Looking for some birthstone facts? Here are the top frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) that I hear about birthstones, along with my best answers. :)
That depends on which culture the birthstone stemmed from. Some birthstones used in Christian cultures were derived from biblical sources, others from mythological legends. Still others became popular birthday gifts simply because the stones were discovered on a king’s birthday…
…ok, well actually that was just one stone. But the originations vary from stone to stone and culture to culture.
So the short answer to this is… nobody really knows! :)
Traditional birthstones were gifts commonly used in ancient cultures. Here’s the traditional birthstone list.
These are birthstones commonly given in more contemporary cultures. Here’s the modern birthstone list.
Here’s a complete list of birthstones – both the official list and their unofficial alternatives.
Birthstone colors are related to one of their monthly birthstones. See this birthstone color chart to see which color is yours.
Alternative birthstones are acceptable variations of the modern or traditional stones, or the less-popular birthstones used by various cultures now and in past centuries.
For example, the official birthstones for December are turquoise, tanzanite or zircon. The common element in all these stones is the color blue. Some would consider blue topaz or sapphire an acceptable alternative birthstone for December.
Your birthstone is determined by when you were born. You can get traditional and modern birthstones based on your birth month (see combined birthstone chart), or you can find birthstones by the day of the week you were born or even your season.