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Birthstones According to the Zodiac Signs

By Frank

Highly experienced diamond polisher who loves to share his knowledge with you. Continues to stun his colleagues with interesting - or simply bizarre - facts about diamonds and gems.

October 7, 2020

We already spoke about birthstones before. Birthstones are precious or semi-precious gemstones that belong to specific birth months. These are not 100% the same as astrological birthstones. These stones correspond with your Zodiac sign. But there is some overlap. All zodiac signs have two birthstones. One is the official one, the other is an alternative birthstone.

Birthstones Aries

Aries has two remarkable stones as his or her zodiac sign birthstone. These stones are the bloodstone and the diamond. Even though diamond is also April’s birthstone, Aries is the only astrological sign that has it as well. The other gemstone, the bloodstone is unique as well, since there is no other sign or even a month connected to it.

the crown of light diamond ringThe Crown of Light is a diamond ring with our patented Royal 201 cut. The diamond is the birthstone of Aries.

Aries’ birthstone: the Diamond

Obviously our favorite one birthstone. April’s birthstone is the diamond. But it is also the birthstone for Aries. Diamond is the hardest gemstone of all. When we think about a diamond, we generally think about a colorless gem. But diamonds can actually come in any color imaginable. Therefore, if you want to wear your birthstone in a specific color, the diamond may be perfect for you. The diamond represents:

  • Beauty
  • Power and strength
  • Eternal love

Read more about the diamond

aries alternative birthstone the bloodstoneThe bloodstone is Aries’ alternative birthstone. It thanks its name to its green color with red specks. 

Aries’ alternative birthstone: the Bloodstone

The bloodstone thanks its name to its appearance. The stone has a deep green to dark bluish-green color with red specks. With a bit of imagination, the red specks look like drops of blood. That’s probably where the bloodstone gets its name from. We attribute many positive characteristics to the bloodstone. The most famous ones of them are, that the stone:

  • Grants protection
  • Helps decision-making
  • Balances the total body

Birthstones Taurus

The Tauris is the only zodiac sign that has two full precious gemstones: the gemstones of kings and queens. Of course, we’re talking about the emerald and the sapphire.

The Emerald is Taurus’ official birthstone. This emerald necklace is available at Royal Coster Diamonds.

Taurus’ birthstone: the Emerald

Emerald is not only Taurus’ birthstone, but also the one from May. The most remarkable thing about the emerald is its color. The emerald is the standard for green (gem)stones for centuries. Emeralds are bluish-green to pure green, with vivid color saturation and a tone that is not too dark. The most expensive emeralds are the ones that are highly transparent. If the stone is too yellowish or too blue, it is not an emerald. That’s when the price drops immensely. The emerald stands for:

  • Eternal youth
  • Life wisdom
  • Peace and patience

Read more about the emerald

sapphire ringSapphire ring that matches Taurus’ alternative birthstone perfectly.

Taurus’ alternative birthstone: the Sapphire

Definitely one of the most famous – if not the most famous – gemstones in the world: the sapphire. The best and most well-known color for sapphire is a (deep) rich blue. But sapphires come in a wide variety of colors. There are also pink, orange, yellow, purple, green and even colorless sapphires. The rarest color is a mix of orange and pink. Red sapphires do not exist: we call them rubies. The sapphire stands for:

  • Wisdom
  • Strength
  • Loyal love and friendship

Read more about the sapphire

Birthstones Gemini

The birthstones for Gemini are the mysterious pearl and the agate.

ring with pearl and diamondsPearls are one of the most mystical gemstones because of their unique characteristics. 

Gemini’s birthstone: the Pearl

One of the best-loved gems of all time is the pearl. Both natural and modern cultured pearls come in a wide variety of colors. However, most of them have a white, off-white, and cream – sometimes even yellowish-brown – color. There are also black, grey and silver pearls. In general, you could say pearls come in virtually any color. Pink pearls are the rarest ones. Pearls stand for:

  • Elegance
  • Love and friendship
  • Sincerely and loyalty

Read more about the pearl

agate ringThe unique play of lines is what makes the agate such a beloved gem.

