What Does Your Birthstone Really Mean?

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If I'm being honest, I can say that I've never given my birthstone much thought, beyond being kind of happy that it's a "good" one (diamond). But as it turns out, the crystals associated with our birth month actually have specific meanings, much like our zodiac signs.

"Just like people have different attributes depending on the month they were born, which is widely expressed by the use of the astrological zodiac, so do crystals," explains Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com and SunSigns.com.

A quick Google search will tell you that the concept of birthstones have been around for a long time — like, all the way back to Biblical times, according to Forbes. The 12 gems were related to the 12 tribes of Israel, then the 12 zodiac signs. In olden times, you were supposed to wear the gem that corresponded with that particular month in order to receive the crystal's benefits, explains Montúfar. It wasn't until a little later, she says, that the birthstones started being used like they are today — something that relates to your specific birth month.

But limiting yourself to just one gem means you're missing out on all the benefits the other 11 have to offer. Here's exactly what every birthstone symbolizes. Stick with "yours," or branch out and rock all 12, depending on what you need at any given moment.

<h2>January: Garnet</h2><br>If you're looking for a pick-me-up, this gem's for you. "Garnet’s protection properties are just as famous as its energizing and regenerative powers, creating a stellar combination to have as we herald a new year," explains Montúfar. "Its deep red color relates it to the root chakra, the body’s first energy center."<br><br><strong>lolabeanjewelry</strong> Garnet Birthstone Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/208471628/genuine-garnet-necklace-january" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

January: Garnet


If you're looking for a pick-me-up, this gem's for you. "Garnet’s protection properties are just as famous as its energizing and regenerative powers, creating a stellar combination to have as we herald a new year," explains Montúfar. "Its deep red color relates it to the root chakra, the body’s first energy center."

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<h2>February: Amethyst</h2><br>Feeling wound up? Relax with an amethyst. This pretty purple crystal banishes negative energy and brings peace and tranquility. "Its varied purple shades have always been linked to ancient royals as well as healers and spiritual seekers who still believe that the deeper the purple, the stronger the properties," says Montúfar. <br><br><strong>Mejuri</strong> Amethyst Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://mejuri.com/shop/products/february-charm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mejuri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mejuri</a>

February: Amethyst


Feeling wound up? Relax with an amethyst. This pretty purple crystal banishes negative energy and brings peace and tranquility. "Its varied purple shades have always been linked to ancient royals as well as healers and spiritual seekers who still believe that the deeper the purple, the stronger the properties," says Montúfar.

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<h2>March: Aquamarine</h2><br>When life gets chaotic, aquamarine can center you. "This crystal allows the wearer to remain levelheaded in tempestuous moments, as it channels the type of calm that can only come from staring at the beautiful ocean," Montúfar explains. Aquamarine also symbolizes unity and love.<br><br><strong>Pinksquaredesign</strong> Aquamarine Raw Stud Earrings, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/677960716/aquamarine-raw-stud-earrings-march" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

March: Aquamarine


When life gets chaotic, aquamarine can center you. "This crystal allows the wearer to remain levelheaded in tempestuous moments, as it channels the type of calm that can only come from staring at the beautiful ocean," Montúfar explains. Aquamarine also symbolizes unity and love.

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<h2>April: Diamond</h2><br>Slip on a diamond when you need a confidence boost. "Long before becoming the symbol of everlasting love, this unbreakable stone was thought to amplify energy and bring courage," says Montúfar. "Perfectly fitting for the month that marks the beginning of the astrological new year and calendar." <br><br><strong>Gorjana</strong> April Birthstone Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://www.gorjana.com/products/power-birthstone-coin-necklace-april" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gorjana" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Gorjana</a>

April: Diamond


Slip on a diamond when you need a confidence boost. "Long before becoming the symbol of everlasting love, this unbreakable stone was thought to amplify energy and bring courage," says Montúfar. "Perfectly fitting for the month that marks the beginning of the astrological new year and calendar."

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<h2>May: Emerald</h2> <br>Wear emerald when you are looking for spiritual healing. "Green equals life, and emerald holds some of the highest healing powers on Earth," says Montúfar. "An all-time favorite of the Egyptians, it is known for its preciousness and therefore market value." It's one of the "big three" stones, alongside ruby and sapphire.<br><br><br><strong>House of Intuition</strong> Emerald Stones, $, available at <a href="https://houseofintuitionla.com/products/emerald?_pos=1&_sid=8d166a548&_ss=r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:House of Intuition" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">House of Intuition</a>

May: Emerald


Wear emerald when you are looking for spiritual healing. "Green equals life, and emerald holds some of the highest healing powers on Earth," says Montúfar. "An all-time favorite of the Egyptians, it is known for its preciousness and therefore market value." It's one of the "big three" stones, alongside ruby and sapphire.


