Style Snapshot: 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 or Dione® beads, incorporating colors representing actual birthstones.

Style Snapshot: Birthstone Jewelry

Our birthstone shopping page is an excellent visual resource at your fingertips, when designing your line of birhtstone 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, Swarovski crystals, along with a wide selection of findings in a variety of metal finishes, is 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.

January
Garnet Gemstone Beads and Components

Garnet -

Calmness
Sleep tight; this gem is said to help prevent nightmares.
February
Amethyst Gemstone Beads and Components

Amethyst -

Power
Ancient lore claims it can be worn to prevent intoxication.
March
Aquamarine Gemstone Beads and Components

Aquamarine -

Rapport
It is believed that wearing this gem ensures a long and happy marriage.
April
Diamond Gemstone Beads and Components

Diamond -

Endurance
This timeless stone is claimed to instill strength and courage.
May
Emerald Gemstone Beads and Components

Emerald -

Clarity
Ancient cultures believed emeralds could cure eye problems.
June
Pearls

Pearl -

Joy
Believed to foster love and fertility.
July
Ruby Gemstone Beads and Components

Ruby -

Harmony
Its deep beauty has been used to reconcile differences and protect warriors in battle.
August
Peridot Gemstone Beads and Components

Peridot -

Purity
Believed to protect its wearer from evil spirits.
September
Sapphire Gemstone Beads and Components

Sapphire -

Loyalty
The true blue is said to encourage honesty and fidelity.
October
Opal Gemstone Beads and Components

Opal -

Hope
Many believe wearing opal provides foresight and prophecy.
November
Citrine Gemstone Beads and Components

Citrine -

Success
This crystal is known for its value in aiding manifestation of abundance and prosperity.
December
Turquoise Gemstone Beads and Components

Turquoise -

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

Zodiac Birthstone Colors

Since the dates associated with astrological signs don't line up exactly with months, there is some overlap of those signs between months. However, whichever month has the majority of the dates is the associated gemstone.

Siam

Siam Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Capricorn: Dec 22nd - Jan 19th

Those born in January, or under the star sign of the goat, have Siam as their birthstone color. Its deep red color changes under different light sources, just as Capricorns modify their behavior to get ahead. Those who want to improve their status, boost their self-esteem, or even invite romance, will benefit from wearing rich Siam. It symbolizes faith, love and courage, and its properties are said to help build energy levels and prevent nightmares in children.


Amethyst

Amethyst Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Aquarius: Jan 20th - Feb 18th

Those born in February, or under the star sign of the water-bearer, have Amethyst as their birthstone color. This beautiful purple shade represents royalty. Indeed, there was a time when only those of royal blood were allowed to wear it. The name "amethyst" comes from "amethystos," which means "avoiding drunkenness," so the ancient Greeks thought that amethyst protected the wearer against intoxication. It is said to help maintain a level head, while the color's legendary protective properties extend to warding off general ill-health.


Aquamarine

Aquamarine Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Pisces: Feb 19th - March 20th

Those born in March, under the star sign symbolized by Pisces the fish, have Aquamarine as their birthstone color. Ancient legend has it that the sky was once solid and the only pieces of it that still remain are exquisite pale blue gems. Early sailors, meanwhile, believed that aquamarine talismans etched with the likeness of Neptune would protect them from drowning at sea. Pisceans find Aquamarine soothing, something solid to hold onto. Symbolic of positive self-expression, it is said to increase youthfulness, health and happiness, making it the perfect color to enhance radiant good looks.


Crystal

Clear Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Aries: March 21st - April 19th

Those born in April, under the star sign of the ram, have pure crystal as their birthstone color, representing the diamond. Known as "vajra" ("lightning") in Sanskrit, the unrivaled strength and clarity of this color boosts the hardheaded and determined Arian's clear-sightedness and conviction when pushing forward to achieve bigger and better objectives. Wearers can harness the ram's dynamic qualities, as well as enjoy its enduring romantic powers.


