Birthstone Fun Facts

Did you know these Birthstone fun facts?

Garnet, January Birthstone

The birthstone of January, garnet was believed to cure blood related disorders. Perhaps because of the colour?


Amethyst, February’s birthstone was believed to relieve its wearer of excessive drinking.

Amethyst – Birthstone of February “Amethyst by alexfurr”


Aquamarine, March Birthstone “Beryl-122416” by Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0 license via Wikimedia Commons.

March’s stone Aquamarine (a type of Beryl) was considered a lucky gemstone for sailors to protect them from turbulent seas.

Greeks looked upon the diamond, the birthstone of April,as giving its owner safety from poison.

April Birthstone – Diamond

Emerald, the birthstone of May was believed to be a healing stone by Indians.

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May Birthstone – Emerald “5 Emeralds from Colombia” by Mauro Cateb. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0


Moonstone, one of the three birthstones of June is believed to change colour in phase with the moon.

June Birthstone – Moonstone

July’s birthstone is the ruby that was believed in ancient times to transform women to stunning beauty if they wore it.

The Hawaiian people worshipped Peridot, the birthstone of August because they considered it to be connected with the volcano goddess.

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Peridot – Birthstone of August


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Sapphire – September birthstone “Sapphire cushion 4.20cts” by Wiener Edelstein Zentrum – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


Sapphire, the birthstone of September was worn by ancient kings to protect them from their enemies.

One of the birthstones of October, Opal used to be powdered and ingested to protect the person from nightmares.

Red Opal
Red Opal

The ancient Greeks believed that Topaz could make a person invisible.

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Topaz “2 blue topaz crystals” by Mauro Cateb – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


Lapis Lazuli – Birthstone of December

And finally, Lapis Lazuli, one of the December birthstones was ground and used as a cosmetic by the ancient Egyptians.