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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

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

September 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

Turquoise Gemstones
Blue, Blue-Green - Turquoise
Tanzanite 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: May-26-2020
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