Gemini’s alternative birthstone: the Agate

Agate is a variety of chalcedony, formed from layers of quartz which usually show varicolored bands. These bands look like some kind of pattern, making every stone unique. That’s why the agate is also known as the ‘dreamy stone’. The agate comes in many different colors, such as brown, white, red, grey, pink, black and yellow. Fun fact: it is one of the earliest stones fashioned by people. The agate:

  • Provides stability
  • Rebalances and harmonizes body, mind and spirit
  • Soothes and calmes

Read more about the Agate

Birthstones Cancer

Cancer’s birthstones are the fierce Ruby and romantic Moonstone. These two gems are really two worlds apart. Perhaps that makes it a bit easier to choose the one you prefer for your Zodiac sign birthstone.

red ruby and diamond necklaceThe red ruby is one of the most beloved gemstones ever. This valuable necklace is available at Royal Coster Diamonds.

Cancer’s birthstone: the Ruby

The ruby is the symbol of passion, prosperity, protection, and safety. It is the king among the gems. Traditionally, this stone is especially popular in Asian countries. Like sapphire, ruby is a variant of corundum. In the stone, there is a certain amount of chrome that makes it red. Ruby is one of the most beloved gemstones in the world. It stands for:

  • Passionate love
  • Protection against evil
  • Warmth and heat

Read more about the ruby

moonstone ring and necklaceThe moonstone reminds us of clouds passing along the moon. That’s why it is the perfect gemstone for mysterious Cancers. 

Cancer’s alternative birthstone: the Moonstone

The moonstone thanks its name to its appearance. The spectacle of lights looks like clouds passing before the moon. For millions of years, people associate this gemstone with the moon. They thought it would give them certain energy that would protect them. Moonstone comes in various colors, including colorless, peach, pink, green, grey, yellow, brown and blue. But it is always opalescent. The moonstone helps to:

  • Channel your feminine side
  • Get rid of negative energy
  • Heal yourself

Birthstones Leo

The birthstones for Leo are the peridot and alternatively the onyx. These two gemstones couldn’t be more different. One refers to the sun while the other means claw and is often associated with dark colors. Nevertheless, both the peridot and the onyx are the zodiac birthstones for Leo.

ring with peridotThis peridot ring looks almost too delicious to wear. You can find it at Royal Coster Diamonds.

Leo’s birthstone: the Peridot

The Old Egyptians called it the “stone of the sun”: the peridot. This was because the yellow-green to dark green reflects light reflect beautifully within this stone. The color of the peridot can vary from pure green to yellowish green to greenish yellow. The finest hue is green without any yellow or brown tint. Apparently, it was Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone. The peridot stands for:

  • Protection against negative influences
  • Self-reflection
  • Love attraction

Read more about the peridot

black onyx ring The onyx is almost always black but can also come in other colors.

Leo’s alternative birthstone: the Onyx

There is almost no bigger contrast between the “stone of the sun” and Leo’s alternative birthstone: the Onyx. Just like the agate, onyx is a variety of layered chalcedony. They also both have some kind of bands on it. The word onyx comes from Latin or Greek and means “claw” or “fingernail”. Most onyxes are black and/or white, but it can come in any type of color. Onyx:

  • Absorbs and transforms negative energy
  • Prevents the drain of personal energy
  • Helps to develop emotional and physical strength

Birthstones Virgo

The birthstones for Virgo are the blue sapphire and the brownish-red carnelian. Both gems perfectly fit the fall and upcoming winter season.

The Sapphire is Virgo’s official birthstone, but it is also the birthstone of September. 

Virgo’s birthstone: the Sapphire

Definitely one of the most famous – if not the most famous – gemstones in the world: the sapphire. Sapphires come in a wide variety of colors. There are pink, orange, yellow, purple, green and even colorless sapphires. The rarest color is a mix of orange and pink. Red sapphires do not exist: we call them rubies. But the best and most well-known color for sapphire is a (deep) rich blue. The blue sapphire is Virgo’s official birthstone. This gem stands for:

  • Wisdom
  • Strength
  • Loyal love and friendship

Read more about the sapphire

Woman wearing orange carnelian ring.

