What are Zodiac Birthstones?
Zodiac gemstones are also known as Astral stones. The word Astral is derived from Astrology and has been an important part of holistic beliefs for centuries. Astrology is not a science, but was created originally as a method for telling time. It is used to tell us when one time has passed and also to let us know when another is coming, essentially acting as the calendar for the universe.
These periods of time are divided into twelve sections, which are believed to represent the twelve tribes of Israel in the book of Exodus. Each section, or Zodiac sign is associated with a particular gemstone. The idea is that your Astrological sign is linked to a gemstone on earth that enables the wearer to tap into his or her hidden power. Gemstones also have holistic meanings and healing characteristics to benefit the mind and body.
Difference Between Astrological Gemstones and Modern Birthstones
Astrological gemstones which are based on Zodiac signs can be different than Modern Birthstones which are related to the calendar birth month. Our present calendar month system was not known at the time of Exodus and it wasn’t until 1912 that a more standardized version of gemstones was introduced by the Jewelers of America. This list is now followed throughout most of the world. Ultimately, the choice of astrological or modern birthstone is a matter of personal belief and faith. Experts say: “The best way to assign a stone is to find the one that talks to you.”
Many people believe that wearing the gemstone assigned to your birth month brings good luck and is a charm that carries protective powers. Let’s take a look at some of the various gemstones and methods to determine which gemstone is perfect for you.
Below we offer a list of the Zodiac signs and the dates associated with them as well as the assigned gemstone. You many decide to choose your Zodiac gemstone or you birth month stone, or both!
|Birth Month ||Modern Birthstones ||Traditional Birthstones ||Mystical Birthstones ||Ayurvedic Birthstones |
|January ||Garnet ||Garnet ||Emerald ||Garnet |
|February ||Amethyst ||Amethyst ||Bloodstone ||Amethyst |
|March ||Aquamarine ||Bloodstone ||Jade ||Bloodstone |
|April ||Diamond ||Diamond ||Opal ||Diamond |
|May ||Emerald ||Emerald ||Sapphire ||Agate |
|June ||Pearl, Moonstone ||Alexandrite ||Moonstone ||Pearl |
|July ||Ruby ||Ruby ||Ruby ||Ruby |
|August ||Peridot ||Sardonyx ||Diamond ||Sapphire |
|September ||Sapphire ||Sapphire ||Agate ||Moonstone |
|October ||Opal, Tourmaline ||Tourmaline ||Jasper ||Opal |
|November ||Yellow Topaz, Citrine ||Citrine ||Pearl ||Topaz |
|December ||Blue Topaz, Turquoise ||Zircon, Turquoise, ||Onyx ||Lapis Lazuli |
Birthstones by Zodiac Sign
Aquarius Zodiac Stone: Garnet
Jan 21 - Feb 18
Garnet: Friendly and humanitarian, honest and loyal, original and inventive, independent and intellectual. Intractable and contrary, perverse and unpredictable, unemotional and detached.
Pisces Zodiac Stone: Amethyst
Feb 19 - Mar 20
Amethyst: Imaginative and sensitive, compassionate and kind, selfless and unworldly, intuitive and sympathetic. Escapist and idealistic, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led.
Aries Zodiac Stone: Bloodstone
Mar 21- Apr 20
Bloodstone: Adventurous and energetic, pioneering and courageous, enthusiastic and confident, dynamic and quick-witted. Selfish and quick-tempered, impulsive and impatient.
Taurus Zodiac Stone: Sapphire
Apr 21 - May 21
Sapphire: Patient and reliable, warmhearted and loving, persistent and determined, placid and security loving. Jealous and possessive, resentful and inflexible, self-indulgent and greedy.
Gemini Zodiac Stone: Agate
May 22 - Jun 21
Agate: Adaptable and versatile, communicative and witty, intellectual and eloquent, youthful and lively. Nervous and tense, superficial and inconsistent, cunning and inquisitive.
Cancer Zodiac Stone: Emerald
Jun 22 - Jul 22
Emerald: Emotional and loving, intuitive and imaginative, shrewd and cautious, protective and sympathetic. Changeable and moody, overemotional and touchy, clinging and unable to let go.
Leo Zodiac Stone: Onyx
Jul 23 - Aug 23
Onyx: Generous and warmhearted, creative and enthusiastic, broad-minded and expansive, faithful and loving. Pompous and patronizing, bossy and interfering, dogmatic and intolerant.
Virgo Zodiac Stone: Carnelian
Aug 24 - Sept 22
Carnelian: Modest and shy, meticulous and reliable, practical and diligent, intelligent and analytical. Fussy and a worrier, overcritical and harsh, perfectionist and conservative.
