Birthstones - The Guide
What are Birthstones?
Many precious gemstones have a long and rich history which have created superstitions and folklore. Much like horoscopes, it is believed that each month of the year is linked to a particular gemstone, known as a birthstone.
Although there are multiple birthstones for each month, we have chosen the most popular on the market and described each month below, simply click on the month from the menu above. Whether you are looking for a gemstone linked to the recipient’s birthday, or something to commemorate a special occasion or life event, we hope this guide can make a piece of jewellery something truly personal, that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Coloured gemstones come in many different forms, each with a different chemical make-up. The industry tool for measuring the hardness and durability of a gemstone is called the Mohs scale of hardness (shown in the image). It supplies each gemstone with a hardness rating from 1-10, with diamond being 10 and talc being 1.
A gemstones hardness rating should not put you off buying a particular stone however; consider it as a guide only so you know what to expect. A ring with a gemstone on the lower end of the Mohs scale would be more suitable as an occasional piece, rather than for everyday wear.
This is why sapphires and diamonds, both very high on the Mohs scale, are the most popular gemstones for engagement rings - for a piece of jewellery that is meant to be worn every day for the rest of your life, you want to make sure it won’t lose its sparkle by being scratched!
If you’ve fallen in love with a particular gemstone that falls low on the hardness scale, but still want to be able to wear it everyday, consider it in a necklace or pair of earrings as these pieces are much less likely to be knocked or scratched.
Birthstones By Month
Note: Each gemstone shown below differs in carat weight and shape. They are shown only to illustrate birthstone type.
Important to remember:
- Our guide is a quick introduction to the most popular gemstones by birth month. If your partner/friend or family wants a gemstone that isn't their birthstone there are no rules or connotations to prevent you from sending a birthstone that isn’t from their birth month.
- For each gemstone above, there are a number of alternatives but to simplify our guide we have illustrated it with the most popular stones for each month. If you have any queries or questions about other gemstones or you’d like to learn more, you can contact us to speak to an expert.
- Everyone is different and everyone treats their jewellery items differently, but if you know someone to be slightly heavy handed, clumsy or has a job involving their hands, try to avoid the softer gemstones.