Birthstones, Zodiac and Anniversary Stones
Birthstones are of special interest to gemstone lovers and the association of specific gemstones with months of the year goes back centuries. As the famous gemologist G.F. Kunz noted in his book, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, "There is no doubt that the owner of a ring or ornament set with a birthstone is impressed with the idea of possessing something more intimately associated with his or her personality than any other stone, however beautiful or costly. The idea that birthstones possess a certain indefinable, but nonetheless real significance, has long been present and still holds a spell over the minds of all who are gifted with a touch of imagination and romance."
Precious gems were first associated with signs of the zodiac, and were adored for their special gemstone meanings. The modern birthstone list was formulated by an organization known as JA (Jewelers of America) in 1912. Birthstones are especially popular for use in gemstone jewelry, such as birthstone rings and birthstone pendants, and are sought-after for religious jewelry, particular in reference to the gems of Aaron's breastplate and Islamic gemstones.
Birthstone Chart and Zodiac Gemstone Information
January BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 18): Garnet|
Garnet gemstones are attributed with the power of protecting wearers from nightmares and snakebites, and are also thought to provide guidance in the dark. Tradition connects the stone with blood. They are a popular choice as presents for second wedding anniversaries. There are many different gemstone varieties within the garnet gemstone group, including almandine garnet, pyrope garnet, color change garnet, star garnet, rhodolite garnet, hessonite garnet, mali garnet, malaya garnet, spessartite garnet, demantoid garnet, tsavorite garnet and uvarovite garnet.
February BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20): Amethyst|
The amethyst is believed to induce peace, serenity and temperance. Additionally, it is thought to restrict sensual and alcoholic intoxication, which may be good or bad. Also, amethyst is believed to improve skin and hair, and prevent baldness. It is said to protect its wearer from deceit. Its purple shade is linked to royalty and makes an ideal gift for the sixth wedding anniversary.
March BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Aries (Mar 21- Apr 20): Bloodstone|
Aquamarine is associated with attributes of good health, love, youthfulness and hope. Sailors believe in its protection. Generally chosen as a 19th anniversary gift, this stone is in the beryl family, the same as emerald. Bloodstone is the astrological alternative.
April BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21): Sapphire|
Diamonds are traditionally linked to love, and eternal endurance because of diamond's superior hardness. The name diamond is derived from the Greek 'adamas', which means invincible. Traditionally diamond is accepted as the 10th and 60th wedding anniversary presents. Sapphire is the astrological stone for Taurus.
May BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21): Agate|
Emeralds are said to cure people of bad health, healing a variety of illnesses and insuring good health for wearers. Also, it is believed that the wearer of emerald will be able to see into the future. The astrological alternative is agate.
June BirthstonesBack to Top
Pearl, Mother-of-Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
|The zodiac stone for Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 22): Emerald|
The romantic pearl is associated with chastity and modesty. Stable marriages are said to be the result of pearls. Mother-of-pearl is made of the same material as pearl (nacre) and is therefore an alternative to pearl. Mother-of-pearl is said to be a good gemstone for children. The astrological stone is emerald. An additional birthstone for June is alexandrite, a rare variety of color change chrysoberyl.
July BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 23): Onyx|
Rubies are believed to bring harmony of life to the wearer, so one can expect a peaceful life when wearing this stone. The astrological stone is onyx.
August BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 22): Carnelian|
Peridot is believed to protect the wearer from evil, particularly from the forces of darkness. It can also increase the healing power of medicinal drugs. Spinel is a recent addition to the August birthstones. It is thought to have a calming effect. The astrological choice is carnelian.
September BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 23): Chrysolite|
Faith and purity will come to the wearer of this stone. Common belief says the brighter the glitter of the stone, the stronger the positive virtues, whilst giving the lucky person useful foresight into the future. The astrological stone is chrysolite.
October BirthstonesBack to Top
|The zodiac stone for Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22): Beryl|
Opals are said to be stones of hope and bringers of the virtues of innocence and purity. Opals stimulate healing and increase friendship and healthy emotions. Beryl is the astrological stone.
|The zodiac stone for Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21): Citrine|
Cool topaz is said to hold 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 astrological stone is citrine.
|The zodiac stone for Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20): Ruby
Turquoise is believed to bring good fortune, good luck, and a happy life, things that everyone would like to have. Ruby is the astrological stone.
Gemstone Anniversary Chart & Gems for the Days of the WeekBack to Top