Virgo’s alternative birthstone: the Carnelian

The carnelian (or cornelian) is a mineral and semi-precious gemstone. The color can vary from yellow-orange to reddish-orange and brownish-orange. Carnelian comes from two Latin words: carnel meaning “flesh” and cornel meaning “berry.” The carnelian is a quite spiritual stone and people believe it can help the body and soul. It is associated with:

  • Vitality
  • Warmth
  • Vertility

Birthstones Libra

Libra has two beautiful semi-precious gemstones as its birthstone. The original one is the mystical opal. The alternative birthstone is the green peridot. Both are as beautiful as they are cheerful.

Opal ring on a stoneOpals often have remarkable colors.

Libra’s birthstone: the Opal

Opals are ancient and were already used by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Romans. The name stems from the old Indian word Úpala. This means gemstone. The opal is secretive and mysterious. Its colors keep on intriguing. The stone captures all colors of the rainbow. That’s why the Romans called it the King of the Gems. Opals stand for:

  • Hope
  • Love and loyalty
  • Inspiration

Read more about the opal

peridot necklacePeridots are famous for their stunning light green color.

Libra’s alternative birthstone: the Peridot

The Old Egyptians called it the “stone of the sun”: the peridot. This was because the yellow-green to dark green reflects light reflect beautifully within this stone. The color of the peridot can vary from pure green to yellowish green to greenish yellow. The finest hue is green without any yellow or brown tint. Apparently, it was Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone. The peridot stands for:

  • Protection against negative influences
  • Self-reflection
  • Love attraction

Read more about the peridot

Birthstones Scorpio

The original birthstone for Scorpio is November’s birthstone: the Topaz. Scorpio’s alternative birthstone is the special gem Beryl. Both of these gemstones are special and beautiful in their own way.

blue topaz ring Topaz is often yellow, but blue ones are just as stunning. Find your topaz ring at Royal Coster Diamonds.

Scorpio’s birthstone: the Topaz

Topaz is one of the “Nine Gemstones” from the Thai Order of Gemstones. The name Topaz originates probably from the Ancient Greeks, who named the stone after its finding place. This was the island Topazius or Topazos, currently known as Zebirget, Egypt. Topaz is a mineral and comes in many colors. Usually, it’s yellow gold-colored, but it can also have a white, blue, green, orange or grey color. A pure Topaz is even entirely colorless. Topaz stands for:

  • Happiness
  • Love
  • Prosperity

Read more about the topaz

beryl is an umbrella term for several gemstones, including emeraldBeryl is an umbrella term for several gemstones, including emerald.

Scorpio’s alternative birthstone: the Beryl

Pure beryl has no color but transparent crystals with inclusions and impurities are different colors and are known as gemstones with different names. That’s why beryl is actually not a specific kind of gemstone. It is an umbrella term for several gemstones, including emerald and aquamarine, depending on the color. Beryl is believed to:

  • Keep demons away
  • Promote happiness and marital love
  • Increase sincerity

Birthstones Sagittarius

Sagitarrius has two remarkable semi-precious gemstones as its birthstone. The turquoise is the official birthstone and the topaz is Sagittarius’ alternative gem. Both are associated with blue colors. However, their appearances are very different.

turquoise ringReal natural turquoise is quite rare which makes it all the more unique. 

Sagittarius’ birthstone: the Turquoise

Turquoise is an opaque mineral. It comes in different shades of blue, bluish-green, green and even yellowish-green. Even though turquoise’s only purpose is jewelry, it is unbelievably popular. It is so popular that in the English language, we use the word turquoise as the name of a greenish-blue color. This makes the turquoise probably one of the few minerals with a well-known color. The gemstone stands for:

  • Balance and inner peace
  • Creativity
  • Empathy

Read more about the turquoise

blue topaz ringThe blue topaz is also often associated with the Sagittairus zodiac sign.

