A Guide to Birthstone Jewellery


Birthstone jewellery is a timeless and meaningful way to celebrate a birth month and add a personal touch to your accessories. Each month is associated with a specific gemstone, which gives birthstone jewellery a rich history and a wide range of options for creating bespoke pieces.

In this post, we’ll look at the concept of birthstones, their historical significance and the specific gemstones linked to each month. We’ll also look at the benefits of creating bespoke birthstone gifts, such as birthstone rings.

The concept of birthstone jewellery

Birthstones are gemstones that are traditionally associated with each month of the year. The concept of birthstones date back thousands of years and can be traced to ancient civilisations like the Egyptians, who believed that certain gemstones held protective or healing properties.

Birthstones are thought to bring good luck, offer protection, and reflect the personality of the wearer based on their birth month.

Historically, people believed that wearing a gemstone corresponding to their birth month would amplify the stone’s healing and protective qualities. This belief in the metaphysical properties of gemstones has transcended time and culture, making birthstone jewellery a popular and meaningful choice.

Find out more about the gemstones that are on trend for 2023.

British Birthstones

According to British tradition, each month has a dedicated birthstone with a special meaning:

January – Garnet

Garnet symbolises faith, love and constancy. It’s believed to offer protection and help with self-confidence.

February – Amethyst

Amethyst is associated with peace, courage and stability. It’s often believed to have calming and meditative properties.

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine represents youth, health and hope. It’s said to provide insight and foresight.

April – Diamond

Diamonds are a symbol of everlasting love and strength. They are also associated with purity and clarity.

May – Emerald

Emeralds are believed to bring prosperity, faithfulness and happiness. They are said to improve memory and increase intelligence.

June – Pearl

Pearls represent purity, innocence and humility. They are associated with emotional balance and protection.

July – Ruby

Rubies symbolise passion, love and protection. They are believed to promote vitality and courage.

August – Peridot

Peridot is associated with strength, mental clarity and positive energy. It is also said to bring good luck.

September – Sapphire

Sapphires represent wisdom, loyalty and nobility. They are thought to protect the wearer from envy and harm.

October – Opal

Opal symbolises hope, creativity and innocence. They are believed to promote intuition and inspiration.

November – Topaz

Topaz is associated with love, affection and success. It is thought to bring good fortune and protection.

December – Turquoise

Turquoise represents prosperity, happiness and good fortune. It’s believed to provide protection and bring inner peace.

The benefits of bespoke birthstone gifts

Creating bespoke birthstone jewellery has several advantages. First, it allows you to incorporate your birthstone or the birthstones of your loved ones into unique and personalised pieces such as birthstone rings or even birthstone wedding rings. This adds a special touch to your jewellery collection and makes for thoughtful and cherished gifts.

Birthstone gifts can be used on many occasions but can hold particular significance when given as birthday gifts and to commemorate anniversaries. More recently, birthstone rings are being used as jewellery ideas for new mums to mark the arrival of a new child.

Bespoke birthstone jewellery also provides an opportunity to blend different birthstones to create a meaningful story. For example, a mother’s ring can feature the birthstones of her children, or a couple can have their birthstones set in their wedding rings to commemorate their special day. Such pieces hold sentimental value and become heirlooms passed down through the generations.

For birthstone jewellery, contact your local jeweller in Hainault

Birthstone jewellery is a beautiful way to celebrate your birth month and connect with the rich history of gemstone symbolism. Whether you’re choosing birthstone gifts or something for yourself, it will undoubtedly form a unique and special addition to your jewellery collection and can be passed on through the generations.

For more birthstone jewellery ideas, visit E.K. Jewellers in Hainault.

Posted on by Ian Tubby.