The Buzz About Birthstones

by Jamie Smedley, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Discover humorous character qualities, inherent personal strengths and information about traditional gemstones for each astrological horoscope sign. The following dates are based on Western astrology as cited in Wikipedia. Other sources may vary the dates slightly.

January - Garnet - Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

For all those practical and prudent Capricorns, garnet is your stone. A clear, dark red gem, the protective garnet is used most often to ward off toxins and is known as the stone of commitment as it attracts love and promotes lasting relationships. Your natural ambition and discipline is enhanced by garnet's ability to stimulate creative imagination to the point of action, assist in dream work and increase determination, energy and courage. Specifically, hessonite garnet helps us to say goodbye to worn-out ideas, views and behavior to make way for fresh thoughts.

Fight your well-known pessimism as garnet clears the path for new beginnings and helps dispel negative feelings that keep you trapped by fear or guilt. Whether you need courage to voice a new idea or to tell that secret crush how you really feel, be sure to arm yourself with garnet for a boost of confidence!

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February - Amethyst - Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 19)

Fun-loving, original and inventive Aquarius, your stone is amethyst. Vibrating with creativity, tranquility and understanding that will help you transform negative energy into positive energy, amethyst ensures you have peace of mind and a spark to your intellectual self-discovery.

Help your natural inclination to retreat from life and society with amethyst's ability to enhance your sense of serenity and reduce anxiety and stress from personal loss or grief. If you suffer from heartache or long for a meditation from a muse … slip an amethyst stone under your pillow while you sleep and enjoy intuitive dreams, inspired thought and relief from heartache.

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March - Aquamarine - Pisces (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20)

Pisces are sympathetic, compassionate and imaginative individuals, so it is lucky for you that your birthstone is the bluish-green transparent beryl aquamarine, which is known as being a mermaid's treasured stone of courage and fortitude. Wearing this stone will often encourage thoughts of universal hope, good health and lasting youth.

Ensure success in your idealistic tendencies as you go out to promote world peace with this stone of diplomacy. Wear it to help ease conflict, calm heated communication issues and rekindle love and new friendship with the quiet strength of the ocean.

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April - White Topaz / Zircon / Diamond - Aries (Mar 21 - Apr. 20)

For the adventurous, dynamic and energetic Aries, your stones are white topaz, zircon and diamond. White topaz is a transparent mineral best known as the stone of true love because it brings success in endeavors, expression of ideas, trust and personal growth by fostering individuality, creativity, enhanced awareness, leadership and insight to its wearer which is perfect for all pioneering endeavors.

Zircon and diamonds, for Aries, provide help for selfish and daredevil tendencies because they inspire appreciation for life, inspiration, renewal, clarity and balance.

If your impatient pursuit of excellence or desire to control your own environment often leads you down a restless path, wear one of these power stones to help you see the big picture and bring love and balance in abundance.

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May - Emerald - Taurus (Apr. 21 - May 20)

As a patient, determined and warm-hearted Taurus, you will love that the emerald, with its bright green precious qualities for promoting romantic love and a strong mind, is your stone. This thought-enhancing stone helps with memory recall, thinking clearly and quickly and centering you in the here and now.

If you need physical rejuvenation after the toilsome persistence of a long day, try on an emerald for size. See how it helps you remember the important stuff as you live in the moment, and practice flexibility to make the right actions stemming from the right thoughts.

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June - Pearl / Alexandrite - Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

For all you witty, eloquent and versatile Gemini, pearl and alexandrite are your stones. The pearl, which is the oldest known gem, was first seen used on a necklace in a Persian princess' tomb from 5200 B.C. Wearing pearls will attune you to the ebb and flow of life, and is a sure way to help you appreciate your value as you determine your own worth, while helping you enhance your personal integrity. Pearls are also a symbol of youthful innocence and purity.

