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If you've been keeping tabs on the fashion industry, you'll have noticed that luxury brands are tackling the fine jewelry category as their next frontier. Why? Reasons are manyfold, but amongst the most important is that jewels are financially sustainable investment pieces – and are enjoying increased interest from consumers because of it.

But the jewelry market is stuffed, so where to even start? Whom to go to, what item to begin with? Is it to wear, or to cherish from afar, kept in a safe? There's no definitive answer, as all of these are pretty dependent on the framework you are operating within. What we can say, however, is that birthstones can be good gateway products.

Birthstones are the gem stones associated with specific months of the year, and are to bestow traits onto the wearer in relation to qualities assigned to them as far back as biblical times. Whether you're an impassioned believer of astrology or not, it's a fun sentiment and centuries-old mythology to treat yourself or a loved one to.

Therefore, we're giving you the bullet points on birthstones, so you can put your money where your mouth zodiac is. Helping us is Blue Nile, a brand committed to providing jewels of highest ethical and environmental standards.

Birthstones: Statement Piece or Subtle Accent

January: Garnet

The garnet represents regeneration and resilience, its deep red hue adds a bold touch to any jewelry collection.

February: Amethyst

Symbolizing clarity and calm, an amethyst's rich purple tone is of regal and spiritual nature. It was a favorite among ancient Greeks and Egyptians.

March: Aquamarine

As the ice-blue gem of the seas, aquamarine represents harmony. Its color evokes calm waters and is a refreshing touch to any outfit.

April: Diamond

The epitome of timeless elegance, diamonds signify purity and invincibility.

May: Emerald

Green with envy? No, with emeralds. They stand for growth and fertility; a vivid green hue that promises prosperity.

June: Pearl

Embodying purity and wisdom, pearls are the jewels of the ocean.

July: Ruby

Passion and power, love and vitality, a ruby's vibrant red commands attention.

August: Peridot

Known for promoting positive energy, the peridot's olive-green has an innate charm and optimism about it.

September: Sapphire

Sapphires embody wisdom and royalty. Their deep blue is timeless and serene.

October: Opal

The iridescent opal is synonymous with creativity and inspiration, reflecting back to the onlooker a kaleidoscope of colors.

November: Citrine

The citrine is all about strength and healing.

December: Blue Topaz

The blue topaz enhances clarity, and offers a unique and grounding energy to those born in December.

Not born in April, or not into your birthstone? Diamonds are everyone's best friend!

Granted, not all birthstones are of the same monetary value, nor should your birthday dictate your favorite color. So, if you're into something more neutral, and something more mature and high-end, diamonds are your way to go. Blue Nile's lab grown diamonds warrant highest quality at a considerably lower price – perfect to kickstart a fine jewelry collection.

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