How Well Do You Know Your Birthstone Gemology? – IGS

You might be familiar with the romance of birthstones, but how well do you know birthstone gemology? Take our short quiz and learn about the composition, cutting, and value of birthstones.

What is My Birthstone?

Throughout history, people have given poetic meanings to different gemstones. Nowadays, our use of birthstones is probably the best-known example of this practice. Each month has a special stone assigned to it. For those born in a particular month, that month’s gem purportedly acts as a “good luck” charm. Of course, birthstones and their meanings vary across cultures. Below you’ll find a list of birthstones commonly used in English speaking countries.


MONTHMODERNANCIENT
JanuaryGarnetGarnet
FebruaryAmethystAmethyst
MarchAquamarineBloodstone
AprilDiamondDiamond
MayEmeraldEmerald
JuneAlexandritePearl
JulyRubyRuby
AugustPeridotSardonyx
SeptemberSapphireSapphire
OctoberRose ZirconTourmaline or Opal
NovemberGolden Topaz or CitrineTopaz
DecemberBlue Zircon or TanzaniteTurquoise or Lapis

Source: How Well Do You Know Your Birthstone Gemology? – IGS


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