DESIRE GEMS’ BIRTHSTONE GUIDE
A birthstone is a special elemental rock that symbolizes each of the twelve months in the calendar. The current birthstone list that we all recognize today was developed in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers.
Most people experience extraordinary meaning in their particular birthstone. Therefore, wearing it as a ring, earring, bracelet or necklace is an excellent way to enjoy your birthstone.
Garnets have a vivid red color with decent translucency. They commonly occur in deep red. This crimson-colored stone gets its name from the Latin word ‘granatum’, meaning pomegranate seed. The Ancient Egyptians prized garnets and often exchanged them to signify affection and trust.
This stone is a form of quartz and has often been associated with royalty. Top-quality amethysts have deeply saturated purple hues. At one time, these were rare like diamonds. In the Middle Ages, this stone was thought to protect wearers from drunkenness. It was the favorite stone of Leonardo da Vinci and St. Valentine.
This gemstone is a close relative of the emerald and is part of the beryl mineral variety. It is light blue in color. Aquamarine stones with good translucency and bright coloring are highly prized. They were once highly treasured by seafaring people. Aquamarine is believed to have a calming effect on the wearer.
By far the most popular and recognized birthstone, diamonds are highly prized. They are a classic symbol of everlasting love. Diamonds are greatly valued for their durability and brilliance. They symbolize balance, strength, and courage.
This deep green stone is held in high regard by cultures all over the world, especially by the ancient Aztecs and Incas. Emeralds were regarded as holy. They belong to the beryl variety of stone. The best emeralds have a deep and saturated green color.
Pearls are one of the oldest gems on earth. They symbolize innocence and purity. Pearls are considered as rare gifts from the ocean because only 1 in 20 pearl-growing mollusks ever produces good quality pearls. This rare stone is coveted by royalty and fashion icons. They are also considered as heirloom pieces by people all over the world.
Rubies have a fiery, red color. They are considered as the eternal symbol of devotion, passion, and romance. Rubies belong to the corundum variety of stones. This mineral is prized for its hardness and is suitable for regular wear.
Peridots have a vivid green color. They are considered as luck-bringing stones. Peridots are thought to fight off evil. This special stone forms within the deep crust of the earth. It only surfaces during volcanic eruptions. In Hawaiian mythology, peridots are referred to as tears from the goddess of fire.
Sapphires belong to the corundum variety of stones. This stone has a velvety—blue hue. Due to its natural hardness, it is a good candidate for fine jewelry. Sapphires are symbols of romance, truth, and nobility.
Opals are a dramatic stone because they display a range of fiery colors. They are often cut in the cabochon style to capture its light exhibiting abilities. At one time, opals were prized by the Greeks for possessing the powers of divination. Today, opals are regarded as a symbol of faith, hope, and loyalty.
Citrine is a bright, yellow stone that symbolizes health, vitality, and happiness. They vary in color from glowing orange to deep brown. The best quality citrines have no visible inclusions and high transparency.
December: Blue Topaz
The blue topaz symbolizes knowledge, wisdom, and longevity. It was once believed that warriors who wore topaz would experience great strength. Blue topaz occurs in a range of hues from pale sky blue to a deep blue hue.