Birthstones

Traditionally, a birthstone is associated with each month of the year. For example, the birthstone for January is a garnet, while lucky babies born in April get a diamond as their birthstone.

The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel also the 12 signs of the zodiac. The current list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – the tanzanite was added to December. There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly.

Charts

Morganite

Morganite is the stone of divine love.

Morganite was actually named after the famous banker and gem enthusiast, J. Pierpoint Morgan. It is a beryllium aluminium silicate, a rare pink variety of beryl, and usually ranges in pink colour from pink to rose to peach and violet. As with most gemstones, the more richly coloured the specimen, the higher it is prized.

Tanzanite

As unique as Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzanite is just the same. Its name stems from Tanzania, in the Mererani Hills, which is the only country where it can be mined. It is 10,000 times rarer than a Diamond but is a much softer gemstone.

Grading Tanzanite gemstones consider the 4 C’s. Generally the higher the combination of these ratings, the more valuable the tanzanite.