If you need any evidence of the ever-growing interest of astrology, just wait until Mercury is in retrograde and you’ll hear the phrase repeated constantly to explain any type of upheaval, sudden change or malaise.
Horoscopes and astrology have become part of our everyday lives with some even basing their compatibility in the dating sphere by star signs. It is also used to choose our accessories – which brings us to the topic in question here.
Each month is represented by a birthstone, something that dates back to the time of the Bible or at least the eighth and ninth century. While the exact date is unknown, it is fair to say that this tradition has been going on for a very long time; in 1912, it was standardised and has evolved over time to create the list we know today. The UK birthstones, as set in stone (if you’ll pardon the pun) in 2013, are as followed:
January – Garnet
In Medieval Latin, garnet stems from the word for pomegranate in reference to the red hue of the stone. Yet, while this is most common, they can also come in shades of orange, yellow, purple and green as well as colour-changing varieties. The stone is said to help eliminate negative feelings and boost confidence. It may also encourage creativity and peace of mind. As well as to honour January birthdays, they also are used to celebrate 2nd anniversaries.
February – Amethyst
With a purple hue, the February birthstone is a favourite among the jewellery pieces of royal families in Europe and Asia, representing empowerment and inner strength. It was associated in Greek mythology with Bacchus, the god of wine due to the colour, while being able to keep wearers clear headed in battle and business. It also is the gem used to celebrate the 6th wedding anniversary.
March - Aquamarine
The cool blue of aquamarine is believed to be the treasure of mermaids. Its clear as water appearance has led it over time to symbolise purity and as a calming force to keep sailors safe at sea. It is used for gifting 19th anniversaries.
April – Diamond
Lucky April birthdays are to be showered with diamonds, symbolising clarity and strength. It can come big, small, clear or colourful – just don’t forget the 4Cs when it comes to shopping – colour, clarity, cut and carat. As well as the fourth month of the year, it is also used to celebrate 10th and 60th anniversaries.
May – Emerald
The birthstone for spring May babies is the rich green emerald. Also used to honour 20th and 35th anniversaries, it was beloved by Cleopatra. Emeralds come associated with many legends. It was believed that it makes the wearer more intelligent or quick-witted, or by placing it under your tongue that you can see into the future. Just don’t try that at home.
June – Pearls
The salt or freshwater beauty of pearls is the birthstone for June – a timeless jewellery addition that is thought to bring love, luck, wisdom, and peace to the wearer. The round shape and colour also conjures up associations with the moon and so, feminine energy. It has a polished and sophisticated look that can be gifted for June birthdays, to celebrate 3rd anniversaries or just about anyone for an elegant touch.
July – Ruby
The colour of love and passion, rubies are defined by their red hue with a slight hint of purple. Donning such stones denoted power and youthful energy in ancient India and believed to have the power to cure inflammation, soothe anger, and predict danger. You also have the likes of health, wisdom, wealth and luck in love. What more could you want? The stone is also used to celebrate 15th, 40th and 80th anniversaries.
August – Peridot
Unless you are born in August, this is probably the least known stone on this list. It is formed under extreme pressure within hardened lava brought from within the Earth’s mantle as well as meteorites. It has a green yellow colourway that is not to be confused with emeralds above. It was used for centuries as a protective stone against evil spirits.
September – Sapphire
When you think of a sapphire, a blue gemstone likely comes to mind but they can actually come in many other shades – purple, orange, green, brown and grey to name but a few. These stones represent truth, loyalty, sincerity and were believed in Ancient Greece and Rome that they protected from harm. It is also used to honour 5th, 45th and 75th anniversaries.
October – Opal
Opal is characterised by its rainbow changing colours and has been likened to fireworks, volcanoes and even lightning. It was believed in Ancient Greece to offer prophesies and protection as well as symbolising purity, truth and hope. It is used to celebrate 14th anniversaries.
November – Topaz Citrine
These two stones both are known for bringing a calming energy as well as fortune to those that are adorned in it. The latter, citrine, has a yellow hue, while topaz can be colourless, blue, yellow, orange, pink and many other shades.
