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Birthstones

Birthstones: Choosing a Unique Gift

 Choosing that perfect gift for someone you love can be thought provoking and sometimes tricky, particularly if you want to buy something unique which reflects their style and character. Buying a piece of jewellery with a birthstone can add a new dimension and special meaning to your present, making it even more thoughtful.

For every month of the year there is a beautiful birthstone each symbolising its own distinctive and spiritual qualities. Whatever the occasion there is a birthstone uniquely matched, which expresses the time and thought you have taken choosing your gift.   

Purchasing a birthstone adds an element of fun and pleasure both for the buyer and lucky recipient. A stylish piece of jewellery can last a lifetime and will always bring back special memories of the loving gift they received from you.

To find out which birthstone best suits the person and occasion you are buying for, here is a calendar detailing each birthstone together with their qualities.

 

January – Garnet

The Garnet symbolises faith, virtue and eternity

Garnet is similar to a ruby in appearance and is found in almost all colours except blue.

Reputed to have helped deliver Noah and his ark to salvation, by illuminating and guiding the path for him to follow.

Occasions: 2nd wedding anniversary stone.

 

February – Amethyst

The Amethyst symbolises peace, tranquillity and protection

The stone can be found in a variety of shades from pale lilac to deep purple.

Favoured by royalty throughout the ages and described by Moses in the first testament as ‘The symbol of the spirit of God’.

Occasions: 6th and 9th wedding anniversary stone.

 

March – Aquamarine

The Aquamarine symbolises happiness, trust and friendship

Ideally transparent pale blue without grey or green flecks as these are generally more valuable.

Considered to be one of the purest stones and favoured by seafarers to protect and ward off danger.

Occasions: 18th and 19th wedding anniversary stone.

 

April – Diamond

The king of stones the Diamond is a symbol of true love, commitment and passion

The purest and most valuable diamonds are generally colourless in appearance.

Inspiring many tales of romance and intrigue and favoured by the most famous of movie stars.

 

May – Emerald

The Emerald is a symbol of love, commitment and rejuvenation

Deep vibrant green in colour, a high quality emerald can be more valuable than a diamond.

Dating far back to early Egyptian history where they were said to have been mined and worn lavishly by Cleopatra.

Occasions: 20th and 35th wedding anniversary stone.

 

June – Pearl

The Pearl is said to symbolise beauty, love, peace and wealth.

A truly organic stone created by the oyster, it comes in a wide range of colours, lustres, sizes and shapes.

Steeped in ancient mythology, pearls are said to be associated with the moon because of their soft, glowing appearance.

Occasions: 1st (pearl), 3rd and 30th wedding anniversary stone.

 

July – Ruby

The Ruby is said to symbolise love, romance and passion

Rubies range in colour from pinkish-red to deep fiery red.

Most associated with the inner flame that burns eternally, never to be extinguished.

Occasions: 40th, 60th and 80th wedding anniversary stone.

 

August – Peridot

The Peridot is said to symbolise love, peace and success

Ideally the stone should be a vivid lime green with a hint of gold in colour.

Meaning ‘Gem of the Sun’, it is said to bring happiness to a marriage, good luck and protection against evil.

Occasions: 16th wedding anniversary stone.

 

September – Sapphire

The Sapphire is believed to bring joy, peace and prosperity and is a symbol of truth

The stone comes in most colours except red, but the most admired are a deep rich blue.

Said to have magical healing properties and be the guardian of innocence, the sapphire is thought to bring good luck and protection.

Occasions: 5th, 10th, 45th and 70th wedding anniversary stone.

 

October – Opal

The Opal is a symbol of harmony, hope and health

Found in many colours and varieties, the most widely used in jewellery are green or translucent white with flecks of pinks and blues.

This mysterious and spiritual stone was prized by the ancient Romans and is said to protect the wearer from illness.

Occasions: 12th and 14th wedding anniversary stone.

 

November – Topaz & Citrine

The Topaz and Citrine are said to be symbols of beauty, love and happiness

Topaz can be coloured from transparent light yellow to a smoky honey brown. Much more rare is the naturally occurring blue topaz, but most blue topaz used today has been heat treated to achieve the desired colour. Citrine is found in many of the same colours as topaz and often used as an alternative.

Revered by the Egyptians for increasing their strength, and widely thought to have a broad range of healing properties.

Occasions: Topaz - 23rd and 50th wedding anniversary stone.

     Citrine - 11th and 13th wedding anniversary stone.

 

December – Turquoise & Tanzanite

Said to bring good fortune, prosperity and love

The colour of turquoise can vary from sky blue to blue-green. Tanzanite is found in blue or brown when first mined and is often heat treated to bring out its beautiful violet-blue colouration.

Believed to bring the wearer wisdom, honour and wealth they also bring the promise of good health and peace.

Occasions: Turquoise- 6th and 11th wedding anniversary stone.

      Tanzanite - 8th and 24th wedding anniversary stone.

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