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You don’t have control over the month or year you were born (you can thank your parents for that), but your date of birth has plenty of significance. The birthstone jewelry you wear, your zodiac sign, the year you start school, and even your career choice can be impacted by your birthday. And fashion-wise, birthstones might be the most relevant. Each month has its own assigned gem, imbued with special meaning and historical significance. The best birthstone jewelry for every month embraces all that symbolism without feeling too cheesy or over-the-top.
While many brands have created jewelry specifically to honor your birthstone, plenty of designers use each gem in a more unstudied way. This means that you can find styles that range from simple, everyday jewelry to statement pieces you may just want to break out on special occasions (like your birthday). Pick a pair of earrings or a necklace out for yourself or celebrate a loved one by gifting them with their assigned stone—and the powers that come along with it.
The deep red garnet is a gemstone that’s been used since the Bronze Age. The name comes from the Latin granatum, thought to symbolize pomegranate. The red color is also associated with the heart—meaning that garnet is thought to soothe.
This stone is often associated with spirituality. The soft violet hue varies from light to dark, which can make a thread of varied stones a stunning option for those born in February.
The watery blue hue of aquamarine is tied to clarity and tranquility. So if you’re born in March, your birthstone can help bring harmony. Try dainty jewelry, especially in delicate gold, that allows that stone to shine.
Clear, shimmering diamonds are perhaps the most popular gemstone of all, so it’s lucky for those born in April that they also count as your birthstone. There is a myriad of ways to embrace this stone, but it’s never a bad idea to keep things simple.
Truth and love are two words often associated with the emerald. The deep green hue is also a fitting choice for those born in the spring. Wear this stone to add an instant energy boost to your look.
Delicate pearls have been a favorite jewelry choice through the centuries. They’re also thought to be a symbol of wisdom. Try an antique-inspired style when embracing this birthstone.
Bold red rubies look elegant when paired with soft gold tones. Try a piece of jewelry dotted with smaller stones for maximum impact. Since rubies are associated with wealth, the more, the better.
Peridot is considered the stone of compassion. This pale green gem plays well with others as it is the ideal stone to layer with other jewelry.
The dark blue hue of sapphire is associated with royalty—nothing to complain about there. Sapphires look just as striking paired with silver as they do gold, so go ahead and mix your metals.
Multicolored, shimmering opal is a gemstone that comes in a wide range of colors, but a bold blue is most commonly tied to the month of October. The stone is said to symbolize confidence, so don’t be afraid to go bold.
The rich orange-yellow hue of topaz seems fitting for a late fall birthday. This stone is thought to be a symbol of love and affection. Try wearing it with other warm colors for a rich, seasonal look.
Turquoise has a rich history among many Native American cultures in the Southwest. It’s also meant to offer peace, luck, and protection. This bright blue stone is a statement all on its own, so consider wearing it solo.