The Symbolism of Birthstones

Over the years, people have ascribed many different symbolic meanings to gemstones. In my research I have found a number of different systems. Below are a few of the most commonly agreed upon stones along with their respective associations.

Month Faceted Stone Cabochon Symbolizes
January Rhodolite or Almandine-Pyrope Garnet Constancy
February Amethyst Amethyst Sincerity
March Aquamarine Bloodstone or RedJasper Courage
April Diamond Mother-of-Pearl Innocence
May Emerald Green Onyx Love, Success
June Alexandrite or Pearl Moonstone Health, Longevity
July Ruby Jasper Contentment
August Peridot Carnelianor Moonstone Friendship
September Sapphire Lapis Lazul or Opal Clear Thinking
October Opal, Aquamarine or Tourmaline Opal Hope
November Topaz Citrine Fidelity
December Blue Zircon Turquoise or Bloodstone Prosperity

Zodiac Sign Dates Stones
Aquarius January 21-February 21 Garnet
Pisces February 22-March 21 Amethyst
Aries March 22-April 20 Bloodstone
Taurus April 21-May 21 Sapphire
Gemini May 22-June 21 Agate
Cancer June 22-July 22 Emerald
Leo July 23-August 22 Onyx
Virgo August 23-September 22 Carnelian
Libra September 23-October 23 Peridot
Scorpio October 24-November 21 Beryl
Sagittarius November 22-December 21 Topaz
Capricorn December 22-January 20 Ruby

Planet Sign It Rules Associated Gemstones
Sun Leo Emerald, Red Onyx, Ruby
Moon Cancer Moonstone, Light Pearl, Green Tourmaline
Earth Capricorn Tiger's Eye
Earth Taurus Tiger's Eye
Earth Virgo Tiger's Eye
Mercury Virgo Moonstone, Sapphire, Star Sapphire
Mercury Gemini Alexandrite, Aquamarine
Venus Libra Light or Cherry Opal, Lapis Lazuli, Tourmaline
Venus Taurus Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Tourmaline
Mars Aries Carnelian, Bloodstone, White Diamond
Mars Scorpio Carnelian, Ruby, Topaz
Jupiter Sagittarius Amethyst, Malachite
Saturn Capricorn Jet, Black Onyx, White Onyx
Uranus Aquarius Rhodolite, Spessartine Garnet, Blue Sapphire
Neptune Pisces Jade, Tourmaline, Turquoise
Pluto Scorpio Carnelian, Ruby, Topaz
Vulcan Virgo Amethyst, Moonstone, Sapphire, Star Sapphire