Have you ever wondered what birthstone/gems or flowers match the month you were born in, if the answer is yes then here’s the run down.
January – the birthstone for this month is Garnet, which is usually a deep red gem. A Garnet forms part of a group of silicate minerals including almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvarovite. As for the flower, it is the Carnation. It’s official name is the Dianthus caryophyllus. It thought to be native to the Mediterranean region but the exact region is unknown.
February – the gem this month is Amethyst, a soft violet coloured stone. An Amethyst is a mineral gemstone deriving from quartz and it’s usually transparent. The Violet flower is February’s bloom. These are a group of Spring flowering plants from the Violaceae family. Violets usually have heart-shaped leaves with asymmetrical flowers.
March – The gorgeous turquoise gemstone of Aquamarine is this month stone. In ancient myth, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids. Sailors are said to use this gemstone as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It’s also been known as the stone of eternal youth and happiness. The Daffodil is the flower of the month. It’s proper name and family are that of the Narcissus jonquilla family. This is a bright trumpet like flower.
April – The clear innocence and beauty of a diamond is the stone for this month. A Diamond is a solid form of the carbon element, its measured in diamond cubics. The flower of the month is a Sweet Pea or Daisy. The sweet pea is a flowering plant from the Lathyrus family, native to Sicily, Cyprus and the Aegean Islands. Whilst the Daisy belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is closely related to the artichoke and arnica and there are around 4000 known species of daisies that differ in size, shape, colour and type of habitat.
May – The beautiful green stone which is the Emerald is the gem for May and means happiness. It is made from a variety of the mineral beryl coloured green because of the traces of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Although they are durable stones, emeralds are susceptible to chipping. The adorable fragrant Lily of the Valley is the flower for this month. This petite flower is sweetly scented yet a highly poisonous woodland flowering plant, that will flower in cooler temperatures.
June – Synonymous with June is the opulent Pearl meaning wealth. These jewels are the only ones created by a living animal. A natural pearl is rare and is only found in about 1 in every 10,000 wild oysters. The majestic Rose is the flower for the month of June. This flower can usually be found as a prickly bush or shrub that bears red, pink, yellow, or white fragrant flowers, and belongs to the Rosaceae family.
July – The seductive red Ruby is the gemstone for the month of July, and it means freedom. A ruby is made from a variety of the mineral corundum. The word ruby originates from the Latin word Rubens, which means red. The flower for July is the Larkspur. This delphinium has about 300 species of the flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae. Larkspur are toxic to humans and livestock. It is thought that in England, the larkspur flowers were used to cure ailments and were part of the Summer Solstice celebrations.
August – The friendship gem of Peridot is the stone for the month of August. It has a gem like quality and is made up of an olivine and a silicate mineral. It was known as the ‘Gem of the Sun’ in Egyptians times and was worn by Queen Cleopatra. The largest known Peridot stone is a 46.16 carat stone that was extracted in Pakistan and is housed in the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC. The flower for the month of August is the large Gladiolus and they come from the Iridaceae Family. Gladiolus is also known as the Sword Lily, due to its sword shaped leaves. The impressive flower spikes on stalk like stems in a wide array of beautiful colours.
September – The deep blue Sapphire meaning Truth is the gemstone for September. Sapphires belong to the mineral family known as corundum. They are the second strongest gemstone after the diamond. The Aster is the flower of the month. This perennial flowering plant is part of the Asteraceae family. The word “aster” originates from the Greek word and means “star”, due to the flowers shape of flower head. The Aster is also known as the “frost flowers” as they are often used during the autumn and winter.
October – Opal is the gem for this month and means hope. It is classed as a mineraloid, unlike crystalline forms of silica, it is because the unusual opal stone is formed from rain. It is believed that when the rain water seeps into the rock crevasses and then evaporates, the silica that is left behind dries and hardens and that is what make a precious opal. The flower for October is the Calendula, which is more commonly known as the Marigold. These flowers are also known for their culinary, medicinal, and magical herbs.
November – The stunning Topaz gem is the stone for November and means loyalty. Topaz comes in many colours but is usually a striking yellow shade. The word Topaz means “fire” in Sanskrit, which is the classical language of Indian and also the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The Chrysanthemum is the flower of November looks like a daisy with a normally yellow centre and usually has a pretty, decorative pompon as it’s petals. The chrysanthemum flower symbolises optimism and joy.
December – For the last month of the year, the aquatic looking Turquoise gem is the symbol, with many believing that this opaque, blue/green stone was thought of as a Holy stone and the bringer of success, and good fortune. Holly is the flower for December. English holly is commonly used as decorations at Christmas time. The holly bush or tree has spiky green waxy leaves which are tough and red berries. The holly tree does not lose it’s leaves in the Winter as they are very strong.
Now you know what flower, birthstone or gem is associated with each month, it might help solve getting that special gift for someone on their birthday.