Birthstones and Meanings

Every month of the year has been associated with a Gemstone, referred to as Birthstones. These associations date back to Biblical times. The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, Moses’ brother, which contained twelve gemstones, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel (Exodus 28 & 39). These stones were first associated with the signs of the zodiac, and then to the months of the year.

The legends and myths about birthstones are numerous. They are attributed healing powers and therapeutic properties. Legend follows that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month increases its healing powers. One could rotate the stone worn monthly, or simply wear all twelve, all of the time.

The modern list we use today was initially formulated in 1912 with the late addition of tanzanite to December in 2002. Different cultures have different lists, and the lists used by Jewelers are frequently inconsistent. We’ve provided a listing below to help you determine which stone is the right birthstone for you.

Birthstones by Month

MonthModern Traditional
JanuaryGarnetGarnet
FebruaryAmethystAmethyst
MarchAquamarineBloodstone
AprilDiamondDiamond
MayEmeraldEmerald
JunePearl, MoonstoneAlexandrite
JulyRubyRuby
AugustPeridotSardonyx
SeptemberSapphireSapphire
OctoberOpalTourmaline
NovemberYellow TopazCitrine
DecemberTurquoise, Blue Topaz, TanzaniteZircon, Lapis Lazuli