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JANUARY
Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the second year of marriage.

A saturated dark red is first what comes to mind if garnet colour is considered, but garnets can be found in every colour except blue, including brilliant green tsavorite garnet, raspberry pink rhodolite garnet, and orange malaya garnet.

Garnets have been widely known for thousands of years. It reportedly gives its wearer guidance in the night and protection from nightmares.

Legend holds that Noah hung a large garnet in the ark for illumination to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night. Garnets are found in jewellery from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. Many courageous discoverers and travellers wore Garnets for protection, as they were considered popular talismans and protective stones, because it was believed in those days that Garnets illuminate the night and prevent their wearer from any sort of evil.

FEBRUARY
Amethyst is the birthstone for February. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the sixth year of marriage.

Amethyst is the most precious stone within the quartz group, and comes in pale lilac to rich, deep purple shades. Because of its abundance, it is readily available in all sizes and shapes. It is durable and can be worn every day. Coupled with the folk legend of the Greeks that it will prevent intoxication when worn, it becomes a most desirable gem!

Amethyst was said to have a sobering effect on the wearer and still symbolises sobriety -not only those who indulged but those over-excited by love's passion as well. It has symbolised peace, protection and tranquility. Some say it will prevent baldness and improve the complexion, as well as protect from treason and deceit. Since purple is considered a royal colour, amethyst, enjoyed an historical importance as an insignia of power. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favourite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty.

MARCH
Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March. It is also the anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage.

The ideal colour of aquamarine is a refreshing pastel sea blue. Stones with a clear blue colour without green or grey are generally the most valuable.

In ancient times, it was regarded as the sailors' lucky stone; thus it is an excellent gift for anyone who takes frequent cruises! To dream of aquamarine signifies the making of new friends; to wear aquamarine earrings brings love and affection. It is a universal symbol of youth, hope and health.
Bloodstone was the original birthstone for March but was by aquamarine. However, bloodstone is still regarded as the astrological gem for Aries, and is often used as the stone of choice in men's rings.

Bloodstone is an opaque dark-green form of chalcedony quartz with distinctive red spots. Included hornblend needles produce the green colour and the red spots are caused by iron oxide.

APRIL
Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April. Besides being the most popular gemstone for engagement rings, diamond is the anniversary gem for the 10th and 60th years of marriage.

The name "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas" meaning unconquerable-suggesting the eternity of love. In fact, diamonds have been the traditional symbol of love since ancient Greece. Discovered about 2,500 years ago in India, the ancients believed they were splinters from the stars, perhaps crystallised lightening or hardened dew drops.

Although diamonds are associated with being a colourless stone, they are occasionally found with a strong, bright colour-green, red, pink, blue, canary yellow and amber. These "fancy" coloured diamonds are highly-prized.

MAY
Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 20th and 35th years of marriage.

Emerald is one of the most highly-prized of all the gems. The name comes from the Greek "smaragdos" which means green stone. The most prized is pure grass green.
Emerald, by definition, is a medium or darker green to blue green beryl. The most popular and valuable colour is a slightly bluish green in a medium dark tone with strong to vivid saturation.

A flawless, clear emerald is very rare and is usually found in only small sizes. Small to medium sized stones are often faceted in the emerald cut. The gem is also lovely when cut into a cabochon or dome shape. Sometimes emeralds are even carved.

According to legend, the wearing of emerald not only cured a wide range of ailments, including low I.Q., poor eyesight and infertility, but also enabled the wearer to predict the future.

JUNE
Pearl is the birthstone for the month of June. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 3rd and 30th years of marriage.

Pearls come in a wide range of colours. They should be relatively free from skin blemishes. The more perfectly round the shape the better. The higher the lustre, or "orient", the more valuable the specimen. The larger the pearl, the greater the value.

Besides the popular round shape, there are stylish mabe (large hemispherical cultured pearls), fresh water (elongated in interesting shapes and colours), and South Sea (large cultured pearls 10mm and up from Australia's and Indonesia's waters), to name a few.

Pearls have been recognised as the emblem of modesty, chastity and purity. They have come to symbolise a happy marriage.

Alexandrite the traditional birthstone for June is a beautiful, but very rare stone. It is very difficult to find natural alexandrite. Most Alexandrites on the market are synthetic or created. Alexandrite rings are very beautiful. If Alexandrite is set in a ring, the wearer can watch the colour change from green to red, mauve or brown in incandescent light.

Moonstone is a translucent stone that has a shimmering phenomenon known as adularescence and comes in various tones of colourless, white, yellow, orange, and grey. It always has a white or blue sheen. It is sometimes used as an alternative by those born in June since it physically resembles some pearls.

JULY
Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 15th and 40th year.

