The modern birthstone list which is related to birth month was first devised in 1912 and remains unchanged, however there are also lists of ancient and traditional birthstones, which is why today they are often organised by colour rather than specific stones. For instance, January’s stone is a deep red garnet, which is thought to protect wearers from nightmares and guide them in the dark while an opal, for October, signifies healing.
Annoushka’s new Birthstone Locket collection, celebrates 12 birthstones, each corresponding to a calendar month. In true Annoushka style, each locket allows the wearer to both engrave the reverse with a personal message or significant date, but also house a small token, photo or memento within its hidden chamber.
The Mythology collection
also celebrates birthstone gemstones, each meticulously chosen for its colour and texture but also its storytelling qualities. So March’s dreamy aquamarines are celebrated through pieces such as Dusty Diamond earring drops
and a Touch Wood charm
– both of which denote health and hope. And November’s citrine
and topaz stones – which are associated with the strength of body and mind – can be found as charms, rings and earrings, all of which are meant to be worn and treasured forever.
(read on for the full list of birthstones, and their meanings).