While it's easy to choose a gemstone if you wish to go with your own birthstone, the birthstone of your significant other, or the birthstone of your child, there are other ways to choose gemstones that are equally symbolic.
Whether you select a charm that says "#1 Nana" or a more personalized birthstone necklace, you can give a grandmother something to cherish while you commemorate her special place in the hearts of her grandchildren.
Ruby is also the designated July birthstone, and birthstone engagement rings can be a highly symbolic and sentimental options for July-born brides or couples whose nuptials will take place at the height of summer.
The type of stone you choose can be a birthstone, favorite color, or hold some other significance for you and your spouse-to-be, making the ring even more meaningful than representing your love for one another.
You could opt for the birthstone of the month you met, the month you got engaged (assuming a ring wasn't presented at the time, of course), the month you intend to get married, or the month of your first date.
For symbolic jewelry, a groom may choose an aquamarine engagement ring for his bride's birthstone or a husband might mark his 19th wedding anniversary by gifting his wife with an aquamarine eternity ring.
When the child first receives a real gemstone piece of jewelry - such as a birthstone pendant or their first pair of real gem earrings, for example - an adult jewelry box is a great accompanying gift.
These synthetic stones are less costly than natural sapphires and are a good choice for a person who desires a stunning birthstone necklace but does not want to pay the price for natural sapphires..
Sapphire engagement rings are particularly popular in September, as the gem is that month's birthstone and can be a sentimental and meaningful option for September-born brides or for fall romances.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February.