The concept of birthstones is common and widely known, but did you know there is more than one version of what your birthstone is? There are traditional birthstones and modern birthstones, as well as those acknowledged in US and Britain. This is due to cultural differences, but whichever you choose - remember to choose a rock you are comfortable with. After all, no two rocks are the same.
Below is an excerpt of the birthstones acknowledged in US and Britain respectively, taken from Wikipedia.
To find out more about ancient birthstones, such as those acknowledged in the Hebrew, Roman or Arabic cultures, you may check out the International Colored Gemstone Association.
|Month||U.S. (2013)||Britain (2013)|
|March||Aquamarine^, Bloodstone||Aquamarine^, Bloodstone|
|April||Diamond^||Diamond^, Rock Crystal|
|June||Pearl, Moonstone^, Alexandrite^||Pearl, Moonstone^|
|September||Sapphire^||Sapphire^, Lapis Lazuli|
|October||Opal^, Tourmaline^, Rose Zircon||Opal^|
|November||Topaz^, Citrine^||Topaz^, Citrine^|
|December||Turquoise^, Zircon, Tanzanite^||Tanzanite^, Turquoise^|
^Also acknowledged birthstones per the International Colored Gemstone Association