Wednesday, December 7, 2011

List of Birthstones

The assigning of a gemstone to represent each month of the year was established in 1912 by the American National Retail Jeweler's Association.  The list of gemstone to corresponding month has changed some over the years but this was the original list:

January: Garnet
February: Amethyst
March: Aquamarine or Bloodstone
April: Diamond
May: Emerald
June: Pearl or Moonstone
July: Ruby
August: Peridot or Sardonyx
September:  Sapphire
October: Opal or (Pink) Tourmaline
November: Topaz
December:  Turquoise or Lapis Lazuli

Recently, Tanzanite and Zircon were added to the possible alternative birthstones for December. Some other changes that have been made over the years include Citirine as an alternative birthstone for November, and Lapis Lazuli as an alternate for September. 

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