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Modern Birthstones

The official birthstone list is from the American National Association of Jewelers, Jewelers of America. These gemstones were officially adopted in 1912. In the US, this is the accepted list. Tanzanite was added as an additional birthstone for December by the American Gem Trade Association in October 2002.

 

Traditional Birthstones

This list is of the older, more traditional birthstones that reflect various societal customs and traditions from as far back as the 15th century. Some ancient cultures have different lists of birthstones: Arabic, Hebrew, Hindu, Italian, Polish, Roman, and Russian

 

Most people are familiar with precious and semi-precious gemstones because of the popularity of birthstones.

Month Modern (as of 1912 USA) Example Traditional Example
January Garnet garnet.jpg Garnet garnet.jpg
February Amethyst amethyst.jpg Amethyst amethyst.jpg
March Aquamarine aquamarine.jpg Bloodstone bloodstone.jpg
April Diamond diamond.jpg Diamond diamond.jpg
May Emerald emerald.jpg Emerald emerald.jpg
June Pearl, Moonstone pearl.jpg moonstone.jpg Alexandrite alexandrite.jpg
July Ruby ruby.jpg Ruby ruby.jpg
August Peridot peridot.jpg Sardonyx sardonyx.jpg
September Sapphire sapphire.jpg Sapphire sapphire.jpg
October Opal, Tourmaline opal.jpg tourmaline.jpg Tourmaline tourmaline.jpg
November Yellow Topaz, Citrine yellow-topaz.jpg citrine.jpg Citrine citrine.jpg
December Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Tanzanite blue-topaz.jpg turquoise.jpg tanzanite.jpg Zircon, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli zircon.jpg turquoise.jpg lapis-lazuli.jpg