BIRTH & ZODIAC GEMSTONES

Long before the modern 12-month calendar was invented, astrologers assigned certain gemstones to the 12 signs of the zodiac based on the symbolism and metaphysical powers each stone was believed to possess.  The Western birthstone system originates from the writings of Josephus (1st century AD) and St. Jerome (5th century AD). Both trace the custom to the gems of the Hebrew High Priest’s Breastplate. Over time, the birthstone custom died, only to be revived again in 18th-century Poland.

 

Modern Birthstones

Month 20th & 21st Centuries 18th to 19th Centuries
January Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst or hyacinth
March Aquamarine or bloodstone Jasper or bloodstone
April Diamond Diamond or sapphire
May Emerald Emerald or agate
June Pearl, moonstone or alexandrite Pearl, moonstone or alexandrite
July Ruby Turquoise or onyx
August Peridot or sardonyx Sardonyx
September Sapphire Peridot
October Opal or tourmaline Beryl or opal
November Topaz or citrine Topaz or pearl
December Tanzanite, turquoise, zircon, lapis lazuli or blue topaz Ruby

 

Zodiac Gems

 

Sign Sign Zodiac Stone   Sign Sign Zodiac Stone
birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Capricorn Dec. 22–Jan. 20 Ruby   birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Cancer June 22–July 22 Emerald
birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Aquarius Jan. 21–Feb. 21 Garnet   birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Leo July 23–August 22 Onyx
birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Pisces Feb. 22–March 21 Amethyst   birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Virgo August 23–Sept. 22 Carnelian
birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Aries March 22–April 20 Bloodstone   birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Libra Sept. 23–Oct. 23 Peridot
birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Taurus April 21–May 21 Sapphire   birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Scorpio Oct. 24–Nov. 21 Beryl
birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Gemini May 22–June 21 Agate   birthstones, planetary gemology, astrological gems, astrological stones, zodiac gems, zodiac stones, gems and astrology Sagittarius Nov. 22–Dec. 21 Topaz

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