In Part 1 of the Hatton Garden guide to birthstones, we filled you in on all of the gemstones from January until June. Here in Part 2, we look at the stones that represent July until December.
July – Ruby
The rosy red ruby is the perfect stone for passionate people who were born in July. It’s one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones in the world.
August – Peridot
Peridot is another green birthstone – but this one is formed in volcanic fire! In days gone by it was believed to symbolise fertility and healing.
September – Sapphire
September’s sapphire has a deep, rich blue colour. The stone has recently come back into fashion after Prince William gave Kate Middleton a sapphire engagement ring.
October – Opal
Opal can be said to be the most unique of all of the birthstones, as its milky colour radiates a combination of all of the colours! Rumour once had it that wearing opal when it wasn’t your birthstone could bring you bad luck, but most people now think that this is just folklore!
November – Citrine
Citrine is the only yellow stone in the birthstone family – its name is derived from citron which means lemon in French. It is a variety of quartz said to protect against evil.
December – Blue topaz
December’s birthstone is blue topaz, a popular stone which comes in a variety of shades of blue. It’s one of the most commonly available stones and is known for restoring order and calm to stressful situations.
Remember, wearing your birthstone is meant to bring you luck, happiness and prosperity – so it’s a great excuse to invest in some new jewellery!