Birthstones are steeped in history and full of meaning, wearing the birthstone associated with the month of your birth is thought to bring you luck and protection. As well as wearing your own birthstone, why not add the birthstone of family members and loved ones to make your jewellery personal to you
Discover the history and meaning behind your birthstone.
MEANING: Loyalty, honesty and passion
HISTORY: The garnet takes its name from the Latin word for pomegranate 'malum granatum', as the fruits rich red jewel like seeds bear a striking resemblance to the gemstone.
MEANING: Calm and serenity
HISTORY: It's often referred to as the 'Royal Jewel' as amethysts were used in royal collections all over the world, they were once believed to be more valuable than rubies and emeralds.
MEANING: Happiness and courage
HISTORY: The name aquamarine originates from the Latin for water and sea 'aqua marina' and it was once believed to offer protection to sailors.
MEANING: Strength and love
HISTORY: Ancient cultures believed rock crystal was formed of petrified ice because of it's transparent ice colouring, it is also believed to hold many healing qualities.
ALTERNATIVE BIRTHSTONE: Diamond
MEANING: Serenity and peace of mind
HISTORY: The name emerald is derived from the Greek word 'smaragdos' meaning green. To the ancient Egyptians the emerald was known as the 'lovers' stone and is believed to be Cleopatra's favourite gemstone.
MEANING: Faithfulness and friendship
HISTORY: Known as the 'Queen of Gems' as it was a symbol of wealth and power. In Greek mythology it was believed that pearls were the tears of gods, while an ancient Arab legend says pearls were created when dew drops filled with moonlight fell into the ocean.
ALTERNATIVE BIRTHSTONES: Moonstone, Alexandrite
MEANING: Love and strength
HISTORY: Known as the 'King of Gems' as it was the gemstone of choice for kings and warriors because it symbolised strength and nobility and offered protection and good luck.
MEANING: Success and good luck
HISTORY: Peridot is formed deep within the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanic eruption. According to ancient legend, the green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes represented the tears of Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Volcanoes.
MEANING: Loyalty and trust
HISTORY: Sapphire's have always been considered sacred stones believed to bring peace to the soul.
MEANING: Healing and kindness
HISTORY: Known as the 'Rainbow Gemstone' due to the range of colours it comes in. In fact the word tourmaline is believed to have been derived from the Sinhalese word 'turmali' which literally means stone with various colours.
ALTERNATIVE BIRTHSTONE: Opal
MEANING: Success and strength
HISTORY: Ancient cultures believed the warm colour of citrine was a gift from the sun.
MEANING: Imagination and happiness
HISTORY: Ancient cultures believed turquoise had the power to protect and it was also seen as a symbol of wealth as it was once even more highly valued than gold.
ALTERNATIVE BIRTHSTONE: Tanzanite
DESIGN YOUR OWN BIRTHSTONE JEWELLERY
Add meaning to your jewellery and make sure your jewellery box is full of memories by choosing to design your very own bespoke birthstone eternity ring or necklace.