All About Birthstones

Every month of the year has birthstone associated with it. Each month has a primary gemstone and several also have an alternate or two as well. What’s nice about birthstones is that it’s a great way to celebrate family (such as children, grandchildren, siblings, etc.) in jewelry.

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Birthstone Gemstones Chart by Month featuring Tree of Life Pendants.

Let’s take a look at the different birthstones for each month of the year along with information about the symbolic meaning of birthstone gemstones and I’ll show some examples of what you can do with them!

January – Garnet

Garnet is a natural, semi-precious gemstone associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aquarius and the birthstone of the month of January. Considered the stone of good luck in business, it's also said to increase your self-esteem when worn as jewelry. It's also the stone associated with the first chakra (base of the spine.) It's rich, deep and intense color is unique and beautiful.

Garnet is a natural, semi-precious gemstone associated with the planet Mars, the zodiac sign of Aquarius and the birthstone of the month of January. Considered the stone of good luck in business, it’s also said to increase your self-esteem when worn as jewelry. It’s also the stone associated with the first chakra (base of the spine.) It’s rich, deep and intense color is unique and beautiful.

February – Amethyst

Amethyst derives it's name from a Greek word meaning "without drunkenness" because it was believed to protect the wearer from poisons. Amethyst is a semi-precious gemstone and is a very powerful stone being used for insomnia, protection, wisdom and healing. Amethyst is also traditionally associated with royalty and people of great wealth.

Amethyst derives it’s name from a Greek word meaning “without drunkenness” because it was believed to protect the wearer from poisons. Amethyst is a semi-precious gemstone and is a very powerful stone being used for insomnia, protection, wisdom and healing. Amethyst is also traditionally associated with royalty and people of great wealth.

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in lovely tones of delicate blue. The birthstone of March, it is said to help you be in touch with your spiritual being. Known as "Water of the Sea" because of it's color, aquamarine been used by sailors for centuries to protect them on the water. It's also been long used as a strong meditation aide and when worn as a necklace, it is said to calm and sooth the nerves.

Aquamarine is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in lovely tones of delicate blue. The birthstone of March, it is said to help you be in touch with your spiritual being. Known as “Water of the Sea” because of it’s color, aquamarine been used by sailors for centuries to protect them on the water. It’s also been long used as a strong meditation aide and when worn as a necklace, it is said to calm and sooth the nerves.

April – Diamond (Alternates: White Sapphire, White Topaz)

Pure Topaz is colorless and transparent and is more rare than it's better-known colored versions. (Such as Blue Topaz or Yellow Topaz.) Known as "White Topaz" or "Silver Topaz" it's transparent and crystal clear and is a popular alternative for diamonds. The beautiful micro-faceted rondelles used in this piece are very high quality, luxe stones with precision cutting.

Pure Topaz is colorless and transparent and is more rare than it’s better-known colored versions. (Such as Blue Topaz or Yellow Topaz.) Known as “White Topaz” or “Silver Topaz” it’s transparent and crystal clear and is a popular alternative for diamonds. The beautiful micro-faceted rondelles used in this piece are very high quality, luxe stones with precision cutting.

May – Emerald (Alternate: Chrome Diopside)

Emerald is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.) A member of the beryl mineral family, emeralds have been prized since ancient times and a quality emerald commands more value than even a diamond! Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment.

Emerald is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.) A member of the beryl mineral family, emeralds have been prized since ancient times and a quality emerald commands more value than even a diamond! Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment.

June – Pearl (Alternates: Alexandrite and Moonstone)

Pearls have been used for jewelry and adornment for centuries. Unlike all other gemstones, pearls require living creatures to create them and they require no cutting or polishing. Freshwater pearls are said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty and are commonly used in wedding and bridal jewelry.

Pearls have been used for jewelry and adornment for centuries. Unlike all other gemstones, pearls require living creatures to create them and they require no cutting or polishing. Freshwater pearls are said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty and are commonly used in wedding and bridal jewelry.

July – Ruby

Ruby is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Emerald, Diamond and Sapphire.) Ruby is known as the most powerful gem in the universe. To own a ruby is to know contentment and peace. Given as a gift, ruby is the stone of friendship and love. It's also associated with vitality and royalty.

