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There’s lots of options out there, but we’ve chosen one piece of jewellery which contains a gemstone for each month that we think you’re going to love.
Where to gemstones come from?
Gemstones are a product of the earth. Some, like diamond and zircon, were formed deep in the earth and brought to the surface by explosions of molten rock.
Many, like topaz and aquamarine, crystallised slowly from hot fluids and gases as they cooled and solidified, far below the surface of the earth.
Others formed from liquids filtered into cracks and pockets in rock, like opal.
Some, like garnet, formed when rocks were heated and pressurised by earth movements, and recombined to form new, different minerals.
Gemstones can also be made in laboratories. Here, advanced techniques are used to recreate in a controlled setting the time, pressure, and temperature on carbon and different elements to produce different types of gemstones.
Therefore gemstones can either be natural or synthetic - but the good news for the wearer of jewellery is that it’s very hard to tell the difference between the two just by looking.
How do I know which gemstone is my birthstone?
Each month of the year has gemstones which are widely acknowledged as being the birthstone associated with it.
Some months, however, do have more than one gemstone associated with them. This is partly to suit modern tastes, and also partly because of the availability of the natural precious gemstones.
To this day, jewellers continue to add options to the modern birthstone chart too.
Here are the gemstones currently associated with each month:
- January - Garnet
- February - Amethyst
- March - Aquamarine, bloodstone
- April - Diamond
- May - Emerald
- June - Alexandrite, pearl
- July - Ruby
- August - Peridot, spinel, sardonyx
- September- Sapphire
- October - Tourmaline, opal
- November - Topaz, golden topaz, citrine
- December - Blue Zircon, blue topaz, turquoise.
Below are our top picks for 12 pieces of jewellery which contain one of these birthstones for each month.
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This gorgeous 18ct gold vermeil pendant has a stunning fiery red garnet birthstone within four claws surrounded by a cushion-shaped halo of shimmering diamonds.
It’s super sparkly and will shine every time you wear it.
The dainty curb chain brings feminine charm, while the bold and beautiful January garnet commands attention.
As well as being the January birthstone, the garnet is known for purifing and balancing energy and also inspires thoughts of love and romance.
The total diamond weight of this pendant is 0.019ct.
This gorgeous pear cut necklace is the perfect piece of jewellery for anyone born in February.
The pendant and chain are made from solid sterling silver. The gorgeous deep purple amethyst appears like it’s been cradled by a beautiful tear-shaped pendant.
The sleek chain is available in 16”, 18”, 20” and 22” so you can choose a length to suit your needs.
As well as being the February birthstone, the amethyst is said to bring calmness and wisdom and also ignites feelings of strength.
These striking 9ct white gold drop earrings feature a sparkling diamond, which gives way to a stunning triangular aquamarine stone, held by three smooth claws.
This is a pair of elegant diamond earrings which ooze art deco glamour.
They have a small drop so they will easily catch in the light and sparkle.
As well as being the March birthstone, aquamarine is associated with tranquility, serenity, clarity, and harmony and embodies purity and hope.
This is a beautiful polished white gold band which features the iconic Gucci branding and is embellished with stunning round cut diamonds.
There are some beautiful floral touches and an intricate design that give the ring a pretty and feminine look.
It has a textured and polished finish and brings something special to your every day jewellery collection.
The total diamond carat weight is 0.06 carat.
As well as being the April birthstone, diamonds are thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength.
The stones are also said to bring other benefits such as balance, clarity and abundance.
This stunning emerald pendant is surrounded by a halo of diamonds, crafted from 9ct white gold.
The emerald, which has gorgeous green hues, is in a round brilliant cut and hangs on an 18 inch chain.
As well as being the birthstone for May, the emerald is known to be a symbol of rebirth and is believed to give the owner foresight and good fortune.
The colour green, and the emerald stone, is also often thought to bring people good luck.
This bracelet, made of sterling silver, takes the iconic pearl and turns it into a design with endless personalisation potential.
The combining smooth and twisted cable links and the beautiful line of freshwater pearls make for statement bracelet that captures attention.
As well as being the birthstone for June, pearls have long been associated with purity, humility and innocence.
Sometimes rarer than diamonds, rubies are are striking gemstone and this is a beautiful necklace.
The ruby birthstone sits alongside a sterling silver pendant which can be engraved with a message of your choice. This means it can be personalised for an extra special touch if you will be giving it to another as a gift.
The chain is adjuistable and can be either 16” or 18” which means it can be changed to suit your needs.
As well as being the birthstone for July, Ruby is also a universally ackowledged symbol of love and is also associated with passion and integrity.
This gem is also regarded as having the power to protect its wearer from misfortune.
This pretty peridot bracelet comes complete with beading and a dainty chain.
You have two choices when it comes to the metal the bracelet is made of; yellow gold vermeil or sterling silver (pictured).
As well as being the birthstone for August, peridot is known as the stone of compassion. The green colour reflects nature and is associated with harmony, good health, restful sleep, and peacefulness.
Enjoy the dazzling shimmer of the deepest blue sapphire stones with this piece of jewellery.
The rich coloured gemstones in these earrings are suspended from unusual swirls of 9ct white gold and there’s also added diamonds which provide that extra touch of sparkle.
These earrings will mesmerise you and everyone who sees them.
As well as being the birthstone for September, sapphire represents qualities like sincerity, faithfulness and truth.
It has also become a stone associated with royalty thanks to the iconic ring once worn by Princess Diana which then became the engagement ring of Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton.
Wonderful iridescent flowers form this chain bracelet. The opal is a truly unique and remarkable gemstone as it seems to change colour, depending on how the light hits it so it will enchant you every time you wear it.
The bracelet is made of 925 sterling silver and is rhodium plated to resist tarnish.
The word opal comes from the Latin opalus, meaning ‘precious jewel’, and from the Greek word opallios, meaning ‘to see a change in colour’.
As well as being the birthstone to October, opal is also said to symbolise confidence.
This lovely bracelet features a ring of dark topaz beads and two silver pendants.
One of the silver pendants states the bracelet is ‘infused with energy’ and the other ‘made with love’. A charming and cute piece of jewellery which can easily be slipped on your wrist in seconds.
As well as being the November birthstone, topaz symbolises love and affection, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it.
This blue topaz gemstone ring has fabulous clarity, depth of colour and luminosity. The multi-faceted cut catches the light and shows the stone to its best advantage.
Add a bit of colour and sparkle to the every day with this gorgeous ring.
As well as being the December birthstone, blue topaz promotes harmony and relaxation.