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Your Guide To Birthstones & Birthstone Jewellery

It couldn't be easier to create handmade jewellery using birthstones...

What better way to show a loved one you care than a handmade gift featuring their birthstone.

Follow our guide below to discover what each month's birthstone is, find out what each one is said to represent and discover easy jewellery making projects to try too.

Here at Kernowcraft, we provide all the gemstones and jewellery making supplies you need to create your own beautiful pieces. On our website you'll also find beginner friendly jewellery making kits, tool kits and free tutorials to follow too.

Birthstones date back to the 20th century. There are twelve birthstones; one for each month of the year, from the beautiful bright garnet of January to the gorgeous turquoise of December.

January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet comes in a variety of colours, with the most common being a beautiful dark red. It is thought to symbolise faith, consistency, loyalty and truth.

Our ring settings are a great way to incorporate a birthstone to make a special gift! This particular ring has a gallery wire setting, simply add the correct sized cabochon of your choice and fold the claws over using a bezel rocker to secure in place.

February Birthstone: Amethyst

The word "amethyst" comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk” so it was believed to prevent its wearers from intoxication.

Amethyst is a stunning gemstone which is a purple coloured quartz but can also come in green which we stock here at Kernowcraft. It is said to represent wisdom, strength and confidence.

This featured design shows our gorgeous little amethyst briolettes, wire wrapped and added to some earstuds

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Aquamarine varies in colour from light blue-green to deep blue, caused by traces of iron. 

The name Aquamarine is the Latin phrase for "water of the sea". 

Aquamarine is thought to be a symbol of peace, tranquillity, youth, hope and health.

April Birthstone: Diamond

Diamonds are prized for their brilliance, elegance, and purity. They are harder than any other substance on earth and are the rich cousins of graphite, both crystalline forms of pure carbon.

Diamond jewellery is a lovely gift due to being a symbol of enduring love. Show someone how much they mean to you with some sparkle.

These threader earrings are fabulous! Featuring our diamond crystal beads for a touch of glamour and sparkle.

May Birthstone: Emerald

Emeralds vary in colour from light to deep green, the most desired colour. It’s commonly thought that an emerald’s colour derives from the presence of chromium, replacing some of the aluminium in the mineral’s structure. 

Emerald is thought to be a symbol of regeneration, hope, faith and is a guide for success in love, marriage and motherhood.

June Birthstone: Pearl

Pearls are such a timeless gemstone, bringing a touch of class and elegance to the person wearing them. They vary in colour from white and cream to blue, yellow and lavender depending on the species of mollusc that produced it and also on its environment. 

Pearls are thought to be a symbol of purity, power and chastity and were once associated with the moon.

July Birthstone: Ruby

Ruby is one of the most prized gemstones due to it's lustre, rarity and hardness. 

Due to ruby's inextinguishable inner fire, ruby is thought to be a symbol of courage and power. 

This is one gemstone you could create something bright and beautiful with.

August Birthstone: Peridot

Peridot is green coloured, perfect to wear in spring and summer for that pop of colour - perhaps a pair of earrings would be the design of choice? Peridot is said to be symbol of wealth and success.

We love using wire wrapping techniques to combine beads and charms! Featuring peridot beads, sweet leaf charms and hoop earrings.

September Birthstone: Sapphire

Lucky September! This beautiful gemstone comes in a whole variety of colours from the classic blue to eye catching pink. Take your pick and create something special or why not combine the colours?

Here's a peek into our collection of rose cut sapphire cabochons, set into our milled edge earring settings.

October Birthstone: Opal

Opal is a magnificent and extraordinary gemstone which is thought to bring hope and confidence. For something really special, check out our range of limited edition one-off opal gemstones to create a unique birthstone gift.

We've set magical opal cabochons into our gallery wire link settings, added some charms and hung onto earwires for a beautiful design.

November Birthstone: Topaz

Topaz comes in a variety of colours including blue, green, yellow and red. A rare gemstone, making it a more valuable gemstone than others. This is one piece of jewellery which can be cherished forever.

Snaptite earstuds are so easy to set and are such a classic style! Set with your favourite faceted stones.

December Birthstone: Turquoise

Turquoise is a beautiful blue gemstone and is said to be a symbol of fortune, success and also known as the love charm! A great gift idea for someone who loves bright and colourful jewellery.

In this featured design, we've created an eye-catching design by gluing turquoise cabochons onto one of our bangle settings - you could even combine two birthstones instead.

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