Birthstone jewellery has long been a popular choice for a birthday gift, with each month of the year having an associated gemstone with its own meaning.
Broadway Jewellers stocks a huge range of gem-set jewellery - we're bound to have something available for each month. Can't find it on our website? Get in touch directly and our team will do their best to find something to suit you.
January - Garnet
Garnet has long been a popular gemstone in jewellery, often seen in antique as well as modern items. Frequently used in jewellery in its dark red form, garnet is also available in other colours, each variety having its own name. Purple garnet has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as well as rare green garnet and vibrant orange.
February - Amethyst
Many people recall having a small piece of amethyst jewellery in their collection, speaking to the popularity of this purple gemstone. Ranging from pale to vibrant, amethyst is the birthstone for February and also the traditional stone of St Valentine, with Valentines Day being celebrated in the middle of that month.
March - Aquamarine
Aquamarine, like emerald, is a member of the beryl family and takes its name from the clear sea-blue colour of its crystals. Aquamarine can also be found with a greenish-blue colour, and is often found in large crystals making for huge statement stones set in jewellery.
April - Diamond
Found across the world, diamond is the hardest substance known to man. Nothing can cut it except another diamond, meaning diamond dust must be used to polish other rough diamonds. Diamonds are ever-popular when set alone, and also frequently used as accents in other pieces of jewellery.
May - Emerald
Belonging to the beryl family, emeralds are given their iconic green colour by traces of the element chromium. Highly prized due to their rarity, emeralds are considered to be one of the most precious gemstones in the world.
June - Pearl
Known from antiquity, pearls were once only affordable to the richest of people as they were so rare, each occurring by chance as an oyster coated a small piece of grit with nacre (mother-of-pearl). Since the 19th Century the technique of 'culturing' pearls was developed, and now they are available in a huge range of colours and sizes.
July - Ruby
Rubies can vary in colour from light pink to deep carmine. They belong to the mineral family corundum, the second hardest material after diamond. Rubies are often found deposited in marble rock in mountainous areas such as the Himalayas.
August - Peridot
In the past peridot was considered more valuable than diamond, with civilisations as old as Ancient Egypt prizing this gemstone. Peridot is unusual in that its spring green colour is a product of its natural structure, rather than being caused by the presence of another element.
September - Sapphire
The other member of the mineral family corundum, sapphires are most commonly found as blue but can occur in a rainbow of colours influenced by different trace elements in their structure. Iron and titanium give sapphire its blue colour. The only colour a sapphire can't be is red - because then it would be a ruby!
October - Opal
Opal is a truly unique precious stone - no two will ever be alike. Their rainbow hues can appear against a white or back background, and some rare stones, called fire opals, have a completely orange body colour.
November - Topaz
Found in many colours from pink, yellow, green, blue and golden hues, pure topaz is colourless and the colour is caused by selective absorption of various wavelengths of light. Light blue topaz can be found in several UK locations, including Cornwall, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
December - Turquoise/Tanzanite
Turquoise has long been the traditional birthstone of December, and has been used in jewellery since antiquity. However the recently discovered gemstone tanzanite has risen in popularity as an alternative choice for December. Tanzanite is only found in a single area of Tanzania. Originally licenced by Tiffany & Co in the 60s, it is now available across the market.