Jewelry for the Month You Were Born
The deep red garnet is the most widely recognizable color of this gemstone, but garnets also come in shades of orange and green.
Garnet Pendant Necklace
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Amethyst is a quartz stone that comes in a spectrum of purple shades, from light lavender to the deepest plum.
Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace
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The name of this stone is an apt one, as it appears in beautiful cool aqua blue tones and is the birthstone for many birthdays falling in the Pisces, or fish, sign of the zodiac.
White Gold Lab-Created Aquamarine Stud Earrings
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The glittering diamond is given as a gift for many occasions throughout the year, but it also represents birthdays occurring in April.
In Motion Frameless Pendant Necklace
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The May birthstone is the deep green emerald, which is a type of beryl stone. The name is derived from a word that means "green" in the Greek language.
Elaina Gold Adjustable Chain Bracelet in Emerald Cat's Eye
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Of all the birthstones listed here, pearls are the only ones made naturally by a living creature, as they occur when mollusks gather calcium carbonate around an irritant while living under the sea.
Simply Vera Vera Wang Stud Earrings
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The deep red ruby represents July, a month in the red-hot heat of the year, and symbolizes passion. Its name comes from "rubeus," which is Latin for the color red.
Ruby and White Topaz Halo Stud Earrings
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The fairly glowing lime green peridot is associated with birthdays in August. The shade of the gemstone varies from light green to almost brown depending on the iron content of the stone.
Elisa Birthstone Crystal Necklace
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While they're most easily recognized when blue, they actually come in all colors—except red, because red sapphires are categorized as rubies.
Simulated Sapphire Ring in Sterling Silver
Buy it: $135, macys.com
October is represented by opals, which refract light and appear iridescent. They're named for this color-changing play of light, which in Greek is designated by the word "opallios." The gemstone tourmaline is also associated with birthdays in October.
Ellie Gold Stud Earrings in White Kyocera Opal
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Both topaz and citrine represent November, which is a good pairing because the two gemstones resemble each other quite a lot. Yellow topaz is the most recognizable, but the gemstone comes in a variety of colors.
Glitzy Rocks Sterling Silver Swiss Blue Topaz Tennis Bracelet
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Turquoise is an opaque blue stone that is unmistakable. It comes in a variety of shades, from blue to green, and often has patches or lines of darker rock within it. Tanzanite and zircon are also associated with December.
Gorjana Power Gemstone Charm Adjustable Necklace
Buy it: $48, nordstrom.com