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According to astrology, every zodiac sign has a gemstone that’s perfect for them. In 1912, in an effort to standardize birthstones, the Jewelers of America officially adopted a list according to months of the year. There are certain gemstones that suit a Taurus better than a Gemini, or a Cancerian better than a Libran.
Aquarius (20 January – 18 February)
The garnet is a semi-precious gemstone, which is available in many different colours, the most common colour being red. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, highly valued by Ancient Greeks and Romans. It is also the birthstone for January and its name is derived from the Latin word granatus for seed or grain, most likely a reference to the seeds of the pomegranate fruit.
Pisces (19 February – 20 March)
Pisces is a sensitive water sign, symbolised by two fish swimming in opposite directions. The corresponding gemstone, amethyst stands for sincerity and spirituality. The brilliant purple hues of this stone give it a sheen of royalty.
Aries (21 March – 19 April)
The most common stone seen on engagement rings is the diamond. It’s the rock of choice for April babies and represents power, strength and eternal love. Associated with rarity in mythology, the diamond is a hard stone, matching perfectly with the stubborn zodiac sign, Aries!
Taurus (20 April – 20 May)
The colour and bright green crystalline nature of this gem bestow good luck and prosperity to the Taurus zodiac. The birthstone of May symbolises love and wisdom and has a positive impact on the traits of a Taurian.
Gemini (21 May – 20 June)
Also known as the dreamy stone, the agate is said to calm and soothe its wearer. Though commonly found, this uniquely patterned gemstone matches the easy-going and curious star sign.
Cancer (21 June – 22 July)
Moonstone is one of the birthstones commonly associated with Cancer. Cancerians tend to be emotional and this gemstone is the perfect guiding stone for intuition. The moonstone is available peach, pink, green, grey, yellow, brown and blue and is always opalescent.
Leo (23 July – 22 August)
Known for its striking black shade, the onyx stands for power and absorbs negative energy. The warm-hearted fire sign, Leo suits this healing stone, which has a strong spiritual aura.
Virgo (23 August – 22 September)
Standing for wisdom and strength, the sapphire immediately brings to mind a sea of deep blue. An engagement ring with a sapphire shot to fame with Princess Diana’s choice of a Ceylon sapphire for her ring. This 12-carat royal family heirloom was given by Prince William to Kate Middleton as her engagement ring.
Libra (23 September – 22 October)
The transparent yellow-green stone, peridot or chrysolite is said to bring good luck, peace, success, and calmness to the wearer. The old Egyptians called it the stone of the sun. It even merits a mention in the Bible.
Scorpio (23 October – 21 November)
Topaz is a mineral and comes in many colors, but is most commonly found in a yellow gold color. It stands for happiness, love and prosperity. It is a powerful stone and a lucky one for Scorpions.
Sagittarius (22 November – 21 December)
An opaque mineral, the bluish-green defining hue of the stone, turquoise radiates creativity and empathy. It Is the birthstone of the month of December, and aids in communication.
Capricorn (22 December – 19 January)
The ruby is the symbol of passion, prosperity, and protection. This legendary gemstone made its way to Europe in 200 BC via the Silk Route. Warding off agonies and offering peace of mind, the powerful red ruby serves the pragmatic, ambitious, and disciplined well.