Each month of the lunar calendar has a birthstone associated with it. As there are 12 months in a year, there are 12 different birthstones. Birthstones are beautiful gemstones, either precious or semiprecious, which are believed to bring luck to the wearer.
Throughout the ages, people have admired the beauty of these stones, and believed in its healing and mystical properties. Birthstones are not only assigned to the month a person is born, but there are birthstones assigned to each day of the week. For example, if a person was born on a Sunday, then his birthstone would be the ruby. Traditional birthstones and modern birthstones are different, but all these are believed to have great powers and make excellent gifts for loved ones.
Birthstones by Month and Meaning
|Month||Modern Birthstone||Traditional Birthstone||Meaning|
|January||Garnet||Garnet||Patience, creativity, consistency|
|February||Amethyst||Amethyst||Motivation, sincerity, intuition|
|April||Diamond||Diamond||Love, innocence, eternity|
|May||Emerald||Emerald||Success, happiness, goodness|
|June||Pearl||Alexandrite||Faith, peace, luck|
|July||Ruby||Ruby||Strength, nobility, contentment|
|August||Peridot||Carnelian, Sardonyx||Peace, marital happiness, courage|
|September||Sapphire||Sapphire||Serenity, purity, wisdom|
|October||Opal||Pink tourmaline||Innocence, hope, compassion|
|November||Yellow topaz||Citrine||Courage, wisdom, optimism|
|December||Turquoise||Lapis lazuli||Love, luck, success|
Diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald are precious stones, while the others, like peridot, garnet, and amethyst are semiprecious stones. Those who cannot afford such birthstones because of their high price tag, can wear inexpensive alternate birthstones.
|April||Rock crystal quartz|
These alternative gemstones are a lot less expensive than traditional birthstones. Every person is born on a particular day of the week, and each day has a birthstone associated with it. Now that you know about both traditional and modern birthstones by month, let us give you a list of birthstones by day.
Birthstones by Day
|Day of the Week||Birthstone|
You can choose your birthstone by month or day, and then have it made into a ring, pendant, or earring, and wear it to bring good luck and prosperity. Birthstones are not only assigned by month and day, but various cultures assign birthstones according to the zodiac sign, season, and even hour of the day. Knowing the list of birthstones for each month and day is not enough, because birthstones are assigned according to hours of the day, too. If a person is born on a particular hour, he/she can wear the birthstone assigned to that hour. Here is a list of birthstones assigned to each hour of the day.
|Hour of the Day||Birthstone|
|1 a.m.||Smoky quartz|
|4 a.m.||Lapis Lazuli|
Birthstones, whether precious or semiprecious, can bring in good fortune, prosperity, and help us in leading a happy life.