Month:  Birthstone:                 Meaning: 

January           Garnet                                                    Constancy

February         Amethyst                                    Sincerity

March               Aquamarine, Bloodstone      Courage

April                 Diamond, White Sapphire      Innocence

May                    Emerald, agate                        Love, Success

June                Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite       Health and Longevity

July                    Ruby                                              Contentment

August            Peridot, Sardonyx                    Married Happiness

September      Sapphire                                       Clear Thinking

October         Opal, Tourmaline, Pink Sapphire    Hope

November      Topaz, Citrine                                        Fidelity

December      Turquoise, Zircon                      Prosperity
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A birthstone is a gift of a precious material (jewelry, mainly gemstones; themselves traditionally associated with various qualities) that symbolizes the month of birth (in the Gregorian Calendar).

It is sometimes also called birthday stone (cf. infra; but that word is, confusingly, sometimes used as a synonym for an anniversary gift, which is related to the recipient's age, that is, year of birth).

There have been many different sets of birthstones used throughout history and in different cultures. In 1912, efforts to standardize them started.

The birthstone seems to originate from Biblical times.
The Breastplate of Aaron, referred to in Exodus 39:10-14:

The precise list of birthstones however can be found in Revelation 21:19-20- where the foundation stones of the new Jerusalem are listed, in the order of the Roman calendar:

  19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
   20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

Birthday stones

While this word has also been used as synonym of Birth stone (see above), there is a separate list of assignment according to the day of the week of the recipient's birth:

Monday : Pearl
Tuesday : Garnet
Wednesday : Cat's eye (Chatoyant Chrysoberyl)
Thursday : Emerald
Friday : Topaz
Saturday : Sapphire
Sunday : Ruby

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