What Your Birthstone Says About You: Ultimate Guide to 12 Stones and Their Deeper Meaning (2024)

Ever heard of birthstones? What’s your birthstone, and what does it say about you?

In today’s post, we help you answer this question. In this article, I’ll be explaining everything there is to know about birthstones. This includes:

  • What birthstones are
  • The different birthstones that exist,
  • And what your birthstone says about you.

Let’s get right into it

What Are Birthstones?

Birthstones are precious and semi-precious gemstones that represent every month of the Gregorian calendar. It’s believed that each birthstone has unique characteristics which act as keys to unlock meaning in life or even destiny.

The idea of birthstones was first coined by the first-century Jewish historian, Titus Flavius Josephus, who believed that there was a connection between the twelve gemstones on Aaron’s breastplate (as described in the book of Exodus), twelve months of the year, and twelve zodiac signs

While different scholars have different meanings for the twelve stones, the most overarching is Josephus’s idea.

Based on Josephus’s idea, every month has a corresponding birthstone, with each stone representing certain personality traits-just like the zodiac signs.

But what are these personality traits?

Keep reading to learn more.

What Your Birthstone Says About You

What Your Birthstone Says About You

January: Garnet

If you were born in January, your birthstone is the Garnet.

Mostly known for its pomegranate-red hue, this gemstone was widely used in ancient Egyptian jewelry. It can also be found in orange, pink, violet, yellow, green, and purple colour.

This gemstone is used to represent energy, confidence, and willpower. In the USA, the Garnet birthstone represents love, faith, and loyalty.

Wearing this birthstone is likely to boost your energy and self-image.

If your birthstone is a garnet, you’re likely to be feisty and spontaneous. There is no challenge that you can’t handle.

February: Amethyst

Are you a February baby? Your birthstone is an Amethyst.

This unique gemstone comes in a dark violet to pale lavender color and was one of the most valued jewels in ancient Egypt.

In ancient times, it was believed that wearing this birthstone helped to ward off drunkenness.

Concerning personality, the Amethyst represents peace, serenity, and spirituality. If an Amethyst is your birthstone, you’re likely brilliant with an excellent business sense.

You’re also likely to be a good listener and have the ability to set others at ease. You also have a pure mind full of optimistic thoughts.

When making plans, you’re likely to be a big picture thinker rather than a person who’s focused on details.

One downside with your personality is that you’re always in a hurry.

March: Aquamarine

March’s birthstone is Aquamarine.

In ancient cultures, the stone was used by sailors to invoke tranquility at sea and guarantee them a safe voyage. Middle age healers also used the stone to treat anxiety, while the Romans used it to make new friends and rekindle old ones.

Wearing this birthstone is likely to bring calmness and protection to its wearer.

If the Aquamarine is your birthstone, you’re likely the person friends come to when they need some peace and tranquility. As a result, you exhibit a sense of calmness not found in other people.

You’re also likely to be a great communicator, compassionate, and honest.

Thanks to the ability to summon calmness in other people, you’re also likely to be a great mediator and good at settling disputes.

April: Diamond

Of all stones in this list, diamonds are among the hardest to find but most beloved. This rare stone can be found in different colors, including colorless, yellow, brown, green, grey, black, pink, blue, red, and purple.

Diamond is also known as one of the hardest substances on earth, so April babies are likely to have stubborn and determined personalities.

If you’re an April baby, nothing can hold you back, and you’re never afraid to tackle any problems that may come your way. You also have a strong character and strict moral code.

April babies also make great friends, thanks to their immensely loyal character.

And since they are associated with one of the most precious stones, April babies also have a fondness for all things luxury.

May: Emerald

If you were born in May, your birthstone is the emerald.

This gemstone was one of Cleopatra’s favorite stones because she believed it offered her protection from harm

In the 16th century, people believed that wearing an emerald would cure malaria, cholera and ward off evil spirits. Another popular belief associated with this gemstone is that its green hue will keep snakes away!

In modern times, the green hue of the emerald represents growth, youth, rebirth, and success in love and good fortune.

People born in May are compassionate, loving, and love helping people.

Thanks to its association with love, May babies are likely to be romantics who believe in finding the perfect soulmate.

May babies also make highly loyal friends.

What your Birthstone says about you
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June: Pearl and Moonstone

For people born in June, their birthstone is either a pearl or a moonstone.

Like diamonds, pearls are considered a beautiful wonder of nature. Found in saltwater oysters and freshwater clams, pearls are associated with nobility and prestige.

Pearls are also believed to have a connection with intuition. 

June babies tend to be intuitive thinkers who enjoy delving into their inner thoughts and feelings for meaning and guidance. However, they should guard against being over-sensitive or too introspective as this can isolate them from others. 

People born in June are also charming warm-hearted people who will do anything for friends.

They’re also extroverts and are known for their enthusiasm.

July: Ruby

If you were born in July, your birthstone is Ruby.

Previously considered the gem of kings, the Ruby has been used to ward off evil spirits and protect ancient Burmese warriors in battle.

In modern times, Ruby symbolizes power, wisdom, and health.

If you were born in July, you’re a born leader who is both assertive and ambitious. You’re also compassionate, which means you can make people feel at ease when talking with you.

People with this birthstone love social gatherings where there’s plenty of laughter and good times. It feeds your need for excitement in life!

Your creativity means that you often come up with imaginative solutions to problems, but don’t be surprised if other people find them difficult or impossible to carry out in reality.

August: Peridot

August is the time of year when nature begins to take on a lush green hue. It’s also the month for peridots!

