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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Naomi Campbell, born on May 22, 1970. Vogue Arabia, November 2018. Photo: Chris Colls
Gemini season is officially here, starting on May 21 and running on till June 21. As we step into the month of The Twins, Vogue Arabia takes you through the basics about the zodiac sign, and how you can make them feel special on their big day.
Gemini personality traits
Often depicted by a set of twins, Gemini is easily one of the spunkiest—and often most misunderstood—signs of the zodiac. As their official symbol suggests, Gemini individuals tend to have dual personalities. People born under the third sign of the zodiac bring polarizing traits together. They’re outgoing but love their personal space, they’re impulsive but can make good planners, and are extremely affectionate—until they drop a truth bomb on you that stings more than they’d thought it would. Nevertheless, there’s never a dull moment with Mercury babies, who make excellent party hosts, and have a knack for communication that few other signs can compete with. Bonus: Geminis are also exceptionally easy-going (after all, this is an air sign we’re talking about), and their adventurous streak can put a Sagittarius to shame. What’s not to love?
Famous Gemini celebrities
Given their outspoken nature, it comes as no surprise that some of the most talked-about celebrities in the world are Gemini—hi, Angelina Jolie and Kanye West! Others to be born under the air sign are designer Salvatore Ferragamo, musical legend Prince, Hollywood favorites Morgan Freeman, Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman, Spider-Man Tom Holland, Captain America Chris Evans, supermodels Naomi Campbell, Adriana Lima and Heidi Klum, musicians Iggy Azalea and Kendrick Lamar, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, author Salman Rushdie, and tennis pro Venus Williams.
The best birthday gifts for Gemini individuals
Let’s face it: shopping for Geminis is no easy feat. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Why not celebrate your favorite twin this moment with a sartorial picks that honor their versatility? A neon Balenciaga bag is bound to earn you brownie points, as are Fendi’s topsy-turvy metallic flats abd Saint Laurent’s half-black, half-white jacket, a nod to the sign’s inherent dual nature. As the temperature continues to climb, your Gemini sister is bound to love a summer dress like Zimmermann’s floral number, with Fry Power’s rainbow ring set to match.
Always happy to try something new, Geminis are a great sign to give not-so-basic gifts to. In the mood to experiment? Try boxing up a multicolored poker set, or indulge this sign’s inner party maniac with Pro-Ject’s sleek turntable. For times when they want to wind down, nothing will come in as handy as a Kindle.
And that’s not where the list ends. While Jo Malone’s dual perfume set promises to be a hit in every indecisive Gemini’s vanity pouch, Huda Beauty’s Mercury Retrograde works as a cheeky nod to the ongoing planetary positioning (and its bold color palette does justice to this zodiac sign’s colorful persona). Want more inspo? Start scrolling to check out 20 Vogue Arabia-approved presents for Geminis.
Bag, Balenciaga. AED 8,650
Book ends, Tom Dixon. AED 863
Bracelet, Pragnell Vintage. AED 13,070
Doormat, More Joy by Christopher Kane. AED 230
Dress, Zimmermann. AED 3,044
Eyeshadow palette Huda Beauty AED 278
Heels, Fendi. AED 5,346
Kindle, AED 699
Necklace, Charms Company. AED 13,221
Phone bag, Anya Hindmarch. AED 3,148
Poker set, L’Objet X Haas Brothers. AED 4,037
Rings, Fry Powers. AED 7,418
Sneakers, Adidas Originals. AED 486
Turntable, Pro-Ject. AED 1,464
Vase, L’Objet. AED 1,104
Bag, Jimmy Choo. AED 3,562
Phone strap, Elios. AED 486
Plate, Gucci. AED 1,436
Jacket, Saint Laurent. AED 12,950
Wood Sage Sea Salt and Peony Blush Suede mini set, Jo Malone. AED 165
Gigi Hadid, born on April 23, 1995. Vogue Arabia, March 2019. Photo: Peter Lindbergh
It’s here! Taureans around the globe can now celebrate their season, which kicks off on April 20, and goes on for a full month until May 20.
