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Gemstones and Their Meanings

Perfect for jewelry and surprisingly symbolic, many gemstones have special meanings that make them truly alluring. Precious and semi-precious gemstones of all types are believed to carry special symbolism, energies and even healing properties. Whether you’re looking for a gemstone that symbolizes good luck, gems to match your zodiac sign or meaningful gemstones to attract money, there’s a shining crystal or gem that fits the bill.

Zodiac Gemstones: What Gemstones Say About You

 
Zodiac stones or astral stones, correspond to the energies of the constellations and planets that rule over that sign. They are tied to astrology with the concept that certain stones will amplify the energies and effects of the constellations and planets on a particular person, based on the placement of the celestial bodies at the time they were born. 



Gemstones, Crystals and Their Meanings in History

 
While many gemstones have modern meanings, ancient cultures also attributed special symbolism and strength to specific gems and crystals. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all believed specific gems could provide unique powers for a wide range of needs. 

 Many gems and crystals were considered to be amulets of protection, good luck or even direct treatments for specific ailments. Many societies in the Middle Ages would prescribe specific gems, such as rubies, emeralds or citrine to treat conditions such as bleeding, eye problems or jaundice. They believed that the colors and unique properties of gemstones and crystals were connected to healing properties. 



 

Today’s Gemstone Meanings & Symbolism

 
Crystal healing is a common thread for cultures throughout the world, from ancient societies to modern day. Today, gemstones are most commonly revered for their beauty and symbolism. Many are also associated with zodiac signs or birth months. Crystals and gemstones with special meanings are valued in their various states including clusters, geodes, slices and expertly-finished high polished presentations in gemstone jewelry


 

Common Zodiac Stones by Sign

 
Zodiac stones are said to enhance positive energies and help provide balance as you face your own particular challenges. Unlike birthstones, there is no official list of zodiac stones, and each zodiac sign has many stones associated with it due to many different cultures and regions choosing different stones to assign various planet-related properties to. This gives you lots of room to choose from when shopping for a specially significant stone. Most importantly, you should feel a sense of connection in the zodiac stone that you choose—especially if you’re hoping for it to inspire self-discovery or a feeling of peace. Follow your instinct, and if a certain type of stone doesn’t excite you, feel free to be inspired by the other options.
(MARCH 21 – APRIL 19)

ARIES

Aries signs embody bold, fierce energy, and the dramatic bloodstone or fiery diamond complements their daring tendencies with clarity and stability.
An illustration of a horned ram, the zodiac symbol for Aries, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(APRIL 20 – MAY 20)

TAURUS

A Taurus’s patience and deep sensitivity may be enhanced by the wisdom-related qualities of sapphires and emeralds.
An illustration of a horned bull, the zodiac symbol for Taurus, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(MAY 21 – JUNE 20)

GEMINI

Enhance Gemini’s tendency to be quick-thinking and flexible, while calming their nervous energy with the help of soothing agate, chalcedony, aquamarine and pearl.
An illustration of a pair of twins, the zodiac symbol for Gemini, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(JUNE 21 – JULY 22)

CANCER

The emotional, heartfelt nature of Cancer is heightened by passionate rubies and truth-inspiring emeralds, and it’s calmed by shimmering moonstones or pearls and supportive citrine.
An illustration of a crab, the zodiac symbol for Cancer, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(JULY 23 – AUGUST 22)

LEO

The bold energy of a Leo harmonizes with peridot's reputation for clear thinking and Zircon's symbolism of honor and self-confidence
An illustration of a lion roaring, the zodiac symbol for Leo, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 22)

VIRGO

The highly cerebral Virgo embraces the clear thinking and wisdom-themed energy of blue sapphires and peridots, while garnets lend a dash of courage and daring to inspire Virgos to let go of overly strict ideas of perfection and live freely.
An illustration of a nude maiden woman, the zodiac symbol for Virgo, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 22)

LIBRA

The social nature of a Libra resonates with nurturing nature associated with jade. The sharp thinking represented by a peridot or sapphire helps them be diplomatic without becoming too influenced by others.
An illustration of balance scale, the zodiac symbol for Libra, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 21)

SAGITTARIUS

The upbeat, intellectual nature of Sagittarius thrives with blue topaz’s themes of loyalty and honesty. Turquoise complements the optimism of Sagittarius with a sense of wisdom and tranquility, and citrine symbolizes mental balance.
An illustration of a bow and arrow, the zodiac symbol for Sagittarius, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 22)

SCORPIO

The social nature of a Libra resonates with nurturing nature associated with jade. The sharp thinking represented by a peridot or sapphire helps them be diplomatic without becoming too influenced by others.
An illustration of a scorpion, the zodiac symbol for Scorpio, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 19)

CAPRICORN

Ambitious, hard-working Capricorn may appreciate the ruby as a symbol of luck and abundance or the inner fire and empowerment of garnets. Peridot compliments them with a sense of peace and calm.
An illustration of a horned sea goat, the zodiac symbol for Capricorn, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18)

AQUARIUS

Calming amethyst encourages the friendly energy and thoughtfulness of Aquarius. Their loyal tendencies are reflected in the friendship and love symbolism of garnets.
An illustration of an urn spilling water, the zodiac symbol for Aquarius, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes
(FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20)

PISCES

Balance the free-spirited imagination and enhance the empathetic nature of Pisces with soothing amethyst, turquoise or aquamarine.
An illustration of two fish circling each other, the zodiac symbol for Pisces, using hand-drawn gray brush strokes

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