Your Ultimate Guide to Birthstones: What They Mean, How They Heal, and More
How do birthstones actually work?
Birthstones are more than just gems that align with each month. Each of them has a healing property that connects with the signs of the zodiac. They also serve as a way to cleanse, purify and ignite the aura. The natural energy found in birthstones can ease anxieties, boost confidence, and help solidify relationships.
They can also be used to charge water (to drink and bathe in), as well as to detox the skin. Basically, they can do anything and everything related to self-care, self-love, and healing — which is why learning about their energetic properties is so important.
Discover your birthstone by month and zodiac sign
January — garnet
Those born in January fall under the zodiac signs Capricorn and Aquarius, and are known for their loyalty, drive, invention, confidence, and professional and personal success. An energizing and regenerating stone, garnet is the ideal stone to harness and refine these qualities.
February — amethyst
Amethyst heightens intuition and cleanses the aura, which is why it’s the perfect match for Aquarius and Pisces. Both signs are known to be enlightened, psychic, and spiritual — all properties and sentiment that amethyst encourages.
March — aquamarine
The sun glides from sensitive Pisces to tempestuous Aries in March, which means that those born under either sign need energy to help calm their tempers and passions. Luckily, aquamarine, which is the birthstone for March, calms emotions, purifies energy, and soothes the mind.
April — diamond
Diamonds can help to centre and align the chakras. They elevate artistry and the imagination, as long as one is open to new possibilities. Aries and Taurus are the zodiac signs for April. With diamonds in their life, they can channel their creativity and achieve greatness.
May — emerald
May is a month that brings open-mindedness (because the sun moves from earthy Taurus to airy Gemini). Emeralds can ignite thoughtfulness by increasing revolutionary and rebellious ideas. Emeralds also add expressive fluidity to the vibe of the month.
June — pearl
Pearls bring a much-needed sense of calm and a deeper understanding of one’s thoughts and emotions to those Geminis and Cancerians born in June.
July — ruby
July is full of desire, fervor and zest! The sun moves from emotional Cancer to spirited Leo, making this month full of zeal and sentimentality. Rubies add passion, courage, and positivity to the energy of July.
August — peridot
In August, the sun progresses from fiery Leo to earthy Virgo, which means that emotions need to be tempered and pacified. Peridot aids in relaxing and calming emotions, which assists the energy of the month in achieving peace of mind.
September — sapphire
Sapphires are known as the ‘love’ birthstone. They can help bring people together, which is what the cosmic energy of September promises as the sun passes from Virgo to Libra (zodiac signs that want to harmonize and partner with others).
October — opal
Libra and Scorpio are two October signs that focus on loyalty. Opals ensure devotion, as well as intensity in sensual situations. They also serve as a source of deflection from negative vibes that hinder emotional development.
November — topaz
The month of November can be extra spooky (even though it comes after Halloween), which is why topaz is the ideal gemstone to connect with one’s spiritual and metaphysical sentiments (by enticing healing to oneself) during Scorpio and Sagittarius season.
December — turquoise
As the sun moves through the zodiac signs of impulsive Sagittarius and pragmatic Capricorn in December, the month longs for more grounding energy, which the stone turquoise brings. This birthstone also brings healing and self-realizations to light.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
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