A Complete Guide To Birthstone Jewelry


A Complete Guide to Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstones have been around for so long that you’d assume the list of jewels is, well, set in stone, right? That is incorrect. Even though the notion dates back to Biblical times, the list was just updated two years ago. The National Association of Jewelers, currently known as Jewelers of America, formed the essence of the contemporary American list in 1912. It attempted to arrange the jewels connected with certain months through the ages. You’d think that the list would be complete after that watershed event, but it’s not. In 2016, Jewelers of America included spinel in the August month of birthstones. Find your birthstone below to learn about what makes you unique, as well as the fascinating facts about your birthstone! You can have your birthstone jewelry too.

January – Garnet 
February – Amethyst 
March – Aquamarine
April – Diamond 
May – Emerald
June – Alexandrite 
July – Ruby             
August – Peridot 
September – Sapphire 
October – Opal 
November – Citrine 
December – Zircon


January – Garnet (Passionate, Bold, and Confident) 

January - Garnet (Passionate, Bold, and Confident)

Garnet refers to a collection of minerals with common crystal shapes but somewhat varying chemical compositions, resulting in gemstones of nearly every hue. Although red garnets are the most well-known, gemstone buyers and collectors may choose from a broad range of garnet hues, including greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, purplish reds, and even some blues.


February – Amethyst (Intelligent and Sincere)

February - Amethyst (Intelligent and Sincere)

The purple hue of amethyst can range from mild lilac to deep, strong royal purple, and from brownish to bright. The best hue is a strong reddish-purple to dark purple, as long as the stone is not too dark that it dims the light. Amethyst may be cut into several typical shapes and patterns. Amethyst is also a popular stone for carving into a wide range of freeform styles. This is done either by hand or using an automated cutting machine. These fantasy or designer cuts can be mass-manufactured or manufactured as one-of-a-kind items.


March – Aquamarine ( Brilliant, Resilient, and Enchanting)

March - Aquamarine ( Brilliant, Resilient, and Enchanting)


Aquamarine has a fairly limited color spectrum, mainly including blue or greenish-blue tones. The most expensive hue in the diamond is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue with relatively high intensity—the purer and more vivid the blue hue, in general, the more expensive the stone. The hardness and clarity of the gemstone make it attractive among designers, painters, and carvers.


April – Diamond (Calm and Unique)

April - Diamond (Calm and Unique)

A diamond’s hue can range from clear to lightly tinged yellow. By emphasizing the inherent inclusions and form of the diamond, the cut of a diamond may either assist or damage its value. The cut is unique to the symmetry and polish of the diamond; therefore, a superior cut will highlight the diamond better. 


May – Emerald (Soothing and Imaginative)

May - Emerald (Soothing and Imaginative)

The brightness of its hue distinguishes the emerald as a one-of-a-kind gemstone. Emerald, on the other hand, nearly always contains some inclusions. These fractures, microscopic crystals, and even bubbles frequently impair the evenness of the hue of the gemstone. The presence of fine inclusions does not detract from the high value with which it is held. Even with inclusions, an emerald in a rich, vibrant green is worth far more than a nearly perfect emerald in a milder tint. Emerald is the most well-known member of the beryl family, including aquamarine, Morganite, and other less well-known gemstones. The presence of chromium or vanadium causes the green in emeralds.


June – Alexandrite (Purposeful and Strong)

June - Alexandrite (Purposeful and Strong)


An excellent alexandrite has a medium tone and strong hues that shift from blue-green in the daytime to ruby red or purplish-red in incandescent or candlelight. Some alexandrites are less desirable since the colors bleed, allowing both hues to be visible at the same time. Because the light sources are frequently intermingled in any case, this is a highly common occurrence. Brownish and grey tones are frequent in alexandrites, and their presence detracts from the stones’ attractiveness and value.


July – Ruby (Passionate and Wise)

July - Ruby (Passionate and Wise)


Ruby is a kind of corundum mineral, which also contains sapphire. Ruby is the most costly form of corundum and has the highest per-carat price of any colored stone, making it one of the most significant jewels in the colored stone market. In its finest form, corundum is colorless, but trace amounts of chromium give the ruby’s red hue, ranging from orangy-red to purplish red. The amount of chromium present directly impacts the strength of the ruby’s red color: the more chromium, the deeper the red hue. When the chromium creates fluorescence, the intensity can also be raised.


August – Peridot (Friendly and Content)

August - Peridot (Friendly and Content)


Peridot is one of the few gemstones exclusively available in one color: green. The hues range from olive green to golden green. The most valuable peridots are rich in iron and have a deep green tone with no hints of brown or yellow. These higher-quality stones often weigh more than 10 carats and are sourced from Myanmar and Pakistan. In today’s market, practically all peridot gemstones are a more yellowish-green color. Because raw peridot is widely accessible, it may be fashioned into various forms and cutting styles. Designers contribute to a plethora of different versions of the basic cuts and develop mixed cuts, as well as beads and carvings, in addition to the jewelry industry’s traditional gem forms.

