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By Hedda Schupak | May 7th, 2019

For most little girls, their first piece of fine jewelry was likely to be a religious medallion or a birthstone. I had a tiny gold Star of David and a tiny gold heart necklace (sadly, both got lost) and somewhere along the line I got my first amethyst. I don’t recall exactly when I learned that amethyst was my birthstone—or even what that piece of jewelry was—but I remember my mother and my grandmother telling me my birthstone was amethyst. I do recall that my first pair of pierced earrings (at age 11) were amethyst studs set in 14k gold—and I do still have those.

From ancient times, people have ascribed mystical powers to gemstones. The concept of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, brother of Moses and the high priest of the Jews. Aaron’s holy garments included a breastplate containing 12 gemstones set in gold, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, although those stones don’t correspond to the familiar modern birthstone calendar.

Despite being spelled out in Exodus 28:15, there’s debate among both religious scholars and gemologists as to what the breastplate stones really were. But the birthstone concept also is found in other customs and belief systems, not just Judeo-Christian tradition.

Over the years, new stones were added to certain months as alternative birthstones. Why, we don’t know. Maybe because the original stone is very rare—or just not popular. But all the stones, both traditional and modern, have some fascinating history and lore. Here’s just a quick sampling of some of the fun lore surrounding each.

January: Garnet

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Garnet comes in a tremendous range of colors, not just the brownish red you normally think of. My faves? Hard to choose between tsavorite (vivid green), rhodolite (pink) or Mandarin (orange). Garnet is found all around the world, and—fun fact—the presence of garnets in the ground often indicates there are diamonds not far away! Garnet was believed to have power to bring the wearer good health, wealth, and happiness.

February: Amethyst

Wearing this purple quartz is believed to make you both sharp at business and immune to drunkenness. In Greek mythology, Amethyst was a good religious girl on her way to pay homage to the goddess Diana when Bacchus, the god of wine, sent tigers after her for refusing to drink. To save the maiden from being eaten, Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of white stone. In regret, Bacchus spilled his wine on the ground, where the statue absorbed it and turned a beautiful purple. Found mostly in South America and Africa, amethyst was very costly at one time but now can be had much more affordably.

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March: Aquamarine, Bloodstone

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March’s two birthstones look vastly different: the traditional aquamarine, a beryl (cousin to emerald), was named for the sea because of its calming light blue color. Not surprisingly, it was believed to protect sailors and guarantee a safe voyage. In the Middle Ages, many believed that the simple act of wearing aquamarine was an antidote to poisoning. Other beliefs include reconciling differences between enemies and re-awakening love.

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Bloodstone (also called heliotrope) is in the chalcedony family, and it is typically dark green flecked with spots of vivid red. It was believed to have healing powers, especially for blood disorders, and to increase strength and invincibility. Legend says it was created when drops of Christ’s blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross, but today most bloodstone comes from India, with some from Brazil, China, Australia, and the United States.

April: Diamond

Diamond’s name comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which means “invincible” or “unbreakable.” While it’s impossible to scratch the surface of a diamond with anything but another diamond, many of us sadly know it’s not unbreakable.

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Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow and then some, even including black, gray, and brown. Originally found in India and later Brazil, those two sources declined and today most diamonds mainly come from sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, Russia and, more recently, Canada.

May: Emerald

With its vivid green color, emerald is perfect for a spring birthstone as everything comes back to bloom. Legend says emeralds make the wearer more intelligent and clever, and at one time it was believed to cure such ailments as cholera and malaria.

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Like its blue cousin aquamarine, emerald is a beryl. It’s primarily found in Colombia, South America, and Zambia, Africa; also in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The blue-hued green of Colombian emeralds—especially those from the Muzo mine—is the most highly prized color. Emeralds are somewhat delicate; never put one in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner.

June: Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone

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The classic June birthstone, pearls are associated with purity, humility and innocence, and thus are popular bridal attire. The only organic gem, grown in the tissue of a living mollusk, in ancient times pearls were thought to have health benefits, particularly for alleviating indigestion and hemorrhages. The indigestion part, at least, makes sense: pearls are about 70% to 80% calcium, the same stuff that’s in modern antacids.

