Guide to Birthstones by Month
Birthstones serve as ideal presents when featured in necklaces, earrings, or bracelets. Each month's birthstone is not just visually stunning but also rich in historical significance, folklore, and unique attributes.
While there can be a bit of ambiguity regarding which stone corresponds to which month—given that various countries have their own designations—our UK-specific birthstone guide below provides clarity. Click on each gemstone to delve deeper into its story:
JANUARY - GARNETView Garnet Birthstone Jewellery
The January birthstone is garnet, a gorgeous semi-precious gemstone that usually has a deep red colour - but can also be found in purple, pink, orange, yellow and green. They're said to protect the wearer from negativity, guard against theft and help make business ventures successful. Garnet signifies eternal friendship and trust, making it the perfect gift for a friend or family member.
FEBRUARY - AMETHYSTView Amethyst Birthstone Jewellery
Amethysts are the birthstone for February. They're a rich purple gemstone believed to have healing powers and are one of the crystal gemstones used to balance the crown chakra. They're said to have a calming effect on the wearer, assisting in quelling anxiety and soothing insomnia and have also been worn for spiritual protection.
MARCH - AQUAMARINEView Aquamarine Birthstone Jewellery
The march birthstone is aquamarine. A cousin to the emerald, aquamarines have been highly prized gemstones for thousands of years and are believed to be a gift from the sea. Favoured by sailors as a good luck charm and is said to be the stone of happiness and eternal youth. Aquamarine is purported to be calming and to inspire truth.
APRIL - DIAMONDView Diamond Birthstone Jewellery
The birthstone for April is dazzling diamond. According to gem lore, diamonds were thought to provide the wearer with luck in relationships and an increase in inner strength, as well as improving balance, clarity and abundance!
MAY - EMERALDView Emerald Birthstone Jewellery
Beautiful and precious emerald is the birthstone for May. Emerald was believed to be a symbol of rebirth, and to grant the wearer foresight, good fortune and youth. Emerald, is derived from the word “smaragdus,” which means “green” in Greek.
JUNE - ALEXANDRITEView Alexandrite Jewellery
The birthstone for June is alexandrite - named after the Russian Tsar Alexander II. The gemstone alexandrite, with its unique ability to change colour from green and blue-green in the daytime to soft shades of raspberry and purple at night, make it a very popular stone, although not always easy to come by.
JULY - RUBYView Ruby Birthstone Jewellery
The birthstone for July is stunning ruby. According to gemlore, ruby was believed to predict misfortune or danger, cure inflammatory diseases and soothe anger. bestowed health on the wearer, gave them wisdom, wealth and success in love!
AUGUST - PERIDOTView Peridot Birthstone Jewellery
Ethical peridot birthstone jewellery for birthdays in August or the celebration of a 16th wedding anniversary.
Peridot is named after the Greek word, peridona, which means “give in abundance.” According to gemlore, peridot is associated with prosperity and good fortune. Ancient Egyptians called the peridot the “gem of the Sun,” as they believed it protected those who wore it from the terrors of the night.
SEPTEMBER - SAPPHIREView Sapphire Birthstone Jewellery
Sapphire birthstone jewellery by Lilia Nash features fair trade sapphires set in recycled 18ct gold, and white gold,
The name “sapphire” came from the Greek word sappheiros, referring to "blue stone". According to gemlore sapphire was thought to symbolise sincerity, truth, faithfulness and nobility, protected the wearer from harm.
OCTOBER - TOURMALINEView Tourmaline Birthstone Jewellery
Tourmaline and Opal are the birthstones for October. Tourmaline is known as a stone of peace and feminine energy and opal symbolises confidence and faithfulness.
Find the perfect birthstone jewellery for an October birthday gift with the Lilia Nash tourmaline collection.
NOVEMBER - CITRINEView Citrine Birthstone Jewellery
Citrine is the birthstone for November - according to gem lore, it was believed that citrine could soothe tempers and calm the wearer.
View our pretty selection of natural citrine birthstone jewellery below.
DECEMBER - BLUE TOPAZView Blue Topaz Birthstone Jewellery
Blue Topaz is December's birthstone. This beautiful sparkling variety of topaz has been treated to obtain its fabulous blue hue. It is believed to symbolise eternal love and fidelity. Tanzanite and turquoise are also birthstones for December.
Lilia Nash makes a unique range of earrings, necklaces and stacking rings using sparkly Swiss blue topaz.
The History of Birthstones
The practice of wearing a single birthstone is just a few centuries old. There are many stories as to where the original tradition came from - the most popular being related to the twelve stones in Aaron's breastplate, the twelve months of the year and the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
Today we associate one stone to each month, to signify the month in which each person was born, to bring luck and other attributes according to which stone is applicable.
At Lilia Nash we can make up any style of jewellery you choose in your specific birthstone, so if you don't see something you love in the birthstone jewellery links below, you can also browse the birthstone jewellery options here and choose from Sterling silver or 18ct yellow gold as your setting.