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Discover Gemstones

Discover the fascinating world of gemstones! Learn about the diverse symbolism, colors, durability, and captivating details behind each gemstone in our comprehensive guide to different gemstone types.

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Discover Birthstones

What Are Birthstones?

Birthstones, in all their captivating splendor, represent more than mere gemstones; they are an embodiment of personal identity and a timeless bridge to the Earth's riches. Aligned with each month of the year, these jewels carry both aesthetic allure and profound symbolism. They are believed to imbue their wearers with good fortune, safeguarding, and a mirror to their unique attributes and life journey. Whether it's the fiery embrace of a July ruby or the tranquil allure of a September sapphire, birthstones weave a tapestry of tradition and beauty, forging an enduring connection to our birth months and the Earth's precious treasures, making them exquisite and enduring symbols of our lives.

January Birthstone


As the birthstone for January, Garnet is a symbol of enduring friendship and trust. Its deep red hue exudes warmth and passion. Known for its durability, garnets can withstand daily wear and tear, making them perfect for jewelry that stands the test of time.

February Birthstone


Amethyst, the birthstone for February, embodies qualities of tranquility and spirituality. Its regal purple color adds a touch of sophistication to any piece. Amethyst is a relatively hard stone, ensuring its longevity and resistance to scratches.

March Birthstone


March's birthstone, Aquamarine, represents calm seas and serenity. This stone's serene blue shades evoke images of the ocean. Aquamarine is durable, making it suitable for various jewelry styles, and it's also a popular choice for engagement rings due to its ethereal beauty.

April Birthstone


April's birthstone, the diamond, symbolizes eternal love and invincibility. Known for its brilliance and clarity, diamonds are the hardest natural substance, representing strength and longevity. They are the ultimate choice for engagement and special occasion jewelry.

May Birthstone


The birthstone for May, the emerald, embodies renewal and growth. Its lush green color is a symbol of life and vitality. While emeralds are not as hard as diamonds, they can still be worn daily and cared for with a gentle touch, creating captivating jewelry pieces.

June Birthstone


June's birthstone, the pearl, represents purity and innocence. Pearls come in various colors, with white being the most classic. They are relatively soft, making them ideal for elegant and timeless jewelry, often used in necklaces and earrings.

July Birthstone


Ruby, the birthstone for July, signifies love and passion. Its deep red hue evokes feelings of desire. Rubies are among the hardest gemstones, known for their durability, and are often incorporated into engagement rings and exquisite jewelry.

August Birthstone


August's birthstone, peridot, is associated with good fortune and protection. Its vibrant green shades convey positive energy. While peridot is not as hard as some other gemstones, it's a durable choice for various jewelry designs.



September's birthstone, sapphire, symbolizes wisdom and loyalty. Known for its rich blue tones, sapphires are both stunning and resilient. Their durability and vibrant colors make them a popular choice for engagement rings and heirloom pieces.

October Birthstone


Opal, the birthstone for October, is a symbol of hope and creativity. With its play-of-color, opals exhibit a kaleidoscope of hues. While opals are softer than other gemstones, their unique beauty makes them captivating additions to jewelry designs.

Washington Diamond does not carry or work with opal jewelry due to its delicate features. Please call our store at 703-536-3600 to speak with one of our jewelry experts for more information.

November Birthstone


Citrine, the birthstone for November, represents positivity and abundance. Its warm yellow to orange shades exude radiance. Citrine is a durable and affordable gemstone, perfect for bright and cheerful jewelry pieces.

December Birthstone

Blue Topaz

December's birthstone, blue topaz, embodies serenity and calmness. Its icy blue tones are reminiscent of clear winter skies. Blue topaz is relatively hard and comes in various shades, making it a versatile and captivating choice for jewelry design, especially in cooler hues.

Washington Diamond does not currently carry blue topaz jewelry. Please call our store at 703-536-3600 to speak with one of our jewelry experts for a custom gemstone jewelry design.


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