Non-Tacky Birthstone Jewelry To Gift Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day presents can often verge on being tacky or cliché, and let's be honest, so can birthstone jewelry. But we've compiled a range of opulent, classy, bold, unique, and fun accessories (including some actually trendy heart-shaped treats) that you'll be proud to gift to your special someone.
The origin of birthstones supposedly dates back to the biblical era, and are based on a Hebrew high priest’s ceremonial garment embedded with 12 stones, each representing one of Israel’s original tribes. As history progressed, enterprising Medieval scholars saw a correspondence between the stones and the stars, and the gems acquired an association with the astrological signs of the Greco-Roman zodiac. In the early 20th century, Tiffany outlined monthly birthstones in their “Natal Stones” pamphlet, borrowing from a host of influences. In present day, there are books like Cally Oldershaw’s “Guide to Gems”, which sprinkles some old-school legend and lore into a scientific breakdown of almost every conceivable gem — a must-have guide that we consulted while putting together this list.

No matter how these monthly assignations came to be, our collective belief in birthstones has not wavered throughout centuries of social change — the idea that there’s a gemstone out there assigned to your special celestial you-ness is still a celebrated one. And when you’re trying to communicate to a loved one just how special they are, there’s nothing like the gift of a mythologically meaningful mineral. Click through to find add-to-cart-worthy women's birthstone jewelry for Valentine's Day.
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