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Birthstone Alternatives

When it comes to limiting your gemstones choices, I'm definitely not the woman for the job! So I thought it was fun to see all these options for birthstones that, in one way or another, you could call your own. Of course, I think you're perfectly entitled to call any gemstone your own (as you'll see by my note at the bottom), but I still think this is good fun...

Tradtional Birthstones by Month  

January - Garnet

February - Amethyst

March - Aquamarine

April - Diamond

May - Emerald

June - Pearl

July - Ruby

August - Peridot

September - Sapphire

October - Opal

November - Topaz

December - Turquoise

Birthstones by Day of the Week

(Not sure which day you were born on? Click here.)

Sunday (Sun): Topaz

Monday (Moon): Pearl

Tuesday (Mars - in French "mardi"): Ruby

Wednesday (Mercury - "mercredi"): Amethyst

Thursday (Jupiter - "jeudi"): Sapphire

Friday (Venus - "vendredi"): Carnelian

Saturday (Saturn): Turquoise

Birthstones by Hour of the Day

1am - Quartz

2am - Hematite

3am - Malachite

4am - Lapis Lazuli

5am - Turquoise

6am - Tourmaline

7am - Peridot

8am - Amethyst

9am - Kunzite

10am - Sapphire

11am - Garnet

12 Noon - Diamond, Rock Crystal Quartz

1pm - Zircon

2pm - Emerald

3pm - Beryl

4pm - Topaz

5pm - Ruby

6pm - Opal

7pm - Sardonyx

8pm - Chalcedony

9pm - Jade

10pm - Jasper

11pm - Lodestone

12 Midnight - Onyx, Jet

Birthstones by Season

Spring - Emerald

Summer - Ruby

Autumn - Sapphire

Winter - Diamond, Rock Crystal Quartz

Birthstones by Astrological Sign

(There are LOTS of variations for these.)

Aquarius - Garnet amethyst

Pisces - Amethyst

Aries - Bloodstone

Taurus - Sapphire

Gemini - Agate

Cancer - Emerald

Leo - Onyx

Virgo - Carnelian

Libra - Peridot

Scorpio - Beryl

Sagittarius - Topaz

Capricorn - Ruby

People will ask me what certain gemstones "mean," and for as many books as I've read, I've gotten just about as many answers. I believe we can give our own meaning to any of these jewels. I always recommend that people get the gemstone they WANT. Trusting our own intuition rather than taking someone else's "one size fits all" approach feels so much more personal. There is a study in India called "Jyotish," which accounts for your individual moment of birth, which seems more fitting, but I prefer the freedom of self-trust. I'm so honored when someone chooses a piece of my jewelry to mark a significant moment of their lives. 

Happy Gem Hunting!