Birthstones and Zodiac Stones

Birthstones and zodiac stones are both ways to choose and use crystals. Zodiac stones are related to an astrological sign. Birthstones are related to birth month.

Carnelian Cabochon
Carnelian. Photo: AdobeStock

About Birthstones

Birthstones came originally from the 12 stones in the Hebrew High Priest’s breastplate. There was one stone for the tribe you were born into, thus, birthstones.

The names of birthstones have not always translated well over the centuries. For instance, Chrysolite could mean Peridot or Chrysoberyl. It usually is used to mean Peridot in modern times, so I have used that here.

Additionally, traditional and modern gemstones may not always agree. I believe it is helpful to choose one style, be it biblical, traditional, or modern, and stick with that.


Amethyst is a February Birthstone
Amethyst is a February Birthstone.
Photo: Kali Neri,
  • January
    • Biblical – Jasper
    • Traditional – Garnet
    • Modern – Garnet
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
    • Biblical – Sardonyx
    • Traditional – Emerald
    • Modern – Emerald
  • June
    • Biblical – Sardonyx
    • Traditional – Pearl or Moonstone
    • Modern – Alexandrite
Rough Garnet
Photo: AdobeStock

Additional Birthstones

  • July
    • Biblical – Chrysolite/Peridot
    • Traditional – Ruby
    • Modern – Ruby
  • August
    • Biblical – Beryl
    • Traditional – Peridot or Sardonyx
    • Modern – Peridot
  • September
    • Biblical – Topaz
    • Traditional – Blue Sapphire
    • Modern – Blue Sapphire
  • October
    • Biblical – Chrysoprase
    • Traditional – Opal or Tourmaline
    • Modern – Tourmaline, Opal, or Rose Zircon
  • November
    • Biblical – Bloodstone
    • Traditional – Topaz
    • Modern – Golden (Yellow) Topaz or Citrine
  • December

About Zodiac Stones

Imperial Topaz
Imperial Topaz. Photo Credit: AdobeStock

Zodiac stones relate to the 12 astrological signs.

Because of the way months and signs overlap crookedly, the birthstone and zodiac stone for a person’s birthday may not be the same. For instance, a Cancerian born in late June would have a modern birthstone of Alexandrite and a zodiac stone of Emerald. Therefore, I think it makes sense to decide beforehand whether you are looking for a birthstone or a zodiac stone.

Don’t worry about making a mistake. People can wear the birthstones or zodiac stones of other months or signs with no ill effects. The person you are giving the stone or jewelry to can appreciate it and use its energies regardless.

Zodiac Stones

Garnet Crystal
Garnet Crystal in Matrix
Photo: AdobeStock

Mar 21- Apr 20

Apr 21 – May 21

May 22 – Jun 21

Jun 22 – Jul 22

Jul 23 – Aug 23

Aug 24 – Sept 22

Peridot. Photo: AdobeStock

Sept 23 – Oct 23

Oct 24 – Nov 22
Beryl (pssst, Aquamarine and Emerald are varieties of Beryl)

Nov 23 – Dec 21

Dec 22 – Jan 20

Discover other stones at The Sacred Crystal Meanings and More Sacred Crystal Meanings Articles.

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