Birth Stone

Birthstones Colors

Giving a piece of jewelry containing Birthstones is the traditional way of celebrating special occasions. Like diamonds, Birthstones are graded by color, cut, clarity and carat weight.

Click one of the following links to access facts and information about Birthstones Colors and their attributes.

Birthstones Colors
Discover the traditional colors associated with Birthstones. Giving a piece of jewelry containing Birthstones is the traditional way of celebrating special family occasions. But how do you judge the quality of the stone? Just like diamonds, the gems in most Birthstones are graded by Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat weight - commonly known as the 4 C's.

  • Color - relates to rarity, value and quality of a gemstone
  • Cut - the shape and style of the cut of the gemstone e.g. Pear, Round, Marquise, Heart shaped
  • Clarity - how clear a gemstone is and describes the presence, or absence, of Inclusions (flaws) within the stone and any blemishes on its surface.
  • Carat Weight - the Carat is used to measure the weight of a gemstone

Birthstone colors are therefore extremely important to consider when purchasing a piece of jewelry containing precious or semi-precious gemstones.

Birthstone Color for January
Birthstone Color for February
Birthstone Color for March
Birthstone Color for April
Birthstone Color for May
Birthstone Color for June
Birthstone Color for July
Birthstone Color for August
Birthstone Color for September
Birthstone Color for October
Birthstone Color for November
Birthstone Color for December
Birthstones Colors by Month
Birthstone Color Chart

Natural Birthstones Colors
Natural gemstone colors are ranked according to their rarity and value. The following information details what causes the different natural colors:

  • Blue Colors are caused by the presence of the element Boron (B) which changes the conductivity of the gemstones
  • Red, Pink & Brown Colors are caused by crystal lattice defects during the formation of the gemstone
  • Purple coloration is caused by the presence of iron and/or manganese
  • Yellow Colors are caused by the presence of the element Nitrogen (N) which changes the conductivity of gemstones
  • White - Colors - Some gemstones, such as the diamond and topaz are transparent and colorless and are referred to as a white colors
  • Green Colors are caused by exposure to the natural radiation in the earth such as uranium ore

Other Factors affecting the Colors of Birthstones - Synthetic Gemstones
Other factors affecting the colors of birthstones containing gemstones include fluorescence and color enhancements produced by high pressure, high temperature treatment and irradiation. The process called Irradiation is used to change the colors of gemstones, these are called the treated stones. Synthetic colored gems are not natural as they are created by man in a laboratory. Synthetic gemstones are much cheaper than those with natural colors making them easily affordable to everyone.

Symbolism and Significance of  Birthstones
From Ancient times wise men and healers have believed that jewels and gemstones have mystical powers and conduct the energies of the ruling planets with which each gemstone is associated which affect our physical or emotional well being and healing powers. Gemstones and their attributes were related to signs of the Zodiac or month of birth and referred to as Birthstones.

Meaning of Birthstones Colors
Individual Birthstones colors also have special attributes. The meaning behind birthstones colors were symbolised by their association with events which occurred in history, many of which dated back, and related to, the biblical meanings of colors. The Christian meaning of colors were highly symbolic. The meaning of birthstones colors are detailed in the above links.

Birthstone List
Birthstone Zodiac Signs
Birthstone Chart
Jewels & Gemstones
Birthstones Colors
Birth Month Flowers
Birthstones Index
January Birthstone
February Birthstone
March Birthstone
April Birthstone
May Birthstone
June Birthstone
July Birthstone
August Birthstone
September Birthstone
October Birthstone
November Birthstone
December Birthstone
History of Birthstones

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