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<h2>June: Pearl</h2><br>"Linked to the tides of the oceans and the moon, pearl has always been a holder of feminine and yin energy that increase fertility as well as the kind of wisdom that only comes from experience," Montúfar explains. Like aquamarine, pearl promotes happy unions; wear it on your next date or gift it at a wedding.<br><br><strong>Mejuri</strong> Organic Pearl Hoops, $, available at <a href="https://mejuri.com/shop/products/organic-pearl-hoops" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mejuri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mejuri</a>

June: Pearl


"Linked to the tides of the oceans and the moon, pearl has always been a holder of feminine and yin energy that increase fertility as well as the kind of wisdom that only comes from experience," Montúfar explains. Like aquamarine, pearl promotes happy unions; wear it on your next date or gift it at a wedding.

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<h2>July: Ruby</h2><br>When you wear ruby, you're channeling the three P's: passion, prosperity, and protection. "For many years it was thought to make the wearer invincible, making it one of the most prized of all gems," explains Montúfar. "However powerful and pretty, it also helps the body go through all sorts of detoxifying processes."<br><br><strong>EnveroJewelry</strong> Ruby Necklace, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/597991670/round-ruby-necklace-14k-rose-gold-ruby" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

July: Ruby


When you wear ruby, you're channeling the three P's: passion, prosperity, and protection. "For many years it was thought to make the wearer invincible, making it one of the most prized of all gems," explains Montúfar. "However powerful and pretty, it also helps the body go through all sorts of detoxifying processes."

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<h2>August: Peridot</h2>Peridot is green like a four-leaf clover, and just as lucky, according to Montúfar. "Peridot’s positive powers bring abundance as well as enthusiasm by fighting exhaustion and negative energy," she says. "Its green color relates it to the heart chakra, helping resolve emotional sorrows and blockages." <br><br><strong>GemAvenueUSA</strong> Peridot Crystal, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/752623787/peridot-crystal-rough-peridot-raw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

August: Peridot

Peridot is green like a four-leaf clover, and just as lucky, according to Montúfar. "Peridot’s positive powers bring abundance as well as enthusiasm by fighting exhaustion and negative energy," she says. "Its green color relates it to the heart chakra, helping resolve emotional sorrows and blockages."

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<h2>September: Sapphire</h2><br>This beautiful blue gem is said to have been used by the ancients to seek guidance and wisdom. "Its celestial, oracle-like powers have always been linked to faith, good fortune, serenity, and even divine favor," says Montúfar. Keep it close when you need some answers.<br><br><strong>Alex and Ani</strong> Sapphire Birthstone Charm Bangle, $, available at <a href="https://www.alexandani.com/sapphire-swarovski-color-code-expandable-wire-bangle-shiny-gold.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alex and Ani" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Alex and Ani</a>

September: Sapphire


This beautiful blue gem is said to have been used by the ancients to seek guidance and wisdom. "Its celestial, oracle-like powers have always been linked to faith, good fortune, serenity, and even divine favor," says Montúfar. Keep it close when you need some answers.

Alex and Ani Sapphire Birthstone Charm Bangle, $, available at Alex and Ani
<h2>October: Opal</h2><br>This unique milky gem repels negative energy. "Because of all its different colors, it can activate each one of the seven chakras as well as infuse the aura with a full spectrum of light," Montúfar explains.<br><br><strong>ShopErinMichele</strong> Opal Pendant, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/728441510/opal-pendant-gold-opal-necklace-dainty" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

October: Opal


This unique milky gem repels negative energy. "Because of all its different colors, it can activate each one of the seven chakras as well as infuse the aura with a full spectrum of light," Montúfar explains.

ShopErinMichele Opal Pendant, $, available at Etsy
<h2>November: Citrine</h2><br>"Citrine has become very popular in mainstream culture due to its “solar” or yang properties, bringing vitality, joy, and more than anything, abundance through creativity," says Montúfar. Wear it when you need a lift.<br><br><strong>Klenota</strong> Citrine Bracelet, $, available at <a href="https://www.klenota.com/Women-s-Bracelets/Citrine-bracelet-in-yellow-gold" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Klenota" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Klenota</a>

November: Citrine


"Citrine has become very popular in mainstream culture due to its “solar” or yang properties, bringing vitality, joy, and more than anything, abundance through creativity," says Montúfar. Wear it when you need a lift.

Klenota Citrine Bracelet, $, available at Klenota
<h2>December: Turquoise</h2><br>Use turquoise to bring on luck — especially in <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/sad-romantic-movies-that-make-you-cry" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:your romantic life" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">your romantic life</a>. "Turquoise has always been regarded as a symbol of protection, success, and good fortune," says Montúfar. "Some even use it to attract charm and therefore… love. As a vessel of feminine energy, it also contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects." <br><br><strong>FormaJewelry</strong> Turquoise Raw Ring, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/564436940/turquoise-raw-ring-raw-stone-ring-raw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

December: Turquoise


Use turquoise to bring on luck — especially in your romantic life. "Turquoise has always been regarded as a symbol of protection, success, and good fortune," says Montúfar. "Some even use it to attract charm and therefore… love. As a vessel of feminine energy, it also contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects."

FormaJewelry Turquoise Raw Ring, $, available at Etsy

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