Birthstones
Whether you are looking to indulge in a beautiful piece of jewellery for yourself or want to spoil someone special, birthstones are a lovely and meaningful addition to any jewellery collection. Each individual birthstone has its own unique properties and the perfect piece containing these precious and semi-precious stones can have great personal significance and value to the wearer.

January Birthstone – Garnet
Mainly found in reddish-brown hues, Garnets were used for beads and jewellery in ancient Egypt over 5,000 years ago. The stone is a symbol of peace, prosperity and good health and legend has it that garnet can bring protection to the home. It is also said to symbolise deep and everlasting friendship, making it an ideal gift for someone you value and cherish.
Symbolism and meaning: Friendship, balance, passionate devotion, vitality, love, purification and strong intense emotions.
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Mined in: Africa, America, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine and Uruguay.
Derives from: The Latin name, granatum, a pomegranate, due to the rich red tones.

February Birthstone – Amethyst
Famed for its stunning deep violet colour, this gemstone is a member of the quartz family and is linked to qualities of peace, courage and stability. Due to the rich colours, this stone has long been associated with royalty and nobility and the dark-hued stones can be seen in the British Crown Jewels.
Symbolism and meaning: Spirituality, contentment, security and sincerity.
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Birthstone: February
Mined in: America, Brazil, Uruguay, Africa, South Korea and Russia.
Derives from: The Greek word, ametusthis.

March Birthstone – Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a pastel stone that is greenish-blue in colour but hues can range from a whitish-blue to a rich teal green. For centuries this beautiful stone has been thought to maintain youth and health. It is the colour of water and the sky and is said to represent eternal life.
Symbolism and meaning: Beauty, honesty and loyalty.
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Mined in: India, America, Australia, Afghanistan, Russia, Nigeria, Pakistan, China and Brazil.
Derives from: The Latin words aqua (water) and marina (the sea).

April Birthstone – Diamond
This precious gemstone is a mineral compound made of pure carbon and is the hardest natural substance on our planet. A diamond can only be cut or polished by another diamond, hence the name which is derived from the Greek work, adamus, meaning invincible. A diamond symbolises deep, everlasting love
Symbolism and meaning: Abundance, love, clarity, balance and inner strength.
Zodiac sign: Aries
Mined in: Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Russia, India, Australia and North America.
Derives from: Greek word, adamus, meaning invincible.

May Birthstone – Emerald
This precious gemstone is renowned for its brilliant green colour with blue or yellow undertones and was mined as early as 2,000 B.C. in Upper Egypt. Cleopatra famously favoured these precious stones. Emeralds have been linked to fertility, love and rebirth, and modern interpretation associates them with wisdom, growth and patience.
Symbolism and meaning: Success in love, bliss, wisdom and faith.
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Mined in: America, Brazil, Zambia, Pakistan, Russia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Austria, China, Australia, India and Cambodia.
Derives from: Latin word, smaragdus.

June Birthstones – Pearl and Moonstone
Modern theories link Alexandrite to June birthdays, but traditionally this month has always been associated with pearls and also with Moonstone.

Pearls have long been a symbol of purity, due to their gleaming natural beauty. The most highly valued pearls are created inside saltwater oysters and freshwater clams. Cultured pearls are essentially the same as those found in nature, the only difference being a foreign particle is inserted into the mollusc with the express purpose of creating a gemstone. For the romantically minded, the ancient Greeks held the belief that pearls were the tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
Symbolism and meaning: Purity, happiness, sincerity, success and love.
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Normally found: Persian Gulf, Gulf of Mannar, South Pacific, Japan, Australia, Europe and Mexico.
Derives from: Latin word, pirum.

Moonstone reflects a silvery tone that gives it a moonlike quality. It is associated with astral magic and mystery and possesses a calming and balancing energy.
Symbolism and meaning: Passion, calmness, fertility, magic and mystery.
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Mined in: Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, Myanmar, Australia and Madagascar.
Derives from: The moon’s phase and colour.

