Birthstone Chart and other lists
Gems have long played a rich role in many cultures, religions, and mythologies. Most are probably familiar with the "official" US birthstone list, compiled by jewelers in 1912, but this is just the latest of ways that gems have been associated with lists.
Centuries before jewelers were thinking about gems commercially, astrologers were ascribing heavenly associations to them, Hindus were connecting them to the energy centers of the body. The origin of the birthstone--denoting a specific gem to each month of the year--dates back to at least the first century. There is speculation that the twelve stones in the breastplate of the Jewish high priest may have had some bearing on the concept. Interpreters of the Bible's Book of Revelations, during the eighth and ninth centuries, began to ascribe to each of those gems attributes of the 12 apostles. Over the years, there have been many variations to this list.
Use this information to help make jewelry and gift choices for all occasions. Whichever system you choose to follow, knowing a little lore can add a lot to the experience of buying or receiving a special gem.
|2nd--Garnet (all colors)|
|5th--Sapphire (all colors)|
|8th--Tourmaline (all colors)|
|12th--Jade or Agate|
|13th--Citrine or Moonstone|
|14th--Opal or Moss Agate|
|16th--Peridot or Topaz (all colors)|
|22nd--Spinel (all colors)|
|35th--Emerald or Coral|
|45th--Sapphire or Alexandrite|
|55th--Alexandrite or Emerald|
|Sign--Color, Gem, Metal|
|Aries--Bright Red, Ruby, Iron|
|Taurus--Bright Green, Emerald, Copper|
|Gemini--Orange, Opal, Mercury|
|Cancer--Silver, Moonstone, Silver|
|Leo--Yellow, Precious Topaz, Gold|
|Virgo--Beige, Agate, Nickel|
|Libra--Blue-Green, Jade, Bronze|
|Scorpio--Dark Red, Red Garnet, Steel|
|Sagittarius--Deep Blue, Blue Sapphire, Tin|
|Capricorn--Gray, Black Diamond, Lead|
|Aquarius--Purple, Amethyst, Aluminum|
|Pisces--Iridescent Violet, Aquamarine Platinum|
|Sunday--Topaz or Diamond|
|Tuesday--Ruby or Emerald|
|Thursday--Sapphire or Carnelian|
|Andrew --Blue Sapphire|
|Bartholomew --Red Carnelian|
|James --White Chalcedony|
|Simeon --Pink hyacinth|
|Thomas --Beryl (Emerald, Aquamarine)|
|For mental clarity: Amber, Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Silver Topaz, Smoky Quartz.|
|For productivity: Agate, Garnet, Opal, Rhodolite.|
|Building self esteem: Aventurine, Carnelian, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Spinel.|
|For feelings of happiness: Agate, Amethyst , Calcite, Diamond, Jade, Tsavorite.|
|For calmness and balance: Amethyst , Ametrine, Aquamarine, Citrine , Coral, Diamond, Jade, Malachite, Pink Tourmaline, Tanzanite, Zircon.|
|For feelings of strength and confidence: Agate, Amber, Aquamarine, Carnelian, Diamond, Garnet, Iolite, Malachite, Onyx, Opal, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz (blue).|
|For wisdom: Coral, Jade, Pearl, Sodalite.|
|For luck: Alexandrite, Amber, Aventurine, Opal, Pearl, Turquoise.|
|For love and friendship: Alexandrite, Amber, Amethyst , Emerald, Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Topaz.|
|For wealth: Aventurine, Calcite, Emerald, Jade, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Tourmaline.|
|Venus --Emerald, Jade|
|Neptune --Opal, Amethyst|
|Pluto --Kunzite, Spinel|
|Mars --Ruby, Garnet, Bloodstone|
|Moon --Pearl, Moonstone|
|Jupiter --Amethyst , Sapphire|
|Sun --Topaz, Ruby|
|Saturn --Sapphire, Onyx, Obsidian|
|Root Chakra -- located at the base of the
spine, its colors are brown and white.
GEMSTONE RULERS: Moonstone and Smoky Quartz.
|Sacral Chakra -- located 2 inches below
the navel, its colors are black and red.
GEMSTONE RULERS: dark red Garnet, Ruby & Onyx.
|Solar Plexus Chakra -- located in upper
abdomen, its colors are red-orange and gold.
GEMSTONE RULERS: Golden Citrine and red-orange Garnet.
|Heart Chakra -- located under the sternum,
its colors are green or, alternatively, pink to reddish pink.
GEMSTONE RULERS: Green Agate and Pink Tourmaline.
|Throat Chakra -- located inside larynx,
its colors are bright green.
GEMSTONE RULERS: Peridot and Emerald.
|Brow Chakra -- aka Third Eye, its colors
are royal blue to violet.
GEMSTONE RULERS: Iolite, Blue Topaz, Sapphire & Amethyst.
|Crown Chakra -- located at the top of the
head, its colors are clear pastels such as sea-foam green, aquamarine, and ultimately, the
translucence of clear glass.
GEMSTONE RULERS: Green Beryl, Aquamarine, Silver Topaz, and preferably Diamond.
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