You’re probably familiar with the zodiac signs gems, also known as birthstones. They are usually connected to the month you were born in. But a less known fact is that there is a birthstone that is related to your zodiac sign.
Birthstones have become increasingly popular in recent times, but their history is much, much longer.
History of Birthstones
Birthstones have been present throughout centuries-long, worldwide history. There are mentions of them in the Bible, Hindu scripts, and Modern times.
This tradition of the birthstone goes back to the Book of Exodus, in which the breastplate that was worn by Aaron was described. It says that the first high priest of the Israelites wears a breastplate with twelve stones. They represented twelve tribes of Israel and were believed to have magical properties.
Christians started wearing all twelve stones in honor of the original breastplate. As time passed they started wearing one stone on its own, based on which one was believed to have heightened powers at that time. This eventually lead to associating particular gemstones with the zodiac and birth months.
Hindu tradition has a lot of references to stones with mystical powers.
The Ratna Pariksha, a 5th-century Hindu text, connects specific stones to certain planets, deities, and days of the week. Vedic astrologers recommend particular gemstones to individuals based on their astrological signs.
Hindu practices associate nine gemstones with the different celestial forces, called navaratna in Sanskrit. These pieces are believed to grant the wearer cosmic harmony, as well as stand as a symbol of status and wealth.
Even though birthstones had been around for a while, it wasn’t until the year 1912, that the National Association of Jewelers (now the Jewelers of America) met in order to officially standardize the list of American birthstones. This list evolved over time, mostly to ensure that the stones they chose would increase the sales for American jewelers.
The most recent changes happened in 2002. when the gem Tanzanite was added to December’s stones, and the recent addition to the list was Spinel for the month of August in 2016.
Birthstones by Month
|January||Garnet for happiness and passion|
|February||Amethyst for stress reduction and intuition|
|March||Aquamarine for protection and communication |
Bloodstone for energy and confidence
|April||Diamond for love and longevity|
|May||Emerald for love and kindness|
|June||Alexandrite for balance and joy|
Pearl for simplicity and purity
Moonstone for intuition and femininity
|July||Ruby for protection and vitality|
|August||Peridot for protection and light |
Spinel for harmony and restoration
Sardonyx for courage and communication
|September||Sapphire for self-expression and sincerity|
|October||Opal for truth and protection |
Tourmaline for protection and creativity
|November||Topaz for strength and intelligence |
Citrine for abundance and happiness
|December||Turquoise for wellbeing and good fortune |
Tanzanite for intuition and spiritual awakening
Zircon for protection and wisdom
Zodiac Signs Gems
As mentioned at the beginning, besides your birth month gemstone, you can find a gem stone for your Western zodiac sign.
It’s worth mentioning that there isn’t an official list of gemstones in relation to astrological signs, but there are some associations that gained popularity.
|Aquarius||Jan 21 to Feb 19||Garnet and Amethyst|
|Pisces||Feb 20 to Mar 20||Aquamarine|
|Aries||Mar 21 to Apr 20||Diamond|
|Taurus||Apr 21 to May 21||Emerald|
|Gemini||May 22 to Jun 21||Agate|
|Cancer||Jun 22 to Jul 22||Ruby|
|Leo||Jul 23 to Aug 22||Peridot|
|Virgo||Aug 23 to Sep 23||Blue Sapphire|
|Libra||Sep 24 to Oct 23||Opal|
|Scorpio||Oct 24 to Nov 22||Topaz (Blue Topaz, Yellow Topaz)|
|Sagittarius||Nov 23 to Dec 21||Turquoise|
|Capricorn||Dec 22 to Jan 20||Garnet|
Birthstones by Day of the Week
The last classification of birthstones is based on the day of the week. Each day has its ruling planet in astrology, and every planet is connected to a certain gemstone.
For example, Sunday is ruled by the Sun, which is often associated with Citrine. Or even more obvious connection: Monday (“moonday”) is connected to the Moon, and therefore with Moonstone.
|Monday||Moon||Moonstone for intuition and purpose|
|Tuesday||Mars||Ruby for passion and energy|
|Wednesday||Mercury||Emerald for calm and balance|
|Thursday||Jupiter||Yellow sapphire for happiness and prosperity|
|Friday||Venus||Diamond for love and beauty|
|Saturday||Saturn||Blue sapphire for sincerity and faithfulness|
|Sunday||Sun||Citrine for abundance and radiance|
How to Choose Your Birthstone
Now we come to the most important part: How to choose your birthstone? Which table should you consult? Which is the right one for you?
