Birth Stones

Written by Serena Berger
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While there are a number of ways to categorize birth stones, the most common way is the "modern" classification, which simply goes by month. The modern classification is derived from a number of ancient associations including astrology. Many ancient cultures have their own birth stones associated, including Ancient Arabic, Hebrew, Polish, Italian, Roman, and Russian Birthstones. Most of these, however, have been incorporated into the modern classification system.

January is associated with garnet, and February with amethyst. March's birth stone is aquamarine, while lucky April's is diamond. May birthdays get emeralds, and June birthdays most frequently get pearls, but moonstones are also associated with June.

July's birth stone is the ruby, and August's is peridot. September is associated with sapphire, and October with opal and tourmaline. November's stones are yellow--citrine and yellow topaz - while December's are blue--turquoise and blue topaz.

Birth Stones Not Just For Birthdays

While it can be charming to give a birthday gift of jewelry made from that month's birth stones, never feel limited by this. Someone may love or loathe their birthstone, and it's always a good idea to find that out first. You may also be finding a present for someone who always wished they were born in June so they'd get more pearls. But once you determine that you want to get someone an item of birth stone jewelry, you will find many internet resources to help you find the perfect thing.

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