Birthstones cover an array of precious and semi-precious gemstones and have been loved as jewelry for centuries. From ancient to modern times, birthstones are gemstones that are associated with a certain month. So when someone is born within that month, that stone becomes their birthstone.
As with all gemstones, each birthstone carries special meaning and can develop into having a certain significance for those born in that month. Since an engagement ring is one of the most special pieces of jewelry most will wear, having one feature a gemstone is an incredible way to add even more thoughtfulness to the occasion.
When it comes to birthstone engagement rings, they will most likely be more budget-friendly than diamonds. Because of this, it’s also much easier to consider a larger stone for anyone who wants a truly spectacular standout center gemstone.
As you consider a birthstone engagement ring, one key factor to consider is that each stone will have a different strength and durability. Diamonds rate a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, so they are virtually indestructible and a fantastic option for a piece of jewelry that is typically worn every day and expected to last a lifetime.
All the birthstones on this list will range from about a 2.5 to a 10 on the scale. Some gemstones may not be durable enough to serve as your main gemstone, but could be incorporated into your ring as accent side stones, on the band itself, or in other creative ways.
This all means you’ll want to work with a trusted jeweler to design and create your engagement ring. They will be able to give you the best information about the strength and durability of each birthstone you see. They’ll also advise on the most optimum setting choices to protect your piece so you can wear and enjoy it every day.