September – Sapphire (Peaceful and Innocent)

September - Sapphire (Peaceful and Innocent)

Sapphire is both hard and robust, making it an ideal gemstone for everyday jewelry. Sapphire is a member of the corundum family, and though most people associate the gemstone with blue, it is available in a variety of colors. Pink, purple, violet, green, yellow, orange, and intermediate colors are available in fancy sapphires. Some crystals with two or more hues have been mined and cut, yielding a particolored gemstone. Color-changing sapphires and those showing asterism, often known as the star effect, have been identified.


October – Opal (Lucky and Versatile)

October - Opal (Lucky and Versatile)

More than any other gemstone, Opal has a diverse range of looks and color options. Because opal is such a distinctive stone, it may seem different from every perspective. Opal dazzles the eye with a stunning display of flashing and dancing colors, which move and shift inside the stone’s various layers. Opal has been described in a variety of ways, ranging from fireworks to rainbows. Under a powerful microscope, an opal exposes the secret of its unusual display of all the colors of the rainbow, known as play-of-color. Because opal is made up of numerous sub-microscopic spheres piled firmly together, it has play-of-color.


November – Citrine (Optimistic)

November - Citrine (Optimistic)

Citrine ranges in hue from bright yellow to golden to reddish-brown. Because the hue closely mimics Madeira wine, the reddish-brown citrines are usually referred to as Madeira Citrine. Amethyst and citrine hues may coexist in the same quartz crystal in Bolivia, and these one-of-a-kind jewels are known as ametrine. Because citrine is made from quartz, the crystals that are heat-treated to create citrine come in a variety of forms and sizes. Bigger gemstones weighing up to twenty carats are abundant, yet the price per carat of citrine does not skyrocket with these larger quantities. 


December – Zircon (Charming and Gentle)

December - Zircon (Charming and Gentle)

Zircon is used to treat the optical characteristics of materials with a high refractive index. It is also doubly refractive, which is an optical phenomenon that occurs on some minerals when a single light beam reaches the gemstone and divides into two independent rays. These two qualities enable the stone to return a large amount of multicolored light known as “fire” and a distinctive brightness to the beholder, making it a highly popular stone. Indeed, the way zircon handles light is so similar to that of diamond that the two jewels were frequently confused for millennia.


