Intro to Birthstones,

Intro to Birthstones

Birthstones have long been a cherished tradition in the world of jewellery. These vibrant gemstones, each associated with a specific month, hold a special place in the hearts of many. But what exactly is a birthstone, and why are they so popular in jewellery? Let's dive in.

What is a Birthstone?

A birthstone is a gemstone that corresponds to a specific month of the year. Historically, these stones were believed to possess certain powers or characteristics, and wearing the stone associated with your birth month was thought to bring good luck, protection, and therapeutic benefits.

In modern times, most view these gemstones more as symbols of self-expression, identity, and fashion. The vibrant colours and unique properties of each stone make them highly sought after in contemporary jewellery designs. Moreover, the personal connection one feels to their birthstone, combined with its aesthetic appeal, has solidified their place in modern jewellery trends. Whether worn for their connection to historical traditions or simply for their beauty, birthstones continue to captivate and charm jewellery enthusiasts here in BC and around the world.

Why are Birthstones Popular in Jewellery?

  • Personal Significance: Birthstones carry a deep personal meaning. Wearing jewellery with your birthstone is like wearing a piece of your identity, representing the unique qualities associated with that stone and month.
  • Aesthetic Beauty: The diverse range of colours and lusters of birthstones makes them a favorite choice for jewellery designs.
  • Gift-Giving: Birthstone jewellery is a thoughtful and personalized gift, perfect for birthdays and other special occasions.
  • Historical and Cultural Value: The tradition of birthstones dates back to ancient civilizations, adding a layer of historical and cultural significance to these gemstones.

Why Might There Be More Than One Stone Assigned to Each Month?

Over time, as gemstones became more accessible and new sources of gemstones were discovered, some months acquired multiple birthstones. This can be due to various reasons:

  • Cultural Differences: Different cultures might have different stones associated with each month.
  • Availability: In some cases, a particular stone might have been rare or expensive, so an alternative was provided.
  • Market Influences: Some jewellery markets might introduce new stones for a month to promote a particular gemstone.

Birthstones for Each Month:

  1. January: Garnet
  2. February: Amethyst
  3. March: Aquamarine
  4. April: Diamond
  5. May: Emerald
  6. June: Pearl, and Alexandrite
  7. July: Ruby
  8. August: Peridot
  9. September: Sapphire
  10. October: Opal and Pink Tourmaline
  11. November: Topaz and Citrine
  12. December: Blue Zircon and Tanzanite

At The Bench Jewellery, we understand the significance of birthstones and the stories they tell. Whether you're looking for a custom-designed piece, a jewellery alteration, or simply want to restore an old gem, our team of experts is here to help. Dive into the world of birthstones with us at our Kamloops, Kelowna, or Chilliwack shops and discover a piece that resonates with your story!

Learn more about various birthstones on our Resources page!