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Coloured Gemstones - Birthstones

From the time gemstones were discovered, they were believed to have mystical powers and attributes that could be passed to the wearer. The red of ruby was fiery and passionate; cool blue sapphire was calm and composed. About 2,000 years ago, writers began pairing each of the stones and their attributes with the months of the year and the signs of the Zodiac, and with time, the mythology of birthstones evolved. People were expected to share the attributes of the stone related to their sign of the Zodiac or month of birth.

There are actually many birthstone lists in use today, the most prevalent one having been adopted in the twentieth century to sort out some of the confusion. However, some months still have more than one birthstone, and some people prefer to use the lists attached to the signs of the Zodiac. In assembling our birthstone jewellery, Peoples follows the list adopted by most Canadian jewellers.

Birthstone Chart
January Birthstone - Garnet February Birthstone - Amethyst March Birthstone - Aquamarine April Birthstone - Diamond
January February March April
Garnet Amethyst Aquamarine Diamond
May Birthstone - Emerald June Birthstone - Pearl July Birthstone - Ruby August Birthstone - Peridot
May June July August
Emerald Pearl Ruby Peridot
September Birthstone - Sapphire October Birthstone - Opal November Birthstone - Citrine Blue Topaz
September October November December
Sapphire Opal Citrine Blue Topaz
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