Emerald

Emerald Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Taurus: April 20th - May 20th

Those born in May, or under the star sign of the bull, have Emerald as their birthstone color. Its lush green radiance was said by the ancients to be dewdrops left behind by the bare footsteps of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emerald signifies faithfulness and fertility in love and passion, along with wisdom and patience. Traditionally believed to have magical properties that kept illness at bay, this color will also enhance Taureans' natural sensitivity.


Light Amethyst

Light Amethyst Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Gemini: May 21st – June 20th

Those born in June, or under the star sign of the twins, have Light Amethyst as their birthstone color. Representing purity and childish innocence, gentleness and curiosity, Geminis are expressive, creative, smart and sociable, although sometimes inclined towards nervous anxiety. This cool, silky, and airy color can be used to instill a sense of serenity, grounding them, and providing reassurance.


Light Siam

Light Siam Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Cancer: June 21st - July 22nd

Those born in July, or under the star sign of the crab, have this beautiful shade of red as their birthstone color. Cancerians are known for their loyalty, empathy, intuition and tenacity, but they can be sensitive and emotional; so it is fortunate that as well as symbolizing passion, Light Siam safeguards their most tender emotions, just like the strong shell of the crab. Significantly, ravishing Light Siam encourages Cancerians to enjoy being themselves, safe in the knowledge that it offers protection.


Peridot

Peridot Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Leo: July 23rd - August 23rd

Those born in August, or under the star sign of the lion, have Peridot as their birthstone color, like the gemstone that shares the same name. This stunning olive-green stone was treasured by the ancient Pharoahs, who believed it brought them closer to nature, fostered friendships, attracted love, and brought happiness. Among the benefits of the mesmerizing Peridot color is its ability to reduce stress and anger.


Sapphire

Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Virgo: August 24th - Sept 22nd

Those born in September, or under the star sign of the virgin, have Sapphire as their birthstone color. Once thought to guard against evil and poisoning, this intense blue color was a favorite of priests and kings. Representing purity, loyalty and serenity, it is thought to be resistant to corruption and help to ward off pain. Virgos are known for their attention to detail, highly developed communication skills, and deep sense of humanity, so the wearer will benefit from the color's intense natural energy in both mind and body.


Rose

Rose Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Libra: Sept 23rd - Oct 22nd

Those born in October, or under the star sign of the weighing scales, have Rose as their birthstone color. Rose stands for emotional tenderness, empathy, and deep sensibility. These are key characteristics of Librans, whose innate tact and diplomacy allow them to build bridges, mend fences, restore trust, and get along even with people others might find difficult. They also love beauty and peace—qualities especially evoked by the harmonious Rose tone.


Topaz

Topaz Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Scorpio: Oct 23rd - Nov 21st

Those born in November, or under the star sign of the scorpion, have orange-toned Topaz as their birthstone color. Topaz is known as the "stone of the mind," the superstition surrounding this fiery orange gem led to a belief in its ability to cure mental illness. It embodies the many virtues of passionate, determined Scorpios, who are society's natural leaders. Wearers of the color Topaz are said to find it easier to assert themselves, to be resourceful, and to navigate misunderstandings. This is why it is renowned as the symbol of true and lasting friendship, as well as offering strength in both head and heart.


Montana

Montanta Swarovski Crystal Beads and Components

Sagittarius: Nov 22nd - Dec 21st

Those born in December, or under the star sign of the archer, have smoky blue Montana as their birthstone color. Known for their energy and generosity, their curiosity and their need for freedom, Sagittarians are born adventurers. Montana is reminiscent of the calm, fathomless ocean and endless clear sky that show Sagittarian travelers the way and guide them to the shore, symbolizing reassurance and security in their journey through life.



Get more ideas for astrological signs in our ''Astrological and Zodiac Jewelry'' article.

Discover a galaxy of product choices for every birthstone, along with design ideas to inspire your own line of birthstone jewelry by visiting our Birthstone Landing Page. 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 or large-hole beads, incorporating colors representing actual birthstones.

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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