Birthstones

 

Birthstones are gem species assigned to a specific month associated with a person's birth according to the Gregorian Calendar to provide a rationale for a frivolous purchase.

There are many different lists all designed to help gemstone dealers to wrestle consumer's disposable income away from the diamond cartel.
Both traditional and modern birthstones are grouped by month as opposed to astrological signs.

The "official" birthstone list issued by American Gem Trade Association and Jewelers of America was amended in 1952 when citrine, alexandrite, tourmaline, and zircon were added. 

In 2002 tanzanite was included as December’s third birthstone after turquoise and Zircon. The addition of Spinel to August marks the third addition to the birthstone list.


 

Pearl blue_topazcitrine emeraldalexandrite amethystaquamarinegarnet

diamond onyx opalperidotruby sapphire tanzanitetourmaline 

 

January - Garnet

Custom right hand ring with orangy red spessartine garnet by Leon Mege r7212

According to Bible Noah hung a large garnet in the ark for illumination.
Unfortunately, he was not able to wire the garnet because the only pre-historic electrician was eaten by a hippo.

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February - Amethyst

Handmade halo pendant featuring emerald cut amethyst by Leon Megep7262

Amethyst is a variety of Quartz of a spectacular purple color that ranges from deep violet and red to a lighter lilac hue.

Ancient Greeks believed that Amethyst would prevent intoxication and enables a clear mindset, in fact, the word "Amethyst" came from a Greek phrase "Not drunken yet."

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March - Aquamarine

Custom made detachable platinum earrings with aquamarines and diamonds by Leon Mege e7605

The rich crystalline blues that make waters of the Caribbean so breathtaking, is the color of a fine Aquamarine.
A sub-species of Beryl, Aquamarine is a close relative of an Emerald (May's birthstone).

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April - Diamond

Solitaire featuring a True Antique cushion diamond by Leon Mege r7622

Diamonds were formed billions of years ago at great depths making them truly unique in the whole spectrum of gems.
People born in April are the luckiest people.

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May - Emerald

Custom made ring featuring emerald and diamond pave by Leon Megé r7316 1

Emerald’s color has been a benchmark of a green hue for thousands of years.
The most desirable color of Emerald is a slightly bluish green in a medium dark tone with strong to vivid saturation.

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June - Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone


South sea pearl and diamond ring by Leon Mege r7649

Alexandrite was named in honor of the Russian Czar Alexander II in 1834, to mark his birthday and, very conveniently, kiss his royal bottom, a popular activity in Russia even today.

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July - Ruby - Leon Megé's birthstone

halo ring featuring natural light purple pink lavender Plum spinel r7380 by Leon Megé

Known as the "Lord of the Gems", the Ruby is said to protect its owners from all kinds of misfortune.

A fine ruby assures its owner that he will live in harmony with his neighbors.
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August - PeridotSpinel and Sardonyx

Cushion Capri spinel in a delicate engagement ring with diamonds by Leon Mege r6241

Olive-green colored Peridots (called "poor woman's emerald") were believed to host magical powers and were considered powerful amulets against all evil.

They said to be favored by pirates, but the combined purchasing power of this consumer group is greatly diminished these days.

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September - Sapphire

Fabulous right hand ring with 14.24 carat star sapphire, rubies and burma moonstones and wire basket by Leon Mege r7662

Ancient priests and sorcerers honored Sapphires because they enabled to foretell the future.
The Ten Commandments were inscribed on a sapphire tablet, supporting a theory of their extraterrestrial origin.

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October - Tourmaline, Opal

Brazilian Paraiba cab in a micro pave ring with blue sapphires on a triple string shank by Leon Mege r7777

Tourmaline is considered to be the alternative birthstone for those born in October, but it is an anachronism, it should be the primary choice, not the other way around.

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November - Topaz and Citrine

Bi color topaz halo ring with sapphire halo r7352 by Leon Mege

November primary birthstone is Topaz, Citrine is being an alternative.
Topaz comes in a wide range of colors such as yellow, pink, purple, and blue.
In nature the yellow color is the most common in Topaz, the rarest color is red.

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December - Tanzanite, Turquoise and Zircon

Zircon is the oldest mineral on Earth, more than 4.4 billion years old.
During the Middle Ages, people believed that zircon ward off evil and bring prosperity, wisdom.
It was also thought to induce sleep, therefore it makes a great gift to a coffee industry executive.

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