Libra Zodiac Stone: Chrysolite
Sept 23 - Oct 23
Chrysolite: Diplomatic and urbane, romantic and charming , easygoing and sociable , idealistic and peaceable. Indecisive and changeable, gullible and easily influenced, flirtatious and self-indulgent.
Scorpio Zodiac Stone: Beryl
Oct 24 - Nov 22
Beryl: Determined and forceful, emotional and intuitive, powerful and passionate, exciting and magnetic. Jealous and resentful, compulsive and obsessive, secretive and obstinate.
Sagittarius Zodiac Stone: Citrine
Nov 23 - Dec 21
Citrine: Optimistic and freedom-loving, jovial and good-humored, honest and straightforward, intellectual and philosophical. Blindly optimistic and careless, irresponsible and superficial, tactless and restless.
Capricorn Zodiac Stone: Ruby
Dec 22 - Jan 20
Ruby: Practical and prudent, ambitious and disciplined, patient and careful, humorous and reserved. Pessimistic and fatalistic, miserly and grudging.
Modern Birthstones by Month
Each month has one or more gemstones associated with it. We will go over the birthstones for each month. The love of gemstones are selected many times due to birth month.
January Birthstone - Garnet
Garnet is a beautiful gemstone and is designated as the January Birthstone. Garnet is traditionally thought of as a burgundy red colored gemstone. There are so many different varieties of Garnet that it is actually available in almost every color. From yellow to dark brown, there are many types of Garnet; some semi precious and some so very precious they are collectable and known by few. Some of the most beautiful gems in the world are garnets. So for those who thought a Garnet is common, well it is not. Garnet is one of the most beautiful and collectable gems on the market.
This stone is also given as a present for 2nd Wedding Anniversaries.
February Birthstone - Amethyst
Amethyst is a semi precious gemstone which is available in colors ranging from a light lavender rose color to almost a purple black. Amethyst is the February Birthstone and is also given as a gift for the sixth wedding anniversary. Amethyst is from the quartz family and can be found all over the world. The most prized Amethyst at one time came from Russia. Today the Russian mines do not produce the famed Siberian Amethyst since the mines have been depleted for many years. Africa is a leading supplier of beautiful Amethyst today with rich Purple gemstones offering pink and red hues. Uruguay is also another famous Amethyst producing region where the colors can have an electric blue flash.
Amethyst is believed to induce peace, serenity and temperance in you, plus it will restrict sensual and alcoholic intoxication, which may be good or bad. Amethyst is said to improve your skin and hair, and prevent baldness.
March Birthstones - Aquamarine & Bloodstone
Aquamarine is considered a precious gem from the Beryl Family same family as the Emerald. This gem comes in a variety of Translucent/clear to Beautiful light sea blue/green colors. Bloodstone is green with red spots cut in cabochons form most of the the time but in high quality from can be found in faceted gemstones and is from the Chalcedony Quartz family. In the Middle Ages the red spots were thought to be the blood of Jesus and the stone was believed to have miraculous powers.
Bloodstone & Aquamarine have the attributes of good health, love, youthfulness, and hope. Sailors believe in its protection. These stones are usually given as a gift for a 19th Wedding Anniversary gift.
April Birthstone - Diamond
Diamond is one of the most precious gems found on Earth. The hardest gemstone and used in many types of Technology other than Jewelry. Diamonds come in a variety of colors from White / transparent to Black. April’s stone the diamond is also believed to heal and are traditionally linked to love, and both endure forever because of diamond’s eternal strength.
The Diamond is traditionally given as a gift on the 10th Wedding Anniversary and 60th Wedding Anniversary as a gift.
May Birthstone - Emerald
Emerald is another precious gemstone loved by many around the world. Some of the most beautiful Emerald comes from Columbia. May’s green emerald is a symbol of rebirth, renewed youth and good fortune. Emeralds are believed to cure you of bad health, healing a variety of illnesses and insuring good health for the wearer. Also, it was believed that the wearer of emerald could see into the future.
The Emerald is given on the 20th and 35th Wedding Anniversary as a gift.
June Birthstones - Pearl, Alexandrite & Moonstone
Ancient peoples believed the moonstone changed with the phases of the Moon. The pearl is associated with chastity and modesty. Stable marriages are said to be the result of pearls.
The Pearl is given on the 30th Wedding Anniversary as a gift.