December - Turquoise, Tanzanite
Blue and blue green hues of turquoise and tanzanite make up the December birthstone. Tuquoise was believed to bestow health and good fortune and was said to break if disaster was looming. Tanzanite is a more recently discovered stone (1962) and has a deep blue or violet shade.
These timeless piece make great, personalised gifts – whether you are celebrating your own birth month or a loved ones. You can use to celebrate a new arrival, birthdays, graduations, or an important moment in time with the gems you are literally born to wear.
Shop the best pieces from jewellery labels offering birthstone-adorned collections.
Fine jewellery label Annoushka is best known for its elegant charm bracelets - A$AP Rocky gifted one to Rihanna to mark the birth of their first child - and this can form the basis of your birthstone jewellery collection.
The singer’s included 10 charms each of which represents a personal message including the Lucky Clover for, well, luck and the Evil Eye for protection, but the stand-out is the Emerald Lovelocket to mark the baby’s May 13 birthstone.
For every month of the year, there is a charm, signet ring, drop earring, cocktail ring or eternity rings that will be symbolic and personal. The colourful gemstones are square-cut and set in 18ct gold. The Lovelocket birthstone ring even opens to reveal a hidden chamber where you can further customise the piece with a note, photo or mini sentimental talisman.
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Monica Vinader cut its teeth in the personalised gifting game before evolving to offer even more treasured pieces. While you can still have your jewellery engraved, you can take it one step further by first opting for one of the bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendant charms, rings or sets that come as part of the Birthstone Jewellery collection.
There are three finishes; 18ct gold vermeil, sterling silver and 18ct rose gold vermeil as well as stone to suit all months from January through to December.
Highlights include the now iconic Siren Wire Earrings that comes with green onyx (December) or aquamarine (March) set in the plating of your choice as well as the delicate Fine Chain Bracelet that can be mix and matched and layered up with more pieces and comes with the same stones as the earrings as well as Labradorite (can be associated with August) and Kyanite (a blue hue that can stand in for sapphire/September).
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Born in Canada, Mejuri is set for world domination with its fine jewellery that is made to be worn everyday. The delicate gold pieces are trendless and timeless and there’s a range of gemstones too that come in either earring or pendant form to represent the birthstone of your giftee (or for your self-gifting).
There’s micro-pavé diamonds (April), opal (October), emerald (May), turquoise (December), sapphire (September), pearl (June), white topaz and citrine (November) as well as studs with every month spotlighted so that noone is left out when it comes to sparkling detailing. The stones themselves are mineral stones chosen specifically for their beauty and ability to stand the test of time. The brand opts for high quality and natural versions of these embellishments.
Layer these pieces with the Zodiac collection that comes in 14k gold or white sapphire.
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Edge of Ember
Edge of Ember specialise in fine jewellery pieces with an eco-conscious twist. The collections are customisable, while the brand uses recycled metal (14k solid gold or yellow gold and white gold), and ethically-sourced gemstones.
The Birthstone collection is made up of pendants, stud earrigs, bracelets and necklaces as well as a Zodiac collection with detailing to represent each horoscope’s symbols.
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The pendant necklaces at Instagram-favourite jewellery label Missoma can be personalised not only with the birthstone of your chosen month but also with an engravable message up to 20 characters at no additional cost.
There’s a colourful gem for each month of the year as well as Zodiac Constellation necklaces with delicate embellishments to represent the stars. The necklaces are made from recycled 18ct gold plated vermeil set on recycled sterling silver so there’s a planet-friendly angle too.
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Pandora may be the high street jeweller of choice when it comes to building an enviable charm bracelet but there are many more jewellery pieces you can shop too, especially as part of the Birthstone Collection.
Narrow down your search by opting for the metal, size, colour and price, and you’ll be left with a seemingly never-ending selection - all of which have gifting appeal. From the pendants, to the bangles via the rings and hoop earrings, you can add bling to the jewellery box of your loved one as well as a colourful detail depending on the month in which they were born.
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At Beaverbrooks, you can shop the brand’s extensive jewellery offering by gemstone to find the one to suit - whether you are born in April (Diamond) or February (Amethyst), there’s an injection of colour or added sparkle to be had.
The selection is so vast that there really is any type of jewellery piece on offer - be it earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, pendants - as well as the setting, carat cut, colour and clarity to match your taste and price point.
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