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Moonstone, one of the alternate birthstones for June, is a feldspar that gives off a soft glow evocative of moonlight. Moonstone is often associated with love, passion, and fertility, and believed to bring great luck. Highly popular in Art Nouveau jewelry, it made comebacks in 1960s hippie culture and 1990s New Age culture. Moonstone is found mostly in India and Sri Lanka, but also in other parts of the world.

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Alexandrite—named for Russian Tsar Alexander II—changes color in different light. A chrysoberyl, it looks bluish green in daylight or fluorescent light, and deep red in incandescent light. Sometimes a long, thin inclusion produces a “cat’s eye” effect, called chatoyency. The original deposit discovered in Russia’s Ural mountains is long gone; today Alexandrite comes from Brazil, Sri Lanka, and eastern Africa.

July: Ruby

Brilliant red ruby represents “life blood” power, energy, passion, love, and success. Ancients believed rubies could predict misfortune or danger, or cure inflammatory diseases and soothe anger. Ruby is corundum, an identical mineral to its twin, sapphire. In every other color, corundum is called sapphire; only when it’s a vivid red is it called ruby. And of course, it costs more. The best rubies come from Burma (now Myanmar), but for a long time human rights sanctions against the country meant no new ruby imports. Luckily, in the late 20th century Vietnam (after the war) emerged as another major source for rubies.

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August: Peridot, Spinel and Sardonyx

Sardonyx is the original August birthstone. Sar-what? Right! Sardonyx is a blend of two types of chalcedony (a variety of quartz): sard and onyx, where brown/red/orange sard is banded with white or black onyx. The stone typically was used for ancient seals and signet rings; its other popular use in jewelry is for carving into cameos. It is believed to be one of the stones in the High Priest’s breastplate (per the Old Testament), and to represent the strength of spiritual life. It is associated with protection in battle, courage, happiness, and positive communication in marriage and partnerships.

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The best known August birthstone is peridot, also called olivine for its yellowish-green color. The gem is found in many places on earth and even in outer space, evidenced by bits found in meteorites. Most gem-quality peridot is from Asia or the southwestern United States. As a protective talisman, peridot is believed to shield its owner from evil spirits and “terrors of the night.” As a piece of jewelry, though, it’s delicate: save your peridot ring for special occasions, not everyday wear, and never use a steam or ultrasonic cleaner on it. Just a soft brush and a little dish soap is enough—and important to use if you have acidic skin.

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Finally, spinel joined the ranks of August birthstones only three years ago in 2016. Spinel, which occurs in reds, pinks, oranges, purples, blues, and blue-green, is a stone of oft-mistaken identity. Once scientific advancements made it possible to distinguish chemical and mineralogical differences, many famous “rubies” were later discovered to be spinels, including a super-major one in the British Crown Jewels. Oopsie!

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Red spinel, like other red gems, was hailed in history as a remedy for blood loss and inflammatory diseases, and believed to ease anger and promote harmony. Most spinel today comes from Asia; both far east and Asia Minor.

September: Sapphire

Like its identical twin ruby, sapphire is corundum that occurs in every conceivable color, except red. Because, as we know, then it’s called ruby. Sapphire traditionally symbolized sincerity, truth, faithfulness, and nobility and for centuries adorned royalty and the robes of the clergy. The elite of ancient Greece and Rome believed that blue sapphires protected their owners from harm and envy, and it was reputed to have healing powers as well, particularly diseases of the eyes or skin. Like aquamarine, sapphire birthstone was also thought to be an antidote to poison. The most prized sapphires come from Kashmir, a region in the Himalayas. It’s also found in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and even in Montana in the USA.

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October: Opal and Tourmaline

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Both opal and tourmaline come in vast hues and as such were believed to have been created from rainbows. Opal, the traditional October birthstone, is believed to have originated in India, while Bedouins once believed opal fell from the sky during thunderstorms. Ancient Greeks thought opals bestowed the gift of prophesy and protection from disease, while European tradition saw it as a symbol of purity, hope and truth. While opals are found almost all over the world, the biggest and best-known source is Australia.

