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BIRTHSTONES

Traditionally, a birthstone is associated with each month of the year. For example, the birthstone for January is a garnet, while babies born in April get a diamond as their birthstone.

The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

The idea of birthstones has a place in many traditions, customs, and belief systems.

The birthstones featured below are arranged by month. Click on the month you were born to learn the history of your birthstone.

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January

January Garnet

Garnet

February

February Amethyst

Amethyst

April

April Diamond

Diamond

July

July Ruby

Ruby

August

August Peridot

Peridot

August

August Sardonyx

Sardonyx

August

August Spinel

Spinel

September

September Sapphire

Sapphire

October

October Opal

Opal

October

October Tourmaline

Tourmaline

November

November Topaz

Topaz

November

November Citrine

Citrine

December

December Tanzanite

Tanzanite

December

December Turquoise

Turquoise

December

December Zircon

Zircon

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