Maybe you have never been very attached to the birthstone of your month, did you know that the emerald is from May or the záfiro from September? Then perhaps you did not know that the signs of the zodiac also have their specific gems – and in reality you are not fixed to a single stone. The book “The Metaphysical Book of Gems and Crystals” explains that some signs can have up to four gems with which they have harmony. Later, we share 12 astrological alternatives to customize your jewelry collection!
To quickly update them in the history of each stone, its healing properties and its symbolism, we have the help of famous jewelry designers, Eric Weiner, Melissa Joy Manning and Liz Phillips, and also gemologists, Elizabeth Doyle and Florence Mégemont. We do not immerse in the rumors of precious stones (did Michelangelo use Lapis Lazuli to carry out the Sistine Chapel? Labradorite is the reason behind the aurora borealis?) To sort the myths from reality and discover how these stones are related with your astrological sign.
As an extra bonus, we will show you some jewelry ideas to inspire or inspire you!
The sign: Aries
The stone: Carnelian
Alternative stones: Red jasper and Ruby
The Carnelian is a bright red-orange stone. It is a variety of chalcedony, which is a mineral of the quartz family. It can vary from an orange-pink to a rusty coffee, although the first is the most popular.
According to Florence Mégemont in the book The Metaphysical Book of Gems And Crystals “There is a harmony and a complexity between this stone and the Aries sign. A stone of initiative, a carnelian will inspire but can also increase the impulsive tendencies of Aries ”
The Carnelian is also known as “the singer’s stone”, as it is believed that it helps clarify the voice. If you are focused solely on aesthetics, its warm coloration is the perfect detail for a completely black one.
The sign: Taurus
The stone: Lapis lazuli
Alternative stones: rose quartz, emerald and blue sapphire.
“Lapis lazuli has been used for centuries in jewelry and decorative objects, it is known and adored for its vibrant blue color” says designer Liz Phillips. In fact many Renaissance paintings drew their deep blue colors from the stone. Until synthetic pigments were developed, lapis lazuli was ground, mixed with oil and used as an ultramarine paint, in the style of Michelangelo. “It was a very expensive color, and it annoyed customers … who believed it was better to use the stone as a talisman,” says Mégemont. An even older fact, “the ancient Egyptians unraveled the lapis lazuli in a powder to use as an eye shadow,” adds Selin Kent.
“The gold inlays were designed to look like the stars and the lapis was seen as a symbol of the night skies,” says designer Melissa Alegría Manning. Lapis lazuli was valuable in Egyptian, Greek, Roman and pre-Columbian cultures, it was thought to be a symbol of wisdom and honesty. “He was revered and often used as a protective amulet,” adds Phillips. And Mégemont explains that for stubborn tauros it is thought that lapis lazuli helps to develop the virtues of patience and perseverance.
The sign: Gemini
The stone: Tiger’s eye
Alternative stones: Citrine, chalcedony and golden topaz
The Tiger Eye owes its name to the animal and is said to “increase self-confidence, audacity, and sometimes, pride.” Other varieties of this stone include the Eye of Eagle, the Cat’s Eye and the Eye of Ox, the only difference is the nuance. “Its color comes from the deposits of iron in the stone and that have rusted over time” says the designer Erica Weiner.
Mégemont says, “It is thought that these stones help the native Gemini to see life clearly. It will also increase your concentration and focus. “Some believe that the Tiger Eye can fight nightmares and strengthen the heart.
The sign: Cancer
The stone: Moonstone
Alternative stones: Emerald, Labradorite and Opal
The moonstone is known for its beauty, for its iridescent shine, known by gemologists as ‘adular’. This refers to the fact that the molecular structure of the stone is what makes it shine from within.
Phillips explains that in ancient India, the stone was considered sacred. It was thought that using the stone brought beautiful dreams, and even clairvoyance. It is said that promotes emotional well-being and feelings of tenderness, and therefore is considered the stone of lovers. Of course, there is also a tradition that “the moonstone could instill the power to predict the future,” adds gemologist Elizabeth Doyle. Legend has it that “in order to unlock this power, the moonstone must get into your mouth during a full moon.”
For people born in the month of Cancer who do not feel like sucking a stone on the day of a full moon, this gem supposedly “can also strengthen intuition … as far as the destiny of the beloved person is concerned,” says Mégemont . With this in mind, we could think that the moonstone would make a pretty stellar engagement ring.
The sign: Leo
The stone: Amber
Alternative stones: Citrine, Rock crystal, Diamond and Olivine
Amber is not technically a precious stone, “it is fossilized tree resin, calcified for three hundred million years,” says Weiner. As a result, their physical attributes are truly unique. “Because of its strange density, amber floats in salt water, and until the mid-Victorian era, it was known as” Piedramar “because it was found exclusively on the Baltic beaches.
The Greek word for amber is elektron, which means electricity. The substance is extremely sensitive to heat and “must have a natural heat”. Since amber is usually imitated, this makes it easier to know if it is authentic or not.
The Amber is the perfect complement for Leo. Mégemont believes that stone will make it possible for Leos to “balance their fiery nature with quiet periods of contemplation.” Throughout history, human beings have valued the Amber as a “charger of energies” and a “symbol of longevity.”
The sign: Virgo
The stone: Yellow sapphire
Alternative stones: Carnelian, Jasper and Yellow Agate
Sapphire is a variety of gem, which exists in all colors of the rainbow. Most likely, you are more familiar with blue and red – Birthstone of September and July (ruby) respectively. However for the virgos we focus on the yellow sapphires, which is said to make the Virgos who are very shy can express themselves more easily verbally. Manning notes that sapphire is also considered “the stone of royalty and wisdom.” There are legends that refer to sapphires, even in the Bible.
