Penny’s Jewellery is your local source of virtually any gemstone you desire for your custom project or to replace lost or broken stones in your jewellery. We have access to a massive selection of Canadian gemstones of every type, quality, clarity, size and cut at every price point. We can meet virtually any need or desire. If we can’t find Canadian stones to meet your needs, we can source gemstones of any type globally.

The most popular gemstones are birthstones. If you would like something special for your loved one, a good starting point can be choosing a birthstone. Have a look at the table below for a potentially good choice for your needs.




For persons born in January, the garnet is the perfect gem to represent their birthstone. This beautiful stone, which is most commonly red but can be found in a range of other colours from amber to green, symbolizes peace, good health and prosperity. Some say it even has the power to give the wearer eternal happiness, health and wealth.



For individuals with February birthdays, the amethyst makes a perfect birthstone. This month is often cold, dark and short for many people around the world, so the amethyst—which is often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability—is the right gem for individuals who need a little extra warmth and strength this time of year.



For the lucky individuals born in March, two birthstones are associated with this early spring month: aquamarine and bloodstone.

Both stones are very different from one another in appearance, but each share a similar symbolism of preserving or enhancing the health of the wearer.



For those fortunate to be born in April, the most prized gemstone of all is their birthstone. For this month, diamonds truly are a girl’s (or a boy’s) best friend.



May birthdays fall right in the heart of spring, and the emerald is the perfect gem to symbolize and celebrate this month. Prized for its brilliant and beautiful green colour, the emerald is often favoured by the rich and famous to wear as statement pieces for big events.

But this beautiful gem is just at home in an unassuming pendant as it is in an ornate tiara.



June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.

June’s birthstones range from creamy-coloured opalescent pearl and moonstone to the rare colour-changing alexandrite. With this spectrum of price points and colour options, people with June birthdays can choose a beautiful gemstone to fit any mood or budget.



Ruby, the king of precious gems, is the birthstone for fortunate folks born in July. Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the colour red, the vibrant ruby is said to bring love and success.



Though peridot is widely recognized by its brilliant lime green glow, the origin of this gem’s name is unclear. Most scholars agree that the word “peridot” is derived from the Arabic faridat which means “gem,” but some believe it’s rooted in the Greek word peridona, meaning “giving plenty.” Perhaps that’s why peridot is associated with prosperity and good fortune. 

Also known as “the Evening Emerald” because its sparkling green hue looks brilliant any time of day, peridot is said to possess healing properties that protect against nightmares and evil, ensuring peace and happiness. Babies born in August are lucky to be guarded by peridot’s good fortune.



September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers.

When people say “sapphire,” they’re usually referring to the royal blue variety of this gem, although it can occur in all colours of the rainbow (except red, which is classified as ruby instead).

This lovely gem gives September-born babies a full spectrum of options when choosing the shade of birthstone that best represents them.



Individuals born in October get to choose between two birthstones—tourmaline and opal. Each birthstone comes in a rainbow of shades and colour combinations, giving October babies a variety of options.

Between tourmaline (whose colour depends on trace elements in its chemical makeup) and opal (which diffracts light to show a play of multiple colours), October’s birthstones offer a full spectrum of gemstones to suit anyone’s personal tastes.



Individuals born in November can choose between two sunny gemstones to brighten up this chilly month. November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them.

Topaz and citrine look so similar, in fact, that they’ve often been mistaken for one another throughout history. They are actually unrelated minerals, and topaz occurs in a wide spectrum of colours far beyond yellow.

Both of November’s birthstones are fairly abundant and affordably priced, even in large sizes, which means everyone can find a way to fit topaz and citrine into their budget.



December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the winter blues: tanzanite, zircon, and turquoise—all of them, appropriately, best known for beautiful shades of blue.

These gemstones range from the oldest on Earth (zircon) to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered (tanzanite).

All of these stones are relatively inexpensive, but their beauty rivals even precious gemstones. Colourless zircon is a convincing replacement for diamond, tanzanite often substitutes sapphire, and turquoise is unmatched in its hue of robin’s egg blue.

Whatever your style preference or budget, one of December’s three birthstones will match your true blue desires.

Cut and Size

Gems and stones are available in a variety of cuts and sizes – an extensive variety that should meet virtually any need. Whether a lost tiny stone, a large ring or pendant, or a typical size for a ring, earring or necklace, Penny’s Jewellery can source the size and shape you need or want.

Below is a table of common cuts to choose from depending on the gemstone desired. Others are available, so we are not limited only to those on this chart.

Below is a size chart in millimetres and carats for common cuts.

Colour and Intensity

Some gemstones come in a variety of colours, while others are a specific colour. There is a tremendous variety to choose from, and this chart gives you some idea of the range and terminology. When you sit down with Penny to choose a gemstone, you can also choose from colour and colour intensity or brightness. There are always choices that make sense for your needs.



The value and therefore the cost of gemstone can vary also by clarity. Depending on the application, clarity can be important or unimportant. Regardless, when choosing a gemstone, Penny can help you find the best one at the best price. Check out this clarity chart for some guidelines on clairty for various gemstones.

Contact Us

Call us today at 613-342-9987, email us, visit us on the web, or browse some of our gemstones on our website store. We will sit down with you and help you choose the best gemstone for your needs at a budget you can afford. We will professionally install the gemstone as well. For more information on our other related services visit our Custom Designed Jewellery and Jewellery Repair pages.

Penny's Jewellery
56 King St East
Brockville, Ontario
K6V 1B1