Taurus personality traits
Earthy, steadfast, and often loyal to a fault, Taurus individuals belong to the element of earth, just like Capricorn and Virgo. This earthy energy often translates into their habits and life preferences; Taureans tend to be extremely practical and hardworking, with a taste for all things natural. Seldom will you see fake flowers in a Taurean’s home. This zodiac sign, born under Venus, the planet of romance and sensuality, believes that true luxury resides in all things un-synthetic, from their fresh, citrusy fragrances that remind one of spring gardens, to their clothing, always crafted from fabrics that are soothing to the touch. That’s not to say that Taurus people have simple, or boring taste. Just like fire sign Leo, this zodiac member can get a tad indulgent, and their home decor, often warm, rich, and pleasing to all senses, serves as proof.
Famous Taurus celebrities
Perhaps the most famous Taurus of our generation is Queen Elizabeth, whose strong work ethic reflects one of the most loved traits of her zodiac sign. Other stars who belong to the Taurus family include Palestinian-Dutch model Gigi Hadid, Rami Malek, former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, Grammy-winning singer Adele, musical icon Cher, Hollywood stars George Clooney, Robert Pattinson, Jessica Alba and Renee Zellweger, rapper Travis Scott, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, footballer David Beckham, and musician Enrique Iglesias.
The best birthday gifts for Taurus individuals
Though Taurus babies can often be stubborn—and don’t get us started on that Taurean temper!—the sign of the bull comes with a gentle heart, and if you happen to have one in your inner circle, now is a great time to start planning a birthday gift that makes them feel as special as they like to do for you. Whether you’re shopping for a parent, a sibling, a friend or your partner, Vogue Arabia has you covered.
As an earth sign, Taurus has an affinity for all things natural. Treat your favorite bull to an elegant trinket box made of solid wood, a Jo Malone diffuser that smells like their favorite flowers, or a soft brown rug that’ll fit right into their elegant home from Hommes Studio. Got an astrology enthusiast on your hands? You can’t go wrong with Bulgari’s emerald green timepiece—a nod to the zodiac sign’s official birthstone—or genuine emerald jewelry.
Often known for their impeccable taste in fashion, Taureans can never resist an investment piece. Consider making their day with Gucci’s classic bags, or indulge them just in time for Eid al-Fitr with a unique kaftan by Louisa Parris. For the beauty junkie, Angela Caglia’s rose quartz eye mask is a must, and works seamlessly with Nadine Merabi’s feather-detailed pajama set. Start scrolling now to find the perfect gift for your favorite Taurus woman.
Taurus necklace, PDPAOLA. AED 345
Bag, Gucci. AED 4,850
Chance Chanel. AED 390
Blazer, Arwa Al Banawi
Box, Marina Home Interiors. AED 205
Bracelet, Anissa Kermiche. AED 3,245
Crystal perfume flacon, Reflections Copenhagen. AED 1,558
Dessert plate, Ginori 1735. AED 387
Earrings, Shay. AED 4,220
Kaftan, Louisa Parris. AED 3,208
Lipstick, Christian Louboutin Beauty. AED 328
Luscious pea scented candle, Loewe. AED 355
Pajama set, Olivia Von Halle. AED 2,042
Earrings, Jude Benhalim. AED 676
Peony and blush suede diffuser, Jo Malone. AED 400
Porcelain and resin dish, L’objet. AED 1,215
Pajama set, Nadine Merabi
Rose quartz eye mask, Angela Caglia. AED 495
Rug, Hommes Studio
Watch, Bulgari. AED 78,000
Vogue Arabia, February 2019. Photo: Domen Van De Velde
We’re officially in the most romantic month of the year, with Valentine’s Day 2022 just around the corner. If you’re currently in the midst of planning a special experience for your partner, it’s important to note that your V-Day look needs to match to the occasion too. Whether you’re planning on putting together a home cooked meal, a romantic getaway, or a candlelit dinner, Vogue Arabia is here to help you select the perfect Valentine’s Day dress, based on your zodiac sign. Dive in!