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Tourmaline might be familiar because of its use in hair dryers and audio equipment. The stone has some unique electrical properties, generating a weak electrical current that converts moisture in the air to safe negative ions. This helps tame frizz during a blowout and makes stereos sound better. Tourmaline occurs in many different colors, each imbued with different healing properties. Black tourmaline is believed to protect the wearer and give a sense of self-confidence; pink embodies love, compassion, and gentleness, and green tourmaline promotes courage, strength, and stamina.

Most tourmaline today comes from Brazil but it’s also found in Africa, Asia Minor, and even California and Maine.

November: Topaz and Citrine

Topaz is the traditional birthstone for November. Although a deep yellow-orange is the color most people associate with topaz (hence citrine being its alternative) topaz comes in a variety of hues including colorless, light blue, pink, violet, brown and, rarely, red. (FYI, most blue topaz is the result of treating colorless topaz with irradiation and heating.) The ancient Greeks believed topaz gave strength; Europeans from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance thought it could thwart magic spells and dispel anger, and in India it was believed that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty, and intelligence. The best quality topaz comes from Brazil.

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While topaz isn’t the most expensive gem, a fine one can still be costly. Citrine, a yellow quartz, is a great budget-friendly alternative and because it’s so similar in color, people assumed it was topaz and ascribed the same powers to it. Like ruby and sapphire, citrine and amethyst are gem twins. In fact, sometimes they blend into one another, called—wait for it—ametrine. Citrine is found mostly in Mexico, Uruguay, and Bolivia, as well as Spain and Madagascar.

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December: Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Zircon

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December also has three birthstones: turquoise, Tanzanite, and zircon. Turquoise, one of the few opaque birthstones, has been treasured for millennia. Egyptian Pharaohs wore it and Chinese artisans carved it more than 3,000 years ago. Among its many beneficial powers, it was believed to guarantee health and good fortune, to protect the wearer from falling (especially off horses), and bring peace. Conversely, it was believed that a turquoise would break into several pieces at the approach of disaster. Hindu mystics said seeing a turquoise right after the new moon brought great wealth.

It’s one of the few stones with a rich local tradition, prized by Native Americans. The Apache thought it was found at the end of a rainbow, and that attaching them to a bow or firearm would make the user’s aim more accurate. The Pueblo believed turquoise’s color came from the sky, and the Hopi believed it came from lizards scurrying over the earth. Once predominantly found in the southwestern United States; today most turquoise comes from China.

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We can thank Tiffany & Co. for Tanzanite’s popularity and addition to the December birthstone roster. When the velvety blue-violet zoisite was discovered in the 1960s in Tanzania, Tiffany became its main distributor, launching a major advertising campaign in 1968 to promote it. With high clarity and vivid color, Tanzanite lends itself well to large stones and quickly became a sensation. It’s only found in one small area of Tanzania, and those deposits are almost depleted, so keep an eye on its value and be gentle with it. Save a tanzanite ring for special occasions and if you want to wear it every day, stick to a pendant or earrings, which get less wear and tear. And never use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner on it; stick to warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

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Last, but certainly not least, is zircon. Not to be confused with cubic zirconia (a chemically different man made diamond simulant), zircon is named in Exodus as one of the original stones in the breastplate of Aaron. It comes in almost every color, including colorless which, with the stone’s natural brilliance, can be confused with diamond. Zircon occasionally can display chatoyancy, or the cat’s eye effect.

Most often found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia, a fun fact is that zircon deposits are often found near sapphire deposits.

Zircon is about 6.5 – 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Like amethyst, you could wear it in a ring but don’t do housework in it as it can scratch if you’re not careful with it.

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Hedda Schupak

Hedda Schupak is an editor and analyst in the fine jewelry industry who has covered trends in the luxury fine jewelry industry for more than 33 years.

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Your Complete Guide to Birthstones? ›

Birthstones. What are the birthstones by month? January is garnet, February is amethyst, March is aquamarine, April is diamond, May is emerald, June is alexandrite, July is ruby, August is peridot, September is sapphire, October is tourmaline, November is topaz, December is blue topaz.

What is the rarest birthstone? ›

February babies have the rarest birthstone of all. Diamond (April) is the rarest birthstone in a total of six states, while topaz (November) is the rarest birthstone in Montana, Wyoming, and Rhode Island.

