associated with the month of December, bringing its wearer happiness and good fortune.