Many believe that birthstones can be traced back to the bible. They were later associated with the twelve signs of the zodiac however it was not until the early 1900’s that a chart for the official, and secondary birthstones of each month was created.
Each with its special significance and colours, birthstones have become a popular and sentimental jewellery accessory, holding deep meaning for the wearer and making for the perfect gift.
Discover your birthstone or that of a loved one with our fun facts on each of these beautiful gems. You can also #UncoverYourTreasure with our pick of pieces featuring each birthstone, available right here on WNDRLND!
JANUARY – GARNET
FUN FACTS: The Garnet stone’s name derives from the Greek word ‘granatum,’ which means ‘pomegranate seed’, and resembles the fruit in both shape and colour. Garnet symbolises truth and faithfulness and is said to bring good fortune. It is also believed to keep the wearer safe during travels and is often gifted to those going on lengthy journeys.
WNDRLND PICK: Garnet & Diamond Ring by By Caroline Jewellery
FEBRUARY – AMETHYST
FUN FACTS: Originating from the Greek word ‘amethystos’ meaning ‘sober’, Amethyst was believed by the ancient Greeks to protect from drunkenness. It is thought to protect the wearer from evil eyes. While always purple, amethysts can be found in a variety of shades from lilac to mauve.
WNDRLND PICK: Faceted Skull Silver Necklace by Fauxward London
MARCH – AQUAMARINE
FUN FACTS: A symbol of youth, health and hope, Aquamarines, as the name suggests, are reminiscent of the sea, ranging in colour from teal and blue-green to pale and deep blue. The stone is believed to relax the senses and often used in meditation, as well as to keep the wearer healthy.
WNDRLND PICK: Blue Topaz & Aquamarine Ring by By Caroline Jewellery
APRIL – DIAMOND
FUN FACTS: Diamond is one of the hardest natural materials on earth, and can only be cut through by another diamond. Diamond is widely considered the ultimate symbol of love and more and more commonly available in a rainbow of colourful shades including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, brown and black.
WNDRLND PICK: Gemstone Flower Ring by Natalie Perry Jewellery
MAY – AGATE
FUN FACTS: An alternative or secondary birthstone for May, Agate’s name originates from the River Achates in Sicily. This ancient gemstone dates back to 20,000 BC, and it is believed stone-aged men used it for producing jewellery and beads. Agate is considered to have strong healing properties and is often gifted to wear during pregnancy to protect the health of the mother and child.
WNDRLND PICK: Big Windbell Rhombus Earrings by Isabella Liu
JUNE – PEARL
FUN FACTS: Pearl has long been a symbol of purity. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the ‘hardened tears of joy’ of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The Pearl symbolises beauty and classic elegance with many iconic beauties including Elizabeth Taylor choosing the gemstone to enhance their outfits.
WNDRLND PICK: Claw & Pearl Earrings by Kate Gilliland Jewellery
JULY – RUBY
FUN FACTS: Ruby is derived from the Latin word ‘ruber’ meaning ‘red’. Rubies were regarded by ancient Hindus as ‘The King of Gemstones’, and are believed to bring luck, protecting the wearer from misfortune and poor health. They are the hardest gemstone, second to diamonds.
WNDRLND PICK: Ruby & Diamond Pendant by By Caroline Jewellery
AUGUST – PERIDOT
FUN FACTS: The word Peridot derives from the Arabic word ‘faridat’, meaning ‘gem’. Peridot is one of the few gems which only occurs in one colour, green, although can be found in various green hues. Peridot is the result of volcanic activity deep within the earth’s surface and is believed to bring its wearer closer to nature.
WNDRLND PICK: Amethyst & Peridot Ring by By Caroline Jewellery
SEPTEMBER – SAPPHIRE
FUN FACTS: Although most widely known in its pure rich blue colour, Sapphires are present in a kaleidoscope of colours including orange, yellow, pink and green. A gift of Sapphire conveys loyalty and is thought to help cement a relationship of friendship or love. As such, Sapphires are a popular stone choice for engagement rings including the world’s most famous one belonging to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
OCTOBER – TOURMALINE
FUN FACTS: The name Tourmaline derives from ‘tura mali’ meaning ‘stone of mixed colours’ in Sinhalese and reflects the fact this is one of the few gemstones found in all colours of the rainbow. It also has pyroelectric properties, meaning its crystals are naturally electrically polarised and contain electric fields! Tourmaline is considered a cognitive gemstone, believed to help increase the wearer’s psychic energy, concentration and confidence.
WNDRLND PICK: Rare Dark Green Tourmaline Ring by By Caroline Jewellery
NOVEMBER – CITRINE
FUN FACTS: Citrine is named after the French word for lemon, ‘citron’, reflecting the yellow colour of this stone, but can be found in different shades ranging from pale yellow to brownish orange. This yellow hue also makes Citrine known as ‘a gift from the sun’ and instil healing properties, as well as cheerfulness and laughter in the wearer. Most Citrine gemstones are discovered in Brazil and Central Africa.
WNDRLND PICK: Raw Citrine Rock Ring by Caroline Stokesberry-Lee
DECEMBER – ZIRCON
FUN FACTS: Zircon, an alternative or secondary birthstone for December, should not be confused with Cubic Zirconia which is a synthetic stone. In the middle ages, Zircon was believed to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits and promote honour and wisdom. While the most common colour for Zircon today is blue, it is also available in pink, brown, green, yellow, orange and purple shades. Zircon is one of the few gemstones within which you might notice a dispersion or ‘rainbow’ of colours.
WNDRLND PICK: Zircon Ring by Samira Jafari Jewellery