Ruby is one of only four rare, precious gemstones in the world (along with Emerald, Diamond and Sapphire.) Ruby is known as the most powerful gem in the universe. To own a ruby is to know contentment and peace. Given as a gift, ruby is the stone of friendship and love. It’s also associated with vitality and royalty.

August – Peridot

Peridot is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in the most amazing green color. The birthstone of August, it has been considered sacred and a symbol of purity for thousands of years. It was considered a stone of Springtime and a gift of Mother Nature by the Ancients. It is a stone of lightness and beauty and is said to enhance wellness in the spiritually aware. Peridot, while possessing a uniquely vivid tone of green has some natural variation in it.

Peridot is a natural, semi-precious gemstone in the most amazing green color. The birthstone of August, it has been considered sacred and a symbol of purity for thousands of years. It was considered a stone of Springtime and a gift of Mother Nature by the Ancients. It is a stone of lightness and beauty and is said to enhance wellness in the spiritually aware. Peridot, while possessing a uniquely vivid tone of green has some natural variation in it.

September – Sapphire

Sapphire means "blue" in Greek. The blue goes from dark blue almost black to pale blue. The finest blue sapphires are a strong blue. Sapphires are one of only four precious gemstones in the world (along with ruby, emerald and diamond) making them rare, expensive and cherished. The sapphire was called the "Stone of Destiny". Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They can promote financial rewards.

Sapphire means “blue” in Greek. The blue goes from dark blue almost black to pale blue. The finest blue sapphires are a strong blue. Sapphires are one of only four precious gemstones in the world (along with ruby, emerald and diamond) making them rare, expensive and cherished. The sapphire was called the “Stone of Destiny”. Sapphires contribute to mental clarity and perception. They are said to promote financial rewards.

October – Opal (Alternate: Tourmaline)

The Opal derives its name from the Latin word "opalus," meaning precious jewel. It is one of the birthstones for October.  Available in an assortment of colors including blue opal and moss opal and ranging in color from opaque whites, through pale beige, into soft green, browns and even blue.

The Opal derives its name from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning precious jewel. It is one of the birthstones for October. Available in an assortment of colors including blue opal and moss opal and ranging in color from opaque whites, through pale beige, into soft green, browns and even blue.

November – Topaz (Alternate: Citrine)

Citrine is a semi-precious stone in the quartz family. Citrine has been called the "stone of the mind" and is known as the lucky "Merchants Stone". It's said to bring luck to those in sales by placing a piece in the cash drawer. Citrine is also used as an alternative to the November birthstone, Yellow Topaz, due to it's similar color.

Citrine is a semi-precious stone in the quartz family. Citrine has been called the “stone of the mind” and is known as the lucky “Merchants Stone”. It’s said to bring luck to those in sales by placing a piece in the cash drawer. Citrine is also used as an alternative to the November birthstone, Yellow Topaz, due to it’s similar color.

December – Tanzanite (Alternates: Turquoise, Blue Zircon

One of the most cherished and sought-after gemstones in the world today, Tanzanite is blue-purple to purple blue stone belonging to family of zoisite.Tanzanite is found in only one place in the world: Tanzania, Africa in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Discovered in 1967, it's also a relatively "new" gemstone and was named by the famous jewelry store, Tiffany & Co.

One of the most cherished and sought-after gemstones in the world today, Tanzanite is blue-purple to purple blue stone belonging to family of zoisite.Tanzanite is found in only one place in the world: Tanzania, Africa in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Discovered in 1967, it’s also a relatively “new” gemstone and was named by the famous jewelry store, Tiffany & Co.

There are many myths and legends about the healing, spiritual and mythological power of birthstones. It is said that wearing a gemstone during the month it represents enhances it’s power and influence for the wearer. Though the concept of birthstones date back thousands of years, the modern list has been around since 1912 and the only update in all that time has been the inclusion of “modern” gemstone, Tanzanite, to be added for December’s birthstone.

Regardless of whether or not you believe the gems hold mystical properties, they remain beautiful and attractive and a wonderful way of symbolizing and celebrating friends, loved ones and family!

