Know about Gems!
The modern birthstone for the month of January is the Garnet,which is also the traditional gemstone of the month, going as far back as several ancient calendars, namely, the Roman, Italian, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic and old Hindu (Ayurvedic) calendar.
The modern birthstone for the month of February is the amethyst, which is also a traditional birthstone of the month.The second month’s birthstone is the violet variety of quartz. Beside amethyst, gems of the month of February include hyacinth (red zircon), pearl, moonstone and bloodstone.
Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for the month of March.Aquamarine is the blue variety of beryl, which is popular as emerald in its green variety.
The modern birthstone for the month of April is diamond, with clear quartz as alternate birthstone in Britain. Diamond was also the traditional birthstone for the month going back to the Polish and old Hindu calendar.
The modern birthstone for the month of May is emerald, which is also the traditional birthstone for the month,Birthstones of the month also include carnelian, chalcedony and sapphire.
The modern birthstone for the month of June is pearl, with moonstone and alexandrite as alternate birthstones. Pearl was the birthstone for June as far as back as the ancient Arabic and old Hindu calendar.Gemstones of the month of June also include chalcedony, cat’s eye and turquoise.
The modern birthstone for the month of July is ruby, with carnelian as alternate birthstone in Britain. Ruby was also traditionally regarded as birthstone for the month from as far back as the ancient Polish, Russian and old Hindu calendar.
The modern birthstone for the month August is peridot.Peridot was in fact never designated as birthstone for August traditionally, but was assigned as birthstone for the month of September in most ancient calendars.
The modern birthstone for the month of September is sapphire, with lapis lazuli as alternate birthstone in Britain.Other stones of the month of September include sardonyx, agate, moonstone and zircon.
The modern birthstone for October is opal, with tourmaline as alternate birthstone in the United States.Beside opal, aquamarine, beryl and tourmaline, birthstones of the month of October include jasper and coral.
The modern birthstone for November is yellow topaz, with citrine as alternate birthstone. Topaz was also consistently regarded as birthstone for the month in the ancient calendars.
The modern birthstone for December is turquoise. Blue topaz has also been listed among the modern gems of the month. Other gemstones of the month of December include ruby, onyx, chrysoprase and cat’s eye.