I often receive questions about birthstone jewelry and where you can find information about birthstones on my site. Fortunately, I’ve been writing about birthstones for a while, and I happen to offer tons of choices for anyone shopping for birthday jewelry! This handy guide gives you all the information you need to find the perfect birthstone jewelry.
January’s birthstone is the gorgeous garnet. Some say that this stone brings health, wealth, and happiness, which makes it the perfect stone for the start of a new year. Red garnet, which you are probably familiar with, ranges from so deep it’s almost black to raspberry colored to light pink. Garnets also come in orange, yellow and - my personal obsession - deep green.
What makes amethysts so special? Many people think of amethysts as purple, but they actually come in four beautiful shades: Brazilian, pink, African, and green.
March’s birthstone, aquamarine, takes its name from the Latin word for seawater, and no surprise there. Its aquatic colors range from clear blue-green to deep blue, like the depths of the ocean.
Dazzling diamonds are without a doubt the most well-known and coveted gemstones on earth. They’re cherished for their sparkle and association with love, riches, and glamour. They’re so popular in fact, that those of you with April birthdays may think you already know everything there is to know about diamonds. But here at Kristen Baird® we always have a few tricks up our sleeves.
Feeling green with envy? May’s birthstone is the elite emerald, beloved by royalty from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth. Emerald’s tones are perfect for Spring, evoking lush vines, green grass, and bright yellow flowers. There are also fun variations to discover, such as the unique milky emerald.
What makes the extraordinary alexandrite so special? Aside from its scarcity, alexandrite is admired for its color-changing properties. In natural light, the stone ranges from green to blue, but shine a flashlight on it, and it turns plum red! This transformation is a true example of nature showing off its magic.
Not only is Pearl my very own birthstone, which I personally adore wearing, but it's also one of my all-time favorite gemstones to work with! Being rooted in the Low Country, I was particularly inspired by the region to design the pieces that generated our popular Pearl Collection.
Like sapphires, radiant rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum. They are renowned for their deep red color and their fire-like radiance, making them some of the most prized gems in the world. When I use ruby in my jewelry, I always seek to highlight the bold, enchanting color. There’s no holding back with this stone, and that’s how I like it!
Peridot has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridot gems.
Formed deep in the earth, sapphires are emblems of change - the type of change forged under intense pressure. Many people think of sapphires as bright blue gemstones. They are associated with royalty, with romance, and with the 1997 classic Titanic.
When it comes to kaleidoscopic color, there is no rival to the illustrious opal. October’s birthstone has been compared to rainbows, fireworks, tye-dye, and sunsets, demonstrating the wide variety of colors and patterns on this mesmerizing stone.
October’s alternative gemstone, tourmaline is a little tricky and also an absolute treat. This stone has the widest range of colors of any gemstone in existence, so it’s often mistaken for other fine gems.
You’re probably most familiar with blue topaz, but topaz actually comes in a variety of shades, including blue, pink, orange, brown, and yellow. The rarest (and most expensive) form is a pinkish-orange color known as Imperial Topaz.
Citrine is a lovely compliment to other stones, and it goes so perfectly with sterling silver and yellow gold – making it the best stone to bring in a two-toned look - and really pop the look!
Unlike many other gems, turquoise is opaque rather than translucent. While we’re all familiar with the blue-green color that takes its name, turquoise can actually vary from sky blue to pale green or even purple. Turquoise is sometimes crisscrossed by a matrix, a pattern of mineral lines formed by the surrounding stone, which makes it even more interesting.