Words nearby birthstone
What does birthstone mean?
Here is a list of the birthstones that have traditionally been associated with each month, along with some of their modern alternatives.
- January: garnet
- February: amethyst
- March: bloodstone (or aquamarine)
- April: diamond
- May: emerald
- June: pearl (or alexandrite or moonstone)
- July: ruby
- August: sardonyx (or peridot or spinel)
- September: sapphire
- October: opal (or tourmaline)
- November: topaz (or citrine)
- December: turquoise or lapis (or blue zircon or blue topaz or tanzanite)
Modern alternatives continue to be added. A birthstone can also be linked to a person’s zodiac sign.
Example: I have a ring with my birthstone that’s my favorite piece of jewelry.
Where does birthstone come from?
The first records of the word birthstone come from the early 1900s.
Precious and semiprecious stones have been associated with each month for a very long time, and the tradition of wearing a particular gem during a particular month dates back at least hundreds of years. Use of the word birthstone became popularized after the National Association of Jewelers (of the U.S.) met in 1912 to standardize the list of birthstones corresponding with each month. Additions to the list were made in 1952, 2002, and 2016. People born in months with multiple birthstones typically just choose the one they like best.
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How is birthstone used in real life?
Many people wear jewelry with their birthstone, especially rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Such jewelry is often given as a gift.
I got my mom a dainty simple diamond earring and necklace set for Christmas because my birthstone is diamond & she had lost her diamond necklace last year. She wears it every day. Every time I see her. Every time she Snapchat’s me. It makes me so happy 😆
— chubbae with a MBA 🖤 (@_lumbeenative_) February 16, 2021
I was out getting a gift for someone at the jeweler and while there, I also had my fingers sized. My ring sizes are in my surname (KM), my birthstone is emerald. Just sharing in case anyone may need this information.
— Darth Vader’s Hairstylist (@IvyKemp) February 17, 2021
Diamonds just don't match my fire. It's like, my birthstone is diamond but I would rather any other cheaper stone just because I think diamond is expensive and bland. It doesn't suit me✨
— Gnomes✨ (@ViihRegia_18) February 19, 2021
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Is birthstone used correctly in the following sentence?
I was born in August, so I consider peridot my birthstone.
How to use birthstone in a sentence
Billie Brookton, who "adored" jewels, and whose birthstone conveniently was the diamond, had been "dying for it."A Soldier of the Legion|C. N. Williamson
Garnet has long been the birthstone of the month of January.
Florence half sighed as she added, “That bracelet with my birthstone and the tiny diamonds was so attractive.”The Secret of Casa Grande|Helen Randolph