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ABOUT ANTIQUE JEWELRY

Birthstones

The idea of gemstones being associated with certain months originated centuries ago and in many different cultures. It was believed that particular stones had talismanic properties that are heightened when worn at the right time of year.

 

The traditional birthstone list reflects ideas that date back centuries but have no documented origin, and as a result it differs from source to source. The modern birthstone list is the official list adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912.

Stone January
BIRTH MONTH
January

TRADITIONAL STONE
Garnet, Rose Quartz


MODERN STONE
Garnet

Stone July
BIRTH MONTH
July

TRADITIONAL STONE
Carnelian

 

MODERN STONE
Ruby

Stone February
BIRTH MONTH
February

TRADITIONAL STONE
Amethyst, Onyx

 

MODERN STONE
Amethyst

Stone August
BIRTH MONTH
August

TRADITIONAL STONE
Sardonyx

 

MODERN STONE

Peridot

Stone March
BIRTH MONTH
March

TRADITIONAL STONE
Bloodstone, Jade


MODERN STONE
Aquamarine

Stone September
BIRTH MONTH
September

TRADITIONAL STONE
Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli

 

MODERN STONE
Sapphire

 

Stone April
BIRTH MONTH
April

TRADITIONAL STONE

Diamond, Rock Crystal


MODERN STONE
Diamond

Stone November
BIRTH MONTH
October

TRADITIONAL STONE
Tourmaline

 

MODERN STONE

Opal

 

Stone May
BIRTH MONTH
May

TRADITIONAL STONE
Emerald, Chrysoprase


MODERN STONE
Emerald

Stone October
BIRTH MONTH
November

TRADITIONAL STONE

Citrine

 

MODERN STONE
Topaz

Stone June
BIRTH MONTH
June

TRADITIONAL STONE
Alexandrite, Moonstone

 

MODERN STONE
Pearl

Stone December
BIRTH MONTH
December

TRADITIONAL STONE
Turquoise

 

MODERN STONE
Zircon