Easy gifts, plenty of choice
Buying jewellery as a birthday gift is a fantastic option – as a category, jewellery offers you longevity, personality and plenty of different price ranges. However, there is also an enormous amount of choice to be found in online jewellery stores… sometimes almost too much! Birthstone jewellery is a fantastic way to narrow the search, and given that most people will have more than one birthstone piece in their collection, an easy way to ensure your gift coordinates with the rest of their jewellery. Today we check out the ins and outs of buying birthstone jewellery, online or in store.
Birthstones By Month
The month of birth is the most traditional way to determine a person’s birthstone. Here is the list of modern birthstones, determined by month:
October:Opal or tourmaline
December:Turquoise or blue topaz
Birthstones By Zodiac Sign
If you know for a fact that somebody dislikes their month-based birthstone (or your loved one is born in a ‘problematic’ month – see below), you may be able to use their zodiac alternative. For example, the Aries zodiac sign runs across March and April, but the April birthstone (the diamond) is valid for all Arians, whether they’re born in April or March.
The birthstones determined by zodiac sign are:
Leo:Peridot or sardonic
Libra:Opal or tourmaline
Sagittarius:Turquoise or blue topaz
Problematic Birthstone Months and Jewellery Workarounds
Going by the modern birthstone list, some months are more problematic than others. For example, you’ll often find that there is little men’s jewellery available with coloured gemstones like garnets, topazes, emeralds, etc. Turquoise jewellery for people born in December is difficult to find generally; while emerald, sapphire and ruby jewellery for those born in May, July or September can get very expensive.