Anniversaries & Birthstones

Most top jewelry designers will tell you a missed gift is a missed opportunity to bring joy to somebody’s life. With that in mind, Ragan’s Jewelry presents all the information you need to pick an appropriate jewelry gift for upcoming anniversaries or birthdays.

Anniversary Gift Anniversary Gift
First Gold Seventeenth Watch
Second Garnet Eighteenth Cat's Eye
Third Pearls Nineteenth Aquamarine
Fourth Blue Topaz Twentieth Emerald
Fifth Sapphire Twenty-first Iolite
Sixth Amethyst Twenty-second Spinel
Seventh Onyx Twenty-third Imperial Topaz
Eighth Tourmaline Twenty-fourth Tanzanite
Ninth Lapis Twenty-fifth Silver Jubilee
Tenth Diamonds Thirtieth Pearl Jubilee
Eleventh Turquoise Thirty-fifth Emerald
Twelfth Jade Fortieth Ruby
Thirteenth Citrine Forty-fifth Sapphire
Fourteenth Opal Fiftieth Golden Jubilee
Fifteenth Ruby Fifty-fifth Alexandrite
Sixteenth Peridot Sixtieth Diamond Jubilee

Birthstones

 January - Garnet

Garnet signifies eternal friendship and trust.

Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry as early as 3100 B.C.  Garnet actually comes in a rainbow of colors, with the most popular being the deep red of the pyrope garnet and the vibrant green of tsavorite garnet.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

 February - Amethyst

Amethyst is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the stone to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Historically, the finest amethyst featured in royal European jewelry.  Amethyst is purple quartz and comes in various blends of violet and red that can found in every corner of the earth. Today, while Brazil is the primary source of this gemstone, amethyst can be found elsewhere, especially in Zambia.

 March - Aquamarine, Bloodstone

Aquamarine's serene color is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  Aquamarine is most often light in tone, and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green, with more intense color usually found in larger stones.  This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is also found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.
Bloodstone is believed to have healing powers, especially for blood disorders.

The second birthstone for March, bloodstone is a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide.  This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets.  It is sometimes called the martyr's stone as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ's blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross.  Generally found embedded in rocks or in riverbeds as pebbles, primary sources for this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.

 April - Diamond

The diamond has been associated with invulnerability and protection.
Diamond comes from the Greek adamao, transliterated as "adamao," "I tame" or "I subdue." The adjective adamas was used to describe the hardest substance known, and eventually became synonymous with diamond. It is difficult to determine at what point in history the hardest known substance become diamond. The first diamonds were found in ancient times in India but now most of the world's diamonds come from South Africa and Israel.

 May - Emerald

Emeralds are thought to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.

Emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is derived from the word smaragdus, meaning green in Greek, and was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia.

 June - Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone

Pearls symbolize innocence and a pure heart.

Pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gems of the Roman Empire and are unique, as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market.
Alexandrite is said to enhance communication, mental clarity, memory, and perception.

A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities.  Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light.
Moonstone is believed to encapsulate a spirit whose purpose is to bring good fortune.

Moonstone was given its name by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that its appearance altered with the phases of the moon, a belief that held until well after the sixteenth century.  Moonstones show a floating play of light (called adularescence) and sometimes show either a multirayed star or a cat's eye.   Part of the family of minerals called feldspar, moonstone occurs in many igneous and metamorphic rocks and comes in a variety of colors such as green, blue, peach, and champagne. The most prized moonstones are from Sri Lanka; India, Australia, the United States, Mayanmar, and Madagascar are also sources.

 July - Ruby

Rubies arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and success in love.

Ruby is a variety of the gems species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is durable enough for everyday wear. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value. Light red, purple and orange rubies are actually called a fancy-color sapphires. Rubies are found in many parts of Asia, in several countries in Africa, and in Greenland

 August – Peridot, Sardonyx

Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year.

As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes and in Hawaii, symbolizing the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.  Peridot ranges from yellowish green to brown, but the most popular shades are the bright lime and olive greens.  Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.
Sardonyx is believed to bring courage and victory in battles.

Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white banding.  It was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans who carried into battle talismans of sardonyx engraved with images of heroes such as Mars or Hercules. The most attractive specimens of this gemstone are found in India, but it is also is also mined in Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, and in the United States.

 September - Sapphire

Sapphire is said to protect your loved ones from envy and harm.

Medieval clergy wore sapphires in the Middle Ages to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.  Sapphire is a variety of the gem species corundum and occurs in all colors of the rainbow:  Pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow and blue corundum are known by their color (pink sapphire, green sapphire).  Ruby is the deep red variety of corundum. Sapphires are found in many parts of Asia, in several countries in Africa, and in Greenland

 October - Tourmaline, Opal

Tourmalines are credited with the power to enhance one's understanding, increase self-confidence, and aid in concentration and communication.

The name tourmaline comes from a Singhalese word, touramalli, meaning "mixed colored stones" and was originally applied to an assortment of colored stones consisting mainly of zircons.  Tourmaline is available in a wide variety of colors, often displayed in the same gemstone.  These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized. Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the USA.
Opal is believed to give to the wearer the power of foresight and protection from disease.

The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of color)."  Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal's beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background.  Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata and hardened over time.  The opal is composed of particles packed together in a regular pattern, creating a three-dimensional array of spaces that give opal its radiance.  Most of today's opal is mined in Australia.

 November - Topaz, Citrine

Topaz is believed to have the power to increase the wearer’s strength.

Topaz is available in a rainbow of colors. Often confused with citrine quartz and smoky quartz, quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. Topaz comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones. The most important source for topaz is Brazil, with some topaz mined in the United States, North Pakistan and Russia.
Citrine is known as the healing quartz and is said to support vitality and health while encouraging hope and energy within the wearer.

Citrine can be found in a variety of shades, ranging from pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. It is one of the most affordable of gemstones and is plentiful in nature. It is found most frequently in Brazil, Bolivia, and Spain.

 December - Tanzanite, Turquoise

Tanzanite is a talisman of new beginnings and transformation.

Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world. It was introduced to the jewelry industry by Tiffany & co.  Colors range from blue to purple and emit several hues at once.  As tanzanite can be less expensive than sapphire, it often was purchased as an alternative.
Turquoise was widely thought to prevent injury and was a representation of happiness.

The name turquoise comes from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin's egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent to opaque. Today, turquoise is mined in Iran, the United States, India, Tibet, China, Eygpt, Chile, Russia, and Australia.
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