If you can never remember what the traditional birthstones are, we’ve got you covered. Sometimes, there are a couple of different options… don’t be confused! That just gives you more choice.
Don’t forget that it’s also important to match skin tone with the gems. If you have warm toned skin and were born in November (citrine), that’s perfect, but don’t feel beholden to wear pearls if you have warm-toned skin and were born in June!
January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone
April – Diamond
May – Emerald
June – Pearl or Moonstone
July – Ruby, Carnelian or (Hindu) Sapphire
August – Peridot, Sardonyx or (Hindu) Ruby
September – Sapphire
October – Opal, Tourmaline or (Hindu) Coral
November – Topaz, Citrine or (Hindu) Cat’s-Eye
December – Tanzanite, Turquoise or (Hindu) Topaz
Birthstones appear in lots of different traditions and with a lot of different meanings, so you can probably find a tradition in which your favorite stone is actually your birth stone… for example, when we were doing research for this, we found out that there are even birthstones for the days of the week!
Monday – Pearl or Crystal
Tuesday – Ruby or Emerald
Wednesday – Amethyst or Lodestone
Thursday – Sapphire or Carnelian
Friday – Emerald or Cat’s Eye
Saturday – Turquoise or Diamond
Sunday – Topaz or Diamond
If you find a good tradition about birthstones, it might also give you a good story to tell about your jewelry or the gift you chose for your partner/family member!