Birthstone Jewelry


by Anne Marie Hunter, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Birthstone History

The concept that specific gemstones convey or impart special meaning for the wearer is an ancient idea first originating thousands of years ago. Scholars trace this idea back to the Breastplate of Aaron, described in the book of Exodus.

The Breastplate was a religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. Then, between the 1st and 5th centuries, philosophers and writers from around the world introduced ideas supporting the significance of individual gemstones. Belief in a connection between gemstones and astrological signs, with certain gemstones having special powers related to each sign, evolved. In some cultures, it was commonly thought that specific gemstones held properties that could provide therapeutic or magical benefits to the wearer.

Birthstones Today

The model of birthstone jewelry we know today originated in 18th century Poland, when people first began wearing gemstones associated with their birth month. About two hundred years prior to the start of this tradition, an unknown poet wrote a series of lyrical birthstone poems for each month which were attached to the Gregorian calendar. In the late 19th century, Tiffany and Company printed a pamphlet of these poems which have since become widely known.

In 1912, members of the National Association of Jewelers gathered in Kansas and officially adopted a modern list of birthstones to standardize birthstones for jewelry buyers and sellers. With one exception, this list has remained unchanged. In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association added the popular stone tanzanite to the December birthstone lineup.

Birthstone Chart

Discover a galaxy of product choices for every birthstone, along with design ideas to inspire your own line of birthstone jewelry. Or, assemble a collection of ready-to-wear styles for gifting or resale. Designs, of course, can be made using genuine birthstones; however, that's just one of many options. In addition to designing with genuine birthstones, explore creating a line of birthstone jewelry with Swarovski crystals, Celestial Crystal, Preciosa crystal or Dione® beads, incorporating colors representing actual birthstones.

Birthstone Jewelry

Our birthstone shopping page is an excellent visual resource at your fingertips, when designing your line of birthstone jewelry. For quick, easy shopping, a simple click will take you to the birthstone of your choice.

If you're contemplating your own line of birthstone jewelry, Celestial Crystal, Preciosa crystal and Swarovski crystal, along with a wide selection of findings in a variety of metal finishes, make a terrific launching point. Design a line of affordable birthstone pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings and your original line of eye-catching, stylish birthstone jewelry will sell itself.

Once established, your birthstone jewelry designs can become a permanent addition to your displays, ideal for ongoing sales. Invite customers to discover the joy in giving meaningful birthstone jewelry to friends and family. They will return to you for important, special-occasion gifts throughout the year, and year after year.

Modern Gemstone Birthstones with Alternatives
Month Gemstone Preciosa Crystal Celestial Crystal Crystal Passions
January Garnet Gemstone Beads and Components

Garnet
Calmness
Sleep tight; this gem is said to help prevent nightmares.

Siam Preciosa Beads and Components

Siam

Red Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Red

Siam Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Siam

February Amethyst Gemstone Beads and Components

Amethyst
Power
Ancient lore claims it can be worn to prevent intoxication.

Amethyst Preciosa Beads and Components

Amethyst

Amethyst Purple Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Amethyst Purple

Amethyst Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Amethyst

March Aquamarine Gemstone Beads and Components

Aquamarine
Rapport
It is believed that wearing this gem ensures a long and happy marriage.

Aquamarine Preciosa Beads and Components

Aquamarine

Light Blue Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Light Blue

Aquamarine Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Aquamarine

April Diamond Gemstone Beads

Diamond
Endurance
This timeless stone is claimed to instil strength and courage.

Crystal Clear Preciosa Beads and Components

Crystal

Clear Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Clear

Crystal Clear Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Crystal

May Emerald Gemstone Beads and Components

Emerald
Clarity
Ancient cultures believed emeralds could cure eye problems.

Emerald Green Preciosa Beads and Components

Emerald

Emerald Green Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Emerald Green

Emerald Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Emerald

June All Pearls

Pearl
Joy
Believed to foster love and fertility.

Tanzanite Preciosa Beads and Components

Tanzanite

Medium Purple Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Medium Purple

Tanzanite Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Tanzanite

July Ruby Gemstone Beads and Components

Ruby
Harmony
Its deep beauty has been used to reconcile differences and protect warriors in battle.


Rose

Pink Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Pink

Rose Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Rose

August Peridot Gemstone Beads and Components

Peridot
Purity
Believed to protect its wearer from evil spirits.

Peridot Green Preciosa Beads and Components

Peridot

Peridot Green Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Peridot Green

Peridot Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Peridot

September Sapphire Gemstone Beads and Components

Sapphire
Loyalty
The true blue is said to encourage honesty and fidelity.

Sapphire Preciosa Beads and Components

Sapphire

Medium Blue Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Medium Blue

Sapphire Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Sapphire

October Opal Gemstone Beads and Components

Opal
Hope
Many believe wearing opal provides foresight and prophecy.

Light Sapphire Opal Preciosa Beads and Components

Light Sapphire Opal

Frosted Clear Celestial Crystals Beads and Components

Frosted Clear

White Opal Crystal Passions Beads and Components

White Opal

November Citrine Gemstone Beads and Components

Citrine
Success
This crystal is known for its value in aiding manifestation of abundance and prosperity.

Topaz Brown Preciosa Beads and Components

Topaz

Gold Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Gold

Topaz Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Topaz

December Turquoise Gemstone Beads and Components

Turquoise
Peace
This ancient gemstone is said to grant health and good fortune.

Blue Zircon Preciosa Beads and Components

Blue Zircon

Turquoise Blue Celestial Crystal Beads and Components

Turquoise Blue

Blue Zircon Crystal Passions Beads and Components

Blue Zircon

Birthstone Jewelry and More

Once established, your birthstone jewelry designs can become a permanent addition to your displays, ideal for ongoing sales. Invite customers to discover the joy in giving meaningful birthstone jewelry to friends and family. They will return to you for important, special-occasion gifts throughout the year, and year after year.

Birthstone jewelry is especially popular for holidays such as Mother's Day and Father's Day. It is popular to include birthstones of children in Mother's Rings or other mom jewelry. Using birthstones is also a growing trend in jewelry for wedding parties to personalize pendants or other jewelry. Discover a whole range of ideas to create custom jewelry by reading these articles:

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.



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