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Know Your Birthstones

January Garnet

Notice how garnets look like pomegranate seeds? That’s where they get their name from: ‘Granatum’ or pomegranate seeds. Garnets come in all shades of the rainbow except blue, although the red wine-coloured one is the most popular. Those born in January are considered to be multi-faceted, with a wide range of skills and talents, a perfect complement to the garnet!

February Amethyst

February’s birthstone is much loved for its unique purple colour and has been worn by royalty through the ages. The Amethyst is a transparent form of quartz found in purple or violet shades which is supposed to protect the wearer from getting drunk. Its name, in fact, ‘amethystos', meant to not be intoxicated in ancient Greek.

March Aquamarine

The Aquamarine is not just March’s birthstone, it’s also the luck stone for sailors! Its name comes from the Latin ‘aqua’ meaning water, and ‘mare’ meaning sea. It is a transparent variety of beryl, found in an extraordinarily beautiful range of light blue shades. Those born in March will be happy to know that the Aquamarine is associated with many positive attributes, including love, happy marriage, joy and wealth!

April Diamond

The world’s most wanted gem is April’s birthstone! This sparkling brilliant is named from the ancient Greek “adamas”, meaning "proper", "unalterable", "unbreakable" or "untamed". It’s no wonder it’s considered the most precious of gems and coveted by millions around the wolrd. While clear is the most sought-after variety, diamonds come in various colours, such as pinks, blues, yellows, oranges, greens and reds.

May Emerald

Emerald, the birthstone of May, carries the rich green colour of spring and radiates a beautiful vivid tone. They are considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. Emeralds are the rarest gemstones and are typically mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia. The deeper and more vivid the colour of green, the more valuable the gemstone. The most valuable and beautiful Emeralds exhibit an intense bluish hue in addition to their basic bold green colour.

June Pearl

June birthdays claim two birthstones; pearl and Alexandrite. Pearls have been wildly popular in jewellery for centuries because of their natural beauty. Pearls are unique because they are the only gemstone formed within a living creature, as such, natural pearls are highly valued and quite rare. Today’s cultured pearls feature a variety of colours, sizes and shapes that give the wearer a touch of glam and classic elegance for any occasion.

July Ruby

Rubies, the birthstone of July, are considered the king of gems and represent love, health and wisdom. It is such a valuable gemstone that it was once thought to bring good fortune and wealth to its owner. Its value increases based on its colour, available in a range of red hues from purplish and bluish red to orange-red.

August Peridot

August’s birthstone is truly unique, being the only gemstone with its signature lime green colour; one of the few that only exist naturally in one colour. In ancient times it was believed to be a gift from Mother Nature in celebration of the creation of the world. When presented as a gift, peridot is said to bring the wearer magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares.

September Sapphire

When you describe sapphires you automatically think ‘blue’, after all, its name ‘sapphirus’ means ‘blue’ in ancient Greek. But in fact, the sapphire is a very versatile stone, second hardest to the diamond, and is found in pink, orange, yellow and purple shades! It is true, however, that the blue sapphire is the most wanted gem, with a rising trend in engagement rings made with it as the centerpiece.

October Tourmaline

Colourful personalities are born in October, and for them is the equally colourful tourmaline. This gem comes in a rainbow of shades and gets its name from the Singhalese words ‘tura mali’ which roughly translates as ‘mixed in colours’. A unique gem stone, no two Tourmalines are alike and even a single Tourmaline can change colour depending on the light!

November Citrine

The citirine is named after, yes, the lemon (French ‘citrin’) because of its colour which ranges from pale yellow to a dark amber that’s almost red. In ancient times it was believed to have magical powers, protecting the wearer against evil. Today the citrine is a symbol of hope and strength, with its sunny brightness bringing rays of sunshine to the darkest days.

December Topaz

The topaz is perhaps amongst the most spiritual of gems, with ancient cultures believing it to have healing properties. Named from the Sanskrit word ‘tapas’, meaning fire, the blue topaz was thought to have the ability to heal asthma, insomnia and even insanity! This beautiful fluorine aluminium silicate comes in yellow, yellow-brown, honey-yellow, flax, brown, green, blue, light blue, red and pink shades.