Birthstones

Chart By Color and Month, Anniversary Gemstone Jewelry

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Birthstones for each month have changed frequently and less expensive stones have substituted some of the rarer ones. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers assigned the standard birthstones we recognize today. Below is the most widely used list today.

Birthstone Birthstone Chart by Color and Month:

January: dark red Garnet

February: purple Amethyst

March: pale blue Aquamarine

April: clear Diamond, clear Quartz

May: green Emerald

June: cream Pearl, Moonstone

July: red Ruby

August: pale green Peridot

September: blue Sapphire

October: variegated Opal, Tourmaline

November: yellow Citrine, yellow Topaz

December: Turquoise, Blue Topaz, Blue Zircon, Tanzanite (Tanzanite was added in 2002 by the American Gem Trade Association)


 

Anniversary Anniversary Gemstones/Jewelry by Year of Marriage:

1 Gold Jewelry
2 Garnet
3 Pearls
4 Blue Topaz
5 Sapphire
6 Amethyst
7 Onyx
8 Tourmaline
9 Lapis lazuli
10 Diamond
11 Turquoise
12 Jade
13 Citrine
14 Opal
15 Ruby
16 Peridot
17 Watches

18 Cat's Eye
19 Aquamarine
20 Emerald
21 Iolite
22 Spinel
23 Yellow Topaz
24 Tanzanite
25 Silver Jewelry
30 Pearl
35 Emerald
40 Ruby
45 Sapphire
50 Gold Jewelry
55 Alexandrite
60 Diamond
70 Sapphire
80 Ruby

A birthstone is a gemstone that is associated with each month in the Gregorian Calendar. During the 18th century, the idea of gemstones as birthstones became popular. Owning many gemstones was not something most people could afford. Eventually, it became fashionable to wear only the gemstone of one’s birth month. People like the idea that wearing one’s birthstone brings them good luck and protects them. Today, it is also very popular to wear other gemstones for their color or for their gemstone meanings and healing properties.