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Birthstones & Birthstone Chart

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Have you ever wondered what stone is associated with your birthday? Most gem scholars agree that the tradition of birthstones arose from the Breastplate of Aaron Garnet specimen in white microcline matrix(brother of Moses): a ceremonial religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel and also corresponded with the twelve signs of the zodiac and the twelve months of the year. Because ancient people did not always classify gemstones by mineral species like we do, there is some debate about which gemstones were set in the breastplate and why. This is why different cultures around the world have developed different birthstone lists.

The modern day list that you know is only the most recent list; older lists still exist. Some also argue that the proper way to assign gemstones is according to astrological sign and not month. We think it would be more fun to choose the gemstone that speaks to you from all the possibilities. That is why we have provided a chart of birthstones categorized by origin and zodiac (below).

The Modern Birthstone list is the official birthstone list from the American National Association of Jewelers, officially adopted in 1912. The Traditional Birthstone list reflects societal birthstone traditions, heralding back to the 15th century. The list contains older birthstones and is sometimes combined with the modern birthstone list; traditional lists may vary.

Mystical Birthstones are of Tibetan origin and date back over a thousand years. The Ayurvedic birthstone list is from Indian medicine and beliefs dating back to ancient India (1500 BC). The Hebrew Birthstone list is one of the ancient traditional lists; others include Roman, Arabic, and Hindu.

The Planetary Stone list associates specific gemstones with the planets. These planets are associated with the zodiac signs, with each sign having a ruling planet. The Zodiac list below is the most agreed-upon birthstone for each astrological sign. Most have several stones for each Sun sign, and depending on the reference the stones for each zodiac sign may vary.

 

Birthstone Chart

                                  
Month
Modern
Traditional
Mystical
Ayurvedic
Hebrew
Planetary
Stone
Zodiac
Sun Sign
January
Garnet
Garnet
Emerald
Garnet
Garnet
Lapis Lazuli
Ruby
Capricorn
Dec 22nd- Jan 19th
February
Amethyst
Amethyst
Bloodstone
Amethyst
Amethyst
Turquoise
Garnet
Aquarius
Jan 20th- Feb 18th
March
Aquamarine
Bloodstone
Jade
Bloodstone
Bloodstone
Aquamarine
Amethyst
Pisces
Feb 19th- Mar 20th
April
Diamond
Diamond
Opal
Diamond
Sapphire
Jasper
Bloodstone
Aries
Mar 21st- Apr 20th
May
Emerald
Emerald
Sapphire
Agate
Agate
Aventurine
Sapphire
Taurus
Apr 21st- May 20th
June
Pearl
Alexandrite
Moonstone
Pearl
Emerald
Tigereye
Agate
Gemini
May 21st- June 20th
July
Ruby
Ruby
Ruby
Ruby
Onyx
Moonstone
Emerald
Cancer
June 21st- July 22nd
August
Peridot
Sardonyx
Diamond
Sapphire
Carnelian
Rock Crystal
(Quartz)
Onyx
Leo
July 23rd- Aug 22nd
September
Sapphire
Sapphire
Agate
Moonstone
Peridot
Citrine
Carnelian
Virgo
Aug 23rd- Sep 22nd
October
Opal
Tourmaline
Jasper
Opal
Aquamarine
Beryl
Sapphire
Peridot
Libra
Sep 23rd- Oct 22nd
November
Yellow Topaz
Citrine
Pearl
Topaz
Yellow Topaz
Garnet
Beryl
Scorpio
Oct 23rd- Nov 21st
December
Turquoise
Tanzanite
Zircon
Onyx
Ruby
Ruby
Topaz
Topaz
Sagittarius
Nov 22nd- Dec 21st