Some choose to follow traditional yearly gifts such as flowers or chocolates for their wedding anniversaries, some do not. While there are many guides out there to help you pick the perfect present, did you know that there is a gemstone or precious metal attached to every year of marriage?


Traditionally, a birthstone is associated with each month of the year. For example, the birthstone for January is a garnet, while babies born in April get a diamond as their birthstone. The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The idea of birthstones has a place in many traditions, customs, and belief systems. The birthstones featured below are arranged by month. Click on the month you were born to learn the history of your birthstone.