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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.