birth·​stone | \ ˈbərth-ˌstōn How to pronounce birthstone (audio) \

Definition of birthstone

: a gemstone associated symbolically with the month of one's birth

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Even Astrid and Miyu’s dainty stud and chain birthstone earrings and Mejuri’s white sapphire astrology rings show a personal touch. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Make It Personal: 14 Custom Jewelry Gifts for Valentine’s Day," 1 Feb. 2019 Bronze toppers adorned with cubic zirconia garnets (Elson’s birthstone), amethysts, sapphires, and more that will develop an antique-like patina over time. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "What’s Your Sign? Karen Elson on Her New Birthstone Perfume Bottle Tops," 18 Jan. 2019 Another customer designed a golden pendant with her own initial, C, in the center, a pavé horseshoe at the top, and seven birthstones for her family members. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Foundrae’s New Bespoke Jewelry Allows You to Create Your Own Story With Enamel, Symbols, and Gemstones," 6 Nov. 2018 This wasn't just the standard charm bracelet with her kids' initials or birthstones on it — the mother of the bride wore a bangle with both of her daughters' names written out in diamonds. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No One Noticed Sarah Ferguson's Touching Tribute to Beatrice and Eugenie at the Royal Wedding," 18 Oct. 2018 As Popsugar reports, the K-beauty brand just launched a limited edition version of their iconic setting powder, but with a bejeweled upgrade courtesy of containers inspired by the 12 birthstones, ranging from Garnet to Sapphire to Turquoise. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Innisfree Launches Birthstone Inspired Makeup Setting Powders," 2 May 2018 Add chains, birthstone charms or other charms to create personalized jewelry that is perfect for celebrating a relationship or remember loved ones. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Eyecatchers," 22 Mar. 2018 Looking back, the first piece of jewelry you were ever given probably had something to do with your birthstone. Laura Lajiness, Glamour, "The Best Jewelry for Your Birthstone," 26 Jan. 2018 It is known for its custom jewelry and accessories, including mother’s and grandmother’s bracelets with children’s names and birthstones. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "New in Waldo: French tea room; retail shop offering seasonal decor, custom jewelry & more," 22 Sep. 2017

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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birth·​stone | \ ˈbərth-ˌstōn\

Kids Definition of birthstone

: a gemstone associated with the month of a person's birth

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