What is the king of all birthstones? ›

Ruby is the July birthstone – and it's one of the most coveted of gems. Called the “King of Gems” since it gained status in Ancient India, today it can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone.

Are there 2 birthstones for each month? ›

Traditionally, each month is associated with a single gemstone, but as you'll find below there are a few months with multiple birthstones. The birthstones associated with birth months today are not necessarily the same ones that were used in ancient times.

How many birthstones are there in all? ›

The twelve birthstones have largely remained the same since then, albeit with a few companies trying to pitch their gems into the mix to boost sales. Keep in mind there are different types and variations of birthstones, for instance birthstones for zodiac symbols such as gemini. Are Birthstones Gemstones Or Minerals?

What is the least favorite birthstone? ›

On the unlucky side of birthdates, November holds the record for the least favorite birthstones: citrine and topaz. (Apparently because yellow gems aren't considered favorable…have people gone mad?)

What are the luckiest birthstone? ›

The Luckiest Stone: The Ruby (Here's Why)

The ruby is the luckiest birthstone because it is the only stone that has a direct link to the heart. It is a red-orange color that can be found in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. This means you can take it anywhere and find it, no matter where you live or travel.

What are the biblical birthstones? ›

In the Christian Bible version they are in the 1st row, Sardius(Carnelian), Topaz, Carbuncle (Garnet); in the 2nd row, Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond, 3rd row is Ligure (Lapis Lazuli), Agate, Amethyst, and 4th row is Beryl (Aquamarine) Onyx, and Jasper.

What is the Queen of precious stones? ›

The answer is Opal. This royal moniker was originally bestowed on the stone during the ancient era when people were awed by its play-of-color.

What month has the prettiest birthstone? ›

But anyone who, by the luck of the draw, was born in April has been bestowed with the very best birthstone of them all: the diamond.

Who should not wear garnet stone? ›

If your horoscope suggests 'kala sarpa dosham', garnet should be avoided as the stone would increase your agony. Similarly, those who have Rahu in the sixth, eighth or twelfth positions of their birth 'lagnam' also need to keep away from the precious stone.

What month has the most expensive birthstone? ›

#1 Diamond

There is a reason why it is a widespread belief that queens are born in April. Diamond is an April birthstone, and diamonds are unarguably the most expensive gemstone with a Mohs scale reading of 10. Diamond embodies a full life that confects wealth, health, and fortuity.

What are the 12 birth stones? ›

January is garnet, February is amethyst, March is aquamarine, April is diamond, May is emerald, June is alexandrite, July is ruby, August is peridot, September is sapphire, October is tourmaline, November is topaz, December is blue topaz. Learn more about these popular gemstones.

Why is the rarest birthstone? ›

Red Diamond

But there are varieties of diamonds so rare that very few people saw them. The rarest of them all is red diamond which is arguably the rarest birthstone. It is estimated that there are about 20 to 30 red diamond specimens known with the most famous being the 5.1 carat Moussaieff Red.

Why do I have multiple birthstones? ›

Traditionally each month is associated with one birthstone but you will find some months have multiple birthstones. This fact does create some confusion but the multiple options for some months was created in order to allow more affordable options in addition to the traditional more expensive stones.

What is the oldest birthstone? ›

December Birthstones

Zircon is the oldest mineral on Earth, dating back more than 4.4 billion years. Found in the Earth's crust, it's common in most sand and sedimentary deposits, as well as metamorphic rocks and crystallized magma.

What is the second prettiest birthstone? ›

Top 10 Best Birthstones
  1. 1 Sapphire - September. This is my sister's Birthstone. ...
  2. 2 Diamond - April. Diamonds in my opinion should be at the top... ...
  3. 3 Emerald - May. ...
  4. 4 Ruby - July. ...
  5. 5 Aquamarine - March. ...
  6. 6 Pearl - June. ...
  7. 7 Opal - October. ...
  8. 8 Amethyst - February.

What is the hardest birthstone? ›

April - Diamond

The birthstone for the month of April is Diamond. Diamond is the hardest most versatile stone of all. It rates a perfect 10 on the MOHS hardness scale.

What is the most unknown gemstone? ›

Painite : Not just the rarest gemstone, but also the rarest mineral on earth, Painite holds the Guinness World Record for it. After its discovery in the year 1951, there existed only 2 specimens of Painite for the next many decades. By the year 2004, there were less than 2 dozens known gemstones.

