Each month of the year is associated with a specific gemstone, known as a birthstone, and is linked to symbolic and mystical meanings. This video shows examples of each birthstone and below we explain their common associations.
Considered the stone of good luck, regeneration and stability, garnets are also said to protect the wearer from nightmares.
Amethyst is a semi-precious gemstone that comes in shades of purple and is often associated with loyalty, wealth and protection.
Aquamarine is a semi-precious gemstone that comes in delicate shades of green-blue. It is said to calm the nerves and is linked to health, affection and love.
One of the world’s most sought after gemstones, diamonds signify love, eternity and strength.
Said to promote healing and enhance love and contentment, emeralds have also been associated with the power of foresight and are one of the world’s rarest gemstones.
Pearls are associated with chastity and modesty and said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty.
Rubies are a rare and precious red gemstone associated with contentment, peace, friendship, love and vitality.
As well as being a symbol of purity, the peridot stone is believed to enhance wellness and spirituality.
Another rare gemstone, sapphire was once called the stone of destiny as it’s associated with mental clarity and foresight.
Opals range in many different colours from white and black to blues, greens and browns. They’re linked to purity, hope and innocence. Tourmaline and Rose Quartz are alternative October birthstones.
From the quartz family, citrine is often called the stone of the mind and is known as the lucky merchant stone. Topaz is another November birthstone.
Turquoise has long been a popular gemstone, linked to happiness, fortune and luck. Tanzanite and zircon are alternative December birthstones.