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Stone Colours

DIAMONDS are clear and colourless (but: see the note about “fancy diamonds” in Colour »). There are precious stones in many different colours, some with birth-date or anniversary links. The Ruby, for example, marks a fortieth wedding anniversary. Here is a list of the most popular kinds, with their colour and the matching occasion.

Anniversary gift
30th Anniversary: Pearl (white)
35th Anniversary: Jade (usually green)
40th Anniversary: Ruby (burgundy red)
45th Anniversary: Sapphire (usually blue)
50th: Gold is traditionally given on the 50th Anniversary
55th
Anniversary: Emerald (green)
60th Anniversary: Diamond (clear)
65th Anniversary: Blue Sapphire (blue)
75th Anniversary: Diamond: (clear)

Birthstone
Aquarius (January 20–February 19): Garnet (various colours)
Pisces (February 20–March 20): Amethyst (violet)
Aries (March 21–April 19): Bloodstone (dark green and red)
Taurus (April 20–May 20): Sapphire (usually blue)
Gemini (May 21–June 20): Agate (various colours)
Cancer (June 21–July 22):Emerald (green)
Leo (July 23–August 22): Onyx (usually white)
Virgo (August 23–September 22): Sapphire (usually blue)
Libra (September 23–October 22): Peridot (green)
Scorpio (October 23–November 21): Beryl (various colours)
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21): Topaz (various colours)
Capricorn (December 22–January 19): Ruby (red).