Lovers of fine jewelry often use Birthstones as seasonal guidelines and sources of inspiration. (See Birthstones By Month, here.) Without knowing the history behind them, one might find the concept just a little arbitrary. However, there is actually a fair bit of a story here. Indulge me, and I’ll tell you all you never knew about Birthstones.
While we are most familiar with the commonly seen and often worn white diamond, these gems actually come in a wide array of colors. White diamonds are, in truth, colorless. Most colorless diamonds generally have a very small degree of color in them sporting a slight yellow or brown hue. A truly colorless diamond – one with absolutely no color present – is more brilliant and valuable than a stone with a hint of brown or yellow. Then there are the fancy colored diamonds that range in colors from brown, grey, pink, yellow, purple, orange, blue, green and red.