Whether in a ring, bracelet, earing set or necklace, birth stones are popular choices when picking out jewelry. These gemstones are particularly sentimental as they each have a different meaning and often a legend attached.
Spring months include March, April and May. The March birthstone -- the pale blue aquamarine -- reflects the softer, gentler weather and love. The white or clear diamond birthstone of April sparkles under the warming sun and signifies eternal love and virtue. It is the one birthstone coveted by brides-to-be for their engagement and wedding rings. May, with all the new greenery popping up, is well represented by the green emerald birthstone that also represents wealth.
June, July and August herald the hot, steamy months of summer. Like the variety of flowers that flourish under the early summer sun, June offers more than one birthstone option. You may choose your color as white or purple and your birthstone as either the luminous pearl, a moonstone or the alexandrite gemstone. Of course, the pearl is all about fragile beauty. Like the red rose of summer, the July birthstone is the red ruby. Like the rose, the red ruby speaks of deep passion and love. According to About Birthstones, "The ruby was considered to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil." As summer fades into autumn, August, too, offers a choice in gemstones, with either a peridot or sardonyx in pale green as birthstones, with the peridot representing dignity.
A cool snap announces back to school, football and Thanksgiving with September, October and November. Cooler weather is reflected in the deep blue sapphire birthstone of September. The sapphire is a symbol of clarity and, according to About Birthstones, represents purity and wisdom and has been considered to have healing and protection qualities. The multi-colors of fall are revealed in gemstone choices for October, including the multi-colored or pink birthstone of opal, a symbol of purity, or the pink tourmaline. November offers the prevailing yellow of autumn leaves in either the citrine, a symbol of hope, or yellow topaz birthstones.
December, January and February are considered winter months, because in North America, these are the months of cold and snow. The blue topaz gemstone reflects the cold of December, and it also symbolizes strength. January is reflected in the deep, rich blue-red of the garnet. According to About Birthstones, "A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming." The garnet reflects faith. The February birthstone --amethyst -- is purple, like a shadow on snow. Its virtue is peace.
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