Looking for ways to refresh your vanity, desk, home and wardrobe? Try finding color inspiration from your birthstone! Of course, you don’t need to be born in June to sport a pearly accessory. Here’s a better idea: use the following guide to spice up your outfits every month of the year with the corresponding birthstone color.
Thanks to its unique iridescent overtone, the pearl has been known as the queen of gems for centuries. Pearls come in a variety of colors, but the most popular are those with an off-white or ivory-colored main body. As a result, pearls are commonly associated with purity, innocence and honesty in various cultures. As an accessory, pearl jewelry often gives off a delicate and feminine impression.
Fun fact: There are a number of traditional mythologies surrounding this precious gemstone. In the Middle East, pearls were once believed to be teardrops fallen from heaven. In ancient Chinese lore, pearls were said to be formed in the head of dragons, and they were held in high esteem as a symbol of wisdom.
Rubies come in different hues of red – the spectrum can range from blood red to rosy red. In color psychology, vivid reds often represent strength, willpower and passion. The stimulating and vibrant ruby red aligns well with summer vibes, and the color is also associated with the determined yet vivacious personalities of those born in July. Add a dash of ruby red into your summer wardrobe to instantly elevate your look with boldness and confidence!
Fun fact: Rubies and sapphires are scientifically the same variety of stone, known as corundum. When a corundum is red, it’s classified as a ruby, and when it’s blue, it’s a sapphire.
Those born in August are naturally attracted to the sun – being born near the end of summer makes catching all that Vitamin D an instinct. August’s birthstone is peridot, an effervescent gemstone that symbolizes joy, happiness and lighthearted positivity. Peridots can vary from a yellow-tinted light green to light lime to olive green. In crystal healing, light green is a color that helps alleviate stress, tame mood swings and repel negativity. This color works great to refresh any space or wardrobe with a flush of lighthearted energy and radiance.
Fun fact: Ancient Egyptians hailed peridot as the “gem of the sun” based on its unique citrus green color that remains visible even under candle light.
September: Lapis Lazuli
As September’s birthstone, lapis lazuli exudes a tempered brilliance with its deep celestial blue, a color that also illustrates azure autumnal skies beautifully. Throughout history, the semi-precious stone has been a symbol for royalty, honor and religion. The tranquil and mesmerizing blue color can add a calming yet confident touch to your home and desk space, and dignified elegance to your wardrobe.
Fun fact: The name “lapis” stems from the Latin word for “stone,” while “lazuli,” which has roots in Arabic and Persian languages, translates to “heaven” or “sky.” The historical origin of the gemstone’s name shows that lapis lazuli has been deeply associated with religion since ancient times.
The word “opal” derives from the Sanskrit word “upala” for precious stone. Opal is a pretty unique gem – its holographic overtone has a dynamic, rainbow-like visual aesthetic, and the stone is reminiscent of the colors and effects of the Northern Lights. Clothing and accessories made with a similar effect emanate fun, youthful and creative vibes. When incorporated into interior design, the iridescent accents easily spice up any plain space with a mystical and retro-futuristic touch.
Fun fact: Opals are the OG of color-changing gemstones. Due to opal’s amorphous structure with as much as 20% water content, its main body of color can alter when the gemstone comes in contact with water, sweat and humidity.
Known as the cheerful gemstone, citrine represents joy and happiness in crystal healing, which makes its light amber color a great confidence booster. Oozing warmth and vitality, the versatile honey color brings to mind picturesque autumnal scenery. It pairs well with most colors, making it a fuss-free wardrobe booster as well. When thoughtfully implemented into your living space, the soothing color of citrine can light up the overall feel of the place with a cozy and calming ambience.
Fun fact: Citrine is a cousin of February’s birthstone, amethyst. As naturally occurring citrines are rare, most are synthesized commercially from heat-treated amethysts. There’s also a gemstone called ametrine, a mixture of citrine and amethyst that is mined in Bolivia.
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