Gemstone Information: Birthstone List, Anniversary List, & More

Birthstones List

  • January – Garnet
  • February – Amethyst
  • March – Bloodstone (Traditional) Aquamarine (Modern)
  • April – Diamond
  • May – Emerald
  • June – Alexandrite (Traditional) Pearl, Moonstone (Modern)
  • July – Ruby
  • August – Sardonyx (Traditional) Peridot (Modern)
  • September – Sapphire
  • October – Tourmaline (Traditional) Opal (Modern)
  • November – Yellow Topaz (Traditional) Citrine (Modern)
  • December – Turquoise, Blue Zircon (Traditional) Blue Topaz (Modern)

Anniversaries List of Gemstones

  • 1st– Gold Jewelry
  • 2nd– Garnet
  • 3rd– Pearls
  • 4th– Blue Topaz
  • 5th– Sapphire
  • 6th– Amethyst
  • 7th– Onyx
  • 8th– Tourmaline
  • 9th– Lapis Lazuli
  • 10th– Diamond
  • 11th– Turquoise
  • 12th– Jade
  • 13th– Citrine
  • 14th– Opal
  • 15th– Ruby
  • 16th– Peridot
  • 17th– Carnelian
  • 18th– Cat’s-Eye Chrysoberyl
  • 19th– Aquamarine
  • 20th– Emerald
  • 21st– Iolite
  • 22nd– Spinel
  • 23rd– Imperial Topaz
  • 24th– Tanzanite
  • 25th– Sterling Silver
  • 30th– Pearl
  • 35th– Emerald
  • 40th– Ruby
  • 45th– Sapphire
  • 50th– Gold
  • 55th– Alexandrite
  • 60th– Diamond
  • 65th– Star Sapphire
  • 75th– Diamond

Gemstones associated with Astrological Signs

  • Aries – March 21st to April 20th – Bloodstone, Carnelian, Ruby
  • Taurus – April 20th to May 20th – Blue Lace Agate, Rose quartz
  • Gemini – May 21st to June 20th – Citrine, Emerald, Agate
  • Cancer – June 21st to July 22nd – Moonstone, Chrycocolla
  • Leo – July 23rd to August 22nd – Topaz, Carnelian, Sardonyx
  • Virgo – August 23rd to September 22nd – Peridot, Amazonite
  • Libra – September 23rd to October 22nd – Tourmaline, Blue Lace Agate, Peridot, Jade, Moonstone, Sapphire, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Opal
  • Scorpio – October 23rd to November 21st – Amber, Citrine, Garnet, Topaz (all colors)
  • Sagittarius – November 22nd to December 21st – Lapis, Citrine, Yellow Topaz
  • Capricorn – December 22nd to January 19th – Peridot, Quartz, Onyx
  • Aquarius – January 20th to February 18th – Aquamarine, Chrycocolla
  • Pisces – February 19th to March 20th – Amethyst, Bloodstone, Tourmaline, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate
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Quick Facts & Myths about many of the gemstones we sell:


Abalone is a common name for any of a group of edible sea snails. Abalone is also known as ear shells, sea ears, as well as muttonfish or muttonshells. With abalone jewelry, you are wearing the outer part of the colorful, spiral shaped shell; the inner part is actually what makes mother-of-pearl.

Abalone is said to improve psychic abilities, and help relieve stress in high-strung people.


Agate is known for its stripes and colorful varieties. This variety of chalcedony is usually found in volcanic rock.


One of the most fascinating gemstones throughout history is alexandrite. It is a type of chrysoberyl that appears to be different colors, depending on whether it is viewed in natural or artificial light.

Lab created alexandrite stones (also referred to as man-made, synthetic, or cultured stones) are NOT fakes. They are chemically and optically identical to their mined counterparts, but by growing them in the lab, many of the environmental and humanitarian problems inherent with gemstone mining can be avoided.

The properties of the Alexandrite make its color change depending upon the light; in daylight it is a greenish blue, under the incandescent light it turns a reddish purple.


Amazonite is also known as the Amazon stone and is a blue-green colored stone that can fracture easily.


Amethyst is the violet variety of quartz. This stone is said to keep the wearer sober. The ancient Greeks named it amethyst, meaning "not intoxicated."


Aquamarine comes from the Latin word aqua marina, meaning "water of the sea." This stone is the blue or turquoise variety of beryl.


Carnelian, or cornelian, is a brownish-red stone from the chalcedony family that is often referred to as "flesh stone."


Chalcedony comes in many colors, but the most common is blue chalcedony. What makes this stone interesting is its semi-transparent, waxy luster.


The name Charoite is derived from the Charo River which is near where it was found. It is a wonderful purple stone that is mainly transparent.


Chrysocolla has a blue-green color and is a minor ore of copper, having a hardness on the Mohs scale of 2.5 to 3.5.


The yellow stone called citrine is also known as the "mind stone." It is said to improve psychic abilities, self-esteem, and luck. Citrine is a yellow-to-golden member of the quartz mineral group.


Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials! This red stone (sometimes pink) has a rather matte finish, though it could be polished for shine.

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Cubic Zirconia

The diamond look-alike since 1976! Known by many as a clear and sparkling representation of a flawless diamond, these stones also come in just about any color.


The real deal! The name diamond comes from the ancient Greek αδάμας (adámas), "proper," "unalterable," "unbreakable," "untamed." This rock has been around forever and is a 10 on the Mohs scale. (Which is a 1-10 scale, 10 being the hardest) Diamonds can also come in other colors than clear.

