Characteristics of BirthstonesWhatâ€™s in a birthstone? Over the last two centuries, the idea of stones being mystically associated with months and the people born in those months has been a popular idea. While that list has been in flux for many years, several months have remained the same for generationsâ€”and no matter what the current stone is, you can be assured that itâ€™s a beautiful choice for a piece of gemstone jewelry. Thereâ€™s something special about birthstone jewelry: If youâ€™re purchasing it for yourself, it can be a great symbolism that you can appreciate. If youâ€™re purchasing the jewelry for someone you love, birthstone jewelry can be a way of showing how special they are to you.
BirthstonesEach month has one â€œmajorâ€ birthstone, with many months featuring several secondary stones with related traits:
What to Know About BirthstonesWhile many of the â€œsecondaryâ€ gems were chosen for their color similarity to the primary gem, there are other reasons why some months have multiple stones. For example, when you look at Novemberâ€™s birthstones, youâ€™ll see topaz and citrine. The two stones can have near-identical colors, but citrine is significantly more affordable than good quality topaz.
Also, while all gemstones are beautiful, not every gemstone has the same durability. If youâ€™re interested in choosing a colored gem for a piece of jewelry that will be worn every day (such as a custom engagement ring or wedding band), it should at least be harder than quartz, since quartz is a primary component of dirt and dust.
Turquoise, opal, peridot, pearl, and garnet are relatively soft gems, and theyâ€™re more ideal for earrings, necklaces, or â€œsometimesâ€ rings. If youâ€™re interested in wearing a ring that boasts a birthstone, you may want to look into gems that are at least harder than 7 on the Mohs scale. They wonâ€™t get easily scratched, if at all, for the decades that youâ€™ll treasure your piece.