What is your birthstone? Do you wanna know why?

So you think you know what your birthstone is.  Well you may be surprised to know that different people differ on the right birthstone.  Find a list of birthstones by the month. You will find choices of birthstones listed as well. You can choose the birthstone you like the best from the list.

For this article, The group means the Hebrew, Polish, Roman, and Arabic people, see below for a range of enlightening information you didnt know about those stones on your fingers!


January—The group considers the Garnet to be the birthstone.  Some argue that it is the Ruby.  Hindus consider the Serpent Stone to be correct. Dark red versus light red.

February—Some say the stone should be the Garnet.  Usually the group adopts the Amethyst.  Dark red and purple.

March—Aquamarine is usually considered the birthstone of March. However, no one seems to agree with that.  The Hebrew, Polish, Roman, and Arabic people all agree that it should be the Bloodstone. People in the know believe it to be the Amethyst.

April—Another month that no one agrees.  The diamond has been considered the birthstone by modernist, as well as the Polish and Hindu people.  The Hebrew, Roman and Arab people consider the Sapphire a better choice.  Diamond vs. Dark blue.

May—The Hindus, Arabs, Polish, and people in the know agree with the accepted emerald being correct.  The Hebrews and Romans think Agate is a better choice.  Green vs. multi-colored.

June—Poor June.  No one agrees with this choice.  The Alexandrite is the accepted.  However people in the know say to include the Moonstone.  The Arab culture prefers the Agate.  The Hindus consider the pearl the right choice.  The Romans and Hebrews like the emerald.

July—People in the know, the Polish, and Russian people prefer the Ruby.  The Arabs consider the Carnelians best.  The Hindus favor the Sapphire. The Hebrews and Romans choose the onyx. Dark red vs. black.  Would be beautiful together.

August—August is another month that no one agrees.  People in the know like the peridots.  The Hindu culture favors the Ruby.  The Hebrew and Romans choose the Carnelian.  The Polish and Arabic consider the Sardonyx the better choice.

September—People in the know consider sapphire right.  The group chooses the Periodots. Blue vs. green.

October—The group backs Aquamarine.  People in the know prefer the pearl or Tourmalines.  Hindu culture favors the coral. Light blue/green vs. pearls.

November—People in the know and the group fancy topaz and quartz.  The Hindu likes the Cats-Eye better. All shades of brown.

December—The Hebrews, Romans and Arabs consider the Ruby right.  The Polish consider the Topaz correct.  Dark red vs. blue.


With all the differences in opinion, it is a wonder any birthstones are considered traditional.  One begins to wonder where this all started.  How can so many people disagree on such small details?  How long have we been wearing birthstones? Do the birthstones have a meaning?  Answers coming soon.

The birthstones attributed to Western Culture are accredited to a 1st century Jewish historian named Josephus. He believed that there was a stone corresponding to each month of the year. There is also a Hindu tradition for birthstones (slightly different to the above background).

Birthstones have had various meanings and representations over the years. A brief list of them will be found in the list of birthstones and their meanings in this article. Since their inception, the wearing of one’s birthstone either as a necklace or ring was considered to bring good fortune, protection or other blessings to the wearer.

In more modern times, the wearing of birthstone jewelry has become very popular especially for mothers as way of representing their children. Other types of jewelry designs have come into use for these stones including charm bracelets, anklets, and stackable birthstone rings.

Birthstones and Meanings (Western Tradition-Current)

  • January: Garnet – Purity, Truth, Faithfulness, Friendship

  • February: Amethyst, Heliotrope – Stability, Peace, Balance, Sincerity

  • March: Aquamarine – Faithfulness, Courage, Friendship

  • April: Diamond – Strong Relationships, Inner Strength

  • May: Emerald, Chryoprase – Loyalty, Faithfulness, Friendship

list of birthstones and their meanings

  • June: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite – Faithfulness, Purity, Loyalty

  • July: Ruby, Carnelian – Devotion, Integrity, Courage

  • August: Peridot, Sardonyx – Love, Truth, Faithfulness, Loyalty

  • September: Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli – Truth, Sincerity, Constancy

  • October: Opal, Tourmaline – Hope, Innocence, Purity

  • November: Topaz, Citrine – Constancy, Loyalty, Balance

  • December: Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite – Success, Happiness

Birthstones and Meanings (Hindu Tradition)

  • January: Serpent Stone – Freedom

  • February: Chandrakanta – Sensitivity, Imagination

  • March: Gold Siva-Linga – Consciousness, Life

  • April: Diamond – Protection

  • May: Emerald – Stability, New Life

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  • June: Pearl – Purity

  • July: Sappire – Sincerity, Faithfulness

  • August: Ruby – Devotion, Desire, Passion

  • September: Zircon – Prosperity

  • October: Coral – Knowledge, Power

  • November: Cat’s-Eye – Spiritual Bliss, Victory, Fortune

  • December: Topaz – Intelligence, Longevity

As can be seen from the above list of birthstones and their meanings, there is a huge variety of stones and meanings. Many stones share meanings as can be seen from the western tradition. Some of the most common meanings are faithfulness, friendship, loyalty and truth. Perhaps this is common as birthstone jewelry is frequently given as a gift to another rather than bought for one’s self.

The meanings in the Hindu tradition are a little different based on the beliefs of the Hindu Culture. Overall, for most people seeking a special piece of jewelry there is a variety of stones and meanings to be found.