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Men's Jewelry FAQ

This FAQ answers the most frequently asked questions about men's jewelry. We've organized into six distinct sections. Scroll down or click a link to jump to the subject that interests you.

  1. Gems By Color - names used, ordering by color
  2. Gems By Birthstone - various gems according to birth date
  3. Gems By Star Sign - gems according to astrological sign
  4. Jewelry Quality Signs - how to identify quality in gems
  5. Buying Men's Jewelry - tips on buying gems
  6. Men's Jewelry Care - how to care for your jewelry

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1. Gems By Color

Color is a primary factor in selecting gems. Here's a rundown of the basics.

Browse the hundreds of jewelry pieces for inspiring examples of real gems in a multitude of colors.

2. Gems By Birthstone

Birthstone is another very popular way to select men's jewelry. Here's a quick guide. First are the Modern and Traditional and then the Mystical and Ayurvedic.

Modern And Traditional

Birth Month Modern Traditional
January Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst
March Aquamarine Bloodstone
April Diamond Diamond
May Emerald Emerald
June Pearl, Moonstone Pearl
July Ruby Ruby
August Peridot Sardonyx
September Sapphire Sapphire
October Opal, Tourmaline Tourmaline
November Yellow Topaz, Citrine Citrine
December Blue Topaz, Turquoise Zircon, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli

Mystical And Ayurvedic

Birth Month Mystical Ayurvedic
January Emerald Garnet
February Bloodstone Amethyst
March Jade Bloodstone
April Opal Diamond
May Sapphire Agate
June Moonstone Pearl
July Ruby Ruby
August Diamond Sapphire
September Agate Moonstone
October Jasper Opal
November Pearl Topaz
December Onyx Ruby

The Modern Birthstone list contains the official birthstone list from the American National Association of Jewelers, Jewelers of America. These gemstones were officially adopted in 1912. In the US, this is the accepted list.

The Traditional Birthstone list contains older birthstones and is sometimes combined with the modern birthstone list. These stones reflect societal birthstone traditions, heralding back to the 15th century. (Many jewelers have differing lists of traditional birthstones.)

The Mystical Birthstone list is of Tibetan origin from over a thousand years ago.

The Ayurvedic Birthstone list is from Ayurvedic Indian Medicine - a type of medicine used for over a thousand years.

3. Gems By Star Sign

Many of us will talk about and buy men's jewelry according to star sign. Here's a handy list for believers and non-believers alike.

Sun Sign Birthstone Planetary Stone Lucky Charms
Ruby, Agate, Garnet Lapis Lazuli Ruby
Garnet, Moss Agate, Opal, Amethyst Turquoise Garnet, Hyacinth
Rock Crystal, Sapphire, Amethyst, Bloodstone Aquamarine Amethyst
Bloodstone, Diamond Jasper Diamond, Jasper, Bloodstone
Sapphire, Turquoise, Amber, Blood Coral, Emerald Emerald, Aventurine Sapphire, Diamond
Agate, Chrysoprase, Pearl Tiger Eye Agate, Emerald
(Jun. 21-Jul. 22)
Emerald, Moonstone, Pearl, Ruby Moonstone Emerald, Agate, Chalcedony
Tourmaline, Sardonyx, Onyx Rock Crystal Peridot, Onyx, Amber
Jasper, Carnelian, Jade, Sapphire Citrine Carnelian, Sardonyx
Opal, Lapis Lazuli, Peridot Sapphire Opal, Chrsolite, Sardonyx
Aquamarine, Topaz Garnet, Ruby Aquamarine, Beryl
Sapphire, Amethyst, Turquoise, Topaz Topaz Topaz, Pearl

4. Jewelry Quality Signs

True artisans work tirelessly to ensure that your purchase meets the highest standards of quality, whether it has to do with the jewelry itself or customer service.

Jewelry Quality

Customer Service

5. Buying Men's Jewelry

Here are some tips on buying men's jewelry. Generally, the price of any gemstone is determined by: size, cut, quality (color/clarity/treatments), and type. Some questions to ask about quality are:

There are many ways that dealers treat gemstones. The savvy buyer asks lots of questions and hopefully tests the results. Here are some treatments to look for:

Tips on buying beads:

6. Men's Jewelry Care

Here are some tips on caring for men's jewelry to protect it from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures and sunlight.

Hardness is based on a gem-trade standard called the Mohs scale. The higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone is. The highest Mohs scale rating is 10 (diamonds). Anything with a Mohs scale rating of less than 7 is easily scratched (such as coral, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, and turquoise). Gold, silver, and platinum are only Mohs 2-1/2 to 4. Always carefully store any fine jewelry.

Be certain that stones mounted in rings are not loose or rattle. The prongs of a ring can and do wear down. If the prongs wear down too much or break, you've lost the stone. Prongs are easily "retipped" by most jewelers to keep the stone secure.

Common stones that are damaged in sunlight (there may be more):

If you have bead necklaces such as lapis or pearls, store them flat as silk stretches over time. Most jewelers will restring necklaces or reset stones (for a fee).

Sterling silver will polish up by rubbing or buffing it with a soft cotton cloth or a Sunshine Cloth. If you store silver in plastic bags with an interlocking seal, it will be less prone to tarnish. (Do NOT store pearls in plastic bags!)