Your Guide
To Birthstone Jewellery
The notion of birthstones can be traced back as far as biblical times – where stones of all types were valued for their powers to energise, protect and guide – but in 2020, designers from Pomellato to Tasaki are taking a fresh approach. While most months have one dedicated gemstone, others have more than one – like December with tanzanite and turquoise – and if you were born in September, you have the full spectrum of sapphire colours to choose from. Find out more about each birthstone and shop our favourite new pieces for each month below.
January, Garnet
The garnet has been enjoying a return to popularity in recent years. And its rich, red-wine tones make it the perfect winter warmer for those born in January. It looks particularly striking when set in pink gold, like Boucheron's Serpent Boheme ring or Pomellato's Nudo ring with a beautiful square faceted garnet that sits high on the finger.
February, Amethyst
A roster of contemporary designers are embracing the richness of the amethyst, from newcomers like Greek jeweller Lito to established powerhouses like Stephen Webster. Lito's Treasure Box single earring is graphic and contemporary – a luscious amethyst sits on the ear and suspends a spike of gold, while Webster's amethyst drop earrings are an enviable addition to anyone's jewellery collection.

March, Aquamarine
If your birthday is in March your birthstone is aquamarine – its light, translucent aesthetic is fitting for the end of winter and onset of spring. Italian jeweller Dubini mixes the gem with rubellite in her Theodora ring (the colour clash enhances the appearance of the blue), while Irene Neuwirth takes a similar path, mixing a baby-blue aqua with fire opal in a single statement earring – the perfect way to wear your birthstone while embracing other colours too.
February, Amethyst
A roster of contemporary designers are embracing the richness of the amethyst, from newcomers like Greek jeweller Lito to established powerhouses like Stephen Webster. Lito's Treasure Box single earring is graphic and contemporary – a luscious amethyst sits on the ear and suspends a spike of gold, while Webster's amethyst drop earrings are an enviable addition to anyone's jewellery collection.

April, Diamond
If you were born in April, lucky you: your birthstone is the diamond. Look to designers that disrupt the usual single-set solitaire stone – like Suzanne Kalan and her seemingly random set baguette-cut diamond ring. Or for a real statement, look to Loree Rodkin's Maharaja diamond earrings, a chandelier design enriched with small round-cut diamonds.
May, Emerald
The emerald has enjoyed a resurgence in the last five years, and so it should – it flatters all skin tones and is easy to wear day or night. Delfina Delettrez's Eyes On Me earrings are a witty use of the gem, with asymmetric green eyes. Or opt for a reworking of the classic eternity band with diamonds replaced by vivid green emeralds that encircle the entire finger.
June, Pearl
The reinvention of the pearl is a welcome jewellery trend that shows no sign of waning. Those born in June should explore all possibilities, from white pearls to black and pink, and from perfect spheres to more textured baroque versions. Mizuki's Floating pearl earrings are a clever rework of the classic hoop, designed with suspended white or black pearls, while Tasaki offers a more subversive take on the pearl with their 18kt gold spike-tipped Danger Tribe earrings.
July, Ruby
The ruby is the perfect stone for high summer. Antwerp-based fine jewellery brand Anapsara offers a playful take on this classic stone with its ruby-pavé Dragonfly earrings, while Annoushka's 18kt blackened-gold Crown ring comes encrusted with 72 rubies in total – a statement design best worn alone.
August, Peridot
The peridot is one of the lesser known gems, but its fresh green hue provides a zing of colour. Delfina Delettrez's peridot studs show off the stone to their full potential in a delicate champagne gold setting. Pomellato's studs are also about highlighting the lushness of the green, with cabochon-cut peridots encircled by a halo of diamonds – a perfect way to wear the stone every day.
September, Sapphire
The sapphire is a precious stone that comes in almost every colour, but its most recognisable tone is a deep blue. For a beautiful everyday piece, look to Brooke Gregson's 18kt yellow-gold and sapphire Bar bracelet.
October, Tourmaline
If you were born in October, your birthstone is the tourmaline. It's one of the few stones that can be found in almost every colour, although pink is the most widely recognised as this month's birthstone within fine jewellery collections. Jacquie Aiche is a go-to for pale-pink tourmaline pieces, with her teardrop charm and 18kt gold-leaf pendant among the highlights. Aliita, Delfina Delettrez and Dubini are among our other favourite jewellers creating pink tourmaline pieces.
November, Citrine
The yellow citrine comes in pale delicate lemon through to a richer brownish orange hue. Kiki McDonough uses the stone to great effect in her Kiki Classics with cushion-cut gems suspended from a line of diamonds; these are a wear-and-keep-forever pair of earrings. For a true statement piece, look to Annoushka's Mythology beetle ring – a multi-faceted citrine stone forms the beetle's body, while orange sapphires make up the finer details.
December, Tanzanite
Tanzanite was only discovered in the 1960s and its rise to popularity has been swift. Designers love its purple/blue hue, like Spinelli Kilcollin whose cult linked and stacked rings use a pavé of tanzanites mixed with sapphires to beautiful effect. Selim Mouzannar's tanzanite and enamel pendant mixes the gemstone with black enamel for the most striking colour combination.