We've all at some point looked up our birthstones or at least looked up a loved one's birthstone and how many variations did we find? Over the years, companies have put their gems into the mix to boost sales and caused confusion amongst the masses.
We want to return some order and not just confirm the correct gem for your birth month but explore the origins of birthstones and team your month with one of our signature pieces.
So where did birthstones come from?
Research shows they can trace the origin of birthstones all the way back to the Breastplate of Aaron, as detailed in the Book of Exodus in the Bible. The Breastplate boasted 12 unique gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel.
Fast forward to the 1st and 5th century AD when scholars, Flavius Josephus and St. Jerome, associated the 12 breastplate gems with the 12 signs of the zodiac. Initially, the thinking was for each person to own all 12 birthstones and wear each gem on the associated month.
Our modern take on this tradition came about in the 18th century in Poland when Jewish gem traders began to market each gemstone based on a person’s birth month. In 1912 the National Association of Jewelers solidified the practice in the United States.
So here's the part you've been waiting for, which gemstone is yours?
January Birthstone: Garnet
Did you know, the Garnet names derives from the Latin word for grain because of the deep red colour similar to pomegranate.
The Morwenna Ring is set with an eye-catching 10x8mm deep red Mozambique garnet stone. This gorgeous deep red wine coloured Morwenna ring draws inspiration from nature and organic forms. A statement piece for any jewellery collection.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Did you know, the name Amethyst is a Greek name which means ‘not drunk’ as amethyst was worn as an amulet against drunkenness.
The Large Gold Elle Necklace is set with a breathtaking 10x8mm majestic amethyst stone and tells the story of Margaux Grey's jewellery purse tumbling from her grasp into the sea below. Lost for centuries and shaped by the relentless tide to produce this beautifully unique piece. Matching Gold Elle Ring also available.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Did you know, Aquamarine is Latin meaning water of sea. Named after the beautiful ocean because of its striking blue colour.
The Seraphina Ring is set with a stunningly beautiful 12x10mm ocean blue Aquamarine stone (5 carats). Part of the Timeless & Bespoke collection, the gorgeous sea blue Seraphina ring draws inspiration from nature and organic forms. Team this with our eye-catching Solid Gold Seraphina Necklace.
April Birthstone: Diamond
Did you know, in Greek the diamond was called Adamas which means the unconquerable due to the hardness of the stone. There is no other gemstone that can compare to the hardness of a diamond.
The Zahra Ring is set with a breathtaking square-cut 5x5 diamond (0.5 carats) This beautiful solid platinum ring has been created by casting oats, quinoa and poppy seeds in solid platinum. One of our most exclusive pieces, you won't have to worry about anyone else stealing your limelight with this ring.
May Birthstone: Emerald
Our Viviane Ring is set with a stunning 5x5mm square-cut majestic green peridot stone. Created in 18ct gold vermeil then finished with a granulation technique this pieces unique name means lady of the lake.
The Elizabeth Ring is set with a 8x6mm deep red garnet stone which will match any ruby items in your collection perfectly. Want the real deal? All you have to do is ask and we'll be happy to source a beautiful ruby to set into this ring.
August Birthstone: Peridot
The Enid Earrings are set with 8x6mm sea-green peridot stones in solid recycled sterling silver. Part of the Grain collection, these delightfully delicate earrings draw inspiration from nature and organic forms.
September Birthstone: Sapphire
The Large Gold Aurora Necklace is set with a breathtaking 10x8mm aristocratic ersatz sapphire stone and set in 18ct gold vermeil then finished with a granulation technique. This piece teams perfectly with our exquisite Aurora cocktail ring.
October Birthstone: Tourmaline
The Cordelia Ring and the matching Cordelia necklace both have the perfect setting for the pale purple and gold yellow two toned gemstone. If you Libra’s want to make an impact... then this is the ring for you.
The Cleodora Ring, The Atla Ring and the Venus rings are set with deep blue topaz stones which will match any Tanzanite items in your collection perfectly. Want the real deal? All you have to do is ask and we'll be happy to source a beautiful Tanzanite to set into this ring for you.