Birthstone for February. Known for tranquility and stability to it's wearer, it has also been known possess great healing powers. Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz. The name Amethyst comes from the Greek and means “not drunken” in reference to it’s almost wine like color.
Not a recognized as a zodiac birthstone, but often referred to as the anniversary gemstone for the 10th year of marriage. From Roman history the stone is believed to bring bravery. During the Renaissance period it was believed to bring eloquence and great value to orators.
Birthstone alternate for the month of June. Freshwater Pearl is also recognized as the anniversary gemstone for the first year marriage. Pearl is the anniversary gemstone for the 12th and 30th year of marriage. The colors of pearls vary with the mollusk and its environment. Hence no two natural pearls are alike. Cultured pearls are natural but are cultivated after the intentional introduction of a foreign object has been inserted in to the mollusks shell.
The birthstone for November in its yellow form is known as citrine. Topaz is often seen in many colors such as blue, yellow, pink, peach, green, red and brown. Topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 19th year of marriage. Topaz balances emotions and calms. The history of origin is referred back to the Island of Topazos, in the Red Sea, where the Romans obtained a stone which they called this name.
Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April. Diamond is the anniversary gemstone for the 30th and 60th year of marriage. It is known for its mystical power of faith, purity, life, joy and innocence, beautiful symbols for love. Diamonds are the most popular gemstones of all time. Diamonds used for jewelry are graded on the basis of color, clarity, cut, and carat.
Emerald is the birthstone for May. The emerald is the perfect emblem for everlasting love. The emerald is the anniversary gemstone for the 20th, 35th and 55th year of marriage. The stone is said to bring wisdom, success in love, and symbolizes rebirth.
Garnet is the birthstone for January. The garnet stone is a stone of vitality and passion. It is one of the world’s most ancient gems. It comes in many colors, pink, red, purple, green, orange, violet, colorless, and occasionally black. The origin of the name comes from the Greek in reference to pomegranate seed.
Peridot is the birthstone for August. Peridot is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage. Peridot has been adorned since ancient time and been valued for centuries. In the Middle Ages it was worn to gain foresight and inspiration. Egyptian Kings prized the stone as protection from evil. In modern times it is referred to its healing attributes to increase strength and vitality.
Ruby is the birthstone for July. The gemstones color is associated with love, power and passion. For thousands of years the ruby has been considered one of the most valuable stones on earth. It has everything a precious stone is recognized for, magnificent brilliance, hardness, exceptional color and allure.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It can be found in a variety of colors such as pink, white, orange, purple and blue. Blue is the favorite of most, derived by it's name in Greek. The Sapphire is called the stone of destiny, also associated as a symbol of heaven and joyful devotion to God.
Tanzanite is the birthstone for December. This stone was recently added to the AGTA birthstone listing as December’s birthstone in 2002. Its blue lavender color captivates many. Tanzanite brings together all aspects of communication and psychic power, bringing perfect power of actualization.
The stone's name derives via Latin and Greek , molochitis, "mallow-green” stone. It brings tolerance, flexibility, and patience, and a stabilizing influence. "The Tazza", one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America and a gift from Tsar Nicholas II, stands as the focal point in the center of the room of Linda Hall Library
Birthstone for October. Available in a variety of colors and textures. Unlike other gemstones, the opal is non-crystalline and is formed from a hardened silica gel. It is known for its rainbow iridescence. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit 'upala', meaning 'precious stone'.
Tourmaline is the alternative birthstone for October. Tourmaline brings tranquility and serenity into your life. It can be found in many colors such as blue, yellow, pink, red, black, green, and clear. It is recognized as the stone for the eighth wedding anniversary.
Turquoise is the alternative Birthstone for December. If given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. Turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home. This stone is available in a range of colors from sky blue to green to greenish yellow. Turquoise is the anniversary gemstone for the 5th year of marriage.