July Birthstone – Ruby
This precious gemstone is widely considered to be the king of precious stones and also one of the hardest. This stunning, vibrant red gemstone is the perfect symbol of love. It is also associated with good luck and protection and in ancient times was believed to protect the wearer from evil.
Symbolism and meaning: Love, passion, good luck, protection.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Mined in: Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Thailand, Burma, Myanmar, Pakistan, Brazil and the U.S.
Derives from: Latin word, ruber.

August Birthstone – Peridot
Peridot is one of the few gemstones to occur naturally in only one colour, olive to lime green. The intensity of the colour depends on the amount of iron within the crystal formation. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘evening emerald’ and is said to attract love and quieten feelings of anger, as well as soothing nerves and warding off negative emotions.
Symbolism and meaning: Strength, truth, loyalty, happiness, love, dignity and friendship.
Zodiac sign: Leo
Derives from: Ancient French word, peritot.

September Birthstone – Sapphire
This precious gemstone comes in a variety of colours, but is mostly associated with beautiful blue hues. A sapphire of any other colour, pink, white or yellow, is generally referred to as a ‘fancy sapphire’. Mystical colour-changing sapphires also exist, known as ‘phenomenon’ stones.
In ancient religious writing sapphires symbolize purity, wisdom, loyalty and faith. They are said to protect the wearer from evil, stress and harm.
Symbolism and meaning: Truth, honesty, purity and heavenly grace.
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Mined in: America, Cambodia, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Australia, Tanzania, Nigeria, China, Kashmir, Thailand.
Derives from: Greek word, sappheiros.

October Birthstone – Opal
Opals represent hope and innocence. These gems are formed by non-crystalline silica gel that seep into rock crevices. Through time and nature’s own heating and moulding processes, the gel hardens into beautiful opals. Known as the queen of the gems in ancient times, this opulent stone encompasses the colours of a multitude of other gemstones.
Symbolism and meaning: Hope, purity, innocence, loyalty, confidence, happiness and faithfulness.
Zodiac sign: Libra
Mined in: Mexico, America, Australia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Columbia.
Derives from: Greek, opallos.

November Birthstones – Topaz and Citrine
Shades of yellow, honey and brown take centre stage in topaz. The Greeks believed topaz increased strength, while the Egyptians associated this honey toned gem with their Sun God.

Topaz has come to symbolize consistency, faithfulness and friendship. Topaz is also thought to have healing properties, treating respiratory disorders such as asthma.
Symbolism and meaning: Associated with loyalty, friendship and constancy.
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Mined in: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, China, Pakistan and Brazil
Derives from: India Sanskrit word, topas.

Citrine is named after the word lemon in French, given its fruitlike colour range. Naturally occurring citrine is pale yellow or orange in colour, however heating the stone alters the colours to much deeper, richer tones. In ancient times, it was given to women by sun gods to protect them against evil.
Symbolism and Meaning: Happiness, positive energy and stamina, success and prosperity.
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Mined in: Brazil, Russia, Africa and France.
Derived from: French word, citrine.

December Birthstones – Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon
December has three birthstones, collectively known for their dazzling shades of blue.

Turquoise is a green-blue stone, originally worn by the Ancient Egyptians and widely recognised as the national gemstone of Tibet. Wearing turquoise jewellery is believed to relieve mental tensions and enhance confidence in communication.
Symbolism and meaning: Love, fidelity, confidence
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Mined in: America, Iran, the Sinai and Egypt.
Derives from: French word, turquoise

Tanzanite derives its name from Tanzania, an East African state where it was discovered in the 1960’s and the only place it has been found to date. It is usually heat treated to amplify its natural rich purple colour. It is thought to relieve stress, reduce blood pressure and is used to treat anxiety, worry and fear.
Symbolism and meaning: Intuition and spiritual awareness.
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Mined in: Tanzania
Derives from: Named after the East African State of Tanzania

Zircon is a natural crystal whose existence dates back over 4.4 billion years. It comes in various colours including blue, orange, green, yellow and red and can be heat-treated to obtain colourless and gold zircon. It is thought to have healing powers to cure allergies, asthma, gallbladder and liver complications.
Symbolism and Meaning: Prosperity, wisdom, honour and self-respect.
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Mined in: South Africa, America, Australia, Russia and Brazil.
Derives from: Arabic words, zar and gun.

 

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