Sagittarius’ alternative birthstone: the Topaz

Topaz is one of the “Nine Gemstones” from the Thai Order of Gemstones. The name Topaz originates probably from the Ancient Greeks, who named the stone after its finding place. This was the island Topazius or Topazos, currently known as Zebirget, Egypt. Topaz is a mineral and comes in many colors. Usually, it’s yellow gold-colored, but it can also have a white, blue, green, orange or grey color. A pure Topaz is even entirely colorless. The one that fits Sagittarius most is the blue topaz. Topaz stands for:

  • Happiness
  • Love
  • Prosperity

Read more about the topaz

Birthstone’s Capricorn

Red, red, red! That’s Capricorn’s birthstones. The official birthstone is the garnet. Sure, garnet comes in many varieties, but the most famous color is red. Capricorn’s alternative birthstone is the ruby. And as you may know, rubies are always red.

Flower-shaped garnet ringFlower-shaped garnet ring.

Capricorn’s birthstone: the Garnet

The garnet, or also known as grenade, is a semi-precious gemstone. Garnets come in many different colors. The most common color is red. But we also find them in orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown black and even colorless. However, blue is seen very rarely. The garnet stands for:

  • Friendship
  • Purity
  • Protection against the devil

Read more about the garnet

ruby ringDiamond ring with an oval ruby inside.

Capricorn’s alternative birthstone: the Ruby

The ruby is the symbol of passion, prosperity, protection, and safety. It is the king among the gems. Traditionally, this stone is especially popular in Asian countries. Like sapphire, ruby is a variant of corundum. In the stone, there is a certain amount of chrome that makes it red. Ruby is one of the most beloved gemstones in the world. It stands for:

  • Passionate love
  • Protection against evil
  • Warmth and heat

Read more about the ruby

Birthstones Aquarius

The two birthstones that belong to the zodiac sign Aquarius are Garnet and Amethyst. This may come as no surprise. Garnet – or grenade – is January’s birthstone and Amethyst is February’s one.

amethyst ring on purple backgroundAmethyst is the only zodiac sign birthstone with a purple color. 

Aquarius’ birthstone: the Amethyst

Amethyst is a variety of quartz. It is the most famous and most valuable variety of Quartz. Amethyst is practically always purple. Although the color intensity can vary. The amethyst thanks its color to iron impurities or natural radiation exposure. This gemstone stands for:

  • Sincerity
  • Spirituality
  • Protection against drunkenness and addiction

Read more about the amethyst

red garnet in shellRed garnets look stunning in every gold color. Whether you opt for white, yellow, or rose gold. 

Aquarius’ alternative birthstone: the Garnet

The garnet is a semi-precious gemstone. Garnets come in many different colors. The most common color is red. But we also find them in orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown black and even colorless. However, blue is seen very rarely. The garnet stands for:

  • Friendship
  • Purity
  • Protection against the devil

Read more about the garnet

Birthstones Pisces

Pisces has a special combination of birthstones. The first one is the Aquamarine. The second one is the Amethyst, which we also know from Aquarius.

aquamarineAquamarine ring with small diamonds.

Pisces’ birthstone: the Aquamarine

Literally translated, aquamarine means “water of the sea” or “sea stone”.  It may come as no surprise that people thought the gemstone was connected to the sea somehow. Aquamarine comes in virtually all shades of blue, varying from sky blue to deep, ocean blue. Occasionally, this blue gemstone can sometimes appear to be a bit green. Aquamarine stands for:

  • Providing clarity in times of uncertainty
  • Improving intelligence
  • Creativity

Read more about the aquamarine

amethyst ring Amethyst ring in rose gold.

Pisces’ alternative birthstone: the Amethyst

Amethyst is variety of quartz. It is the most famous and most valuable variety of Quartz. Amethyst is practically always purple. Although the color intensity can vary. The amethyst thanks its color to iron impurities or natural radiation exposure. This gemstone stands for:

  • Sincerity
  • Spirituality
  • Protection against drunkenness and addiction

Read more about the amethyst

 Blue Sky Happiness is a diamond ring with a 15.67-carat blue Topaz. How about that for your zodiac birthstone? 

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