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January | Garnet
If you were born in January, you're lucky to have the beautiful and diverse garnet for your birthstone. Although garnets are most commonly red, they can also come in a range of beautiful colours including orange, yellow, purple and vibrant green! It has been said that the garnet birthstone gives its wearer good health, wealth and happiness. Traditionally, garnets are given to celebrate 2nd wedding anniversaries.
February | Amethyst
The beautiful purple-hued amethyst is the gorgeous birthstone for those born in February. Amethyst can symbolize personal empowerment, inner strength and is said to clear the wearer’s mind! Fitting for February -- Saint Valentine, the patron of romantic love, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid. Amethyst is the gem traditionally given for the 6th wedding anniversary.
March | Aquamarine
April | Diamond
The birthstone for the month of April, diamond, is easily the most well-known gemstone in the world. Diamonds are so strong, in fact, that its name comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means “invincible” or “unbreakable.” Diamonds are thought to promote longevity, strength, beauty and happiness. Diamond is the gift of choice for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries.
May | Emerald
June | Pearl
July | Ruby
One of the most coveted gems, ruby is also the birthstone for July! The finest hue of rubies is a deep red with a hint of purple, called “pigeon’s blood.” The hardness of a ruby is second only to diamond. Medieval Europeans believed that ruby bestowed health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. In addition to being the July birthstone, Ruby is traditionally given for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.
August | Peridot
August’s beautiful birthstone, peridot, is known for being formed under extreme conditions. The gorgeous green stone can be found in the hardened lava from deep within Earth’s mantle and even in meteorites that travelled from space! Peridots have been used for centuries as a protective talisman, shielding the wearer from evil spirits and “terrors of the night.” Peridot is the gem given to celebrate 16th wedding anniversaries.
September | Sapphire
Sapphire, the September birthstone, comes in all the colours of the rainbow — except red. Sapphires have been long associated with royalty, romance and also symbolize fidelity and the soul. Ancient Persians believed that Earth rested on a giant sapphire, which made the sky blue. This beautiful blue gem is the traditional gift for 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries.
October | Opal
The first of October’s birthstones, Opal is originally named after the Sanskrit word “upala”, meaning “precious stone." Opals are valued for their shifting colours in rainbow hues, known as “play-of-colour.” Bedouins once believed opals fell from the sky during thunderstorms, and Ancient Greeks thought opals gave the gift of prophecy and protection from diseases. Opals are given to celebrate 14th wedding anniversaries.
November | Citrine
November birthstone Citrine is actually a variety of quartz, ranging in colour from pale to golden yellow or almost brown. Citrines are often mistaken for the other November birthstone, Topaz. It’s believed that Citrine could soothe tempers and calm its wearer. The name citrine is believed to derive from the French word for “lemon” (citron). This gemstone is traditionally given for 13th wedding anniversaries.
December | Turquoise
Turquoise is a semi-translucent gem that ranges from blue to green and often has veins of matrix (remnants of the rock in which it formed) running through it. This December birthstone has been cherished in cultures all over the world for thousands of years, including ancient Egypt, ancient China and Native American tribes. Turquoise is the traditional gem of 11th wedding anniversaries.