Saint Laurent, AED 6,473
Subtlety? Not your style, Aries. You’ve always been about going big, so why not extend that love for all things risqué to your Valentine’s Day look? Saint Laurent‘s bodycon latex number, which comes in a siren scarlet, is right up your style alley.
Erdem, AED 20,665
Luxe, stylish and investment-worthy: Your Valentine’s Day look absolutely must incorporate all elements, Taurus, and Erdem’s embroidered silk organza midi is likely to appeal to your practical nature. While its corset detailing and 3D blooms bring in the romance, that soft fabric and flawless fit will have you coming back for years.
Staud, AED 764
Your dual personality isn’t for everyone, but it’s exactly the thing that your partner loves most about you, Gemini. This Valentine’s Day, play up your strengths with a tongue-in-cheek dress that’s as interesting as your personality. Our pick: Staud’s two-tone metallic ribbed dress in cherry red and candy pink.
Rotate Birger Christensen, AED 1,531
Hello, most romantic sign of the zodiac! Valentine’s Day truly is your moment to shine, and you know it. Celebrate your love for the saccharine this year with a sweet number your beau will adore—Rotate Birger Christensen’s bow-detailed mini dress, which proves that time with you is the ultimate gift.
Dolce & Gabbana, AED 6,744
Valentine’s Day may be all about showing your S.O. how special they are, but you know that self-love is just as important, Leo. Indulge your wild side this year with a fierce animal print Dolce & Gabbana number. Your date will love this one too, guaranteed.
Self-Portrait, AED 1,653
You’re meticulous about just about everything in life, Virgo, so it comes as no surprise that your Valentine’s Day look needs to be one that matches those sky-high standards. Cue Self-Portrait’s beautifully detailed broderie anglaise dress, perfect for outdoor brunches, late night strolls by the beach, and everything in between.
Oscar de la Renta, AED 32,410
If it’s not good enough to be in a museum, it’s not good enough for you, Libra. Thankfully, Oscar de la Renta has just the right Valentine’s Day ensemble for you. Draped in an ombré silk-chiffon blend, this one-shoulder gown is equal parts poetic and sensual. Need we say more?
Alexander Wang, AED 2,503
Scorpio, you’ve never needed to put much effort into making an impact—your magnetic, mysterious personality does that for you. All you need this Valentine’s Day is a dress that accentuates your sensual nature, and Alexander Wang‘s ruched ebony number does the job with ease.
Reema Acra, AED 2,959
Your free-spirited nature is no secret to the world, Sagittarius. This Valentine’s Day, bring out your playful side with an unexpected date night look. Our bet is that you’re going to love Reem Acra’s sparkling purple cape dress, complete with keyhole neckline for added drama.
Norma Kamali, AED 940
Elegance has to be a key element of everything you touch, Capricorn, Valentine’s Day or not. For the exclusive gourmet meal we know you’ve already planned for your partner, pick a look that appeals to your stately style. Norma Kamali’s draped one-shoulder dress—which you may recall seeing on Sarah Jessica Parker in And Just Like That…—is the ideal pick for you.
Alaïa, AED 17,340
As the trendsetter of the zodiac, you never shy away from a sartorial challenge, Aquarius. This year, kickstart Valentine’s Day with a dress that ups your style cred further. Ditch the predictable pieces for Alaïa‘s fringed midi, which comes in stark white and blood red.
Semsem, AED 5,680
Valentine’s Day with you is a dreamy affair, Pisces, so why not look the part? Serenade your S.O. this year in a flowy look that channels your whimsical personality. Our eye is on Semsem’s shaded silk-satin gown featuring Swarovski-studded straps.