Birthstones have been around for thousands of years, and have had religious and societal significance throughout that time in cultures around the globe. Some believe that these stones have healing or other metaphysical properties, while some simply appreciate the gems for their vibrancy and luster. Everyone from kings to meditation gurus have used and appreciated the properties of these stones, and so can you!
We collected information about each of the 12 birthstones and put them into 12 simple yet informative animated graphics.
January – Garnet
The name “Garnet” is derived from the Latin term garanatus, which means “seed” or “seed like.” There are historical references dating back as far as 3100 B.C. in Ancient Egypt, where Garnet was compared to the pomegranate seed in appearance.
February – Amethyst
From Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth, the amethyst has long been referred to as the “jewel of the Gods,” the amethyst is also admired for its religious and political significance. The word amethyst is based on the Greek word amethystos, or “sober.”
March – Aquamarine
The name Aquamarine is based on the Latin words aqua (water) and marina (sea). It comes in large variety of sizes, but larger stones tend to have more vibrant colors.
April – White Spinel
White spinel is one of the newer birthstones, but it has quickly gained popularity due to its vibrance, affordability, and how well it compliments gold and silver jewelry.
May – Emerald
Emeralds are one of best-known and beloved gems, and is has one of the most distinct appearances among all the birthstones. Places like the fictional Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz helped solidify emeralds in the cultural consciousness.
June – Alexandrite
Alexandrite is one of the most valued gemstones in the world, due to its rarity and fascinating color-changing properties. Alexandrite stones larger than 5 carats are particularly rare, however stones 60 carats or larger have been found on occasion.
July – Ruby
As one of the most expensive and prized stones in the world, it comes as little surprise that the ruby is often given for 40th wedding anniversaries. The iconic red gems are also appropriate as a Valentine’s Day gift, as well as for anyone fortunate enough to call the ruby their birthstone.
August – Peridot
Known as the “gem of the sun,” peridot has been a prized gemstone for more than 3,500 years. While the peridot is sometimes overshadowed by the better-known emerald, peridot has its own uplifting energy and beauty that should be seen and appreciated by all.
September – Sapphire
The sapphire is most closely related to the ruby, and as such is second in hardness only to the diamond. It is a popular option for engagement rings, and is also traditionally given to celebrate 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries.
October – Pink Tourmaline
Pink tourmaline is one of the most versatile birthstones, since it often appears with one or more additional colors within the stone. In addition, pink tourmaline was discovered much more recently than most other birthstones, with some of the earliest records of the stone appearing in the 17th century near Italy.
November – Citrine
Known as the “merchant’s stone,” citrine has become much more popular in recent years thanks to a newfound appreciation of the unique stone. Its pale coloration makes it the perfect fit in many different types of jewelry.
December – Blue Topaz
While many think of topaz as yellow, the reality is that there are several other colors that topaz can be found in, including December’s birthstone: blue topaz.
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