If you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift this year a personalized birthstone ring may be the perfect gift idea. A Mother’s Ring is a made to order ring that symbolizes each child with their own birth stone. For example, your birth month is May, your brother was born in February and your sister was born in September. Your mother’s gift would be a ring that is set with an emerald, an amethyst and a sapphire.
The emotional appeal of this gift is that each child is a jewel with their own unique meaning.
Any mom who wears this type of ring will point to each gemstone and speak the child’s name to which it belongs. While it is no more scientific than signs of the zodiac, people tend to represent the legend and lore of their birth stones. Since ancient times, certain personality traits have been associated with each gemstone.
The Meanings of Birthstones by Month are shown below.
January birthstone: Garnet is the gem of friendship and steadiness in relationship. During the crusades garnets were worn as protection against accidents and wounds.
February birthstone: Amethyst is the gem of truthfulness, peace of mind and emotional protection. The ancient Greeks believed it brought protection against intoxication.
March birthstone: Aquamarine is the gem of bravery in Greek legend. Other cultural legends say that to wear aquamarine attracts love, affection and new friends.
April birthstone: Diamond is the invincible gem of kings and represents a noble personality. The Latin origin of the word is adamant, one who is strong and unyielding.
May birthstone: Emerald is the gem of youthfulness, fertility, and rebirth. The deep green color has long been associated with the blossom of Spring and in some cultures the magic of the forest.
June birthstone: Pearls are associated with purity, innocence and the virgin nature. Some cultural legends say that pearls are the tears of the gods, others identify the feminine moon as a pearl.
July birthstone: Ruby is the gemstone of passion, vitality and the spark of life. In legend, it is the deep red color of blood within the heart that evokes protection from evil and portends a happy, healthy life to the one who wears a ruby.
August birthstone: Peridot was believed to free the mind of envious thoughts and insure marital bliss. In the middle ages peridot was used to cure disease of the liver.
September birthstone: Sapphire is the gem of heaven and purity of soul. The deep blue color has long been associated with the mystery of the night sky, the stars and all that exists above our earth.
October birthstone: Opal is the gem of vision, insight and magical powers. In medieval europe it was that one who wore an opal could make themselves invisible.
November birthstone: Topaz is the gem of good mental health and protection from injury. The Greeks believed that one who wore topaz would possess an increase in strength and intellect.
December birthstone: Turquoise is the gem of luck, good fortune and success. The soothing blue-green color was thought to bring a tranquil nature to the one who wore a turquoise.
As a matter of practical use, some of the gemstones above are substituted in rings that use faceted stones in a prong-setting style. For example, pearl, opal and turquoise are each too soft to be faceted and set with prongs. These gems are often replaced with alexandrite, tourmaline and blue zircon to approximate their colors and properties. For faceted gems, these have become accepted as modern day alternative birthstones.
How to Buy a Mother’s Ring: you can find this type of ring at some local retail jewelry stores or on the internet. Traditionally mother’s rings are made in 14k gold. However, since the price of gold has nearly tripled in the past 5 years, a silver mother’s ring or 10k gold ring will save you money and it is still a gift of fine jewelry for Mother’s Day.
On average, you should expect to pay $150. for a silver ring and about $350. for a 14k gold ring. The most popular gemstone size is of 3 to 3.5mm. Some ring designs use gems that are 2mm or less and the buyers often end up returning them because the gems are too small to make an impressive presentation. If you buy at a retail store, you will be required to first special order the ring, pay a full deposit, then wait up to 30 days to pick up your finished ring.
Most buyers find that the mother’s ring websites are more convenient and the prices are cheaper than retail stores. Just do a Google search for “moms ring”. Among the results you will find a few websites that allow you to build your own ring online. First, you can choose from many setting styles that fit 1 to 8 gemstones. Next, you choose your gemstones. You can then preview exactly what your ring will look like. You can even change the order of each birthstone for the most appealing color combination. Some ring styles also allow for the engraving of each child’s name near their birthstone.
Ordering on the internet allows you to design your own ring without the pressure of a salesman behind the counter. If you get a live preview of the ring, you can send it to your siblings and think it over before you actually complete the transaction. Your finished ring will arrive in the mail from 5 to 10 days after you order it.