While most people are familiar with their zodiac sign and what it means, many of us have no idea what our birthstone is and what it says about us. Steeped in history and meaning, each stone is said to symbolise different characteristics and positive qualities. From strong-minded diamonds in April to health-improving peridot in August, if you want to wear your traits loud and proud, birthstone jewellery is one way to do it. Go to your birthday month and find out what your birthstone says about you… It’s up to you whether you agree with them or not!
THE MONTH: JANUARY
THE STONE: GARNET
You’re organised, hardworking and seriously productive. When it comes to work, you’re the one who’s there before 8am and not leaving until you’ve got everything done. Some say workaholic, you say dedicated. And when things get difficult, instead of backing down you stand up for what’s right and don’t mind putting your heart on the line.
Believed to ward off nightmare and even depression, garnet is a great stone for promoting a healthy mind.
GFG Jewellery by Nilufer Lara Garnet Necklace, £179
THE MONTH: FEBRUARY
THE STONE: AMETHYST
You’re a true romantic, but you’re also level-headed. Honesty is number one for you and you pride yourself on being genuine and real with people.
Amethyst is said to protect from evil eyes and bring peace of mind. Due to its spiritual nature, wearing amethyst should help you get in touch with your spiritual side, allowing you to find balance and inner peace.
Amundsen Jewellery Amethyst Bracelet, £63
THE MONTH: MARCH
THE STONE: AQUAMARINE
You’re an adventurer at heart and like putting yourself out there in the world. When you’re not busy daydreaming about your next trip, you’re giving yourself some much needed ‘me time’. March babies really value peace and serenity, but can also be guilty of being overly secretive.
Aquamarine is linked with improving relationships and fostering clear communication. It’s nicknamed “Guardian of the Sea”, and legends say its healing power is enhanced when placed in water. As you’re always out and about, a simple and classic pair of aquamarine studs are the perfect pick for you as you can wear them constantly.
Marmalade Fine Jewellery 14kt White Gold Oval Aqua Stud Earrings, £354
THE MONTH: APRIL
THE STONE: DIAMOND
April babes may be the luckiest of them all with the much-coveted diamond as their birthstone. And just like the stone, you’re unbreakable. You’re active and dynamic, so the fun XOXO diamond necklace is the perfect accessory for your fun-loving lifestyle.
Diamonds are a symbol of eternal love, devotion and inner strength, and those who wear them are said to ward of insanity. Win win!
ROX Diamonds and Thrills Diamond ‘XOXO’ White Gold Pendant, £395
THE MONTH: MAY
THE STONE: EMERALD
You’re a social butterfly, forever rushing between weekend brunches, family events and the occasional date night (when you can fit it in). You’re easy-going and intuitive. You’re brilliant at reading people and very quick witted, which means you instantly put people at ease when they’re around you.
Emeralds represent renewal, healing and fertility, which is why you believe anyone can change and reinvent themselves.
Matina Amanita Swallow Kiss Ring, £190
THE MONTH: JUNE
THE STONE: PEARL
Just like your birthstone, you’re a complete natural. You’re happy being you and you know that following your heart will lead you on the right path. Pearls are thought to represent innocence and promote prosperity, and this means you always end up making good choices. As the oldest known gem, the pearl’s cultural significance dates back to the Renaissance and were once said to be tears of joy from the gods.
You can’t resist indulging in the finer things in life, so it’s lucky your birthstone reflects your classy taste. This timeless pearl bracelet has your name written all over it.
ORA Pearls Orbis Pearl Bracelet, £85
THE MONTH: JULY
THE STONE: RUBY
You’re an emotional soul who cares deeply for those around you, but sometimes you tend to hide your feelings rather than show them. Your spontaneity can sometimes get you into trouble, but you have a skill for defusing conflict.
Historically worn by royalty, rubies are known for representing power, prosperity and unbridled passion - so wear your fiery red birthstone with pride.
Rosie Chan Rose Gold and Ruby Pebble Ring, £165
THE MONTH: AUGUST
THE STONE: PERIDOT
August babies are observant, broad thinking and talented in the arts. You’re an independent thinker and a strong leader - you’ve got your own unique way of tackling challenges. You’re big on new beginnings and you have the ability to breathe new life into anything.
Peridot is thought to bring vitality and ward off evil. Beneficial for the nervous and endocrine systems of the body, wearing this stone could help alleviate stress and calm the mind.
Drukker Designs Yellow Gold Peridot Ring, £359
THE MONTH: SEPTEMBER
THE STONE: SAPPHIRE
You’re confident, stubborn and fiercely loyal to your friends. Sometimes it can come across as blunt, but you’re a truth seeker and if you think someone is deceiving you, there’s no way you’re going to stand for it.
Sapphires are associated with dignity, loyalty, serenity and wisdom. In medieval times, clergy wore sapphires to symbolise heaven. Today, people still believe in the stone’s connection to spirituality, and wear sapphires to attract blessings.
Julie Starr Dresner Jewelry The Sapphire Star Burst Necklace, £590
THE MONTH: OCTOBER
THE STONE: OPAL
You’re an eternal optimist. Whilst you’re not delusional, you truly believe in the good in this world. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a little bit of positivity? There isn’t a bad bone in your body and your genuineness attracts lots of friendships.
The most colourful of all birthstones, opals are linked with hope and creativity, whilst also protecting the wearer from bad people. Wear them to promote a healthy mind and boost brain function.
Socheec Opal Diamond Butterfly Studs, £1,120
THE MONTH: NOVEMBER
THE STONE: CITRINE
Determined, sharp-minded and self-motivated - you have a strong sense of right and wrong. Once someone is in your circle, they’re in there for life. It’s no bad thing, because your optimistic personality is contagious.
Citrine is said to be a healing gemstone that improves wellness and naturally rejuvenates a person’s energy and vitality. Wear this simple citrine bracelet at all times to ward off any negative energy.
So Jewellery Artisan Citrine Bracelet, £79
THE MONTH: DECEMBER
THE STONE: TURQUOISE
Imagination knows no bounds in your head. You love to inspire and be inspired. You have a strong protective instinct for others, so if anyone is in trouble you’ll be the first one to go to their rescue.
In many ancient cultures, turquoise was a symbol of wealth and one of the oldest protection amulets. It’s now thought to represent strength, protection and spirituality.