Alexandrite is an exceptionally rare precious gemstone that promotes self-esteem, joy and luck to its wearer. Wearing either of these stones will mean fighting shallow habits as you release pent-up tension, let go of superficial ideas to realize self-worth and appreciate life in a moment of self-awareness that will let you just go with the flow.

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July - Ruby - Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

The bright transparent ruby is the official birthstone for a loving, protective and shrewd Cancer. Known as a gemstone of nobles, ruby brings freedom, passion and vitality. Possessing the Camelot-inspired properties of devotion, love, strength, honor, determination and leadership makes this stone a good choice for the royal at heart.

Ruby's properties of loyalty, passion, honor and determination can turn around Cancer's habit for crabby moodiness. By wearing a ruby, you can enjoy an added spark of light that will defeat emotional storms on all levels with love and strength.

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August - Peridot - Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)

For the generous, broad-minded and loving Leo, a bright yellow-green peridot is your birthstone. Known as the stone of compassion, for its inherent properties of balancing your emotions and mind, this friendly bright green stone inspires eloquence, creativity and renewal of all things.

If you seek harmony and help healing hurt feelings, reward yourself with a peridot stone and see what lost things it will help you find.

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September - Sapphire - Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

For all the modest, practical and analytical Virgos in the world, a brilliant deep blue precious sapphire is your gemstone. Known for being the stone of wisdom, this brilliant stone enhances creative expression, universal knowledge and intellect. This gemstone aids in memory and intuition as it promotes friendship and love, concentration and attracting good influences.

Sapphire is often referred to as the gem of the heavens because it comes in all the colors of the sky. For a contrast to your well-known conservative fussiness, take in a dose of cosmic wisdom by calling on the wise and lucky properties of sapphire to inspire you with clarity and universal insight.

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October - Opal / Tourmaline - Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

Opal, the chief birthstone for the romantic, social and easygoing Libra, is a soft resin-based stone that flashes with multicolored fire. You will understand why it is known as the stone of inspiration and dreams as you become mesmerized by its brilliant colors. Opal also helps release inhibitions and promotes creativity and ingenuity.

Tourmaline, the second birthstone for Libra, is known as the stone of love and good humor. Wearing this stone aids in reception of inspiration and radiates light to the wearer. Take good measures against your gullible and flirtatious ways with an uplifting of good humor, inspiration from creative dreams or radiant love from these two stones for an unbeatable combination that will tickle you with winsome thoughts.

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November - Topaz / Citrine - Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

For all you magnetic, passionate and powerful Scorpios, the yellowish transparent golden topaz and sunny yellow citrine are your birthstones. Topaz, known as the stone of optimism and awakening, imparts self-confidence, inspiration and higher intelligence.

Citrine, known as the stone of success because it promotes prosperity in business ventures, is kindly referred to as the merchant's stone. These cheery yellow stones balance emotion and make moods as cheery as a summer day.

Lighten up your compulsive and fiery tendencies with some good fortune and carefree optimism by adding some golden topaz and citrine to your day. Just remember to be generous with your newfound prosperity and joy.

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December - Turquoise / Blue Topaz - Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Oh, you freedom-loving, jovial and straightforward Sagittarius, the turquoise and blue topaz stones are right up your alley. Turquoise, a stone ranging in color from bluish-green to yellow, is heralded as the stone of communication. This stone is filled with wonderful patterns of brown and black matrix that are composed mainly of copper deposits, which provide a large amount of energy to its wearer. It also induces enthusiasm, thus inspiring new projects and bringing to light undiscovered artistic abilities. Turquoise also provides understanding, discipline and attention to detail

Blue topaz, the second Sagittarius birthstone, is a soft, clear blue beryl widely known as the stone of compassion and communication. This is the gemstone to wear if you need help building bridges between yourself and others because it helps you maintain control of sticky situations without seeming dominating.

If you need some help practicing tact during conversations because you commonly put your foot in your mouth, wear a big bold turquoise or warm blue topaz stone and announce to the world, "It's ok, you can talk to me!"

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