by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
Birthstone rings are much more than just symbolic of a birthdate – these meaningful rings can be used for many thoughtful and sentimental designs. Why do we love birthstone rings so much, and how can they best showcase their beauty and distinction?
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
Every month has one or more special gemstones associated with it, and these birthstones can be beautifully symbolic for dates within that month. Some birthstones are traditional, time-honored choices, while more modern birthstones add even more diversity to the options.
The most common gemstones associated with each month are…
January Birthstone Ring – Garnet
Garnets are made of silicon and oxygen, plus other elements in different combinations that give them their color. Garnets come in a range of colors, based on their chemical composition, though most garnets are red or orange.
February Birthstone Ring – Amethyst
March Birthstone Ring – Aquamarine
April Birthstone Ring – Diamond
Diamonds symbolize purity, eternity, wholeness, and unity with their timeless elegance.
May Birhtstone – Emerald
Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl and is the most valuable green gemstone. Emerald hues can range from a lighter yellow-green to deep, dark green with hints of blue.
June Birthstone Ring – Pearl, Moonstone
Pearls are formed when a mollusk, like an oyster, protects itself from grit that enters its shell by covering it with smooth layers of nacre, or calcium carbonate.
Moonstones are feldspar, like labradorite and sunstone. Feldspar forms in layers, and the reflection of light off the different layers is what gives it that glow.
July Birthstone Ring – Ruby
Rubies are a form of the natural mineral corundum, or aluminum oxide, that has been colored red by chromium in its crystal lattice structure. The intensity of the color ranges from lighter red that is nearly pink to a deep, dark red, though the darker shades are considered more valuable
August Birthstone Ring – Peridot, Spinel
Peridot is the mineral olivine, a type of magnesium iron silicate. Peridot comes in one color green though the hues can vary depending on the amount of iron in the stone’s structure
September Birthstone Ring – Sapphire
October Birthstone Ring – Opal, Tourmaline
Opals are made when silica that was dissolved in water forms gemstones deep underground. When the silica forms in a regular pattern of tiny spheres, it creates fire (or precious) opal.
Tourmaline is a relatively hard and durable boron silicate mineral with different elements embedded in its crystal structure.
November Birthstone Ring – Citrine
Citrine is a rare type of quartz with a natural yellow shade and remarkable clarity that typically lacks any visible inclusions.
December Birthstone Ring – Turquoise, Zircon
Turquoise is known as callais, and is a stunning blue-green mineral with a chemical complex that includes aluminum, copper and phosphate. but this stone can be readily found ranging from pale whitish to many shades of blue, including robin's egg, powder and sky blue.
Additional birthstones may be associated with each month in different cultures or spiritual practices, and any combination of these symbolic gemstones can make a stunning ring glittering with meaning and significance.
Birthstone Ring Meaning and Symbolism
While birthstones are commonly used to represent a special birthday, these symbolic gems can also be part of a ring with much more symbolism. Several gemstones could be combined to represent multiple people by their birthdates, for example, such as a ring for a parent or grandparent with gems representing children or grandchildren. A couple might also use a duet or toi-et-moi ring with both their birthstones as a unique engagement ring, or combine their birthstones with a central diamond for a three stone engagement ring.
Significant dates of any kind can be part of birthstone rings, such as an engagement ring with a gemstone to represent the month the couple met, when the proposal was made, or when the wedding is planned. A birthstone ring might be part of a promise ring to represent the date such a commitment was made, or could connect to any other significant month, such as the month of a graduation, job promotion, first home purchase, or other memorable event.
Finally, birthstone rings are a great way to connect to history as well. A birthstone ring might feature a gem to represent the month of one’s parents’ or grandparents’ wedding to bring that personal connection, or it might connect to any other significant date. Vintage and antique gemstone rings are a great option to add even more layers of historic meaning to a beautiful birthstone.
Designs for Birthstone Rings
There are limitless options for birthstone rings, whether just one stone is highlighted or if several stones are part of the overall design. Top choices include:
• Solitaire Rings
To showcase one stunning birthstone above all else.
• Accented Solitaires
With a bit of added glitter in simple side stones.
• Duet Rings
Two birthstones with equal significance.
• Stacking Rings
Smaller stones in separate rings layered for more meaning.
• Wedding Bands
Gemstone bands of special meaning with one or more birthstones.
• Figural Rings
Gemstones arranged as flowers, hearts, or other figures.
• Vintage Rings
Timeless styles rich with the history and symbolism of different eras.
Any ring design can incorporate birthstones. The most important consideration is to be sure it is a ring that is loved and will be happily worn to show off the symbolism it incorporates.
Keeping a Birthstone Ring Beautiful
No matter what type of birthstone a ring uses or what ring design best showcases the gem, proper care will keep the ring looking gorgeous and glamorous for years to come. If the ring has just one type of gem, care guidelines are easy to keep that single stone looking stunning. If multiple birthstones are part of the ring’s design, however, the care should be suitable for the softest, most delicate gem to be sure no part of the ring will be inadvertently scratched or damaged.
In addition to cleaning, birthstone rings should be removed and safely stored when there is risk of damage or loss, such as when using abrasive chemicals, engaging in sports, or exercising. Storing the ring in a separate soft bag or individual compartment in a jewelry box will keep it from either scratching other pieces of jewelry or getting scratched itself.
Regular inspections of the ring by an experienced jeweler will ensure it stays in top condition, and in case any subtle damage is noticed, such as a loosened setting, it can be repaired right away. This will keep the ring in the best shape and ensure the birthstone – the most significant part of the ring – is safe.
Choosing a Birthstone Ring
Birthstone rings have amazing allure and breathtaking beauty. When combined with the natural symbolism of birthstones, these rings can be meaningful, treasured pieces of jewelry to mark all the most important moments of a life or relationship, and will be heirloom pieces to enjoy for many years.
Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
Antique diamond cuts are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and faceting. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of birthstone rings today!