The celebration of jewelry here is a showcase of alternative stone options, based on the corresponding color of each month’s birthstone. To get information on how the colors relate to each date, take a look at our birthstone guide, or the Gemstone slider below.
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The word “garnet” comes from the 14th Century Middle English word “gernet” meaning dark red. The word is derived from Latin “granatum” which means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to the beautifully red seeds of the pomegranate.
The garnet also symbolized deep and lasting friendships.
In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia. In the Old World, amethyst was considered one of the Cardinal gems and one of the five gemstones considered precious above all others.
Traditionally Amethyst is also given to celebrate the 4th and 17th years of marriage.
While plenty of tourmaline is mined around the world, it’s rare to find fine gem-quality tourmaline in bright colors. This range of material means that the price of tourmaline can vary almost as much as the color.
Tourmaline can become electrically charged when rubbed or warmed by heat.