Check out all the featured birthstone tree of life pendants and many birthstone alternatives on PhoenixFire Designs Birthstone Trees section of the Etsy shop.

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Tea Pot Metal Hook Bookmark

Something a little different today – a cute little teapot bookmark!

Teapot charm dangles off a metal “Shepherd’s Crook” style bookmark. It’s accented with Swarovski crystal and glass pearls.

Cuddle up with a good book and a cuppa when you use this cute teapot bookmark! Made from glass pearls and accented with genuine Swarovski crystal, this metal hook bookmark will hold your place in your favorite book while you put the kettle on.

The charm dangle is about 1.25″ and the total length of the bookmark itself is 5″ It will fit anything from thin paperback or a thick, hardcover book. (As you can see, it easily marks my place in the large, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book with ease.) The bookmark is thin and will not warp or damage your books.

Just a cute little piece for anyone who likes tea and reading! You will receive the exact piece shown. It’s a one-of-a-kind as I do not have any further teapot components on hand.

Available for purchase in the shop HERE

Freshwater Pearl Tree of Life Pendant

Genuine ivory freshwater pearls delicately fill out this beautiful, bridal and wedding inspired Tree of Life Pendant set in Sterling Silver wire.

When I saw these beautiful pearls I knew I had to snag them. They are some of the absolute most beautiful pearls I’ve ever been lucky enough to work with. Very high quality and luxe.Though an undyed soft white/ivory color, the pearlescent nature of them gives them hints of blue and pink depending on how the light hits them. Just stunning. I used about 14″ of pearls in this piece. It’s just full of pearls!

I made this piece with a beautiful, formal event such as a Wedding in mind. It made me think of a bride glowing on her wedding day, walking down the isle with a unique and gorgeous creation at her throat. It’s just such a striking and stunning piece and would look beautiful in both ceremony itself and in photos for years to come.

You don’t have to be a bride though to enjoy this lovely piece. Pearl is also the birthstone of June so would make a great gift for a June baby. And, it also kinda reminds me of a Winter scene as well. Maybe you just like the striking look – no other reason necessary!

One of a kind pendant available HERE in the shop.

Bird Nest Pendant in Champagne Glass Pearl with Pearl Dangle Accent on a Silver Figaro Chain

Adding new items to the shop to help pay for my medical bills. Here’s one of the newest creations!

A little spin on my typical bird nest pendants, this one features a four egg nest in champagne colored glass pearls but also has a dangle accent of additional pearls. It’s set on an 18.5″ Figaro chain.

I started with a simple bird nest. Non-tarnish sterling silver plated wire makes up the nest and nestled inside are four glass pearls in a champagne (taupe) color. Dangling on one side of the nest are two chains accented with more matching glass pearls in two sizes. The dangles hang asymmetrically off the one side for a neat accent.

The pendant is set on a sterling silver plated Figaro chain measuring approximately 18.5″ long. It’s finished with a lobster claw clasp. The bird nest and dangle measure approximately 3″ long.

This piece could easily be a bridal jewelry item with it’s pretty champagne tones. It would look lovely with a wedding dress and could symbolize the start of a new life together. Pearl is also the birthstone of June so it might make a nice gift for someone who’s a June baby. And, bird nests also make lovely gifts for Mothers and Grandmothers as well. Or, maybe you just like it and that’s perfectly fine too!

Available for purchase in my shop HERE.

Under A Full Moon

Every time I list my Under A Full Moon Tree of Life pendant, it sells out. I don’t make them very frequently but I finally had a chance to make another one up, so I’ve listed it in the shop.

“Under A Full Moon” is a unique take on the popular Tree of Life pendants I’m famous for. There are no “leaves” in this piece. Instead, it celebrates bare branches of a tree against a night sky. This pendant is handmade using painstaking wire-wrapping techniques. Dark silver colored wire frames and encircles the pendant, and is then used as the roots, trunk and branches of the tree. This tree is bare of leaves like one would see in Winter and features a large, white pearl round disk “full moon” behind the branches. This piece has a very mystical feeling to me and a stillness to it as well.

Pendant available for purchase HERE in my shop.