Birthstone rings for a personal commitment
30 Aug 2016
Whether for a wedding, an engagement or a special gift, mark the moment with a birthstone ring. Find out the stone that symbolises your birth month here...
Birthstone rings are becoming more and more popular to mark an engagement, or simply as a uniquely personal gift. Here’s a guide from the Diamond Boutique to birthstones by month – what they are, what they look like and their special associations.
The ring for January and most commonly a gorgeous dark red colour, garnet is traditionally associated with the virtues of constancy and loyalty, as well as good health.
February is the month of amethyst. Ranging from purple and violet to pale red-violet, an amethyst symbolises peace, protection and tranquillity.
For March, aquamarine is the natural choice. Most often dark blue, it symbolises youth, happiness and beauty, and is also said to promote honesty. A green-red bloodstone is an interesting alternative for this month.
The clear choice for April, a diamond also comes in a wide variety of hues and is seen as the ultimate symbol of eternal love, but also signifies clarity, courage and invincibility.
Its distinctive green-based beauty makes the emerald the obvious symbol of fertility, rebirth and all-round goodness for anyone born in May.
June sees the pearl come into its own, its natural genesis believing it to deliver powers of life-giving and regeneration, as well as love and purity. Commonly cream-coloured, pearls are also available in a surprisingly wide range of hues. The delicately-shaded moonstone is another option this month.
Rare, red and rugged (its hardness is second only to the diamond), the ruby of July symbolises passion, success, integrity and devotion. For a softer, browner red, you can also opt for carnelian.
Vivid green marks the peridot of August. It’s seen as a powerful protection against evil and nightmares, but also symbolises dignity. A vibrant alternative is the red-banded sardonyx.
Come September, it’s the turn of the sapphire; most common in blue, it actually occurs in a wide range of hues. It symbolises truth, sincerity commitment, consistency and loyalty. An affordable, yet traditional, alternative is lapis lazuli.
October’s opal can take on many different colours, perhaps why it is said to enhance imagination and creativity, and also to amplify whatever traits the wearer possesses. The versatility of tourmaline also makes it popular for this month.
Available in a wide range of natural colours, November’s topaz is an enduring symbol of love and affection, said to promote good-naturedness. Symbolising hope, youth and fidelity, citrine is a popular alternative.
Despite its name, turquoise can range from sky-blue to green. It symbolises friendship, healing and protection, especially while travelling. The vivid blue tanzanite is also a popular choice for December.