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It has long been a tradition to assign certain gemstones to the months of the year, referring to them as birthstones. However, the concept of wearing a birthstone as a piece of jewellery can be traced back to Poland in the 15th century.

Over the centuries and around the world, different cultures devised their own associations, often reflecting the belief that gemstones held certain special properties or characteristics.
Sterling Silver and Amethyst Pendant
Sterling Silver & Amethyst Pendant

To try to simplify the matter and avoid confusion, an official list was drawn up in 1912, which is now thought of as the modern birthstone list. The gemstones on this list tend to be the ones you will find when purchasing pieces of birthstone jewellery. Interestingly, running parallel to this is a traditional birthstone list, which has evolved over time. Some stones representing the months of the year are the same on both lists, but others are quite different.

Wearing an item of birthstone jewellery is thought by some to bring good luck. They make an ideal birthday or keepsake gift, yet, since gemstones are bursting with natural beauty and a real pleasure to wear, why not treat ourselves, too!
Month Modern List Traditional List
January Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst, Pearl
March Aquamarine Bloodstone, Jasper
April Diamond, Crystal Diamond, Sapphire
May Emerald Emerald, Agate
June Pearl, Moonstone Cat's Eye, Turquoise, Agate
July Ruby Turquoise, Onyx
August Peridot Topaz, Carnelian, Moonstone
September Sapphire Chrysolite
October Opal, Pink Tourmaline Opal, Aquamarine
November Topaz, Citrine Topaz, Pearl
December Turquoise, Blue Topaz, Zircon Bloodstone, Ruby

Less well known is the list of stones which are assigned to the 
day of the week a person was born on.

Day Gemstone
Monday Pearl
Tuesday Garnet
Wednesday Emerald
Thursday Topaz
Friday Diamond
Saturday Blue Sapphire
Sunday Ruby
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