Which gemstone can wear everyone? ›

Amethyst stone is perfect for everybody; it provides peace and prosperity from outside problems around the world.

What gemstone is most powerful? ›

Diamond. Not only are they one of the most expensive gemstones, diamonds are the most powerful gemstones out there. Diamonds are believed to bond people together and bring emotional and mental clarity.

Which gemstone is most powerful for money? ›

The yellow sapphire is one of the most powerful gemstones for attracting wealth and prosperity. Wearing this gemstone brings good fortune and prosperity to those who wear it.

What birthstone is for success? ›

Because the diamond is the hardest gemstone, it symbolizes success and excellence, and is believed to bring forth good fortune.

What are the gemstones of heaven? ›

The twelve sacred gemstones of Revelations are Jasper, Sapphire, Chalcedony, Emerald, Sardonyx, Sardius, Chrysolite, Beryl, Topaz, Chrysoprasus, Jacinth, and Amethyst.

What is the most precious gem in the Bible? ›

Rubies have been revered since ancient times. The Bible and ancient Sanskrit writings regarded ruby as the most precious of all gemstones.

Which finger do you wear a birthstone ring on? ›

Because the left hand is usually reserved for romantic bands (i.e., wedding rings, engagement rings, and promise rings), the right hand is the most obvious location to wear your birthstone ring.

What gemstone is the royal family? ›

A favorite gemstone of the British Royal Family is the blue sapphire. It has been used to represent love & holds much sentiment to many in the family.

Which 4 gemstones are considered precious? ›

The four most sought-after precious gemstones are diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. gemstone can help you decide what you want to say with your custom piece of jewelry.

What is the stone of the royal family? ›

The sandstone rock continues to play an important role in the inductions of British sovereigns today. It was last used in a coronation during the 1953 crowning of Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth sits on the Coronation Chair with the Stone of Destiny.

What zodiac has two birthstones? ›

Birthstones Taurus. The Tauris is the only zodiac sign that has two full precious gemstones: the gemstones of kings and queens. Of course, we're talking about the emerald and the sapphire. The Emerald is Taurus' official birthstone.

Is it good to wear your birth stone? ›

It is believed that your birthstone is the ultimate good luck charm. For centuries, people have been using gemstones for good fortune. It works best when the person wears a personalized birthstone jewelry piece. It is also believed that particular birthstones can offer protection from different dangers.

Do birthstones really matter? ›

Birthstones are more than just gems that align with each month. Each of them has a healing property that connects with the signs of the zodiac. They also serve as a way to cleanse, purify and ignite the aura. The natural energy found in birthstones can ease anxieties, boost confidence, and help solidify relationships.

Which gemstone should not wear together? ›

If a person is wearing Lehsunia or Vaidurya stone, they should not combine it with Maaniky, Moonga, Pukharaaj, and Pearls. One can face a lot of problems in life if they combine the Lehsunia stone with Maaniky, Moonga, Pukharaaj and Pearl.

Which crystals Cannot be worn together? ›

  • Clear quartz and stones with powerful properties. Quartz amplifies the energy of minerals nearby, so it is not recommended for use with strong minerals. ...
  • Lace agate and red jasper. ...
  • Smoky Quartz and Tiger Eye. ...
  • Pure quartz and green aventurine. ...
  • Amazonite and tiger's eye.

Who should not wear pearl? ›

Astrology says that the people whose zodiac signs lords are Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Rahu should never wear pearls. Pearls harm the natives of these zodiac signs. This means that people of Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn and Aquarius ascendant should not wear pearls.

Why does Nov have 2 birthstones? ›

In 1912, the Jewelers of America wanted to standardize the birthstones. Modern birthstones are based on what is easiest to sell in large quantities. This is why November has two birthstones. Topaz was the original birthstone, but citrine was later added as a more affordable option.

Why do some months have 3 birthstones? ›

Amongst the 12 calendar months, June and December are the only ones with three birthstones, none of which an alternate one. Based on tradition, alternate birthstones are chosen due to the rarity or lack of availability of the attributed main birthstones. June is related to the zodiac sign, Gemini, the twins.

