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BIRTHSTONES BY MONTH

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JANUARY - GARNET

FEBRUARY - AMETHYST

MARCH - AQUAMARINE

Diamond

APRIL - DIAMOND

MAY - EMERALD

Alexandrite

JUNE - ALEXANDRITE

JULY - RUBY

AUGUST - PERIDOT

SEPTEMBER - SAPPHIRE

OCTOBER - PINK TOURMALINE

NOVEMBER - TOPAZ

DECEMBER - BLUE TOPAZ

 

BIRTHSTONES

BIRTHSTONES FOR:  MONTH  |  ANNIVERSARY  |  DAY |  HOUR | ZODIAC

    The origin of birthstones is generally attributed to the Breastplate of Aaron described in Exodus 28: 15 - 30.  The Breastplate was a ceremonial religious device consisting of four rows of three gemstones each, in the following pattern:

sardius topaz carbuncle
emerald sapphire diamond
ligure agate amethyst
beryl onyx jasper

These twelve gemstones represented the twelve tribes of Israel.  The twelve positions have since been associated with the twelve months of the calendar year and the twelve signs of the zodiac.

     Since gemstones were classified primarily by color in ancient times, rather than by the mineral and chemical properties used today, there is some disagreement as to the modern names for the gemstones which appeared in the Breastplate of Aaron.  Different authorities have therefore assigned different gemstones to the various months.  

        Other birthstone lists are of unknown or uncertain origin, and others are just for fun.  Following are some common examples:

 

BIRTHSTONES FOR THE MONTHS OF THE YEAR

Month Modern Hebrew Roman Arabic
January Garnet Garnet Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst Amethyst Amethyst
March Aquamarine Bloodstone Bloodstone Bloodstone
April Diamond Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire
May Emerald Agate Agate Emerald
June Moonstone or Alexandrite Emerald Emerald Agate
July Ruby Onyx Onyx Carnelian
August Peridot Carnelian Carnelian Sardonyx
September Sapphire Peridot Peridot Peridot
October Opal - Pink Tourmaline Aquamarine Aquamarine Aquamarine
November Topaz or Citrine Topaz Topaz Topaz
December Turquoise - Blue Topaz Ruby Ruby Ruby

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BIRTHSTONES FOR ANNIVERSARIES

Year Stone Year Stone Year Stone
1 [Gold] 11 Turquoise 25 [Silver]
2 Garnet 12 Jade 30 [Pearl]
3 [Pearl] 13 Citrine 35 Emerald
4 Blue Topaz 14 Opal 40 Ruby
5 Sapphire 15 Ruby 45 Sapphire
6 Amethyst 16 Peridot 50 [Gold]
7 Onyx 17 [Watches] 55 Alexandrite
8 Tourmaline 18 Cat's Eye 60 Diamond
9 Lapis Lazuli 19 Aquamarine 70 Sapphire
10 Diamond 20 Emerald 80 Ruby

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BIRTHSTONES FOR DAYS OF THE WEEK

Day Stone
Monday Pearl or Rock Crystal
Tuesday Ruby or Emerald
Wednesday Amethyst or Magnetite
Thursday Sapphire or Carnelian
Friday Emerald or Cat's Eye
Saturday Turquoise or Diamond
Sunday Topaz

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BIRTHSTONES FOR HOURS OF THE DAY

Time Stone Time Stone
1:00 a.m. Smokey Quartz 1:00 p.m. Zircon
2:00 a.m. Hematite 2:00 p.m. Emerald
3:00 a.m. Malachite 3:00 p.m. Beryl
4:00 a.m. Lapis-Lazuli 4:00 p.m. Topaz
5:00 a.m. Turquoise 5:00 p.m. Ruby
6:00 a.m. Tourmaline 6:00 p.m. Opal
7:00 a.m. Chrysolite 7:00 p.m. Sardonyx
8:00 a.m. Amethyst 8:00 p.m. Chalcedony
9:00 a.m. Kunzite 9:00 p.m. Jade
10:00 a.m. Sapphire 10:00 p.m. Jasper
11:00 a.m. Garnet 11:00 p.m. Magnetite
12:00 Noon Diamond 12:00 Midnight Onyx

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BIRTHSTONES FOR THE ZODIAC

Sign Dates Stone
Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Garnet, Turquoise
Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20 Amethyst
Aries Mar 21 - Apr 19 Bloodstone, Red Carnelian
Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 Sapphire, Orange Carnelian
Gemini May 21 - Jun 21 Agate, Citrine, Tiger's Eye
Cancer Jun 22 - Jul 22 Emerald, Green Aventurine
Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 Onyx, Rock Crystal
Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Carnelian, Citrine, Yellow Agate
Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Peridot, Chrysolite, Orange Citrine
Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Beryl, Red Carnelian
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Topaz, Blue Quartz
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 Ruby, Onyx, Cat's Eye

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