What's Your Birthstone?
Wearing or carrying your birthstone is said to bring good luck and protection. There are several different charts of birthstones, including traditional and modern.
The modern list differs somewhat from the traditional, most notably by including only transparent gems. In the United States today, people draw freely from both lists and pick the stones that appeal to them. Some traditional gems are also less expensive (like turquoise) or more readily available (like cultivated pearls) than their modern counterparts. Thus, some traditional stones remain popular.
Modern: Diamond, White Zircon, White Sapphire or Clear Quartz
Modern: Alexandrite or Moonstone
Modern: Peridot or Spinel
Traditional: Blue Sapphire
Modern: Blue Sapphire
Modern: Tourmaline or Pink Sapphire
Traditional: Golden Topaz
Modern: Citrine or Yellow Sapphire
Traditional: Turquoise or Lapis Lazuli
Modern: Blue Topaz, Blue Zircon, Iolite or Tanzanite