Known for its olive-green color, the peridot symbolizes good fortune to anyone who wears it.

People with this birthstone are said to be intelligent and wise-minded and have an aura of natural beauty about them which draws people in. In addition, these people are naturally charming and tend to be highly extroverted.

Born at the end of summer, August babies are also likely to be kind and hospitable to friends and strangers. Thanks to these personality traits, peridots gain the trust of other people with minimal effort.

September: Sapphire

The beautiful Sapphire is the birthstone for people born in September.

While primarily found in a rich blue color, the Sapphire can also be found in pink, green, white, yellow, and blue.

The gemstone has been used in religious texts to symbolize faith, truth, trust, wisdom, and sincerity.

People with this birthstone tend to be calm and reserved. September babies are not the type of people to share their opinion in public and always consider what to say before they say it.

They are also known to make calculated decisions even in challenging situations.

Sapphire stones represent trustworthiness and faithfulness, which are both qualities of people born during September.

And that’s not all!

September babies also have a down-to-earth nature. You’ll never hear them bragging about their accomplishments. If you hear of their achievements, it’s probably from their friends.

What your birthstone says about you
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October: Opal and Pink Tourmaline

People born in October have the choice of two stones, Opal, and Pink Tourmaline.

And here’s an interesting fact!

Of all stones in this list, the Opal is the most unique due to its Kaleidoscope effect. In addition, every Opal stone has a unique combination of colors making each gemstone unique.

If the pink tourmaline is your birthstone you’re likely an explorer or adventurer.  

While they may seem calm and collected from the outside, most October babies have racing minds and always think of what to do next.

October babies are also likely to be loyal to those close to them, have strong intuition, and are more likely to volunteer for charity projects.

If you were born in October, you’re likely to be the person who always inspires positivity in other people.

November: Topaz

The Topaz stone is the birthstone for those born in November.

Mainly known for its beautiful orange hues, the Topaz is a remarkable gemstone that symbolizes wisdom, strength, friendship, and intelligence.

Those born in November tend to be intelligent analytic thinkers who enjoy challenges with good-natured humor or wit. November babies also make great teachers and writers because they’re both wise and observant people.

If you were born this month, your friends will find that you have an easygoing nature but can also be stubborn at times. It takes time for people to get close to you emotionally.

As a leader, November babies are always fair-minded as well as being generous with valuable advice when needed

December: Tanzanite

The Tanzanite gemstone is the birthstone for people born in December.

If a Tanzanite is your birthstone, high chances are that people consider you an old soul. You’re probably the person people come to for advice since you exhibit wisdom beyond your years.

As a December baby, you’re also known for your great persistence, which you use in all aspects. You also have a sense of humor, which helps you communicate better with those around you.

In certain instances, your intense personality may come across as intimidating, making it difficult for some friends or acquaintances to get close to you emotionally.

There’s no one more loyal than your December friend once you’ve earned his trust. Unfortunately, these folks don’t take betrayal well and often react with anger.

December babies are also brilliant and creative people who make their own rules. They’re not content to follow anyone else’s script for them; they like to create the story of their life themselves.

How to Use Your Birthstone

Now that you know your birthstone, here’s how you can use it!

For starters, you can wear it as a piece of small stone jewelry, either in a ring or necklace. You could also have a bigger piece or cluster of stones placed at specific points in your home or office.

One crucial thing to remember is that size doesn’t matter when it comes to birthstones. Whether small or large, they have the same effect.

Some people like to use birthstones as an energy generator when feeling unwell or low on life force.

You can either place the stone over your navel, spine, heart, or head (whatever is most comfortable for you) and then let it do its work at restoring your energies to their natural state of balance.

If that sounds too complicated, simply keep a piece near your bed so that it’s there first thing in the morning! It’s also important not to wear any other gemstone colors because each one will have different effects on you than the other.

Frequently Asked Questions About Birthstones

What is the Most Powerful Birthstone?

This is a question that has been debated for decades and can’t be answered with just one answer. What may seem as the most powerful birthstone to you, could mean something completely different to someone else.

Which is the Most Valuable Birthstone?

Diamond is the most valuable birthstone. If you were born in April, you might have to fork out your paycheck just to get a small piece of your birthstone.

Which is the Best Birthstone to Have?

While one might argue that diamond is the best birthstone, it’s pretty expensive, which makes it hard for every April baby to own.

And while shiny and impressive, the appeal of the diamond doesn’t match up to the colorful hues of stones in this list.

When you consider cost and aesthetic appeal, the green emerald is the best birthstone to have. It’s not as costly, making it easy for May babies to own. And thanks to the impressive green hue, this gemstone goes well with every fashion accessory.

Which Birthstone is the Rarest?

The red diamond is the rarest of all birthstones. There are only 20-30 red diamonds available in the market.

What is a Mystical Birthstone?

A mystical birthstone is worn to promote good fortune, luck, fertility, or safety from the plague.

An example of such a rock is Aquamarine, which was used to protect sailors at sea and give them a safe voyage. 

Any Further Questions?

There you go.

Everything you need to know about your birthstone. What is your birthstone?

Do you have any comments or questions regarding the different birthstones? Please tell us in the comment section below.

I’ll be glad to respond to any question or comment posted.

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About The Author

Bijan Kholghi is a certified life coach with the Milton Erickson Institute Heidelberg (Germany). He helps clients and couples reach breakthroughs in their lives by changing subconscious patterns. His solution-oriented approach is based on Systemic- and Hypnotherapy.