Birthstones, Gems, and Gemstones


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Birthstones are simply beautiful gemstones, also known as gems, jewels, precious stones or semi-precious stones, and include the Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Gems are available in all colors of the rainbow including red, yellow, green, and blue. Birthstones are typically associated with a calendar month and are often purchased as jewelry to celebrate a birthday. There is no definitive nor official list of these birthstones - the list below, however, is fairly authoritative since it is adapted from the American Gem Society list and, with one minor exception, agrees with the American Gem Trade Association. Reference: American Gem Society - Birthstones (Includes information on the 4 Cs of grading Diamonds - Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat.)

List of Birthstones by Month


Month Birthstone
JanuaryGarnet
FebruaryAmethyst
MarchAquamarine and Bloodstone
AprilDiamond
MayEmerald
JunePearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone
JulyRuby
AugustPeridot and Sardonyx
SeptemberSapphire
OctoberTourmaline and Opal
NovemberTopaz and Citrine
DecemberTanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise


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