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Birthstones by Color

Birthstone Colors by GemSelect

Introduction

If you are thinking of buying a loved one a gift on their birthday, what could be more perfect than a gemstone historically and spiritually linked to their month of birth? Find out their favorite color and surprise them on their special day.

If you are planning to buy a birthstone for yourself you may not have had much choice in what day you were born but you can certainly choose the color you like.

Some months have every color in the rainbow while others have more subtle variations, let us guide you through each birthstone’s color options.

February Birthstone Colors

Amethyst Gemstones
Violet to Purple - Amethyst

February Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Violet to Purple Amethyst

March Birthstone Colors

Aquamarine Gemstones
Blue to Greenish Blue - Aquamarine
Bloodstone Gemstones
Deep Green with Red Spots - Bloodstone / secondary

March Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Blue to Greenish Blue Aquamarine
Deep Green with Red Spots Bloodstone / secondary

April Birthstone Colors

Aquamarine Gemstones
White, Brown, Green, Red, Blue - Diamond
Bloodstone Gemstones
All Colors - Sapphire / secondary
Bloodstone Gemstones
Multicolor - Opal / secondary
Bloodstone Gemstones
White Topaz / secondary

April Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
White, Brown, Green, Red, Blue, Yellow Diamond
All Colors Sapphire / secondary
Multicolor Opal / secondary
White White Topaz / secondary

May Birthstone Colors

Emerald Gemstones
Green - Emerald
Agate Gemstones
Multicolor - Agate / secondary
Chrysoprase Gemstones
Green - Chrysoprase / secondary

May Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Green Emerald
Multicolor Agate / secondary
Green Chrysoprase / secondary

June Birthstone Colors

Pearl Gemstones
Multicolor - Pearl
Moonstone Gemstones
Cream, White, Brown, Gray, Orange - Moonstone
Alexandrite Gemstones
Green, Blue, Purple - Alexandrite / secondary

June Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Multicolor Pearl
Cream, White, Brown, Gray, Orange Moonstone
Green, Blue, Purple Alexandrite / secondary

July Birthstone Colors

Ruby Gemstones
Pinkish Red, Red - Ruby
Onyx Gemstones
Black - Onyx
Turquoise Gemstones
Blue, Green - Turquoise / secondary

July Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Red, Pinkish-Red Ruby
Black Onyx / secondary
Blue, Green Turquoise / secondary

August Birthstone Colors

Peridot Gemstones
Green - Peridot
Spinel Gemstones
Red, Pink, Blue, Gray, Black, White, Violet, Pastels - Spinel / secondary
Sardonyx Gemstones
Multicolor - Sardonyx / secondary

August Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Green Peridot
Red, Pink, Blue, Gray, Black, White, Violet, Pastels Spinel / secondary
Multicolor Sardonyx / secondary

September Birthstone Colors

Peridot Gemstones
All Colors - Sapphire
Lapis Lazuli Gemstones
Blue - Lapis Lazuli / secondary

August Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
All Colors Sapphire
Blue Lapis Lazuli / secondary

October Birthstone Colors

Opal Gemstones
Multicolor - Opal
Tourmaline Gemstones
All Colors - Tourmaline

October Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Multicolor Opal
All Colors Tourmaline

November Birthstone Colors

Citrine Gemstones
Yellow to Golden - Citrine
Topaz Gemstones
Blue, White, Orange, Green - Topaz

November Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Yellow to Golden Citrine
Blue, White, Orange, Green Topaz

December Birthstone Colors

Citrine Gemstones
Blue, Blue-Green - Turquoise
Topaz Gemstones
Blue, Violet-Blue - Tanzanite
Zircon Gemstones
Blue, Orange, Brown, Green, White, Golden - Zircon

December Birthstone Colors - Summary Table

  Color Gem Type
Blue, Blue-Green Turquoise
Blue, Violet-Blue Tanzanite
Blue, Orange, Brown, Green, White, Golden Zircon

So there we have it, our visual guide to the countless colors available in birthstones. Use our color selection tools to find your ideal gemstone gift today.

Where did the idea of birthstones come from? Having a connection to a particular gemstone goes back centuries in both Eastern and Western cultures.

The bible mentions the breastplate of Moses' brother, Aaron, with its twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

To learn all about birthstones please see our collection of "Birthstones By month" articles here

Zodiac signs and astrology have also played their part and Hindu traditions chart the hour, day and year of your birth to determine which of the nine sacred gemstones you should wear.

Calendars, beliefs and customs have changed but we still love the idea that one or two gemstones are special to us.

It would be a little cynical (but not wrong) to feel that our modern birthstones are just a marketing ploy launched by the Jeweler's Association in 1912 to sell more gemstones.

Adding the newly discovered Tanzanite in 2002 and the criminally neglected Spinel in 2016 does hint at the influence of an advertizing agency.

But I say let's just enjoy another reason to own such a lovely piece of the natural world.

  • First Published: February-17-2020
  • Last Updated: February-18-2020
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