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Here are information about brithstones and anniversary gemstones.


Birthstones

Birthstones are thought to have first become popular in the country of Poland during the 15th or 16th century.  It is thought that originally, because the powers of a birthstone are heightened during itís corresponding month, that they were originally worn by everyone each month.

The Modern Birthstone list is the official list of birthstones in the U.S.  Originally adopted in 1912 by the American national Association of Jewelers, it is the accepted list of Jewelers of America.

The Traditional Birthstone list is a compilation of birthstones used in different societies dating back to the 15th century.  The second listed is the traditional ancient Hebrew birthstone.  If only one stone is listed, the Hebrew birthstone corresponds to the other traditional stones.

The Mystical and Ayurvedic Birthstone lists both have roots dating back over a thousand years.  The Mystical list of Tibetan origin and the Ayurvedic list is taken from Ayurvedic Indian Medicine.

Month Modern
Birthstones
Traditional
Birthstones
Mystical
Birthstones
Ayurvedic
Birthstones
January Garnet Garnet Emerald Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst Bloodstone Amethyst
March Aquamarine Bloodstone, Jasper Jade Bloodstone
April Diamond Diamond, Sapphire Opal Diamond
May Emerald Emerald, Agate Sapphire Agate
June Pearl, Moonstone Alexandrite, Emerald Moonstone Pearl
July Ruby Ruby, Onyx Ruby Ruby
August Peridot Sardonyx, Carnelian Diamond Sapphire
September Sapphire Sapphire, Peridot Agate Moonstone
October Opal, Tourmaline Tourmaline, Aquamarine Jasper Opal
November Topaz, Citrine Citrine, Topaz Pearl Topaz
December Turquoise, Blue Topaz Zircon, Ruby Onyx Ruby


Zodiac Birthstone

Zodiac Sign Month/Date Birthstones
Capricorn Dec 22 ~ Jan 20 Ruby
Aquarius Jan 21 ~ Feb 19 Garnet
Pisces Feb 20 ~ Mar 20 Amethyst
Aries Mar 21 ~ April 20 Bloodstone
Taurus April 21 ~ May 20 Sapphire
Gemini May 21 ~ Jun 21 Agate
Cancer Jun 22 ~ Jul 22 Emerald
Leo Jul 23 ~ Aug 23 Onyx
Virgo Aug 24 ~ Sep 23 Carnelian
Libra Sep 24 ~ Oct 23 Peridot
Scorpio Oct 24 ~ Nov 22 Beryl
Sagittarius Nov 23 ~ Dec 21 Topaz


Anniversary Gemstones

This is the accepted list of suggested gemstone gifts of the Jewelers of America, the American Gem Trade Association, the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America.

Year / Anniversary Stone Year / Anniversary Stone
  1 year       Gold
  2 year       Garnet
  3 year       Pearls
  4 year       Blue Topaz
  5 year       Sapphire
  6 year       Amethyst
  7 year       Onyx
  8 year       Tourmaline
  9 year       Lapis Lazuli
10 year       Diamond
11 year       Turquoise
12 year       Jade
13 year       Citrine
14 year       Opal
15 year       Ruby
16 year       Peridot
17 year       Watches
18 year       Catís Eye - Chrysoberyl
19 year       Aquamarine
20 year       Emerald
21 year       Iolite
22 year       Spinet
23 year       Imperial Topaz
24 year       Tanzanite
25 year       Silver
30 year       Pearl
35 year       Emerald
40 year       Ruby
45 year       Sapphire
50 year       Gold
55 year       Alexandrite
60 year       Diamond


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