It may be confusing and seem complicated, but it really is not. There is no wrong answer here!
Go over the stones that correspond with your month, zodiac birthstones, and day of the week and see what feels like YOU. Don’t overthink it, just trust your intuition.
If none of them draw you in at first look, go over the qualities and meaning associated with your sign, or the ruling planet of your day of the week. Check their healing and supportive attributes.
When you find the right one, you should decide what to do with it. There are a few options. You can wear them as part of your jewelry (there are a lot to choose from), or you may decide to wear them with you. In your bag or pocket.
There is also a third option, keeping it in your home, in a place where you feel safe and spend a lot of time, meditate, or just have some “you time”.
But don’t forget, that like with any other gemstones or jewelry, your birthstones need to be cleaned periodically.
Gems for Zodiac Signs – Your Guide
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Now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s have a deep dive, and check what your gem’s horoscope has in line for you!
Birthstones for Aquarius
Although Aquarius is the eleventh sign in the zodiac, we decided to go with the calendar and start with it. And no, it has nothing to do with the fact that I am an Aquarius!
Those born between January 21st and February 19th belong to the celestial sign of Aquarius. Aquarius has the ruling planet of Uranus and its element is air. The color of Aquarius is sky blue. The main birthstones of Aquarius are Amethyst and Garnet.
Garnet is red and said to be a symbol of purity, truth, and personal power. Garnet is also known to be the stone of commitment, which can be a tough one for free-spirited Aquarius. Aquarians who can come out as a little cold, Garnet will light the inner fire.
Amethyst is purple and the stone of serenity. Amethyst is calm and spiritual, bringing a more subtle approach to the February birthstone. For Aquarius that wants to get more in touch with its calmer side, this is THE gemstone. Amethyst also promotes better sleep cycles and reduces migraines.
Birthstones for Pisces
Those born between February 20th and March 20th are Pisces. The Pisces birthstone is Aquamarine. Pisces has the ruling planet of Neptune and the element of water. They also have a fish as their symbol.
Aquamarine, a gemstone with a rich history in ancient Greek mythology is the perfect March birthstone. Ever cool-headed, the Aquamarine gemstone encourages Pisces to move easily through life just like their symbol fish flows through the water. It also reduces mood swings and ensures that Pisces have their voice heard.
Birthstone for Aries
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. And maybe as such, it deserves to have a special birthstone – one of the most sought-after gemstones in the world.
The Aries birthstone is the Diamond, it brings clarity, truth, and vision. Those born between March 21st to April 20th are Aries. Aries element is fire and its ruling planet is Mars. The symbol of Aries is the ram.
Being one of the most precious gems in the world, the April birthstone is the epitome of radiance and inner strength. With its deep durability and clarity, it perfectly complements that reckless and wild Aries energy!
Birthstone for Taurus
The birthstone for Taurus is the Emerald and those born between April 21st and May 21st enjoy its benefits.
Emerald is a green precious gem that brings peace and prosperity.
The element of Taurus is earth, its ruling planet is Venus, and the symbol is a bull.
The Emerald is elegant and promises wealth and prosperity. This precious gem appeals to Tauruses’ extravagant nature but also connects deeply with the natural gifts coming from the earth.
It has been historically connected with people having wealth and power. Some of the most notable are Cleopatra and Rome’s Emperor Nero.
Birthstone for Gemini
The Gemini birthstone is the Agate or the pearl. It comes in many colors and is a variety of chalcedony and quartz that means healing and grounding. Geminis are born between 22nd May and 21st June.
The element of Gemini is air and the symbol is the twins. Their ruling planet is Mercury, which means they are good with their words and are masters of communication.
As its symbol says, besides Agate, Gemini’s birthstone also has its twin, The Pearl that brings balance and stability.
