There are many popular published charts equating your birth month with your birthstone, but these are only partially accurate within an astrological framework. Since ancient times, astrologers noticed the intense positive effects that certain gemstones had when worn by people belonging to certain zodiac signs. The most potent matchups between gemstone and birth sign became fixed into astrological lore in the following list:
Aries: Diamond March 21 – April 19
The Ram is the most hardheaded animal in the zodiac and represents the Aries tendency to move on to bigger and better things. Wearing a diamond provides clarity as you make your way forward without necessarily looking.
Taurus: Emerald April 20 – May 20
The green hues of the emerald were said by the ancients to have been the dewdrops left by the barefoot goddess, Venus. When the Bull wears an emerald, your natural sensitivity will mix better with your deep selectivity. You are at your best when your passions have standards.
Gemini: Pearl May 21 – June 21
Forged from a speck of irritating sand in an oyster, the ancients long ago realized the duality of the pearl matched that of the Gemini. Out of a nuisance hidden in a shell is created a sphere of pure beauty. When the Twin wears pearls, an ease at being two people in one fills you with a sense of calm.
Cancer: Ruby June 22 – July 22
Save for only the diamond among precious stones, the ruby is the hardest gem. Like the Crab that signifies Cancer, its hard exterior protects an inner beauty that exists nowhere else. When the Crab wears a ruby, a protection of your feelings occurs, allowing you to be yourself.
Leo: Peridot July 23 – August 22
Legend has it that Cleopatra lost her peridot amulet on a journey home, only to arrive and discover that she had been betrayed by her lover, Mark Antony. Wearing the gorgeous olive-colored peridot protects the Lion from having your understanding of the natural order disrupted.
Virgo: Sapphire August 23 – September 22
The deep blue of the Sapphire protects any Virgo who should wear it. This stone is quite impervious to damage – and you will be too. The intense energy of this gemstone sharpens your mind for details with an eye for beauty.
Libra: Opal September 23 – October 22
This mystical stone has the ability to absorb bad energy from those around you. Libra has an affable nature and can get along with people that others might judge difficult. A little protection from your own bad judgment can go a long way.
Scorpio: Topaz October 23 – November 21
The more orange the Topaz gemstone ensconced in your jewelry is, the more relaxed your friendships will be. The Scorpion has a troubled time maintaining relationships when loyalty and superficial disagreements get confused. Wearing a Topaz pulls out the fog of misunderstandings.
Sagittarius: Turquoise November 22 – December 21
This is one of the more brittle of all gemstones, so Sagittarians are advised to have many pieces of turquoise jewelry to choose from. The infamous optimism of the Archer is strengthened, and you can get what you want when you wear this stone known to withstand even volcanic temperatures.
Capricorn: Garnet December 22 – January 19
The status-conscious Capricorn will enjoy donning the garnet – this stone has mystical tendencies to open the doors of success that are otherwise locked. Just as the Goat modifies his or her behavior to get ahead, garnets look different under changing light sources.
Aquarius: Amethyst January 20 – February 18
Ancient legend has the god of wine, Dionysus, crying tears of wine over a woman who would not submit to his debauchery. These purple crystals, amethysts, will keep Aquarius levelheaded when you wear them in your jewelry. The stone’s name literally means, “avoiding drunkenness.”
Pisces: Aquamarine February 19 – March 20
We now know that this blue stone is related to the emerald, but ancient legend has it that the sky was once solid and these gems are the remnants. Pisces needs solid nature to hold on to. The soothing “solid reality” powers of the aquamarine gem make this piece of the sky the perfect accessory to affirm and display your good looks.