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23:13 01 Apr 24
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22:15 18 Mar 24
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19:48 18 Mar 24
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19:50 15 Mar 24
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02:32 07 Mar 24
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21:21 12 Feb 24
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17:59 23 Jan 24
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22:30 22 Jan 24
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01:24 05 Jan 24
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20:26 30 Dec 23
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04:17 28 Dec 23
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23:15 04 Oct 23
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22:23 26 Sep 23
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20:13 21 Sep 23
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18:18 18 Sep 23
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22:55 06 Sep 23
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18:25 01 Sep 23
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22:23 29 Aug 23
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18:36 29 Aug 23
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17:17 29 Aug 23
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23:14 21 Aug 23
My experience with Finer Curation Jewelry was nothing short of phenomenal. Buying, selling, and creating custom jewelry can be a stressful and pressuring experience. However, from the moment I walked into Finer Custom Jewelry, I felt like a valued client. Shimon was patient, knowledgeable, and made the process so much easier than I had expected. If you are looking for a jeweler you can trust, you will find them here!
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18:35 15 Aug 23
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23:49 07 Aug 23
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03:27 20 Jul 23
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Ryan BerryRyan Berry
17:19 11 Jul 23
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20:37 09 Jul 23
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Eli Garcia (ELI)Eli Garcia (ELI)
18:32 26 Jun 23
Ring came out perfect my Fiancé loved it, it fit perfect, I’d highly recommend this jeweler, also Shimon was very communicative and gave updates on the ring every chance he had, couldn’t have had a better experience.
Michael NedlerMichael Nedler
00:17 19 Jun 23
I had a big wedding anniversary coming and wanted to do something special for my wife. A friend suggested Finer so I contacted them. What a wonderful experience...Shimon led me through the process of picking an amazing diamonds as well as the perfect ring. My wife couldn't have been happier and I felt like a hero. I feel like a got an incredible ring for the money and will be back for the next occasion!
Arianna DohertyArianna Doherty
16:51 14 Jun 23
I needed to get two rings appraised and the process was easy and convenient. Shimon was able to meet with me the same week and got me the written appraisals within 3 days. I did not need to leave the items with him as some other jewelers require. I'm very pleased with the ease of working with Shimon.
Kayla ThurberKayla Thurber
02:32 16 Mar 23
I would give Shimon at Finer Custom Jewelry 10 stars if I could! He created an entirely custom ring for my fiancé just based on one Google image photo that she provided me. Before working with Shimon, I assumed I would not be able to afford a custom ring, but I was able to choose everything for the ring and stay perfectly within my budget. It was a very personal experience to create this ring and I felt heard by Shimon the entire time. (He even texted me to congratulate me on my engagement!) And he produced the most wonderful, amazing ring that will last for a lifetime! One final note: as a woman proposing to another woman, I was nervous to be judged when purchasing a non-traditional engagement ring. Shimon made me feel SO comfortable and validated. I could not recommend his services enough.
Daniel GoldbergDaniel Goldberg
00:55 03 Mar 23
My entire experience with Shimon was incredible start to finish. I came in with just an idea of what I wanted for an engagement ring. He took the time to explain the different options, settings and styles that would match my idea. Needless to say, the ring turned out beautifully and she loved it. Most importantly, Shimon was honest and fair. We will definitely be going back for all of our future needs.
Sarah RisiSarah Risi
18:47 14 Feb 23
Shimon helped me elevate my engagement diamond to a beautiful channel set band with my birthstone sapphires. I couldn’t be happier with the quality of his work!
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23:50 07 Feb 23
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Aalia FuellerAalia Fueller
19:49 07 Feb 23
I’ve been working with Shimon for a year. I had all my mother’s diamonds reset. He helped me recreate a ring setting that joined my mom and dads diamonds so I have them with me at all times. He repaired many pieces and restrung my mom’s pearls. He’s a true professional and an amazing person. He and his wife have created an awesome business.If you want to design your own piece or buy one, Finer Jewelry is the place to go!
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17:10 25 Jun 22
Thank you to Shimon for this amazing diamond ring!! If you’re struggling looking for a jeweler in Arizona, you have to choose Finer Jewelry! He was very attentive to what I wanted and made me feel listened to throughout the entire process. He was truly a pleasure to work with, I could not recommend him enough!
Dania KassabDania Kassab
18:43 09 Jun 22
I’ve been looking for a yellow diamond ring for a while now and I’m so glad I foundation Finer Jewelry!!! Shimon showed me a variety of diamonds and made sure I was in love with the specific stone and shade of the diamond. Shimon made sure to educate me on my purchase which I really appreciated because I honestly didn’t know much about diamonds before meeting with him. I could not be more obsessed with this ring, so thank you so much Shimon for helping me find my dream ring!!!
Ashley BoldAshley Bold
07:24 29 Jan 22
If you are looking for a jeweler in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, look no further. As we began shopping for an engagement ring we went to a number of different jewelers in the area but no one offered the same level of customer service as Shimon at Finer Jewelry! He was so helpful and caring throughout the entire process of designing my dream ring. I get so many compliments on my ring and it’s all thanks to Finer Jewelry!!
22:48 24 Dec 21
I was gifted diamonds from my mother and both grandmother’s wedding rings and I wanted to make my own wedding ring with them. I was able to schedule an appointment the following day and began working on the ring design. They were so thorough in making sure the fit and design was just right by making 3D imaging and wax molds for you to see before the ring is actually made. The whole process took about a month from start to finish and you can’t beat the price! I’m beyond happy with what they made for me. It’s truly something special.
18:36 14 Dec 21
After sharing our diamond CCC wish list with Shimon we sat back and waited. Shimon took us seriously and carefully watched the exchanges for "our stone". He found us a nearly flawless diamond that presented 30% larger than its weight! We then asked Shimon to craft a setting that required specially cut supplemental diamonds. Shimon's relationships with diamond cutters and his goldsmith made it possible for him to deliver our dream setting with our own "hope" diamond! Shimon is personable, very fun to work with and completely transparent. He and his stones are priceless!
Deanna HuntDeanna Hunt
17:35 04 Nov 21
Amazing experience. My favorite diamond jeweler in Scottsdale. A custom experience, fair prices, honest, top quality. What more can I say!
Candace HagermanCandace Hagerman
00:03 08 Sep 21
Shimon did an amazing job understanding what I wanted in my ring. After picking out my main stone he found two that perfectly coordinated. It turned out so much more than I hoped. Will definitely recommend and return.
Robbie BurtonRobbie Burton
23:20 03 Aug 21
I found the staff to be more than happy to assist in the design and creation of a true family heirloom. The process of collaboration with this jeweler was such a joy. Me and my family will treasure this for a lifetime. Thank you so much. A truly happy customer.