What birthday is amethyst? ›

If you were born in February, your birthstone is amethyst – the purple variety of quartz that has captivated mankind for millennia.

What is your stone by zodiac? ›

Zodiac birthstone chart
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Why does October have two birthstones? ›

The obvious question is: why does October have two birthstones? Originally, opal was the sole birthstone of the month, but some felt the gem was too feminine and not durable enough for daily wear, so pink tourmaline was added. Now, the two are considered equal holders of the title of October's birthstone.

Why does August have two birthstones? ›

August Birthstone FAQs

Sardonyx, a stone that ranges from amber to bright green in color, was the original August birthstone. Due to its similar coloring, peridot was often mistaken for sardonyx, and was eventually adopted as the second August birthstone.

What birth month is Jade? ›

Jade. In the old Tibetan calendar, Jade is the birthstone for March. Jade is likewise a zodiac stone for Pisces, which falls partly on the month of March. This March birthstone consists of two chemically unrelated minerals, namely, jadeite and nephrite.

How are birthstones decided? ›

Although birthstones have religious origins, modern day tradition dictates that the stones are assigned according to birth month.

What birth month is pink sapphire? ›

Birthstone and Anniversary

Sapphire is September's birthstone. It is also the gem traditionally giften on 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. The pink sapphire symbolises love, truth and feminine power. Thanks to their durability, meaning and delicate colour, pink sapphires are perfect for engagement rings.

What is the rarest color of stones? ›

Black opal is the rarest and most popular type of opal. It is also considered among the rarest of all gemstones. Almost all the world's supply of black opal is mined in Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Australia.

What is the luckiest birthstone? ›

The Luckiest Stone: The Ruby (Here's Why)

The ruby is the luckiest birthstone because it is the only stone that has a direct link to the heart. It is a red-orange color that can be found in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. This means you can take it anywhere and find it, no matter where you live or travel.

What stone is rarer than a diamond? ›

Tanzanite. Tanzanite is a shocking 1000 times more rare than a diamond. Discovered for the first time in 1967 and only found in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, these gemstones go for about $1,500 per carat. Tanzanite has the ability to change color depending on the angle of light it is in.

What is most expensive gemstone? ›

The pink diamond “Pink Star” is the most expensive gemstone in the world. It was bought at a Sotheby's auction by Hong Kong jewelry chain Chow Tai Fook for an incredible $71.2 million. The stone was mined in South Africa and weighs 59.60 carats.

Should you wear your birthstone? ›

Many gem therapists believe that when you place these crystals on your body, you connect to the earth's energy. Wearing birthstone jewelry uses that same idea. You'll not only feel more relaxed and composed, but they can also act as a good luck charm. It is believed that your birthstone is the ultimate good luck charm.

Which birthstone attracts love? ›

Ruby, the birthstone for July, is regarded as one of the main stones of love, attracting love in all its forms. A symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift.

Which crystal is for money? ›

The best crystals for money are gems that invite abundance. Citrine is known as the merchant's stone, Pyrite is called fool's gold, Green Jade brings luck and abundance, and Green Aventurine is a dab hand at attracting wealth.

Who should not wear peridot? ›

Who should not wear Peridot. Peridot should not be worn with gemstones and substitutes of Jupiter, Sun, Mars, Rahu and Ketu.

What is the Egyptian birthstone? ›

In Ancient times, peridot stones were used for carved talismans. Island habitants were forced to collect the gems for the Pharaoh's treasury. Peridot is the National gem of Egypt. Ancient Egyptians knew it as “the gem of the sun.”

What's the softest birthstone? ›

Opals are the softest of all the birthstones.

What is the coolest birthstone? ›

Top 10 Best Birthstones
  1. 1 Sapphire - September. This is my sister's Birthstone. ...
  2. 2 Diamond - April. Diamonds in my opinion should be at the top... ...
  3. 3 Emerald - May. ...
  4. 4 Ruby - July. ...
  5. 5 Aquamarine - March. ...
  6. 6 Pearl - June. ...
  7. 7 Opal - October. ...
  8. 8 Amethyst - February.

Which birthstone is the cheapest? ›

Garnet, on the other hand, is the least expensive. This stone is the birthstone for the month of January.


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