Traditionally, a birthstone is associated with each month of the year. For example, the birthstone for January is a garnet, while lucky babies born in April get a diamond as their birthstone.

The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The current list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – the tanzanite was added to December.

There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly.

  January    Garnet

January  Garnet

  May   Emerald

May Emerald

  September   Sapphire

September Sapphire

  February   Amethyst

February Amethyst

  June   Pearl/Alexandrite

June Pearl/Alexandrite

  October   Tourmaline/Opal

October Tourmaline/Opal

  March   Aquamarine

March Aquamarine

  July   Ruby

July Ruby

  November   Topaz/Citrine

November Topaz/Citrine

  April   Diamond

April Diamond

  August   Peridot

August Peridot

  December   Tanzanite/Zircon/Turquoise

December Tanzanite/Zircon/Turquoise