Available only in a green variety, peridot is the official birthstone for the month of August. This striking stone is volcanic and can be found around the world. In general, peridot’s value is directly connected to its coloring with dark hues being more valuable than light hues. Peridot is most often set in gold to complement its green hues.
An extremely popular gemstone, garnet is available in every color except blue. Red garnet is the official birthstone for the month of January. Most garnets are described by a color-specific name. These stones are very durable and are quite easy for experienced jewelers to cut.
Topaz is available in a wide variety of colors. The most popular color of topaz is widely thought to be blue though it is very rare in nature. Most blue topaz is created by heat treating clear stones. Topaz looks striking set in gold, silver, and white metals such as platinum.
Available in a wide variety of yellows, citrine is often mistaken for yellow topaz. These stones range from very pale yellow to deep golden in color. They are valued by gem enthusiasts for their clear, bright hues. Citrine looks excellent when set in both silver and gold.
The official birthstone for the month of February, amethyst is a gorgeous purple stone found around the world. Amethyst is a type of quartz that comes in a wide variety of purple hues ranging from very light violet to deep, dark plum. These stones look striking when set in gold.