December 22 – January 19
How lucky for the Capricorn that it gets what is generally considered the most powerful of all gemstones. It’s a stone of love—which suits Capricorn’s flirtatious yet careful nature—and vitality, restoring the energy and strength levels of the hard-working earth sign. It also enhances confidence, courage and mental well-being and can counter the Capricorn’s melancholic disposition. Wear the stone on your left hand to receive the optimal benefits of the stone and place it under your pillow for good sleep. But proceed with caution if you have a hypersensitive nature as you might be discomforted by the stone’s strong energy.
Other associated gems: Black onyx, garnet and agate
January 20 – February 18
Open-mindedness, great intellect and truth-seeking are traits that are most associated with this air sign. As such, Aquarians tend to live very much in their heads, making the garnet—which stands for purity and truth, love and compassion—the stone for them. Used in ancient times as a talisman for its curative and protective energies, garnets are said to have the ability to ground wandering minds to reality and promote success in business. It’s also known to have a stabilising effect on relationships (something that is also important to the amicable Aquarian), while enhancing sensuality, popularity and beauty. Who could say no to that?
Other associated gems: Sugilite, amethyst, moss agate and opal
February 19 – March 20
As mutable as the element that this water sign belongs to, Pisceans thrive in creative, artistic fields that allow them to dream. Yet, the sensitive Piscean is also known to have an energy-absorbing nature that would greatly benefit from having an amethyst around them. Known for its calming properties on the mind and body, amethysts instil a sober mind and temper excess emotions or overindulgence. Plus, they repel negative vibes that Pisceans (and anyone else) could do without. Think of it as nature’s
very own Prozac in mineral form and put it under your pillow for pleasant dreams.
Other associated gems: Jade, aquamarine, bloodstone, rock crystal and sapphire
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March 21 – April 19
Created from carbon that has gone through intense heat and pressure over a prolonged period of time, the diamond’s hardy nature (it is the hardest of all gemstones) makes it the perfect companion for the resilient Aries. A natural born leader with ample physical energy, courage and self-reliance, this fire sign could do with a diamond’s energy that propels them to persevere through challenges and pursue their goals. Seen as a symbol of purity and clarity, diamonds enhance an Arian’s ability to think clearly, while the stone’s association with wealth is said to attract abundance in other areas of life as well. Any surprise that it’s a girl’s best friend?
Other associated gems: Bloodstone, jasper, ruby, carnelian and garnet
April 20 – May 20
Taurus has a somewhat unfair reputation for being stubborn, inflexible and, well… bullish. Yet, there is another side to this earth sign. Taureans are responsible and stable individuals who make reliable friends and devoted partners. What more appropriate for them, then, than a stone that is known as the stone of abundant love? Emeralds stand as a symbol of hope and renewal, and they foster creativity and connection. Taureans who need to tap into their battle-ready side for a combative situation will do well to wear emeralds for protection, and a boost of self-esteem and cerebral faculties such as intelligence, memory, communication and intuition.
Other associated gems: Rose quartz, turquoise, blood coral and sapphire
May 21 – June 20
Symbolising the zodiac’s twins, it’s befitting that Geminis are known to have enough energy and personality for two. This is where agate’s calming and stabilising effects can come into play. Streaked with bands of colours that suit the air sign’s multi-faceted character, the stone brings harmony to the sign’s split personality (or yin and yang) and binds it into a unifying whole. It also protects against the energy drains that a Gemini tends to experience, bringing a balance to fluctuating emotions and energy. Be sure to pack it on your travels as it’s said to offer protection against mishaps, especially of the road traffic variety. Road trip anyone?
Other associated gems: Citrine, chrysoprase, pearl, moonstone and white sapphire
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