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What are birthstones?

Every month of the year has its own birthstone and each has its own unique history, mythology and meaning. The concept of birthstones is thought to date back thousands of years and every stone is believed to bring a different form of good luck and positive power to those who wear them.

The twelve birthstones cover nearly every colour of the rainbow and make extra thoughtful and personal birthday gifts.

Birthstone jewellery is a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, whether it’s your friend or loved one’s special day or your own. Find out more about the birthstones of each month and what each stone symbolises for the wearer.

What is my birthstone?

February: Amethyst

This famous purple stone is a member of the quartz family and comes in shades from pale lilac to deep violet. Amethyst used to be as highly valued as diamond and it’s rumoured to have been the favourite gemstone of Saint Valentine, which explains why it’s the special birthstone for February.

Amethyst is thought to enhance creativity and passion, while also bringing peace and stability to whoever wears it. Treat your loved one to a set of birthstone earrings or a birthstone necklace with a purple stone.


May: Emerald

From the Greek word “smaragdus”, meaning “green”, May’s birthstone is the captivating green emerald. Originally sourced in Egypt, emerald was famously Cleopatra’s favourite gemstone.

Emeralds have always symbolised youth, vitality and rebirth, but they’re also linked to wisdom and patience, qualities that make it a meaningful stone to gift the May babies in your life.


August: Peridot

Lime green peridot is this month’s birthstone. The ancient stone was called “the gem of the sun” by Ancient Egyptians, who believed that it harnessed the power of nature. The nature theme is echoed in Hawaii too, where peridots are believed to be the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire.

While the origin of the name is debated, many believe it comes from the Greek word “peridona”, meaning “giving plenty” and that’s reflected in the stone’s symbolism of prosperity, power and good fortune.


December: Turquoise

Turquoise has always been loved for its intense colour, which can be anything from bright sky blue to light green depending on the stone. Turquoise is believed to be one of the most ancient protection amulets, worn as a talisman by royalty and warriors who believed it would give them strength, peace and power.

The stone is most loved for its calming and tranquil appearance, making turquoise birthstone jewellery a special and unique gift.


Inspired to get gifting? From birthstone bracelets and rings to necklaces and charms, explore our full collection of birthstone jewellery, or find out more about the different materials we use to make our Pandora jewellery so special.