Birthstone Chart


birthstone chart by month
Birthstone chart showing modern birthstones by month.

BIRTHSTONE LIST

MONTH

MODERN

ANCIENT

January Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst
March Aquamarine Bloodstone
April Diamond Diamond
May Emerald Emerald
June Alexandrite Pearl
July Ruby Ruby
August Peridot Sardonyx
September Sapphire Sapphire
October Tourmaline Opal
November Golden Topaz or Citrine Topaz
December Blue Zircon or Tanzanite Turquoise or Lapis

Early in this century jewelers got together and created a new list of birthstones. In the modern list you will find only transparent gems. This makes it much easier to create a mothers ring. Imagine if you needed a pearl, a cabochon of turquoise, a diamond and an emerald. This would be an awkward thing to make look nice.

Another interesting point is the addition of alexandrite. This is an incredibly rare gem and not readily available.

The ancient list is still used considerably. Many people mix the two as they feel best. This is acceptable, the modern list has not replaced the ancient one, but supplemented it.


International Gem Society Birthstone Chart

Compliments of The International Gem Society