If you are a fan of jewelry, you have probably heard of birthstones. According to experts in wellbeing and lifestyle, a birthstone is a gem that matches your birthday for its characteristics. The idea has traces that take us back to biblical times, with a theory that links birthstones with the time that Moses set forth directions for making special garments for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. The breastplate was to contain 12 precious gemstones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. There is another theory that links the birthstones to the 12 signs of the zodiac, and by correlation, to the twelve months of the calendar year. This, in modern days, we could say is the most common form of association they have.
The downside of the idea of a birthstone is that they end up being precious stones that are not exactly affordable (pearls, diamonds, amethysts and so on…) and of course that discourages you from being them. Luckily for us, the group of people who enjoy jewelry without sacrificing the money for the rest of our stuff, birthstones are not only associated with gems, but also to colors. This color is extracted directly from the shade of the stone and associates with the same characteristics.
At Nifty Sparkles, as you probably already know, we love colorful accessories and jewelry that looks beautiful and classy, at prices that are totally affordable. And since we want you to choose the next color of your necklace or bracelet associated to your birthday, we explain you the birthstone colors and their meanings, one by one.
January: Dark Red
A very specific type of red, with a brown undertone, comes from the Garnet, the birthstone for those born in the first month of the year. Garnet is thought to attract friendship, loyalty, and sincerity to the wearer (all characteristics linked to red, too), which is why is the perfect gift for someone born in January, as it is considered a symbol of friendship. It is also said to stimulate the senses and increase vitality.
Those born in February are associated with royalty, thanks to the amethyst and its characteristic deep, rich purple. This color brings peace of mind and drives away angry passions and worries. The name of the stone (and also the shade) derives from the Greek word meaning intoxication because ancient Greeks believed that wearing this color would prevent them to become drunk. The amethyst has long been referred to as ‘the jewel of the Gods’ and worn by famous queens like Cleopatra and even Queen Elizabeth. It is said to bring the wearer spirit fulfillment, courage, and happiness.
Transcending as both a stone and a color, we have the birthstones for those born in March to be associated with a sense of youth and hope. Since ancient times, aquamarine has been said to increase intelligence and the stone has been used as an effective treatment for anxiety. Legends say that sailors used to wear aquamarines to keep them safe during their travels and prevent seasickness.
Silver or any transparent, sparkling stone is the reference for the diamond, for those April-born. Commercially associated with love, it is also a sign of strength to the body and soul of the wearer. It is also thought of as a symbol of innocence, and to protect their innocence and bring out the best qualities of who wears it.
May: Emerald Green
Another stone that has become the synonym of a color, a very particular shade of rich, dark green. Emerald is the color of fertility and joy, and it’s also thought to be able to help tell the future and sharpen the mind. Emeralds are associated with myths and mystery in popular culture, taking you to magical places such as Emerald City, in The Wizard of Oz, and since is the color commonly linked to money, it is also a symbol for prosperity.
June: White and Blue
Being the center of Gemini, the twin sign, people born in June has also two birthstones associated to their birth: peals and alexandrite. From the former, is widely known they symbolize purity and modesty, and are thought to bring the power of love, money, protection, and luck. As for the latter, it is a blue shade with a green undertone, receiving the color from a gem first discovered in Russia and named after the reigning prince Alexander II. It is believed to enhance intuition, imagination, and creativity.
July: Bright Red
The strongest shade of pink, almost red, is the equivalent of the ruby for those born in the second half of the year. Rubies are said to attract good luck, and ancient Hindus used to wear them as a sign of protection against evil. As it happens with the shades that come from red, it is also a color associated with love and passion. The peak month of the summer, when you think of July it is associated with warmth, happiness, family, and the swing from the beginning of the year towards the end.
August: Olive Green
Peridot, the birthstone for August, is a naturally olive green stone, which changes its intensity depending on the amount of iron in the crystal formation. This shade of green is said to symbolize strength and, when set in gold, protect the wearer from evil dreams. This color also signifies beauty and morality and connecting with volcanoes for centuries, it often represents a person who has a similar volcanic personality.
Sapphire is the name of another color that also transformed into a famous shade of blue. Although you can find it in rare shades of pink or white, the blue sapphire represents peace and serenity. In much religious writing, it was used to symbolize purity, wisdom, loyalty, and faith, and in more modern times it has been used to as a symbol of warning for months of the year since there’s only three more after this one.
The beauty of the opal, the birthstone for October, is that changes its color according to the light, because of its non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices of the ancient rock. The name “opal” can mean “to see a change in color” and is derived from the Latin word opalus, or stone. As a birthstone and a color, it symbolizes hope, innocence, purity (from the white). It also influences loyalty, confidence, and faithfulness.
November: Golden Brown
This type of orange with brown undertones, is the most popular color for the topaz, was one of the High Priest’s twelve breastplate stones from the story that allegedly originated the tradition of birthstones. As opposed to the passion symbolized in red, topaz is a symbol of pure love and affection. Those born in this month are connected to their yellow stone by their endless love, boundless enthusiasm, and great personal strength and intellect.
It is not a surprise that blue is so present in many months, since it is a color with many meanings and associated commonly with peace and mindfulness. In the case of turquoise, it also symbolizes intuition and spiritual awareness. Turquoise was valued by the Egyptians as a talisman, that even went to the grave with some of them. Also associated with winter, the blue shade of turquoise is said to promote spiritual and mental clarity for the enhancement of wisdom, kindness, trust, and understanding.