January – Garnet
The birthstone for January is Garnet. Red garnets are the most commonly used but garnets come in all different hues such as; orangish reds, pinkish, purplish reds, sometimes blue and even green- the rarest called Tsavorite. A symbol of friendship, loyalty and devotion. Garnets are also the gem for the 2nd wedding anniversary.
February – Amethyst
The birthstone for February is Amethyst. Amethysts are the purple variety of the quartz mineral family. The royal purple to pastel hues of amethysts make them the most commonly referred to purple colored gem. A symbol of peace and protection. Amethysts are also the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversary.
March – Aquamarine
The birthstone for March is Aquamarine. Aquamarines are the greenish blue variety of beryl. Aquamarine is the Latin word for “sea water”. A symbol of good youth, beauty, love and hope. Aquamarines are also the gem for the 19th wedding anniversary.
April – Diamond
The birthstone for April is Diamond. Diamonds are the hardest gem of them all, 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. They are valued for its colorless nature and purity. A symbol of eternal love, romance and courage. Diamonds are also the gem for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversary.
May – Emerald
The birthstone for May is Emerald. Emeralds are the bluish green to vibrant green variety of beryl. The lush green colors have been most desired for centuries. A symbol of heath, faithfulness, fertility and wealth. Emeralds are the gem for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversary.
June – Pearl
The birthstone for June is Pearl. Pearls are found in nature and cultured in many colors. Most commonly known for white or cream, also found in a variety of blackish hues called Tahitian. A symbol of purity, generosity, integrity and loyalty. Pearls are the gem for the 3rd and 13th wedding anniversary.
July – Ruby
The birthstone for July is Ruby. The valuable red variety of the corundum, rubies are found in fine colors of vibrant reds to slightly purplish reds. A symbol of fire and passion. Rubies are also the gem for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversary.
August – Peridot
The birthstone for August is Peridot. Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine. Peridots are brown-green to yellowish green, as well as pure green. A symbol of strength and good luck. Peridot is the gem for the 15th anniversary.
September – Sapphire
The birthstone for September is Sapphire. Known for their pure blue color, sapphires are any form of corundum that are not red. Along with blue sapphires and rubies, the corundum family includes “fancy sapphires” which can be found in yellow, pink, purple, orange, green and intermediate hues. A symbol of honesty and truth. Sapphire is the gem for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary.
October – Opal
The birthstone for October is Opal. Opals are known for their unique display of flashing rainbow colors called play-of-color. Found in different colors white, black and fancy reddish orange – known as Mexican fire opals. A symbol of hope, innocence and creativity.
November – Citrine
The birthstone for November is Citrine. Citrines are the pale yellow to golden brownish oranges variety of quartz. It’s believed to have magical and healing powers. Citrine is the gem for the 13th wedding anniversary.
December – Blue Topaz
The birthstone for December is Blue Topaz. Blue topaz can generally be found in three different shades such as; pale Sky blue, cool Swiss blue, and deep London blue. A symbol of harmony and relaxation. Blue Topaz is the gem for the 4th wedding anniversary.