What’s Your Birthstone?

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Birthstones are often a key factor in deciding which sort of jewellery buyers will be drawn to. Throughout the year, birthstones dictate which sort of gemstones sell most favourably. This ancient convention is even cited in the Bible, with passages that allocate coloured stones to months, despite the identity of the stones remaining a mystery.
Modern day jewellers employ the Gregorian birthstone calendar which was unofficially confirmed by Tiffany & Co. in 1870 in a pamphlet detailing a poem for the birthstones:

By her who in this month (January) is born No gem save garnets should be worn; They will ensure her constancy, True friendship, and fidelity

The February-born shall find Sincerity and peace of mind, Freedom from passion and from care, If they an amethyst will wear.

Who in this world of ours their eyes In March first open shall be wise, In days of peril firm and brave, And wear a bloodstone to their grave.

She who from April dates her years, Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears For vain repentance flow; this stone, Emblem of innocence, is known.

Who first beholds the light of day In spring’s sweet flowery month of May And wears an emerald all her life Shall be a loved and happy wife.

Who comes with summer to this earth, And owes to June her hour of birth, With ring of agate on her hand Can health, wealth, and long life command.

The glowing ruby shall adorn, Those who in July are born; Then they’ll be exempt and free From love’s doubts and anxiety.

Wear a sardonyx or for thee, No conjugal felicity; The August-born without this stone, `Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

A maiden born when September leaves Are rustling in September’s breeze, A sapphire on her brow should bind `Twill cure diseases of the mind.

October’s child is born for woe, And life’s vicissitudes must know, But lay an opal on her breast, And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Who first comes to this world below In drear November’s fog and snow, Should prize the topaz‘s amber hue, Emblem of friends and lovers true.

If cold December gave you birth, The month of snow and ice and mirth, Place on your hand a turquoise blue; Success will bless whate’er you do.
More recently, alternative birthstones have been suggested to appeal to the modern market – for example peridot has become the birthstone for August, arguably a more wearable gemstone than sardonyx for decorative jewellery. As well as this, tanzanites and zircon have both been suggested as December birthstones. Pearls are also noted as birthstones for June, and aquamarines accompany bloodstone as birthstones for March.

Whatever your birthstone is, we sell a range of stylish gem-set jewellery each week – keep searching our online auctions to find the perfect piece!

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