Guide to Birthstones

Certain gemstones have traditionally been associated with different months of the year, and are considered to be lucky or important for people born under their “influence”. This probably stems from the ancient belief that gems came from the heavens.

Many cultures associate gems with the signs of the zodiac, and others with the months of the year, but the selection varies from country to country, perhaps influenced by availability of gems, local traditions or fashions. The custom of wearing birthstone jewellery started in 18th-century Poland and has since spread throughout the world.

The most popular selection today in the UK is shown below. Alternative stones for some months are shown in brackets.

 

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