I don't own much jewelry, but each piece I do keep has some sentimental value. A birthstone ring, in particular, is worn on special occasions - family members have similar trinkets with their month stones as well. If you are tasked with finding a gift for your mother, wife, sister or female friend or relative, birthstone jewelry is usually a safe bet. You can always find something beautiful and affordable, and because the gem signifies that person's month of birth you technically create the opportunity for making an heirloom for the benefactor.
Now, once you decide on gifting a friend or loved one with birthstone jewelry like a ring, tennis bracelet, or a pendant with an embedded stone, you have to confirm the birth month of the person you're gifting and make sure you have the correct gem. If you aren't certain which gem is designated for which month, here is a quick guide to all the birthstones.
January - The garnet is a beautiful, dark red gem that has been found in its natural state in African and South American mines. Garnets are believed to be associated with success.
February - The amethyst is a popular gem connected to power and healing. This light purple stone, when polished, can create a stunning look in set jewelry.
March - As the name implies, the Aquamarine stone has a greenish-blue hue and is reminiscent of the sea. It is used as a meditating stone, as its look implies serenity.
April - If you were born in April, your birthstone is the diamond. No fooling!
May - The emerald is the May stone, a brilliant green gem that in ancients times was believed to promote love and hope.
June - June birthdays are attached to the pearl, a beautiful gift from the sea. In jewelry stones, one can find a variety of hues and sizes in pearl jewelry.
July - The bright red ruby seems the perfect choice for a birthstone connected to the month where we celebrate American independence.
August - The light green peridot was a sacred stone in biblical times, and today remains connected to spirituality.
September - The stunning blue sapphire is mostly mined in Australia, though "sapphire" is a Greek word meaning "blue."
October - The iridescent opal is a gorgeous stone that looks beautiful in any type of jewelery.
November - The golden topaz is another biblical stone, one believed to bring the wearer strength and courage.
December - Tanazanite is a grayish-blue gem named for Tanzania in Africa, where the stone was first discovered.