January’s garnet symbolises passionate devotion, friendship, vitality and balance and is often seen in its most popular reddish-brown colour, although it’s also available in shades of purple, pink, red, brown and even colourless.
February’s amethyst symbolises sincerity and security. Its rich colour – ranging from deep violet to pale lavender – is associated with royalty and nobility.
March’s aquamarine symbolises loyalty, honesty and beauty and is most prized in its vivid aqua blue tone.
April’s diamond has a place in the hearts of women the world over, and symbolises purity and strength. The diamond colour spectrum covers many hues, however its value is based on colour and clarity.
May’s emerald symbolises wisdom, faith, success in love and domestic bliss, and has been used in many cultures to ward off evil. Best known in their brilliant green colour, emeralds can also reveal blue or yellow hues.
June’s pearl symbolises success, happiness and love, and is formed within the shell of an oyster or a mussel to produce the desired lustre.
July’s ruby symbolises love and passion and is said to attract good luck. From the Latin word for red, ruber, some cultures also believe this pink-to-deep-red gemstone can offer protection from evil.
August’s peridot symbolises strength with its naturally occurring olive-green colour. Often called the ‘evening emerald’, peridot is said to protect the wearer from evil dreams if set in gold.
September’s sapphire symbolises peace and serenity, purity, wisdom, loyalty and faith. Most commonly associated with a strong blue colour, sapphires also come in pink, white or yellow (known as fancy sapphires).
October’s opal symbolises hope and innocence, with repeating patterns producing its renowned radiance. Derived from the Latin opalus, or stone, most opals are white but they can alsobe black or transparent with flecks of colour.
November’s topaz symbolises consistency, faithfulness and friendship, and is thought to have healing properties to help breathing disorders. Found in a variety of colours, the prized imperial topaz is orange with pink undertones.
December’s blue topaz symbolises strength, wealth, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world – hence its use by many ancient cultures as a protection amulet. Also known for its healing properties, blue topaz is said to take on the properties of its wearer.
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