Birthstone for Cancer
The birthstone for Cancer is the Ruby. Ruby is a precious red gem that oozes confidence. Those born between June 22nd and July 22nd share the Cancer star sign.
The Cancer element is water and the zodiac symbol is a crab.
Ruby has its own ruling “planet” Sun, while Cancer is ruled by the Moon. Because of this duality, Ruby is able to collect the powers of the planet and provide balance to the life of a Cancer.
The birthstone of Cancer is also known for bringing confidence and balancing the heart.
Birthstone for Leo
Leo’s birthstone is Peridot. Peridot is green and brings purpose and focus. Those born between July 23rd and August 22nd are Leo’s. Leo’s ruling “planet” is the Sun and its element is fire. The zodiac symbol for Leo is a lion.
The main birthstone for Leos is Peridot. Gorgeous in green and with a warm sparkle, it’s known for its playful side.
Peridot is also called the study stone – meaning that brings focus, which is a match made in heaven for all those goal-orientated Leos. But it’s not all business with Peridot. It also brings openness to the heart which can help with feelings of possessiveness some Leos might have issues with.
Birthstone for Virgo
The Virgo birthstone is the Blue Sapphire. Blue Sapphire is a precious gem that gives inner vision and clarity. Those born between August 23rd and September 23rd are Virgos. The element for Virgo is earth and the ruling planet is Mercury. The symbol for Virgo is the maiden.
The main stone for all Virgos knows how to channel the energies of Mercury and bring its creative radiance and its ability to unravel blocks in communication.
The sapphire is a stone of truth and sincerity, but it also gives insight to those Virgos ever on a quest for perfectionism, so they don’t get lost in their tunnel vision, and help them get their work done.
Birthstone for Libra
The birthstone for Libra is the Opal. Opal is known for bringing personal power and prosperity. It comes in a pale white color.
Those born between September 24th and October 23rd are Libra star signs. The element for Libra is air and the ruling planet is Venus. The symbol for Libra are the scales.
The October birthstone of Opal is dazzling with luminous energy, milky white calm, and all the moods of luck and positivity. This gem is all about balance and it grants Libras the stability they need to live in harmony. Opal also brings a sense of protection in a sense that they don’t need to be perfect, especially to those more anxious Libras, that are on the quest of pleasing everyone.
Birthstone for Scorpio
The Scorpio birthstone is Topaz. Topaz comes in many shades but the Yellow Topaz is best for those who are born between October 24th and November 22nd and carry the Scorpio star sign.
Topaz means empathy and serenity. The element of Scorpio is water, and surprisingly, not fire as many assume. The ruling planet is Pluto or Mars. It’s symbol is obviously the Scorpio.
As we said, Topaz comes in many colors.
Blue Topaz brings the energy of communication and action, like many other blue gemstones. And as we know, Scorpios are never the ones to skip on the action. As they can sometimes be harsh with their words, Topaz keeps them in check.
Yellow Topaz also helps to improve relationships and keeps Scorpios from falling into Yellow color’s signature trait – jealousy.
Birthstone for Sagittarius
The Sagittarius birthstone is Turquoise. Turquoise is a blue gemstone that brings communication and emotional balance. Sagittariuses are born between November 22nd and December 21st. The Sagittarius is fire element and its ruling planet is Jupiter. The symbol of Sagittarius is the archer.
The shining ocean stone of Turquoise represents flowing water energy that keeps fire element of Sagittarius sign in balance.
Turquoise also has a strong amplifying quality that help Sagittarians remain open to receiving the words and messages the universe may have to offer. Turquoise brings a harmonizing element that can keep feminine and masculine energies in check.
Birthstone for Capricorn
The Capricorn birthstone is a precious red gemstone, the Garnet.
Garnet’s meaning is commitment and creativity. Capricorn’s are born between December 22nd and January 20th. The Capricorn element is earth, the ruling planet is Saturn, and the symbol is the sea-goat.
Glorious glowing fire Red Garnets have a strong history with Hindu spirituality. Being the birthstone of December it means that it brings fire and warmth to those that need it.
It is thought that Garnet attracts the energy of Saturn that it then lends to the Capricorns the form of status and personal power. Strength, balance, and an inner brightness that cannot be doused – this is why Garnet is a Capricorn match.
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