Traditional Meanings of Gemstone Colors and Birthstones

Gemstone Colors Preusser Jewelers

Gemstone colors bring out the personality of the wearer. You might want a look that brings out your unique eye color or skin tone. Perhaps you want to capture someone’s attention with a bright, sparkling gem. You might also want to highlight your personal birthstone with beautiful custom jewelry. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers talks about the traditional meanings of gemstone colors and birthstones.

Sapphires – Blue

Sapphires have long been the gemstone color of fidelity. It’s the symbol of hope and faith, and brings the wearer kindness and protection. Sapphire is the birthstone for September. 

Related Post: Colored Gemstones for Each Birth Month

Rubies – Red

Medieval Europeans believed rubies signified health, wealth, wisdom, and love. Hindus saw rubies as a sign of royalty. Rubies are the birthstone for July.

Emeralds – Green

Emeralds have a rich vibrant green color. Ancients associated emeralds with peace, faith, and harmony. The deep green color may also signify growth and prosperity. Emerald is May’s birthstone.

Related Post: Colored Gemstones to Celebrate Summer

Amethysts – Purple

Purple is the gemstone color of royalty. It’s no surprise that amethysts frequently appear in royal jewels. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed amethysts bring success in sports and business. Amethysts represent the month of February.


Topaz is the birthstone for November. The Imperial version is a stunning and unique peach-pink gold. It also comes in yellows, blues, and white. Citrine is also often used for November. Folklore says that wearing citrine can ward off evil thoughts.

Preusser Jewelers and Gemstone Colors

Please come and visit our store in downtown Grand Rapids for a wide selection of  beautifully made jewelry with many of gemstone choices. Contact Preusser Jewelers to start designing your perfect custom jewelry.

Preusser Jewelers Recommends Perfect Gifts for New Mothers

Gift Suggestions for New Mothers from Preusser Jewelers

“Push Presents,” also known as “Baby Baubles” gained popularity in the United States in the 1990s. These are gifts usually given by a partner to a new mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. The trend was started by celebrities, but the gift doesn’t have to be expensive. Preusser Jewelers has lots of ideas (like jewelry featuring the new baby’s birthstone) that any new mom will treasure for years to come.

All You Need to Know About Push Presents

In general, the practice of giving gifts to new mothers isn’t a new one. New moms in England have traditionally been given diamond rings. Gold is a common gift for new mothers in Greece and India.

The basic thought behind the practice is expectant mothers get a lot of presents at baby showers, but those gifts are actually for the new baby. Some feel that the mother should be given a special gift too.

These tokens typically come from her partner, but may also be given by her close friends, siblings, or parents. If the new baby has older siblings, the gift may even come from them, and dad or grandparents may want to do something special also.

Related Post: How to Wear Diamond Rings When You Have an Active Lifestyle

Perfect Gifts for New Mothers

As we already mentioned, the gift to the new mom doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t even have to be a material item. Gifts of your time, such as free babysitting would be a much-appreciated gift for the new mom. She could use this time for a date night, going shopping, or just some time to herself to do things she can’t when taking care of an infant.

Small gestures can also mean a lot. Dropping off a meal for the family is always a welcome surprise. Walking the dogs, picking up deliveries, taking the trash out or other chores the dad would usually handle will free him up to spend more time with the new mom and baby.

Jewelry Gifts for New Moms

If you do want to give a woman jewelry to mark the occasion of her journey into motherhood, it should have sentimental value. Jewelry items that she can wear every day would be perfect! Here are some suggestions:

  •     A stackable ring with the baby’s birthstone and accented with diamonds
  •     Engraved pieces such as a ring or necklace with the baby’s name and birthdate
  •     Lockets with the baby’s picture inside
  •     Pendants with baby’s initials
  •     Simple jewelry such as charm bracelets centered on the new baby

We offer custom jewelry design so you can create a personalized gift for the new mother. For instance, we could create a custom piece featuring the baby’s birthstone matched with the mother’s birthstone. With custom design, the possibilities are almost endless. Keep in mind custom jewelry takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

Related Post:  Colored Gemstones for Each Birth Month

Get the Perfect Jewelry Gifts for New Moms at Preusser Jewelers

If you decide to give a jewelry gift to that special new mom in your life, you can find the perfect item at Preusser Jewelers. Our courteous, knowledgeable staff can help you choose that special gift from our wide inventory, or we can help you get started on a custom piece. Contact us today for more information.

Colored Gemstones for Each Birth Month

Guide to Birth Month Gemstones

Gemstones for Each Month

Make someone’s birthday special and give them the unique gift of a gemstone from their birth month. Today in the Preusser Jewelers blog, we take a look at the birthstone for each month.


The birthstone for January is garnet, and it comes in every color but blue; however, most people think of its deep rich orangey-red tone.


The birthstone for February is amethyst. It’s finest color is a deep, bright, royal purple but it can be barely there lavender or almost a black-purple. 

Related Post: Unique Engagement Rings


The birthstone for March is Aquamarine. This stone is an amazingly bright, light-blue hue but can be found in more vibrant blues and greens.


The birthstone for April is diamond. This famous stone is brilliant and beautiful and is used in many different jewelry pieces like bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings for both men and women. 

Related Post: The Storied History of Engagement Rings


The birthstone for May is emerald. This gemstone is a sparkling, bright, and vivid green color. Even the finest emeralds will have small visible characteristics which add to their uniqueness.  


The birthstones for June are pearl and alexandrite. The pearl is a gem that is created by many different types of oysters and mollusks. They can come in many shapes, sizes and colors. It is one of two gems that comes from an animal. Alexandrite is a color-changing gem and is one of the rarest gems on earth. In its finest form and in different lighting, it can look greenish and then appear to be red or even violet. 


The birthstone for July is ruby. The finest rubies are rich with a vibrant, true red, and can be used in engagement rings because of their hardness and durability.


The birthstone for August is peridot. This unique stone is a striking apple to lime to olive green color.


The birthstone for January is sapphire. This gem is usually considered to be a brilliant bright blue, but it is available in every color of the rainbow. It also shares a link with a ruby, they both are corundum. For example; when a stone has a deep magenta-pink tone it is still sapphire. When the tone becomes red it is called a ruby. So you could say a ruby is a red sapphire!


The birthstones for October are opal and tourmaline. Tourmaline like sapphire comes in every color of the rainbow, most commonly known for its pinks and greens. Opal is especially unique depending on its play of color and pinpoints and how mother nature creates it. 


The birthstones for November are citrine and topaz. Citrine comes in pale yellow all the way to dark brownish-orange. Topaz can be yellows and a Caribbean blues to green tones. In its rarest form its called precious topaz which is a beautiful combination of pink to orange. 


The birthstones for December are tanzanite, turquoise, and blue zircon. Zircon should not be confused with the man made gem called cubic zirconia. Zircon is the most refractive colored gem. Tanzanite only comes from Tanzania and it is truly unique as when the light enters this gem and leaves it your eye will have a hard time telling if its blue or purple, that’s because the gem breaks the light into two rays: violet and blue.