Lesson 2: Alternative Birthstones


Wearing your birthstone supposedly brings you luck. But what if you don’t particularly like the gemstone associated with your birth month? For those looking for alternative birthstones, options exist beyond the modern and traditional lists of gems. Choose stones associated with zodiacal signs or months symbolic of angels. You can even forgo your birth month and pick a gem associated with the day of the week or hour of your birth.

Alternative Birthstones Based on the Signs of the Zodiac

Zodiac Sign Gem
Aquarius (Jan.21 -Feb. 21) Garnet
Pisces (Feb.21 – Mar. 21) Amethyst
Aries (Mar.21 – Apr. 20) Bloodstone
Taurus (Apr.20 – May 21) Sapphire
Gemini (May 21 -June 21) Agate
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Emerald
Leo (July 22 – Aug. 22) Onyx
Virgo (Aug. 22 – Sep. 22) Carnelian
Libra (Sep. 22 – Oct. 23) Chrysolite
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov 21) Beryl
Sagittarius (Nov.

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