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A Guide to Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstone is a gemstone that expresses a person’s month of birth. The gemstones have been infused with religious meaning for years, dating back to the breastplate of Aaron. It’s comprised of 12 gemstones that represent the tribes of Israel and the zodiac signs. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers has established the list of modern birthstone with a few updates over the years.

A Blue Nile diamonds engagement ring comes with every birthstone. When choosing a birthstone for purchase, make sure you follow the same 4C’s which you apply to diamonds. Here are the 12 gemstones for every month.

January: Garnet

Garnets were appreciated during the ancient Egyptians. During middle ages, the gemstones were used to exchange which signifies affection and trust. The good translucency and vivid color ensure the high-quality of garnets.

February: Amethyst

The most favorite stone of both Leonardo da Vinci and St. Valentine, vibrantly purple amethyst has long been worn by royalty. Long ago, it’s considered as rare as diamonds. People believe that amethyst protects you from drunkenness. The pure purple color and saturated color defined the high-quality amethyst gemstone.

March: Aquamarine

A variety of mineral beryl, aquamarine comes in a light blue gemstone. It’s believed that the cool blue hue has a power of calming people. A good translucency, bright colors, and clear stone define the best aquamarine gemstone.

April: Diamond

April is the winner of the birthstone and cherished for their brilliance and rarity. For years, it’s considered as the symbol of eternal love. The Blue Nile diamonds engagement rings valued the same love, durability, and brilliance. It also signifies balance, strength, and courage.

May: Emerald

For centuries around the world, many cultures have considered it as holy, rich, and green emerald. Like aquamarine, emerald is flawless and a variety of beryl. The saturated and vivid color gemstone is considered as the finest quality emerald.

June: Pearl

Pearl is the oldest known gem which is a symbol of innocence and purity. This is one of the rarest gifts from the sea, one in 20 pearl-growing mollusks where no two are alike. For generations, pearls have become the heirloom for women.

July: Ruby

The crimson color of ruby is a symbol of devotion, romance, and passion. Rubies are a variety of corundum and a great hardness for daily wear. Rubies are highly prized and rarely available.

August: Peridot

Peridot is considered as to ward off evil and brings good fortune. Like diamonds, the vivid green peridot is found deep in the earth which comes out only during volcanic eruptions.
September: Sapphire

Like rubies, sapphire is well-known and a variety of corundum. Its natural hardness makes it a perfect gemstone for fine jewelry. Sapphire is a symbol of romance, nobility, and trust. A vibrant depth of color and good transparency is considered as the most cherished gemstone.

October: Opal

Opal holds a fiery range of colors within a single stone. The rounded cabochon cut enhances its exceptional light play. People of Greeks believed that it has the power of prophecy and symbolize faith, loyalty, and hope.

November: Citrine

The effervescent, bright gemstone is a symbol of good health, happiness, and vitality for centuries. No eye-visible inclusions and good transparency ensures the high-quality citrines. The color ranges from reddish-orange and earthy deep browns to glowing yellow-orange.

December: Topaz

It’s a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and long life. Its versatility allows it to cut in a wide variety of shape, and available in a wide range of hues. This gem is available in almost every color present in a spectrum.