Birthstones and coloured gemstones have been used in the making of jewellery since the first century, when it was believed that there was a connection between certain gemstones, the 12 months of the year and the 12 signs of the zodiac.
It was not until the eighteen century, in Poland, that it became popular to wear a single gemstone associated with a calendar month.
In 1937, The National Association of Goldsmiths here in Britain created their own standardized list of birthstones which we still use today.
Many pieces of personalised fingerprint jewellery made by us at Sophia Alexander can be set with your choice of beautiful precious birthstones or diamonds.
To add any birthstone to your fingerprint jewellery, please add £20 to the total cost (per stone). For diamond setting please add £75 to the total cost of your jewellery for a single 2mm standard diamond or £110 for a 2.5mm diamond.
Fingerprint Wedding rings and Commitment rings are typically set with two diamond, one each side of your fingerprint to frame it.
Our 4mm wide fingerprint rings are typically set with 2mm diamonds (£150), whilst our 6mm wide fingerprint rings are set with 2.5mm diamonds (£220).
Birthstones can also be set into rings if required. Please contact us to place a bespoke order.
MAKING YOUR JEWELLERY EVEN MORE SPECIAL
DIAMONDS AND THE KIMBERLEY PROCESS
At Sophia Alexander, every necklace, charm and gift we make is available in both 9ct and 18ct fairtrade gold. We use both fairtrade yellow and white gold.
We are also committed to obtaining our diamonds and gemstones from ethical and environmentally responsible sources.
The Kimberley Process began in May 2000, in Kimberley South Africa.
It is a commitment to remove conflict diamonds from the global supply chain, whilst protecting the legal trade of rough diamonds.
Conflict diamonds, or blood diamonds are rough diamonds that are used by rebel groups to finance wars against legitimate governments around the world.
The process safeguards the shipment of rough diamonds from diamond mines to designers and certifies them as conflict free.
Today, 81 governments around the world adhere to the process and 99.8% of the world’s diamonds come from conflict-free sources.
GARNET - The January birthstone is known to be a symbol for eternal happiness, friendship, trust and wealth.
AMETHYST - The February birthstone is known to be a symbol for peace, courage, stability, strength and a clear and balance mind.
AQUAMARINE - The March birthstone is known to be a symbol for honesty, faithfulness, tranquility and beauty.
DIAMOND / WHITE TOPAZ - The April birthstone is known to be a symbol for eternal love, bonding, relationships, commitments and loyalty.
EMERALD - The May birthstone is known to be a symbol for life, good health, happiness, loyalty, friendship, patience, wisdom and faithfulness.
PEARL - The June birthstone is known to be a symbol for purity, chastity, modesty, faithfulness, friendship and loyalty.
If you would prefer a round faceted gemstone, we can set a green Alexandrite birthstone instead of a pearl. Just let us know.
RUBY - The July birthstone is known to be a symbol for passion, strength, courage, friendship and good luck.
PERIDOT - The August birthstone is known to be a symbol for peace, good fortune, prosperity, happiness, love, influence and power.
SAPPHIRE - The September birthstone is known to be a symbol for protection, loyalty, dignity, wisdom, power and faith.
PINK TOURMALINE - The October birthstone is known to be a symbol for peace, calm, tranquility and creativity.
YELLOW CITRINE - The November birthstone is known to support vitality and promote health. It is often is referred to as 'the healing Quartz.
BLUE TOPAZ - The December birthstone is known to be a symbol for wealth, prosperity, strength, sensitivity, purity, integrity, dignity and good fortune.
We typically set sky blue topaz, but if you would prefer something with a deeper colour, London Blue Topaz is also available.
We can also set a beautiful indigo coloured Tanzanite birthstone in place of topaz if you prefer. Just let us know.