Birthstone Guide - Lee Read Jewelers

Birthstones

GARNET

Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color.

The garnet group of related mineral species offers gems of every hue, including fiery red pyrope, vibrant orange spessartine, and rare intense-green varieties of grossular and andradite.

BIRTHSTONE: January

AMETHYST

The essence of the color purple, amethyst is beautiful enough for crown jewels yet affordable enough for class rings.

Purple variety of the mineral quartz, often forms large, six-sided crystals. Fine velvety-colored gems come from African and South American mines. In demand for jewelry at all price points.

BIRTHSTONE: February

AQUAMARINE

Named after seawater, aquamarine's fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.

Blue to slightly greenish-blue variety of the mineral beryl. Crystals are sometimes big enough to cut fashioned gems of more than 100 carats. Well-formed crystals might make superb mineral specimens.


BIRTHSTONE: March

DIAMOND

Diamonds are among nature's most precious and beautiful creations.
This hardest gem of all is made of just one element: carbon.

It's valued for its colorless nature and purity. Most diamonds are primeval-over a billion years old-and form deep within the earth.


BIRTHSTONE: April

EMERALD

Emerald is the bluish green to green variety of beryl, a mineral species that includes aquamarine.

The most valued variety of beryl, emerald was once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca kings, Moguls, and pharaohs. Today, fine gems come from Africa, South America, and Central Asia.


BIRTHSTONE: May

PEARLS

Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.

Produced in the bodies of marine and freshwater mollusks naturally or cultured by people with great care. Lustrous, smooth, subtly-colored pearls are jewelry staples, especially as strands.


BIRTHSTONE: June

RUBY

Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire.

Traces of chromium give this red variety of the mineral corundum its rich color. Long valued by humans of many cultures. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby was called ratnaraj, or "king of precious stones."


BIRTHSTONE: July

PERIDOT

Found in lava, meteorites, and deep in the earth's mantle, yellow-green peridot is the extreme gem.

Yellow-green gem variety of the mineral olivine. Found as nodules in volcanic rock, occasionally as crystals lining veins in mountains of Myanmar and Pakistan, and occasionally inside meteorites.


BIRTHSTONE: August

SAPPHIRE

The name "sapphire" can also apply to any corundum that's not ruby, another corundum variety.

Depending on their trace element content, sapphire varieties of the mineral corundum might be blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple or even show a six-rayed star if cut as a cabochon.


BIRTHSTONE: September

OPAL

Fireworks. Jellyfish. Galaxies. Lightning. Opal's shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors is unlike any other gem.

Opal's microscopic arrays of stacked silica spheres diffract light into a blaze of flashing colors. An opal's color range and pattern help determine its value.


BIRTHSTONE: October

CITRINE

Known as the gem that commemorates the thirteenth anniversary.

Citrine’s color comes from traces of iron. It’s perhaps the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstone and an attractive alternative for topaz as well as for yellow sapphire.


BIRTHSTONE: November

BLUE TOPAZ

Symbolic of wisdom and longevity, December’s birthstone ranges in hues from deep London blue to paler sky blue.
The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave strength to the wearer.


BIRTHSTONE: December

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