Ruby is known as the "Lord of the Gems" because of its rarity and beauty. Derived from the Latin word "ruber", it simply means red. Ruby, like sapphire, is a variety of corundum and only exists as a true red in colour. The finest colour is a vivid, almost pure spectral red with a very faint undertone of blue, as seen in Burmese rubies which are considered the finest.

The highest quality rubies are said to protect their owners from all kinds of misfortune. A fine ruby assured the owner he would live in harmony with his neighbours. It would protect his stature in life, his home and land. Its protective powers were intensified when set in jewellery, and worn on the left side. Many believed rubies possessed an inner flame which burned eternally.

AUGUST
Peridot is the birthstone for August. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage.

Peridot is one of the few gemstones, which exist only in one colour. Its colour agent is iron that accounts for the deep green colour with that slight golden hue. The colour as such can come in any variation from yellow-green and olive to brownish green.

Peridots were favoured by pirates, considered powerful amulets against all evil, and when set in gold, were said to protect the wearer from the terrors of the night.

SEPTEMBER
Sapphire is the September birthstone as well as the anniversary gem for the 5th and 45th years of marriage.

Sapphire, a variety of corundum, comes in all colours except red (the red variety being known as ruby), but is especially popular in deep blue. Fancy coloured sapphires-including pink, green, orange, and golden yellow-are magnificent when combined in a necklace or bracelet. Blue is the most famous of the sapphire colours.

The stone's durability, combined with its beauty, makes it the perfect alternative for an engagement ring.

Through history, sapphire symbolises truth, sincerity, and faithfulness in relationships, and to bring peace, joy and wisdom to the wearer and owner. Marriage partners put great faith in the stone. If its lustre dimmed, one knew his or her spouse had been unfaithful. Sapphire refused to shine when worn by the wicked or impure.

In the past, the sapphire was also believed to be a talisman that would protect you against evil spirits and other unsavoury creatures of the night. The ancients regarded star sapphires as a powerful talisman protecting travellers and seekers. They were so powerful, they would continue protecting the wearer even after being passed on to another person.

As for the Zodiac, it is regarded as the stone for the Taurus. If a Taurus wears a sapphire, it will protect one from and cure one's mental disorders.

OCTOBER
Opal is the October birthstone as well as the anniversary gemstone for the 14th year of marriage.

White opal has a white or light body colour with flashes of many colours. Black opal has a black, dark blue, dark green or grey body colour with vivid flashes of colour such as red, pink and bright green.
Opal has symbolised hope, innocence and purity through the ages. In the Middle Ages, young, fair-haired girls wore opals in their hair to protect its lovely blond colour. Medieval writers believed opal could render its wearer invisible when the need arose. It was also said to have a beneficial effect on eyesight. It was thought to banish evil spirits and favour children, the theatre, amusements, friendships and feelings. It is also reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love.

Sometimes Tourmaline is used as a birthstone for October as it comes in many colours such as blue, yellow, pink, red, black, green and clear - but primarily in pink and green. It also occurs in colour combinations within single stones which accounts for its popularity.

NOVEMBER
Topaz is the birthstone for November. Blue topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th year; Imperial topaz for the 23rd year of marriage.

Most people think of topaz as a transparent golden yellow gemstone. However, this gemstone occurs colourless as well as orange-yellow, red, honey-brown (dark sherry), light green, blue and pink. The fine golden-yellow variety, known as Imperial Topaz, is relatively scarce.

The lore, magic and romance of topaz goes back many thousands of years. It holds the distinction of being the gemstone with the widest range of curative powers. The Greeks felt it gave them strength. In addition, it supposedly cooled tempers, restored sanity, cured asthma, relieved insomnia and even warded off sudden death. Topaz is said to make its wearer invisible in times of emergency. It proved the loyalty of associates by changing colour in the presence of poison.

Smoky Quartz or Citrine are often used as alternative to topaz because it appears in many of the same colours as topaz. Unlike topaz, smoky quartz and citrine are readily available and inexpensive even in large sizes.

DECEMBER
Turquoise is the birthstone for December and is the anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage.

Colours in turquoise range from sky blue (most desirable colour) to blue green and apple green.
During the 16th century turquoise was used as currency by the Southwest Indians. They believed the gemstone could bring spoils to the warrior, animals to the hunter, and happiness and good fortune to all.

Although large quantities of beautiful turquoise which have not been colour enhanced are available, today's turquoise is commonly stabilised with plastic to improve its colour and durability. Chalky varieties of turquoise are normally impregnated with oil or wax to enhance colour, which may not be permanent.

Zircon though not mass marketed due to limited availability is sometimes selected by those who prefer faceted stones. Zircon is a natural stone - not to be confused with Cubic Zirconia which is manmade. Colourless zircon is used to imitate diamonds but also comes in: blue, yellow, orange, red, brown and green.

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