July Birthstone - Ruby
Ruby is a precious gemstone found in many parts of the World. Some of the most beautiful Ruby is from Burma. The Burmese ruby has been a favorite for hundreds of years. It has been exported all around the world. Today Most ruby is mined in Africa. Ruby is believed to be endowed with sacred powers by ancient Hindus, and is associated with royalty and power. Rubies will bring harmony of life to the wearer, so one can expect a peaceful life when wearing this stone.
The Ruby is given on the 15th, 40th and 80th Wedding Anniversary.
August Birthstone - Peridot
Peridot comes in many beautiful shades of green. It is one of few gems that is never treated for color in any way. Mined around the world some of the most beautiful Peridot comes from Asia and Pakistan. Peridot is believed to protect those who wear it from evil, particularly from the forces of darkness. It can also increase the healing power of medicinal drugs. Ancient Egyptians associated the gemstone Peridot with the sun.
The Peridot Gem is given on 16th Wedding Anniversary as a gift.
September Birthstone - Sapphire & Lapis Lazuli
Sapphire and Lapis Lazuli are very different gems, Sapphire another Precious gem available in a range of all colors from Clear/Transparent to Black. Many people do not realize sapphires also comes in white, yellow, red, green, orange and other shades other than Blue! Lapis Lazuli a semiprecious gem mainly found in a Cabochon form is very unique in color, each stone has a color like no other in a combination of blue, black and gold.
Since the Middle Ages many people have given tribute to the sapphire due to both medical and spiritual healing properties. It is also said Faith and purity will come to those who wear this stone. It is also said this gem gives the wearer useful foresight into the future.
The Sapphire gem is given on the 5th, 45th, and 70th Wedding Anniversary as a gift.
October Birthstones - Opal and Tourmaline
Opal comes in many varieties with values ranging from very little to Thousands of Dollars, Opal is a very popular gem today since many no longer believe it back luck to wear the gem if it is not your birthstone.
Tourmaline is a precious gem which comes in a rainbow of colors and can also range in price depending on the type type of Tourmaline bought. October’s opal wards off evil and nightmares. Opals are stones of hope and bringers of the virtues of innocence and purity. Opals stimulate healing and increase friendship and healthful emotions.
November Birthstones - Citrine and Topaz
Citrine is a Semi precious gemstone belonging to the Quartz family. Citrine comes in a variety of shades from very light yellow to a deep Wine colored burnt orange color. The most desired Citrine is the Madeira Citrine a deep burnt orange color rich and full beauty! Citrine is believed to carry magical healing powers through the power of healing and preserving one’s sanity. The stone is associated with life and strength of body and mind. It was once thought that the wearer would become invisible when danger was near.
The Citrine gem is given on the 13th Wedding Anniversary as a gift.
December Birthstones - Turquoise & Tanzanite
Turquoise is a very unique gemstone, usually cut in a cabochon form and opaque meaning the gem is not transparent. The gem comes in a variety of shades of blue, blue & black, and also a blue/green with black. The gem can be very costly. Navajo people believed turquoise stones were pieces of the sky that had fallen to Earth. Turquoise is also supposed to brings good fortune, good luck, and a happy life—All things everybody wants! The Turquoise gem is given on the 11th Anniversary as a gift.
Gemstones According to Numerology
Gemstones can also be selected according to a Numerology chart. Numerology is a science of numbers which dates back to ancient cultures. Numerologists believe that every number responds to it’s own unique energy source. They believe that when you wear a gemstone associated with your personal number, you will be able to tap into your hidden inner energy.
To find out what number represents your life path, us the following calculation below. This will tell you your stone based on your life path number according to numerology.
- Add the numbers from your day of birth: 10 = 1+0= 1
- Add the numbers from your month of birth: 11= 1+1= 2
- Add the numbers from your year of Birth: 1970=1+9+7+0= 17
- Add the results of the final numbers for the day, month and year of birth: 1+2+17= 20
- If the final number is composed of 2 digits reduce by adding them. This is your life path number:2+0= 2
Find Your Numerology Stone
|Number ||Stone ||Basic Signification |
|1 ||Garnet ||Courage and Strength |
|2 ||Rutilated Quartz ||Security, Diplomacy, Self-Confidence |
|3 ||Amazonite ||Communication and Creativity |
|4 ||Green Quartz (Aventurine) ||Balance, Stability, Well Being |
|5 ||Aquamarine ||Peace, Courage and Tolerance |
|6 ||Blue Quartz ||Harmony and Light |
|7 ||Amethyst ||Inner Light and Spirituality |
|8 ||Citrine ||Material Success, Self-Confidence and Intellectuality |
|9 ||Rose Quartz ||Unconditional Love and Friendship |