|January||Garnet||Any of several common, aluminium or calcium silicate minerals, generally crystallized, often embedded in igneous and metamorphic rocks|
|February||Amethyst||A purple or violet form of transparent quartz or a purple variety of corundum|
|March||Aquamarine||A transparent blue-green variety of beryl|
|April||Diamond||An extremely hard, highly refractive crystalline form of carbon that is usually colourless|
|May||Emerald||A brilliant green to grass-green transparent variety of beryl|
|June||Pearl||A smooth, lustrous, variously coloured deposit, chiefly calcium carbonate, formed around a grain of sand or other foreign matter in the shells of certain mollusks|
|July||Ruby||A deep red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum|
|August||Peridot||A yellowish-green variety of olivine|
|September||Sapphire||A clear hard variety of corundum used as a gemstone that is usually blue but may be any colour except red|
|October||Opal||A mineral of hydrated silica, noted for its rich iridescence|
|November||Topaz||A colourless, blue, yellow, brown, or pink aluminium silicate mineral, often found in association with granitic rocks|
|December||Turquoise||A blue to blue-green mineral of aluminium and copper, a gemstone in its polished blue form|
A piece of jewellery can be made up with the birthstones of the mothers or grandmothers children and or grandchildren based on their birth months, rather than the receivers birth month.
Birthstone are not a new idea the list has been around for thousands of years. If you read Exodus 28:17-20, then you will see that twelve precious stones were mounted in gold on Aorons breastplate. Alternatively, in Revelation 21:19-20 where the twelve foundations stones are listed.
A birthstone is a precious gift, given to someone based on the calendar month they were born. Making jewellery is very popular in the UK and you may find the perfect piece by looking at the list of jewellery makers on this site.
Birthstones are different to birthday stone, which relates to the day of the week a person was born:
In addition, there is a list of precious birthstones based on the zodiac: