Modern Birthstones did not exist until 1912 when the American Jewelers Committee developed a list of birthstones in an effort to settle on a standardized list of the birthstones. Despite the lack of clarity among the handful of different lists, it’s clear that many people believe that some gemstones have special meaning and perhaps power. For the buyer of birthstone jewelry, it’s certainly helpful to identify those qualities that he or she finds meaningful before making their purchase.
Since ancient times, people have continued to develop and wear many forms of birthstone jewelry. While there are many styles that have been popular over the years, here are the most popular modern types today:
Birthstone Necklace: Necklaces continue to be popular among the many forms of birthstone jewelry available today for a number of reasons. First, the color and brilliance of the gemstone creates an eye catching appearance that many desire. For those that believe that birthstones possess medicinal properties, it’s said that wearing the stone close to the center of the body maximizes its positive effects. Finally, a necklace is a favorite clothing accent and can often be combined with other pieces of birthstone jewelry to create an attractive appearance.
Birthstone Ring: Rings are a popular form of birthstone jewelry because they are available in a wide range of styles, colors and finishes. Whether using gold, silver, platinum or some other metal, jewelers can get more creative with rings versus some other forms of birthstone jewelry, since the amounts of precious metal are small and less expensive as a result. Therefore an interesting and truly unique birthstone ring may be less expensive that comparable forms of jewelry.
Birthstone Bracelet: Bracelets continue to be a favorite form of birthstone jewelry, especially Birthstone charm bracelets. Many enjoy giving the gift of a birthstone charm bracelet with the goal of giving the recipient additional gemstone charms during future occasions.
Although each of these items is popular by itself, matching birthstone jewelry sets are also extremely popular. Often two of the above components, the recipient can use the different pieces in a number of ways.