The modern birthstone chart has existed since the beginning of the 20th Century. This model is the official chart for the United States, and has been modeled on other birthstone systems that have existed across history.

By using your own birthstone within you beaded jewelry, you can capture and contain the powers that it promises.

Most birthstones are able to be purchased cheaply. They are fashioned into beads or chips with holes in them for stringing. For those like the diamond or pearl that are quite expensive, you can use faux stones to create the look.

Using different beads that are the color of your birthstone won't provide you with the stones mystical properties or protections. But it can still be nice to use the colors of your birthstone within a jewelry piece you have made to add a personal touch!


The birthstone for January is the garnet. This normally deep red, claret colored gemstone can actually come in any color except for blue.

The name 'garnet' comes from a Greek word meaning the color of pomegranate seeds, and is thought it also means constancy. Used as a power stone, garnets provide guidance, good health and protection against bad dreams.


Amethyst is the birthstone for February, and when worn is meant to encourage an even-temper, tranquility and sincerity.

This violet colored stone is very popular, with a quirky legend saying that amethyst has the ability to prevent intoxication of alcohol.


The March birthstone of aquamarine, a light blue stone that is said to protect health and provide optimism.

Some say courage is also associated with Aquamarine, and increases the ability of the wearer to experience love and mercy.


The diamond birthstone of April is worn to strengthen the body and soul of the wearer.

Diamonds are a precious stone that are most commonly clear in color. They are the hardest natural substance, formed when naturally occurring carbon has been under extreme pressure.


Emerald is the birthstone for May, and is meant to help sharpen the mind and allow healing of the body.

The beautiful, deep green of the emerald has seen it considered a precious stone since before 4000 BC. As a promoter of love and romance, it also inspires intuition and cleansing.


The birthstone for June is the pearl, a natural wonder found in oysters that has fascinated mankind ever since it was first discovered.

Thought to relate to purity, they symbolize faith and charity as well. Pearls are meant to eliminate misfortune, and their smooth, white surfaces are said to bring clarity.


The ruby birthstone of July can mean contentment. The rich red of the ruby gemstone is very vibrant, and across history has been linked to love and passion because it is the color of blood.

The powers of integrity, devotion and generosity are also harnesses by the ruby birthstone.


Peridot is the August birthstone. Pronounced 'pear-e-dough', this light yellow-green birthstone protects against envy, fear and irritation.

As a healing stone, the peridot empowers the wearer to use their inner powers to understand their situation, returning them to their rightful path.


The September birthstone sapphire is a highly prized dark blue stone.

Known as the stone of wisdom and good fortune, Sapphire has a relaxing and clearing effect on the mind, allowing creativity to surface.


Opal is the birthstone for October, and is meant to increase the confidence of the wearer. The opal creates an optical effect, with the minerals within the compound producing an luminously multi-colored effect under light.

This birthstone fosters love, loyalty and faithfulness, allowing the expressive nature of the wearer to flourish.


Citrine is the November birthstone, and is a yellow type of quartz formed when there is iron within the stone.

This birthstone is seen as an invigorating and energizing influence. Citrine also makes the wearer lighthearted, cheerful and hopeful for the future.


Blue topaz is the accepted birthstone for December. Providing patience, love and fidelity, this attractive ice-blue stone is popular for more than just a birthstone.

The birthstone blue topaz inspires leadership, spiritual growth and insight.

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