Birthstones and Jewelry
Do you love your birthstone? I am born in November, and according to the most common list of birthstones, my birthstone is Topaz. Growing up I hated Topaz. I thought it was so ugly! It wasn't until a beautiful jewelry artisan from Brazil came into my store offering to sell me her line of rings that I fell in love. She had a raw uncut Brazilian Topaz set in a simple silver band. It was exquisite and I wore it for years.
Customers often ask us about their birthstone. Most people feel restricted by having to choose just one stone. But the truth is there are many stones for every month and astrological sign. Wikipedia has some great information about birthstones, including a birthstone poem published by Tiffany & Co. in 1870. The truth is that this list was created in the English speaking Christian world. But did you know the rest of the world has birthstones also? Here is a great list of international birthstones.
So you do have a choice! We created a list of the gems we use and the birthday months they correspond to. It is liberating for our customers to choose a piece that they love AND that holds special meaning as a birthstone.
There are lots of options for how to incorporate birthstones into your jewelry collection. We offer most of the gems listed above in a variety of sizes and cuts. One of my personal favorites is mixing gems together. You can mix several from your month, or you can add gems that represent loved ones, like children. Whatever stones you choose it is always empowering to design a custom piece that has special meaning to the wearer.