Birthstones: Identifying your Birthday Gemstones
January's gemstone. Garnet has colors that go from dark red to lavender to rose. This is often
mistaken for a ruby but when compared, garnet has its deeper effect than that of the latter.
It is said that when worn, it has calming, self-rejuvenating effects.
February's gemstone. This gemstone is known for its elegant violet color that comes in
different shades. Amethyst belongs to the quartz family, which is considered as the most
valuable gemstone within the group. With a hardness scale of 7, it has been popular for its
durability for everyday usage.
March's gemstone. Derived from its name, aquamarine came from the Latin words water and sea.
It is the member of the beryl group that when faceted, will show clarity and brightness. Color
ranges from pale and light blue, blue green, and sometimes, colorless. Aquamarine will become
almost invisible if put under water.
April's gemstone. Imperishable. Durable. Two words that can describe this special kind of
stone that came from the Latin word adamas that means unconquerable. With its hardness scale
that reaches over 10, diamond can稚 be easily broken unless some extreme pressure is applied
on it that makes it as the hardest of all gemstones. Diamonds have various sizes and colors
like brown, yellow, black, green, pink. Although, the most popular would be the transparent or
May's gemstone. With brilliance of shades of green, this heavily included gemstone can be
identified easily with this specific characteristic. It can sparkle amongst spectrum of flame.
Emeralds are also fragile stones because of its porous characteristic but have a hardness
scale of 7-8.
June's gemstone. The finish of this top quality stone consisting of calcium carbonate
primarily came from mollusks and is created under the depths of deep sea water. Varies widely
in size, color, luster and the size of their pores, they are the main categories for grading a
pearl. This gemstone comes in shades of white, black, silver, pink, and golden blue. These
stones though are highly sensitive to perspiration, perfume, and other liquid that contains
high levels of acid.
July's gemstone. Comes in beautiful shades of pink and fuchsia but is more popular due to its
bloody red color. If diamond is the hardest, well, ruby is the most valuable gemstone of them
all. With a hardness scale of 9, it is in fact the perfect choice for every class of jewelry.
August's gemstone. Notwithstanding the fact that their scratch resistance tolerance is low,
Peridot had become popular for those who are into the fashion world. With colors as bright as
yellow green, brownish, kiwi grren, olive green, this gemstone are considered wearable by
those who are advocates with the color green.
September's gemstone. Sapphire is widely known for its elegant blue hue. Although it also
comes in colorless, black, purple, yellow, pink. Because of its intricate characteristic, this
stone also considered as the heaven's gem. The darker the color, the better.
October's gemstone. The name was derived from the Indian word meaning stone and is known for
its floating fire within. Colors may vary from gray, blue, white, green and pumpkin orange.
November's gemstone. This varies from golden brown to the lightest of yellow. The glow of this
gemstone is delightful enough to enlighten the mood of every occasion.
December's gemstone. Color ranges in hues of dark blue to intense aqua. The popularity of this
gemstone is due to its extravagant color, hardness and affordability.