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Birthstones Part 4 – Beyond the Twelve Months: Birthstones for the Time of Day, Day of the Week, Day of the Month, and Season

By Yaĝé Enigmus

When choosing to purchase a birthstone for oneself or as a gift, one may find that the birthstone associated with the relevant month isn’t suitable for their needs or doesn’t satisfy the preferences of the eventual owner. Fortunately the month in which someone was born is not the only component of a person’s birth date that may be associated with gemstones. 

Sometime after the adoption of the birthstone practice in Europe based on the twelve months of the year, a number of other birthstone lists were developed. By the end of the 19th century birthstones had been matched with the birth hours, days of the week, and even the seasons in which people were born.

These lists, found below as they are currently understood, offer an even greater selection of stones to give as gifts or have set in custom jewellery:

Birthstone [AM]

Hour

Birthstone [PM]

Morion*

1

Jacinth (Zircon)

Hematite

2

Emerald

Malachite

3

Beryl

Lapis Lazuli

4

Topaz

Turquoise

5

Ruby

Tourmaline

6

Opal

Chrysolite (Peridot)

7

Sardonyx

Amethyst

8

Chalcedony

Kunzite

9

Jade

Sapphire

10

Jasper

Garnet

11

Lodestone

Diamond

12

Onyx

*"Morion" is another name for the deep black form smoky quartz


Day of the Week

Birthstone

Sunday

Topaz

Monday

Pearl, Rock Crystal*

Tuesday

Ruby, Emerald

Wednesday

Amethyst, Lodestone

Thursday

Sapphire, Carnelian

Friday

Emerald, Cat’s Eye

Saturday

Turquoise, Diamond

*"Rock Crystal" is another name for colourless quartz

Skyjems Topaz

Skyjems Kunzite

Click here to see Skyjems' beautiful selection of topaz, the birthstone associated with Sunday!

Click here to see our glimmering collection of kunzite – the 9 am birthstone!


Season

Birthstone

Spring

Emerald

Summer

Ruby

Fall

Sapphire

Winter

Diamond

In addition to these lists, stones have been matched with the day of the month upon which one was born. This list, known as the ‘Lucky Birthstones’, was developed sometime in the 20th century and associates nine stones with various days of the month based on the numerology of those birth dates.

Below are the lucky birthstones:  

Lucky Birthstone:

Ruby

Pearl

Yellow Sapphire

Lapis Lazuli

Emerald

Diamond

Cat’s Eye

Blue Sapphire

Coral

Day of the Month:

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

11th

12th

13th

14th

15th

16th

17th

18th

19th

20th

21st

22nd

23rd

24th

25th

26th

27th

28th

29th

30th

31st

There is certainly no shortage of options when selecting a birthstone. The birthstone options continue even further in the next instalment of this series. 


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