“Meaning of wisdom and intelligence, this jewel became a symbol of strength and influence in the medieval world,” explains Manning. “Today it is still believed that a powerful talisman … one that brings self-discipline to its bearer.” Weiner believes that yellow sapphire specifically, was thought to attract wealth and grace to harness creative energy, and turn it into action and activation.
The sign: Libra
The stone: Smoky quartz
Alternative stones: Chrysocolla and golden topaz
In astrology, smoky quartz has affinity with all the signs symbolizing “resurrection and rebirth”. That said, it is thought to be especially powerful for those born Libra: “It can give Libra the courage to look inward and heal the wounds buried for a long time. It is also an aphrodisiac, which will improve the sensuality of this sign ruled by Venus, “explains Mégemont. Melanie Kamsler, believes that if you sleep with this jewel “it raises fears, stress, anxieties and nightmares. In its place, the gem brings emotional tranquility, positive action and the manifestation of dreams. ”
As for its coloration, “the origin of the ocher of smoky quartz is a kind of mystery,” says Weiner. “Some gemologists believe it comes from prolonged exposure to radiation for thousands of years.” Feng Shui experts often recommend placing a smoky quartz stone at the entrance to the house – to tie it to its supposed protective properties.
The sign: Scorpion
The stone: Onyx
Alternative stones: Garnet and jet
It is often said that Scorpio is the most formidable sign of the zodiac. “Those born under this sign will be obliged to the stabilizing stones to balance their agitation and anger,” believes Mégemont.
In Greek, onyx means “claw” or “nail”. Legend has it that one day Cupid was cutting Venus’s nails while he slept and the cuts fell to the ground. The Fates immediately transformed them into stones, for the belief that nothing of the gods can be lost.
Throughout history, the stone has received mixed reviews. Although it is considered a stone of bad luck among the Chinese, the ancient Persians believed that onyx helped during childbirth and protected people from the evil eye. Despite different beliefs between cultures, it is widely used in rings and other jewelry.
The sign: Sagittarius
The stone: Turquoise
Alternative stones: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli and Blue Sapphire
The earliest known use of blue sapphire – probably as a talisman or amulet – dates back to 5500 BC. Nettie Kent tells us “He actually got his name by mistake. The Europeans thought that the Turquoise stone came from Turkey. Meanwhile, he traveled through Turkey and Persia, where he had been mined for thousands of years, and in Egypt even longer. ” Kent adds that the oldest known pieces of turquoise are bracelets found on the mummified arms of an Egyptian queen.
Phillips says that in ancient cultures, it was thought that stone could predict misfortune by changing color. “It was considered sacred among the ancient Aztecs and also among some American tribes, who still use the stone in their ceremonies.” Some also think that turquoises help to get out of depression, encourage loyalty and friendship.
Turquoise’s earliest recorded use – most likely as a talisman or amulet – dates back to 5500 BC. “It really got its name by mistake,” Nettie Kent tells us. “Europeans thought that turquoise came from Turkey. Meanwhile, it traveled through Turkey from Persia, where it had been mined for thousands of years, and in Egypt for even longer. “Kent adds that the oldest known pieces of turquoise jewelry were bracelets found on the mummified arm of an Egyptian queen.
The sign: Capricorn
The stone: Chalcedony
Alternative stones: Emerald, Obsidian and Onyx
Ambitious and knowledgeable Capricorns could benefit from chalcedony. The stone – that its color ranges from gray to milky white and celestial – presumably encourages reflection and meditation. “Often called the” speaker stone, “chalcedony will help Capricornians choose their words carefully. The Capricorn should walk with a chalcedony in their pockets when they negotiate a commercial deal or ask for an increase. ”
The stone is named after the city of Chalcedon in Bitina, located in front of Byzantium in what is now Turkey. Legend has it that the famous orator Cicero used to wear a chalcedony on his neck.
“Chalcedony is a very positive stone,” says Phillips. “It is believed that it nullifies hostility and frustration, improves relationships by promoting fraternity and goodwill.”
The sign: Aquarius
The stone: Fluorite
Alternative stones: Aquamarine, Eagle Eye and Turquoise.
Fluorite carries the chemical name of the element it contains, fluorine. The mineral is produced in a wide variety of colors – purple or green to begin with – and gets its name from the Latin fluere (flowing) because of its low melting point. Weiner also says that due to its malleability, it has been carved and turned into cameos and other decorative objects since the Roman era.
“This stone of genius, has a particular affinity with the innovative sign of Aquarius,” suggests Mégemont. “Its radiance is conducive to scientific and technological research – fields in which the Aquarium stands out”. Fluorite will not only help you think more creatively; Its bright coloration makes it a perfect accent for your home too.
The sign: Pisces
The stone: Labradorite
Alternative Stones: Amethyst, Coral and Olivine
Labradorite is a grayish stone, which only reveals its bright color when examined closely. In the same way, people often overlook Pisces unpretentiously. Once we look beyond the surface, we see the bright qualities of those born under this sign.
The gem “takes its name from the Labrador Peninsula in eastern Canada, where the first deposits were discovered by Europeans at the end of the 18th century,” says Phillips. “Although the stone itself is not rare, Labradorite requires a lapidary expert to extract the full potential of its color and unpredictable brightness,” adds Weiner.
According to the Inuit legend, the Northern Lights were once trapped in the rocks along the coast. An Inuit wandering warrior came upon the shining stones and wounded them with his spear, releasing the colors into the night sky – creating the aurora borealis. So, maybe this stone is not as little thing as you thought!