Each month has at least one official birthstone, beginning with January, which is garnet, and followed by amethyst for February, aquamarine for March, diamond for April and emerald for the month of May. The birthstone for June is pearl, July is ruby, August is peridot, September is sapphire, October is opal, November is citrine, and December is blue topaz. The official list of modern birthstones was created in 1912, and has only been altered once since, in 2002, when tanzanite became the fourth birthstone to be associated with December.Know More
Several months claim multiple modern birthstones. March, October and November all have secondary birthstones. March's second stone is bloodstone, October's second one is tourmaline and November's second stone is topaz. June has two additional birthstones, which are alexandrite and moonstone. December has the additional three birthstones of tanzanite, zircon and turquoise.
Birthstones have also been linked to the zodiac signs. Capricorn is ruby, Aquarius is garnet, Pisces is amethyst, Aries is bloodstone, Taurus is sapphire, Gemini is agate and Cancer is emerald. Leo is associated with onyx, while Virgo is carnelian, Libra is peridot, Scorpio is beryl and Sagittarius is topaz.
The custom of wearing a birthstone is one that has been documented in a variety of ancient cultures. In addition to modern and zodiac birthstones, there are also distinct Hebrew, Roman, Arabic, Hindu, Polish, Russian and talismanic stones, all associated with different birth months.Learn more about Precious Metals & Gems
There were 13 Jewish holidays and festivals observed in 2014, including Tu B'Shevat, observed on January 16; Purim, which was observed from March 15 through 16; Passover, which was observed from April 14 through 22; and Second Passover, which was observed on May 14. Lag B'Omer was observed from April 15 through June 3 and Shavuot was observed beginning at sunset on June 3 and ending at nightfall on June 5.Full Answer >
According to ProFlowers, the birth flower for a January birthday is a carnation, an iris for February, a daffodil for March, a daisy for April, a lily for May, and a rose for June. In addition, the birth flower for July is a larkspur, a gladiolus for August, an aster for September, a marigold for October, a chrysanthemum for November and a poinsettia for December. Birth flowers are generally in bloom or readily available from florists around the month in which one celebrates one's birthday.Full Answer >
The birthstones by month, beginning with January, are: garnet, amethyst, aquamarine, diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby, peridot, sapphire, tourmaline, topaz and tanzanite. June, October, November and December have alternatives, which are: Alexandrite for June, opal for October, citrine for November, zircon and turquoise for December.Full Answer >
Although some months have alternative birthstones, the most commonly purchased birth stones are the 12 traditional stones: garnet, amethyst, aquamarine, diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby, peridot, sapphire, tourmaline, topaz and tanzanite. June, October, November and December have alternative birthstones that are not as popular as the primary ones.Full Answer >