This year has seen a surge in popularity for birthstones, the gemstones that represent a person’s birth month.
It is believed that birthstones originated from the breastplate of Aaron, which contained 12 gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel. In the Book of Exodus in the Bible, the Breastplate of Aaron was a sacred object that was worn by the High Priest of the Israelites and used in order to communicate with God. After reflection on the significance of the number 12, a connection was established between the 12 signs of the Zodiac and the 12 gems on the Breastplate of Aaron. It was after this, during the 18th Century, that the gemstones began to be assigned according to birth month.
Although typically gifted for birthdays and anniversaries, gemstones are a beautiful present for any occasion. According to trend expert, Dayne Isom Johnson from Etsy, there has been an ‘emerging trend in non-diamond engagement rings [...] incorporating birthstones’. Over the last three months, there have been ‘34K searches for “birthstone engagement rings” [...] and I predict the trend will continue to grow’.
January - Garnet
Provides strength and safety
February - Amethyst
Protects and purifies
March - Aquamarine
Calms and cleanses
April - Diamond or White Topaz
Increases strength and purity / Associated with love and happiness
May - Emerald or Green Onyx
Represents health and wisdom / Relieves worries, tensions and fears
June - Pearl
Associated with purity and innocence
July - Ruby or Red Onyx
Symbolises harmony and protection / Increases energy and enthusiasm
August - Peridot
Attracts abundance and good luck
September - Blue Sapphire or Rainbow Moonstone
Represents purity, wisdom and faith / Provides balance and harmony
October - Opal or Pink Tourmaline
Represents hope and innocence / Cleanses emotional depression and anxieties
November - Citrine or Yellow Topaz
Raises self-esteem and self-confidence / Promotes good health
December - Turquoise or Blue Topaz
Brings happiness and good fortune / Brings eternal friendship and romance
What are the best birthstone jewellery pieces to buy now?
Here are our top picks for the best modern pieces of birthstone jewellery to shop right now.
If you’re interested in birthstone jewellery, you can take a look at all our gemstone jewellery available at Michael Jones Jeweller by visiting our showrooms on Gold Street Northampton, in the Grosvenor Centre Northampton, and at our store in Banbury. Our team will be happy to assist you, alternatively, you can give us a call on 01604 632 548, or fill out our online contact form.