How to Choose a Birthstone Engagement Ring

It takes some preparation to select a birthstone for an engagement ring. First, settle on your budget. Then you need to decide whether you’d like to use a modern birthstone or something more traditional. Here are a few tips to help you when choosing a birthstone for your engagement ring.

How to Choose a Birthstone Engagement Ring

  1. You should know which birthstone corresponds to each month. Whether you’re using the modern or traditional list, January’s birthstone is garnet, February is amethyst, April is diamonds, May is emeralds, October is opal and November is yellow topaz. By the modern list, March is aquamarine, but bloodstone or jasper by the traditional. June is traditionally turquoise or agate, but the modern choice is pearl. The modern stone for July is ruby, while turquoise or onyx for traditional. August’s modern stone is peridot, while the traditional stone is topaz. September’s traditional stone is chrysolite and modern is sapphire. December’s traditional stone is bloodstone or ruby, while the modern gem is blue topaz.
  2. Take the symbolism of a birthstone into consideration. Each birthstone represents a different character trait. If you have ruby as a July birthstone, representing devotion, you might surround it with diamonds that represent eternal love – this would be incredibly romantic. January symbolizes prosperity, February is wisdom, March is happiness, April is eternal love, May is fidelity, June is chastity, July is devotion, August is success, September is sincerity, October is beauty, November is cheerfulness and December symbolizes strength.
  3. When decided on the quality of them gem that you want, keep in mind that the fewer flaws in the gem, the more expensive it will be. Decide on your budget before shopping so you can determine how high of a quality gem you can afford and stick with it!
  4. Decide on the cut of your stone. You should also figure out what style ring you will want when choosing the gems cut.
  5. Pick your ring and ring setting. Different birthstones will look better with different metals. You can choose from yellow gold, white gold, silver, bronze or platinum ring. The setting will also help you determine if you want to display the birthstone as a solitaire or pair it with other gems, such as diamonds.
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