Dichroic Glass

Basically, dichroic glass is many micro-layers of very colorful film. Fascinating to look at!

Druzy Gemstone

Druzy is like no other. Textured with a sprinkling of colorful crystals, this gem is out of this world.


Emeralds have been associated with Venus, and have been worn for faithfulness, hope, wisdom, and harmony. Where emeralds on a full moon night, as it is said to be extremely powerful then.


Formerly called fluorspar, fluorite is known as the "genius stone," as it is said to increase concentration and help in decision-making.


Garnets come in all sorts of colors, but we all know garnet to be red. Red garnet is great for healing the heart, as well as business improvement. It is also New York’s state gem!

Iolite Gemstone

Blue and sometimes purple-blue, iolite is a great gemstone. When expertly cut, iolite can amaze the on-looker with various tints and shades; from a very deep blue to an almost crystal-clear blue. This stone looks amazing with an asterism (star) or chatoyancy (a cat’s-eye effect ).


Jade is always worn to attract love. It can also be worn to bring money into your life, or to protect you.


Labradorite is an very interesting gemstone. Blues and greens mixed with lines and fractures, along with an inner shine brought out by a light source, make this stone irresistible to look at. People wear labradorite to stimulate their imagination.

Lapis Lazuli

This gemstone has been around for a very long time. The ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli as a symbol of Truth. Today, people heal the chakra centers with it.


Larimar Stone has a very strong connection to Atlantis. Its various shades of aqua are strongly reminiscent of the waters of the Caribbean. Larimar can be used to rid us of the restrictions we impose on ourselves. It helps us discover the deeper meaning of why we are here. Larimar Stone brings you peace. It brings serenity to its environment and can also carry loving energy to other worlds.


Marcasite, not to be confused with very similar pyrite, is a brittle gem that is said to expand metaphysical abilities.


Moonstone jewelry is always a fun, cool thing to wear because they have have adularescence, which means they glow under light. Healing myths around this gemstone include relieving one of a headache. In Arab countries women consider moonstone to be a symbol of fertility.

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl is the inner side of a mollusk shell. It is the same substance as pearl, though it is highly iridescent and is said to relieve negative energy.

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Mystic Topaz

Mystic Topaz is a purple-blue-green gemstone with a rainbow of color accents that form a spectacular display of various hues. It is also known as Fire Topaz, Mystic Fire Topaz, Caribbean Topaz, Alaska Topaz, Alaskan Ice and Rainbow Topaz.

Mystic Topaz is made form a pure white, or clear, topaz and then coated with a very thin layer of titanium so that light can pass through and refract, causing the rainbow effect. Special care needs to be taken of these stones like avoiding severe heat, acids, household cleaners, etc.


Onyx is actually an opaque type of quartz known as chalcedony. Although it is commonly thought of as a black stone, onyx can actually come in various earthy colors. Onyx is supposed to promote independence while improving harmony in relationships, and is associated with dreaming and sleep, providing a peaceful sleep to the wearer. Onyx is said to make up the foundation of the heavenly city described in the Bible.


Opals can express every color in the visible spectrum. They can be dark and shiny or light and milky. They are known for their play-on-color. Opals range from 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale.


An organic gem, pearls are formed inside mollusks such as oysters and mussels, and can take up to 8 years to form. They come in many different shades and colors and have a shimmering iridescence which is called orient luster.


Peridot comes from the french word, peridot, which means un-clear. The dusty green gem got its name from the many inclusions seen in larger stones. About 90% of peridot comes from Arizona.


Quartz is one of the most popular minerals on the planet, and comes in a huge variety of colors, including rainbow mystic quartz. It has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and becomes more valuable with darker hue.


Rhodochrosite is an rose-striped gemstone that has only been around since 1940. In 2002 it became the state mineral of Colorado. Rhodochrosite is only a 4 on the Mohs scale.


Ruby is passion! Wear ruby for love!


This gemstone is the perfect combination of ruby and zoisite. Ruby is the hot, zoisite is the cold. It is well balanced and worn by many psychics for increased clarity.

Sapphire Gem

Sapphire is the hardest natural mineral after diamond, and comes in various colors. It has been written about for thousands of years, including in the Bible. Sapphire is all about truth, faithfulness, and sincerity. Priests often wear blue sapphire as a symbol of their connection with the heavens.


Sardonyx is a variety of Chalcedony that comes in a few colors.


Seraphinite is generally dark green to gray in color and has chatoyancy. It was named after Seraphim, meaning angels of the highest order. Perhaps because of the silvery white feather-looking patterns that appear in this stone.


Tanzanite is rare; It is found only in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Named by Tiffany & Co, as it was found in Tanzania. It is considered the gem of the 20th century. Colors of tanzanite range from ultramarine blue to sapphire blue, and purple.

Tiger Eye

Tigers eye is one of the chatoyant gemstones, in the quartz family. It is striped with very dark brown to light tan and has a silky luster shine.


Pure topaz is actually colorless and transparent, and the colored topaz comes from impurities. Common colors are yellow, blue, and grey, but topaz can be made with any color. Pink topaz is the rarest! Blue topaz is the state gemstone of Texas, while orange topaz is the gem of Utah.


Tourmaline comes in more colors than any other stone. Every single color in the rainbow (and every other color in between the rainbow) can be tourmaline. This stone is great for friendships and keeping peace.

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