from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gemstone associated with a particular month and customarily worn by persons born during that month.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of twelve gemstones traditionally associated with the month of one's birth
  • n. Any of a similar list of less costly substitutes


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  • In fact, March and April aren't that exciting either so those could be two weeks, too, except that it greatly shortens the chances that your birthstone will be a diamond.

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  • My gaze shifted to Mr. March, who sat at the head of the table with his elbows on the table, his hands clasped together, and I noticed his striking gold pinkie ring with a lapis, which I would find out later was his birthstone.

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  • I like jewelry – in fact, one of my most cherished possessions is a tiny birthstone ring my uncle bought for me on my 6th birthday.

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  • My birthstone was emerald, I told him so, and his chlorinated eyes said, "Well, that makes you NOT simpleminded."


  •   I can see the bits of light blue cotton candy in that girl's hair and the official Padres 'insignia on that guy's cap and the little unicorn birthstone pendant around the neck of that old lady who's not playing the game but she's standing back and watching the kid do it, I guess he's her grandson.

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  • The brainspawn of a beer firm, and ostensibly aimed at Holland supporters, this clingy minidress would also suit those whose birthstone is orange polyester.

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  • The ring was one I'd given him when we first started dating, my birthstone cut in a heart shape.

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  • I still wore the engagement ring Arden had given me around my neck on the chain that used to suspend my little birthstone ring.

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  • I tied my little birthstone ring to the string, figuring I could do the same as Mrs. Allismore and predict which stock would be a winner.

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  • The only thing left of any value was the tiny birthstone ring I always wore on a chain about my neck and the quartz rose that Arden had given me.

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  • Merriam-Webster Dictonary:
    Date: 1907
    : a gemstone associated symbolically with the month of one's birth

    February 11, 2008