Spangle's Birthstone Guide
Gemstones have been imbued with spiritual meaning for eons, dating back to biblical times and the breastplate of Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews, that contained 12 gemstones representing different tribes of Israel. They were also linked to the signs of the Zodiac, hence the association with the 12 months of the year.
Being shrouded in myth and legend, birthstones are traditionally believed to hold therapeutic powers and to bring good luck!
The modern birthstone list was adopted by the American National Association of Jewellers in 1912 and these days the stones are given as birthday gifts in different forms of jewellery to loved ones that can be cherished for a lifetime; each birthstone with it's own meaning and history.
Read on for our informative Birthstone guide...
January - Garnet
Garnets are actually a blend of different mineral species and can be found in several different colours, but the deep red variety is the birthstone most associated with January. Garnets were prized by the ancient Egyptians, and during the Middle Ages were exchanged to signify trust and friendship and were believed to protect people during their travels.
High-quality garnets have vivid color and good translucency. Commonly found in a deep red, this crimson stone’s name comes from the word granatum, Latin for pomegranate seed.
Due to the stone's hardness it makes a perfect gift for the January birthday, be it a in the form of a beautiful garnet ring, garnet necklace, or garnet bracelet.
February - Amethyst
The Amethyst, a variety of quartz, and famed for its qualities of peace, courage and stability is February's birthstone. For many years, Amethysts were as highly valued as diamonds and were favoured by royalty; they were also reputedly the favourite gemstone of St Valentine and Leonardo Da Vinci!
The vibrantly purple amethyst, a variety of quartz, has long been worn by royalty and was a favorite of both St. Valentine and Leonardo da Vinci. Once considered as rare as diamonds, amethysts were believed to protect against drunkenness. High-quality specimens have saturated color and pure purple hues.
Famed for its stunning deep violet colour, amethyst is the bine of February. This instantly recognisable gemstone is a member of the quartz family and is linked to qualities of peace, courage and stability.,
For many years, amethysts were as highly valued as diamonds and even favoured by royalty. Today, they're affordable gemstones that are widely available in different shapes and sizes, which is why they're so popular.