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Birthstones by month

Birthstones by month

Discover your birthstone

In the 21st century, the concept of birthstones may fly over many a person’s head due to the perception that gemstones don’t hold much significance unless they’re used to adorn a piece of jewellery. While the adornment of silver jewellery, gold jewellery or platinum jewellery with precious gemstones is most popular, the knowledge of what the chosen gemstone signifies is what will make the piece of jewellery a lot more profound in meaning to he or she who gifts it and to he or she who receives it.

With Jewellery Day fast approaching (13 March 2019), we thought it necessary to take a look at what birthstones are about and how they may relate to you and your loved ones.

The term “birthstone” is pretty self-explanatory, right? However, if we dive a little deeper into the concept of birthstones, we will decipher that they are so much more. They are precious gemstones that are linked to every person’s birth, mainly by month. These gemstones are said to offer some important insight into an individual’s personality traits and life path. This may ring a bell to you. It certainly rang the zodiac sign bell to us. Just like zodiac signs, these gemstones are distinguishable by name, month and characteristics that individuals who relate to that sign can appreciate (or not) in themselves and others.

By virtue of their association with zodiac signs, birthstones are said to hold mystical powers that are released to those who wear it. Of course, you’re allowed to dispel all this information as mystical tales, but let’s be frank, if, for centuries, zodiac signs can play a part in helping individuals answer questions about what the stars have written for them, then birthstones can add just as much insight into an individual’s view of their life, in general. So, we at NetFlorist have compiled a modern birthstone list, by month defining qualities and attributes associated with each birthstone and the ‘powers’ that can be derived just from wearing it.


January Birthstone: Garnet

  • Colour- deep dark rose red.
  • Qualities- devotional love, passion and radiant beauty.
  • Wearing the garnet coaxes out the love in you so that you are always ready to share your love, beauty and grace in the world you move in.


February Birthstone: Amethyst

  • Colour- violet.
  • Qualities- intuition and clairvoyance.
  • The third eye is enhanced and the wearer’s ability to navigate through life is aided by the heightened consciousness of the spiritual realms.


March Birthstone: Aquamarine

  • Colour- green (blue).
  • Qualities- energiser.
  • Wearing this birthstone will uplift and revitalise the wearer, stimulating their thinking so they feel more intelligent and confident enough to communicate their thoughts, ideas and feelings.


April Birthstone: Diamond

  • Colour- clear.
  • Qualities- intuition and clarity of light over all you do.
  • This gemstone will awaken the wearer’s intuition raising their awareness to the light that shines within them by clearing a cluttered mind and energizing a depressed heart.


May Birthstone: Emerald

  • Colour- deep dark green.
  • Qualities- healing (through the power of love).
  • The wearer of this birthstone is said to have the healing qualities to heal the wearer themselves and those around them from physical ails that they may experience.


June Birthstone: Pearl

  • Colour- creamy white (a wide range of natural shades).
  • Qualities- healing properties
  • Unlike most gemstones, pearls are not found within the earth but from molluscs inhabiting natural waters like rivers or sea waters like the sea. This gemstone is known to symbolise love, happiness and success that the wearer will attract and exude.


July Birthstone: Ruby

  • Colour- Generally red (also light pink to deep red).
  • Qualities- improves physical and mental health improving blood circulation.
  • This precious gemstone is believed to protect the wearer from evil spirits. It is also believed that it attracts good luck and, of course, it symbolises love and passion that the wearer attracts and exudes. But then again, how could a gemstone as red as the ruby not?


August Birthstone: Peridot

  • Colour- olive green (vary between yellowish green and brownish green).
  • Being amongst the oldest of known gemstones it is seen, in many cultures, to represent the sun or the tears of goddesses. It is also believed to bring the wearer power and influence. The wearer is also protected from nightmares while they can expect a wonderful year ahead of them.


September Birthstone: Sapphire

  • Colour- most popularly royal blue (yellow, pink, green, purple too).
  • Qualities- protective of evil intentions and nightmares.
  • One is said to be protected from envy while blessings come upon them when wearing the rare sapphire. They also hold wisdom and power as well as strengthened faith from wearing it.


October Birthstone: Opal

  • Colour: range between blue-green, milky-white, to yellow and red.
  • Qualities: cleansing.
  • Wearing this gemstone brings ideas of innocence and purity to the wearer. Their hope is strengthened from wearing it too.


November Birthstone: Topaz

  • Colour- colourless to blue, orange, champagne, yellow, pink and red.
  • Qualities- balance of emotions
  • This precious gemstone is said to symbolise long lasting friendship (between the giver and the receiver of this precious gemstone) while balancing the emotions of the wearer.


December Birthstone: Tanzanite

  • Colour- blue (brown, violet, purple or yellow).
  • Qualities- metaphysical healing and spiritual growth.
  • This gemstone is said to increase internal enlightenment and stimulate spiritual growth to the one who wears it. The wearer can also experience a heightened sense of trust while it brings wisdom that inspires introspection.

While birthstones are generally perceived to be worn only by those born within the month of that birthstone, overtime, people have taken a liking to wearing any gemstone that appeals to them. Whether they like the colour, the shape or perhaps they appeal to the historical background, qualities and attributes of the gemstones; in modern times you’re welcome to pick a gemstone and wear it. By ‘wear it’ we mean adding it to a piece of jewellery that you would like to gift to a loved one, of course. Our NetJewel range of jewellery boasts of an array of jewellery pieces that have been embellished by gemstones such as necklaces, earrings and rings. We have an entire range of Tanzanite adorned jewellery too!

So, the next time you think of a meaningful gift to give, think of a gift adorned by one of these precious gemstones. Gift them with a gemstone that holds all the qualities they reflect, be it their birthstone or not. Gift them with a gemstone that holds the qualities and attributes that you would love to gift them with. Gift them with a gift that will look absolutely exquisite in, as they wear it. Whatever you do this Jewellery Day- just be nice.
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