Birthstone by Month, Astrological Sign, and Day

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You’re probably familiar with the idea of birthstones. We often run into them when we see jewelry or other products with birthstones according to the month that we were born. Did you know that a birthstone corresponds to your birth month, Western zodiac sign, and day of the week?

History of Birthstones

This tradition of the birthstone goes back to the Book of Exodus, in which the first high priest of the Israelites wore a breastplate with twelve stones, believed to have magical powers, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. It became a tradition for Christians to wear all twelve stones, recalling the breastplate. As time went on, people started rotating through their collection and wearing one stone on its own, based on which one was believed to have heightened powers at that time. This eventually evolved to associating particular gemstones with birth months.

Also, many different ancient cultures revered gemstones and connected them to their calendar systems. For instance, Hindu texts connect specific stones to certain planets and days of the week. Vedic astrologers recommend particular gemstones to individuals based on their astrological birth chart.

In 1912, a list of birthstones based on the month was standardized in the United States by the National Association of Jewelers. They were chosen based on tradition, as well as which American jewelers could realistically sell stones. The official list has been updated, so you might see different birthstones for your month, depending on where you look.

Birthstones by Month
Birth MonthBirthstone
JanuaryGarnet for passion and happiness
FebruaryAmethyst for relaxation and intuition
MarchAquamarine for protection and communication
Bloodstone for energy and confidence
AprilDiamond for love and longevity
MayEmerald for love and kindness
JunePearl for simplicity and purity
Moonstone for intuition and femininity
Alexandrite for balance and joy
JulyRuby for protection and vitality
AugustPeridot for protection and light
Spinel for harmony and healing
Sardonyx for courage and communication
SeptemberSapphire for self-expression and sincerity
OctoberOpal for truth and protection
Tourmaline for protection and creativity
NovemberTopaz for strength and intelligence
Citrine for abundance and happiness
DecemberTurquoise for health and good fortune
Tanzanite for intuition and spiritual awakening
Zircon for protection and wisdom

 

Birthstones by Astrological Sign

In addition to your birth month, you can find a birthstone for your Western astrological sign. Note: There isn’t an official standardized list of birthstones based on astrological signs, but some traditional associations exist.

 

Astrological SignDatesBirthstones
AquariusJan 21 to Feb 19Garnet for vitality and passion
PiscesFeb 20 to Mar 20Amethyst for calm and healing
AriesMar 21 to Apr 20Bloodstone for action and vitality
TaurusApr 21 to May 21Sapphire for self-expression and truth
GeminiMay 22 to Jun 21Agate for balance and stability
CancerJun 22 to Jul 22Emerald for love and kindness
LeoJul 23 to Aug 22Onyx for strength and calm
VirgoAug 23 to Sep 23Carnelian for confidence and passion
LibraSep 24 to Oct 23Peridot for radiance and purpose
ScorpioOct 24 to Nov 22Topaz for strength and intelligence
SagittariusNov 23 to Dec 21Turquoise for health and good fortune
CapricornDec 22 to Jan 20Ruby for protection and vitality

 

Working With Your Birthstone

If working with your birthstone resonates with you, we recommend looking at the stones associated with your month, astrological sign, and day of the week and seeing what calls to you. There isn’t one correct answer here, so trust your intuition!

If none of the stones feel right for you, another option is to look at the qualities associated with your zodiac sign or the ruling planet of your day of the week and look up which stones might be supportive or balancing to that energy.

Once you’ve found a stone that you’d like to work with, there are a few ways you can incorporate it into your life. You may want to wear it on your body in the form of jewelry. This may help you to feel protected and supported as you are out in the world. You can also place it in your home as a decorative object or on your altar and spend time sitting or meditating with it. Be sure to cleanse your stone and set an intention for how you’d like it to support you in your life.