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Birthstone Education

Birthstone jewelry is very popular today and dates back to ancient history. Throughout the ages people have had the strong desire to adorn themselves with items not only of beauty, but also meaning and birthstone jewelry is just one example. These meanings can manifest themselves in any number of ways including personal meaning, belief that birthstones posses medicinal affects or several others. When searching for a piece of birthstone jewelry, it can be helpful and interesting to understand the history behind birthstone jewelry, the beliefs that some hold and some of the most popular forms of this type of jewelry. Midwest Jewelers & Estate Buyers also sells and buys birthstone jewelry, we hope this birthstone guide will make for a great buying experience as you find that perfect ring, necklace or bracelet!

>> See below for a monthly Birthstone chart telling you everything you need to know about specific birthstone meanings and interesting facts!



Give the gift of Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstone jewelry  can be a very meaningful and thoughtful gift for someone because of the close connection people that wear it have. You could give the gift of a Birthstone Ring, Birthstone Necklace or Birthstone Bracelet to a spouse, significant other, family or friends for them to cherish forever. Below are some of the most significant occasions for giving the gift of birthstone jewelry:

Birthday – giving a gift of birthstone jewelry for a birthday makes it a perfect gift that will be remembered over time

Anniversary – whether it’s a wedding or some other significant milestone, an anniversary is a good opportunity to give a piece of birthstone jewelry

Graduation – recognition their achievement and wish them future success, a birthstone ring for men or a birthstone necklace for women is often one of the most popular gifts

Birthstone by month

Do you know what your birthstone is? Do you know the meaning behind each birthstone? The wearing of ones birthstone is commonly thought to bring good luck or health. Learn more about birthstones below. Remember your loved ones and friends birthday months to give them a perfect gift of a birthstone jewelry piece! Stop by our jewelry store to browse our large unique selection.

january birthstone garnet




may birthstone Emerald



September birtstone Sapphire



february birthstone amethyst



june birthstone Pearl, Alexandrite



October Birthstone Tourmaline and Opal


Tourmaline / Opal

march birthstone Aquamarine



july birthstone ruby



Novemeber birthstones topaz and Citrine


Topaz / Citrine

april gemstone diamond



august birthstone peridot



December Birthstone Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise


Tanzanite / Zircon / Turquoise

Birthstone Meaning & Significance

January’s Birthstone – Garnet

Birthstone Powers – Facilitates night vision, ensures success
January Birthstone Color – Deep Red
Symbol – Constancy
Anniversary Year – 2nd Year Anniversary Stone

It’s said that this stone keeps the wearer safe from harm. A garnet also signifies eternal friendship and trust. This stone has long been associated with blood purification and it is believed to protect against food poisoning, snake bite and hemorrhage.

February’s Birthstone – Amethyst

Birthstone Powers – Brings peace and calm to your life
February Birthstone Color – Purple
Symbol – Sincerity
Anniversary Year – 6th Year Anniversary Stone

In ancient Rome, this stone was worn to prevent intoxication and bring the wearer tranquility. The gemstone symbolizes peace and tranquility.

March’s Birthstone – Aquamarine

Birthstone Powers – Bestows courage, insight, and victory
March Birthstone Color – Pale Blue
Symbol – Courage
Anniversary Year – 19th Year Anniversary Stone

This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Also it is believed that this stone prevents ageing effects.

April’s Birthstone – diamond

Birthstone Powers – Enhances competence, trust and love
April Birthstone Color – White, Clear
Symbol – Innocence
Anniversary Year – 10th and 60th Year Anniversary Stone

Diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one. They are a symbol of courage and true love

May’s Birthstone – emerald

Birthstone Powers – Symbolizes serenity and peace of mind
May Birthstone Color – Green
Symbol – Love, Success
Anniversary Year – 20th and 35th Year Anniversary Stone

This stone represents rebirth and it is believed that wearer gets foresight, good fortune and youth. Some people believe wearing an emerald brings wisdom, growth and patience. It is also prized for its ability to reveal true love.

June’s Birthstone – Pearl

Birthstone Powers – Truth and beauty
June Birthstone Color – White or Purple
Symbol – Health and Longevity
Anniversary Year – 3rd and 30th Year Anniversary Stone
Other Stone for June – Alexandrite / Moonstone

Pearls have been recognized as the emblem of modesty, chastity and purity. The regal pearl was believed to possess life-restoring powers.

July’s Birthstone – Ruby

Birthstone Powers – Fire and emotion
July Birthstone Color – Red
Symbol – Contentment
Anniversary Year – 15th and 40th Year Anniversary Stone

Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love. It is believed that Ruby helps to make the wearer wise and gives protection against all sorts of misfortunes.

August’s Birthstone – Peridot

Birthstone Powers – Illumination
August Birthstone Color – Pale Green
Symbol – Married Happiness
Anniversary Year – 16th Year Anniversary Stone

Other Stone for August – Sardonyx Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence and a wonderful year. This gem was also worn as protection against evil spirits.

September’s Birthstone – Sapphire

Birthstone Powers – Brings physical and emotional balance
September Birthstone Color – Deep Blue
Symbol – Clear Thinking
Anniversary Year – 5th and 45th Year Anniversary Stone

Sapphire protects the wearer and their loved ones from envy and harm. Ancient priests believed sapphires helped them predict the future. The gem is associated with peace and happiness.

October’s Birthstone – Opal

Birthstone Powers – Enhances insight and dispels fear
October Birthstone Color – Multi-color, Pink
Symbol – Hope
Anniversary Year – 14th Year Anniversary Stone

Other Stone for October – Pink Tourmaline Opal has symbolized hope, innocence and purity through the ages. It was said to have a beneficial effect on eyesight of the wearer. It was also thought to banish evil spirits and favor children, amusements, friendships and feelings.

November’s Birthstone – Citrine

Birthstone Powers – Brings happiness and warmth
November Birthstone Color – Yellow
Symbol – Fidelity
Anniversary Year – 13th Year Anniversary Stone

Other Stone for November – Yellow Topaz This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. Citrines have also been used as an antidote for snake venom, as well as a talisman against the plague, bad skin and evil thoughts. They are believed to aid digestion as well as remove toxins from the body.

December’s Birthstone – Turquoise

Birthstone Powers – Brings good Fortune
December Birthstone Color – Blue
Symbol – Fidelity
Anniversary Year – 11th Year Anniversary Stone
Other Stone for December – Tanzanite / Zircon / Blue Topaz

It is believed that wearer of this gemstone gets happiness and good fortune. Native Americans associated the colors of turquoise with the blue sky and green earth.

Birthstone Care Tips

Find out how to keep your birthstone and gemstone jewelry clean to enjoy its full sparkle and brilliance for a lifetime. If you are not careful when wearing or cleaning birthstone jewelry, you can damage the gemstone. Here are a few tips on keeping your birthstone jewelry clean and safe. If you have birthstone jewelry repair needs we can offer your a FREE repair estimate and our experienced jewelers will have your jewelry repaired with care in a timely manner.

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