Birthstones & Their Meaning
July – Ruby
The red ruby represents passion, desire, achievement and strength. Ruby is also a gemstone of mystery and can evoke strong emotions of love, strength, leadership and power.
August – Peridot
As one of the emerald colors, peridot is a beautiful gemstone that represents mystery, passion, beauty and enchantment. Peridot has been adored since ancient times and has been valued for centuries. People in the Middle Ages wore peridot to gain foresight and divine inspiration. Legend has it that pirates favored peridot to protect them against evil. Peridot was greatly prized by Egyptian Kings. Some of Cleopatra’s emeralds were in fact peridots.
Chrysolite means “golden stone” in Greek. Peridot is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage.
September – Sapphire
A calming, soothing and beautiful stone, sapphire represents confidence, wisdom, strength and idealism. It is uplifting and can evoke strong feelings of love, harmony and peacefulness. If you have a peaceful but strong personality, this may be your gemstone!
October – Opal
Opal is considered to be a mystical gemstone and is commonly found as black opal, dark grey or a dark blue. Black opal is the rarest, but it can also be found in fiery colors such as orange, red, and yellow. It is considered to be the stone of good luck and fortune, and has healing properties that can ward off bad dreams and increase energy.
The name opal is derived from the Latin word opalus, meaning seeing jewel. According to another theory the word opal comes from upala, a Sanskrit word simply meaning a stone.
Opal is the anniversary gemstone for the 14th and 18th years of marriage.
November – Yellow Topaz or Citrine
Another “strength” stone, topaz is a yellow or brown “royal” stone that can balance emotions, calm passion and release tension. It is also considered to be the gemstone of rejuvenation, and can be used to relieve mental pressure.
The name topaz is derived from the Indian Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire. Topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 19th year of marriage.
Imperial topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 23rd year of marriage.
December – Turquoise
One of the most attractive green-blue stones, turquoise represents wealth, happiness and strength. It is considered to have healing properties and can ward off illness, but ultimately serves as a stone of happiness and good fortune.
The name turquoise undoubtedly comes from turc (Turkish in French) as it was transported to Europe through Turkey. Turquoise is the anniversary gemstone for the 5th year of marriage.