Discover symbolism and history of these unique birthstones for the month of January through June. Each stone has its own story and was adored by different cultures for many centuries. Along with the history and the meaning of the gemstones, you will find a beautiful collection from the selected jewelry brands.
January – Garnet
The word “garnet” comes from the 14th century Middle English word gernet, meaning “dark red.” Referred as a symbol of life, Egyptians used this precious stone for their jewelry and carvings. The gemstone also represents one of the five elements for Chinese culture. The color red is associated with the fire element. While red is the popular color, garnet is also available in other colors. Today, garnet can be found in jewelry collection, from necklaces to earrings.
Left:David Yurman Mini Chevron Pinky Ring in 18K White Gold with Pavé Color Change Garnet ($3,900) Right: David Yurman Châtelaine Pave Bezel Ring with Garnet and Diamonds in 18K Gold ($2,500)
February – Amethyst
Amethyst has been associated with many legends and cultures. The gemstone is a symbol of royalty by ancient Greek and Romans. In Chinese culture, amethyst has been a part of Feng Shui as a symbol of luck and wealth. Leonardo da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts.
Top: Edgy Arrow Necklace by Simone in 18K Yellow Gold with Amethyst and Diamonds ($1,390). From Bottom Left to Right: The Saga by Aisha Baker in 18K Yellow Gold with Enamel, Amethyst sugarloaf, Diamonds, Yellow Sapphire Briolette’s, Pink Sapphire Cab, Emerald and Blue Sapphire ($23,000). Edgy Ring by Simone in 18K Yellow Gold with Amethyst and Diamonds ($2,555). Disco White Gold Ring by Aisha Baker in 18K White Gold with Diamonds, Yellow and Pink Sapphire, Aquamarine, Peridot and Amethyst ($5,500)
March – Aquamarine
Aquamarine is called as the “water of the sea” and used as protection for safe travel by the Romans. This gemstone was also discovered with Egyptian mummies engravings in Greek. Known for its cool and tranquil color, the gemstone also represents for purity and loyalty.
Top:Georgian by Simone in 18K Rose Gold with Tanzanites, Aquamarines, South Sea Pearl, Diamonds and White Mother of Pearl ($77,210)
From Left to Right: Solstice Earrings by Simone in18K Rose Gold with Aquamarines, Diamonds and White Mother of Pearl ($8,500). Wings of Hope by Simone in 18K White Gold with Aquamarines, Diamonds and White Mother of Pearl ($4,635). Wings of Hope by Simone in 18K Rose Gold with Aquamarines, Diamonds and White Mother of Pearl ($3,845)
Left: Disco Yellow Gold Ring by Aisha baker in 18K Yellow Gold with Diamonds, Emerald, Ruby, Multi-colour Sapphires, Aquamarine and Tourmaline ($5,400). Top Right:A Charmed Life Bracelet by Simone in 18K Yellow Gold with Enamel, Diamonds, Baby Blue, Pink and Yellow Sapphires, Aquamarine, Emerald and Tourmaline ($5,600). Bottom Right: Enchanté Rings by Aisha Baker in 18K Yellow Gold with Diamonds, Emerald, Ruby, Multi-colour Sapphires, Aquamarine, Tourmaline and Enamel ($4,950)
April – Diamond
Diamond is made of one element, which is carbon. Since the stone is a symbol of eternal love, it is known as the gem to feature in an engagement ring. This precious stone is admired and valued by all cultures for centuries.
Top:The Everose Choker by Terzihan in 18K Rose Gold with White Diamonds ($20,200). Bottom Left to Right:Mystical Garden Earrings by YEPREM in 18K White Gold with Diamonds ($5,600). Sparkle Ring by Terzihan in 18K Rose Gold with White Diamonds ($10,800). Mystical Garden Bracelet by YEPREM in 18K White Gold with Diamonds ($17,300)
Top Left:Solitaire by Dreamboule in 18K White Gold with White Diamonds and Black Volcanic Stone ($32,200). Top Right:Star Earrings by Alessa Jewelry in 18K White Gold with Diamonds ($9,995).
Bottom Left: Diamonds by Dreamboule in 18K Rose Gold with White Diamonds and Black Diamonds ($25,100)Bottom Right: YEPREM’s Pink Strada marks the steady progression of rose gold designs with the alliance of marquis cut diamonds. The ring is made with pink gold and diamonds. There are 321 diamonds placed on this unique ring ($26,500).
May – Emerald
Emerald, a symbol of rebirth and good fortune, was cherished by Cleopatra. The gemstone also represents for peace and loyalty. In 2011, Elizabeth Taylor’s emerald pendant was sold for $6.5 million.
Top Left: Fizzy Gemstone Ring by Terzihan in 18K Rose Gold with Diamonds, Emeralds and White Enamel ($3,848).Top Right:2.9 mm Adjustable Tennis Bracelet by Alessa Jewelry in 18K Yellow Gold with Diamonds and Emeralds ($1,692).Bottom Left:Solitaire by Dreamboule in 18K Rose Gold with Emerald, White Diamonds and 24K Gold Flakes ($31,720) Bottom Right:Lilia Earrings by Tabbah in 18K White Gold with Diamonds, Sapphires and Emerald ($98,000).
Left to Right:La Sagrada by Simone in 18K Rose Gold with Emerald, Chalcedon, Diamonds, Pearl and Blue Enamel ($34,745). The Emerald Hummingbird Medallion Limited Edition by Terzihan in 18K Rose and White Gold with White and Black Diamonds and Emerald with Gigi Chain ($12,510).
June – Pearl
Pearl, a symbol of purity and innocence. It is seen on jewelry and clothing, and also used as a skincare ingredient in Chinese culture for many centuries. In early 1900s, pearls became more affordable when the culturing of saltwater pearls began in Asia. Many eastern philosophies (Buddhism, Taoism, Hindu) relate the “flaming pearl” to wisdom and spiritual awareness.
Left:The Georgian Locket by Simone in 18K White Gold with Tanzanite, Diamonds, Blue Pearls, White Quartz and Black Onyx ($46,325).
Top Right: Nemo and Pearls by Dreamboule in 18K Rose Gold with White and Black Diamonds, Orange Sapphires, White Pearls and 24K Rose Gold flakes ($44,400). Bottom Right: High Jewellery Collection Ring by Tabbah in 18K White Gold with Diamonds and 1 Golden Pearl ($33,000).
Left: Pearlescent Earrings by YEPREM in 18K White Gold with Diamonds and 2 Pearls ($5,200). Right:Cabochon Necklace by Dreamboule in 18K Rose Gold with White Diamonds and White Mother of Pearl ($3,600)