Birthstones by the Month

Symbolism of Birth Month

A birthstone is a gemstone that symbolizes a month of birth. They are often used in personal jewelry like rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. You can find many birthstone Jewelry gift ideas by going to the birth month page of your choice (above).

Modern Birthstones

In an effort to standardize birthstones, the American National Association of Jewelers met in 1912 and officially adopted a list. In 1952 the Jewelry Industry Council of America updated the list by adding Alexandrite to June and citrine to November. They also added pink tourmaline to October and replaced lapis with zircon for December. March’s primary and alternative birthstones were switched. Most recently, in October 2002, tanzanite was added as a December birthstone.

The Best Gemstone Gift

Birthstones-by-the-month is a site designed to help you find the correct birthstone; to buy the best possible gemstone gift, even if it’s for you. We have painstakingly combed the marketplace to find a superlative list locations to help you find gifts that will be cherished forever.

Image Attribution

  1. January image of Garnet By Elade53 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons
  2. February image of Amethyst By Didier Descouens (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0] via Wikimedia Commons
  3. March image of Aquamarine By Vassil (Own work) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
  4. April image of Diamond By Unknown USGS employee [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
  5. May image of Emerald By thisisbossi [CC-BY-SA-2.0] via Wikimedia Commons
  6. June image of Alexandrite By Matteo Chinellato ( [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  7. July image of Ruby By Parent Géry (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons
  8. August image of Peridot By Parent Géry (Own work) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
  9. September image of Sapphore By Parent Géry (Own work) [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons
  10. October image of Rough Opal By Reno Chris at en.wikipedia [Public domain] from Wikimedia Commons
  11. November image of Citrine By Parent Géry (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  12. December image of Tanzinite Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons