The Ultimate Guide to Birthstones by Month: History, Colours and Meanings
Birthstones are a special way to mark you or your loved ones’ birthdays. Each birthstone carries a special meaning, history and unique properties. But how much do you really know about birthstones? How did birthstones originate? What are the birthstones for each month? Are you curious to find out what your birthstone means? Discover our in-depth guide to learn about the meaning and history of your birthstone:
Where do birthstones come from?
Did you know that the concept of birthstones originated in the first century? Traditionally, historians believe that there was a relationship between the twelve gemstones in the Biblical character Aaron’s breastplate, the months of the year and the twelve Zodiac signs.
You may, however, be surprised to know that gemstones were not used as birthstones until the 18th century. Nowadays, birthstones are a popular way of celebrating birthdays across the globe. Check out our birthstone chart below to discover your birthstone.
What is my birthstone?
Traditionally there were 12 birthstones to represent the 12 stones in Aaron’s breastplate as described in the book of Exodus in the Bible. Today, some are lucky enough to have multiple birthstones to mark their special month.
Below is a list of each birthstone by month. What is your birthstone? Click your birthstone below to find out more about the special properties, meanings and history of your special stone.