Birthstone Jewelry

Celebratory Gemstones

What a better way to celebrate ones birth month then with beautiful jewels & gemstones!? There are ancient, traditional, and modern versions of which stones represent the twelve different months. Being that these are beautiful vintage & antique pieces, they could have very well been worn by someone for that reason! Marvel at these timeless treasures, learn about your alternative birthstones, and commemorate and appreciate the beauty of life with these glittering, sparkling, classic beauties! 
 

January 

Ancient ~ Garnet, Ruby, Amethyst

Traditional ~ Amethyst Crystals, Garnet 

Modern ~ Garnet

                                            Vintage Art Deco White Gold Garnet Ring

                                            Vintage Art Deco White Gold Garnet Ring

"...By her who in this month (January) is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.

           Vintage Genuine Ruby Ring, Vintage Amethyst Bead Necklace, Antique Snake Ring

           Vintage Genuine Ruby Ring, Vintage Amethyst Bead Necklace, Antique Snake Ring



February

Ancient ~ Clear or White Topaz

Traditional ~ Amethyst Crystals 

Modern ~ Amethyst

                                         Antique Rose Gold Amethyst Rose of Sharon Ring

                                         Antique Rose Gold Amethyst Rose of Sharon Ring

...The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.

Simulated White Topaz Ring, Simulated Amethyst White Topaz Necklace, Genuine Amethyst Ring

Simulated White Topaz Ring, Simulated Amethyst White Topaz Necklace, Genuine Amethyst Ring


March

Ancient ~ Bloodstones 

Traditional ~ Diamond 

Modern ~ Aquamarine 

                                               Antique White Gold Aquamarine Ring

                                               Antique White Gold Aquamarine Ring

...Who in this world of ours their eyes
In March first open shall be wise,
In days of peril firm and brave,
And wear a bloodstone to their grave.

   Antique Double Sided Bloodstone Necklace, Antique Diamond Ring, Antique Bloodstone Ring

   Antique Double Sided Bloodstone Necklace, Antique Diamond Ring, Antique Bloodstone Ring

April 

Ancient ~ Diamond, Sapphire 

Traditional ~ Diamond 

Modern ~ Diamond

                                        Vintage White Gold Old European Cut Diamond Ring

                                        Vintage White Gold Old European Cut Diamond Ring

...She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.

Antique Diamond Camphor Necklace, Antique Diamond Simulated Sapphire Bracelet, Antique Sapphire Diamond Ring

Antique Diamond Camphor Necklace, Antique Diamond Simulated Sapphire Bracelet, Antique Sapphire Diamond Ring


May

Ancient ~ Rose Quartz, Azurite, Chrysoprase 

Traditional ~ Emeralds, Agate

Modern ~ Emerald 

                                      Antique Victorian Rose Gold Genuine Emerald Ring

                                      Antique Victorian Rose Gold Genuine Emerald Ring

...Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.

           Vintage Rose Quartz Ring, Vintage Chrysoprase Ring, Antique Agate Spinner Fob

           Vintage Rose Quartz Ring, Vintage Chrysoprase Ring, Antique Agate Spinner Fob


June 

Ancient ~ Agate

Traditional ~ Citrine Crystals 

Modern ~ Pearls, Moonstone, Alexandrite 

                                     Vintage Yellow White Gold Diamond & Pearl Ring

                                     Vintage Yellow White Gold Diamond & Pearl Ring

...Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.

          Antique Moss Agate Necklace,Vintage Citrine Necklace, Antique Moonstone Ring

          Antique Moss Agate Necklace,Vintage Citrine NecklaceAntique Moonstone Ring


July 

Ancient ~ Moonstone, Carnelian

Traditional ~ Ruby 

Modern ~ Ruby, Onyx 

                                          Vintage White Gold Ruby & Onyx Flip Ring

                                          Vintage White Gold Ruby & Onyx Flip Ring

...The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they'll be exempt and free
From love's doubts and anxiety.

                 Antique Carnelian Fob, Scarab Carnelian Bracelet, Antique Carnelian Ring

                 Antique Carnelian Fob, Scarab Carnelian Bracelet, Antique Carnelian Ring

 

August 

Ancient ~ Carnelian, Sardonyx 

Traditional ~ Green Tourmaline 

Modern ~ Peridot, Sardonyx

                                                  Antique Rose Gold Peridot Ring

                                                  Antique Rose Gold Peridot Ring

...Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

              Antique Cameo Ring, Vintage Simulated Peridot Ring, Antique Cameo Ring

              Antique Cameo Ring, Vintage Simulated Peridot Ring, Antique Cameo Ring

 

September

Ancient ~ Zircon 

Traditional ~ Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire 

Modern ~ Sapphire

                                          Antique Yellow Gold Genuine Sapphire Ring

                                          Antique Yellow Gold Genuine Sapphire Ring

...A maiden born when September leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
sapphire on her brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

         Vintage Genuine Zircon Ring, Antique Genuine Sapphire Pin, Vintage Zircon Earrings

         Vintage Genuine Zircon Ring, Antique Genuine Sapphire Pin, Vintage Zircon Earrings


October

Ancient ~ Aquamarine

Traditional ~ Pink Tourmaline

Modern ~ Opal, Tourmaline

                                            Antique Yellow Gold Blue Opal Cluster Ring

                                            Antique Yellow Gold Blue Opal Cluster Ring

October's child is born for woe,
And life's vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

                Antique Jelly Opal Ring, Antique Aquamarine Ring, Antique Opal Ring 

                Antique Jelly Opal Ring, Antique Aquamarine Ring, Antique Opal Ring 

 

November

Ancient ~ Golden Topaz

Traditional ~ Beryl 

Modern ~ Topaz, Citrine

                                                       Vintage Genuine Topaz Ring

                                                       Vintage Genuine Topaz Ring

...Who first comes to this world below
With drear November's fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz's amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

                   Vintage Blue Topaz Ring, Antique Citrine Ring, Antique Blue Topaz Pin

                   Vintage Blue Topaz Ring, Antique Citrine Ring, Antique Blue Topaz Pin


December

Ancient ~ Ruby, Turquoise 

Traditional ~ Blue Topaz, Garnet 

Modern ~ Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon

                                        Antique Victorian Rose Gold Turquoise Ring

                                        Antique Victorian Rose Gold Turquoise Ring

...If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate'er you do."

—Gregorian Birthstone Poem

     Antique Turquoise & Seed Pearl Ring, Antique Turquoise Ring, Antique Genuine Opal Ring

     Antique Turquoise & Seed Pearl Ring, Antique Turquoise Ring, Antique Genuine Opal Ring

Most may be aware and more accustomed to the modern versions of birthstones, but why not use this as another reason to embellish oneself in even MORE celebratory jewels! It truly makes it all the more special when they happen to be vintage & antique, because of it tying in with the ancient & traditional editions of birthstone jewelry. Indulge in all of your birthstones, or find a new way to personalize a birthday gift for someone with a soft spot for historical jewelry!

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Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Birthstone

http://www.matchdoctor.com/blog_103438/BIRTHSTONES_AND_THEIR_MEANINGS.html

http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/birthstone-list.html

http://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research-Beauty-Birthstones-Connects-Us-All

http://www.americangemsociety.org/birthstones