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Birthstones

The tradition of certain gemstones being associated with your month of birth dates back to the fifteenth century. Wearing your gemstone is said to bring good luck.
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January – Garnet
Garnets were named after the Latin word 'granatus' meaning seed, due to their resemblance to the pomegranate's deep red seeds. Garnets are said to protect the wearer on their travels and to symbolise vitality.

February – Amethyst
Amethyst is a variety of quartz and a rich purple colour. The ancient Greeks believed it had a sobering effect on the wearer and today it is still considered a stabilising force.

March – Aquamarine
This clear turquoise stone is reputed to be a symbol of joy, hope and health - the perfect anniversary gift.

April – Diamond
Diamonds are a symbol of everlasting love. The hardest of all the gems, the name comes from the Greek 'adamas' meaning invincible.

May – Emerald
Due to its brilliant green colour the emerald has always been associated with growth, fertility and abundance.

June – Pearl
Pearls come in a variety of shapes and hues. A symbol of modesty and purity they are often given to celebrate a marriage or the birth of a child.

July – Ruby
Traditionally the gemstone of the sun, ruby is said to bestow success, wealth and longevity on the wearer.

August – Peridot
Symbolic of growth and vitality, historically this clear green stone was valued for its protective powers, especially when set in gold.

September – Sapphire
Although most popular in blue, sapphires come in all colours except red. The red stones are rubies. Sapphires are reputed to be symbolic of wisdom and understanding.

October – Opal
White opal is a milky white stone with mysterious, iridescent qualities. A gift of opal is said to be symbolic of faithfulness.
Alternate birthstone: tourmaline.

November – Topaz
Typically a warm golden orange or yellow stone, its rarity has led to its association with confidence and success.
Alternate birthstone: smoky quartz or citrine.

December – Turquoise
Turquoise has long been thought to confer protection against misfortune or harm and throughout the ages has been worn as an amulet.