Gemstones of the Zodiac
believed that those born in a given month will acquire
the special benefits of the gemstone of that month by wearing
it. It is probable that this originated from the custom
wearing various ornaments and gemstones for their magical
That the birth-month determines the course
of one’s life
and character, is to be found throughout most belief systems
throughout the world. There is no proof that the wearing of
gemstones alters the course of one’s life or character!
However, it is a fact that certain gemstones have health
giving properties and have been used by healers from the
This list of gemstones for the
Zodiac is taken from the 1st Century when the Jewish High
of Israel decorated
their ceremonial breastplates with twelve gemstones. This
in the Bible –Exodus 28, 15-30.
It is believed that the dark blue
stone Lapis Luzuli was used, rather than sapphires.
Garnet- dark red.
pale lilac through to deep purple
green, Bloodstone-dark green with
Diamond- transparent white
Emerald- bright green
Pearl –cream lustre
Peridot –pale to mid green,
Sardonyx- banded red and white
Sapphire- deep blue and Lapis
Lazuli also deep blue
Opal-variegated, different shades
according to country of origin
Topaz – yellow
Turquoise-sky blue, pale blue
There are varying degrees of shades and
colours for many of the above gemstones.
For instance, the Opal from Australia
is of delicate shades, whilst the
Mexican opals are
shades and called
Fire Opals. Whilst some mirror the
Australian opals, many are shades
of fierce orange,
yellow and reds.