The Definitive Guide to Birthstones

Birthstones Grand Rapids Jewelry StoreHave you ever wondered what your birthstone is? Each of the twelve months has at least one stone that’s commonly associated with it.

Birthstone jewelry makes a great gift for every occasion, but there is some conflicting information out there about where the idea of birthstones came from and which stone goes with what month.

Our custom fine jewelers in Grand Rapids, MI, are well-versed in birthstone jewelry. Here’s what you need to know about birthstones.

The Origin of Birthstones

Legend has it that the concept of birthstones originated with the breastplate armor worn by the High Priest of the Israelites. This breastplate had twelve stones, each representing one of the tribes of Israel. While the exact stones weren’t always specified, scholars have been able to guess at what they might have been using historical context clues.

As the years went on, different cultures began establishing their own birthstones. The most commonly recognized birthstones today originated in Polish culture. That’s why if you ask around in other countries, such as Britain, you might get a different answer as to what your birthstone is.

In 1912, the organization that would come to be known as Jewelers of America came up with a definitive list of birthstones. This list has evolved slightly over the years, but the basics remain the same. Birthstones are determined by different cultures in different ways and may have deeper significance in some parts of the world. In the United States, they’re mostly just for fun.

What’s My Birthstone?

Some months have multiple birthstones, as over time certain stones have waned in popularity or become rarer. As mentioned, this list may vary from country to country. If you want to know what your birthstone is, here are the most commonly-acknowledged birthstones in the United States:

  • January: Garnet
  • February: Amethyst
  • March: Aquamarine
  • April: Diamond
  • May: Emerald
  • June: Pearl, alexandrite
  • July: Ruby
  • August: Peridot
  • September: Sapphire
  • October: Opal, tourmaline
  • November: Citrine
  • December: Blue topaz, tanzanite

Birthstone jewelry makes a great gift for a birthday or as a romantic present for someone important to you. Our jewelry makers can put together a beautiful necklace with the birthstones of your children on it, or a birthstone ring that makes a statement.

If you’d prefer subtle birthstone jewelry, our team can help turn even the most colorful stones into a wearable piece for everyday. We also have a wide variety of ready-made birthstone jewelry pieces available in our store. Stop by and see what we can do for you.

If you’re not thrilled with your birthstone, don’t worry! You’re not confined to what your birth month has to offer. The most important criteria in jewelry is that you love it.

Our Grand Rapids, MI birthstone jewelers are ready to help you choose the best birthstone jewelry for yourself or for a gift. To learn more about our birthstone jewelry for sale, call Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry at (616) 363-4902. Also, feel free to fill out our online contact form.