A sacred talisman bestowed upon you by the position of the sun at the moment of your birth. Believed to bring protection, luck, and fortune, birthstones have mystified and intrigued generations since biblical times. Styles and fashions evolve, but the desire to enhance one’s prosperity and fate will forever remain an elusive human endeavour. We can assure you, seeking out and enjoying your talisman can make for a far more substantial experience.
Imagine, the deep blue hues of an aquamarine cocktail ring adorning the finger of Pisces, island hopping in Mediterranean. The fiery glow of rubies draped around the neck of Cancer attending a Cannes film premier, or the eye-catching allure of Aquarius in amethyst, running errands about town.
For Parisian jewellers Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, the heavens and constellations have long been a source of inspiration. Late last year, the latter released a new Zodiac inspired collection, with various gemstones and materials associated with granting these heavenly powers upon the wearer.
Whether you are a new-age witch or a little on the sceptical side, why not indulge a little in your sacred talisman. Eternally fashionable and an expression of personal style, we see one in your future.
Aries | 21 March – 19 April
Strengths: Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate
Weaknesses: Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive
The Solution: What else but a Diamond? This birthstone will boost the Aries’ natural born creativity and fearlessness while relaxing moods and enhancing patience.
Taurus | 20 April – 20 May
Strengths: Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable
Weaknesses: Stubborn, possessive, uncompromising
The Solution: Invest in an Emerald. Emitting a vibration that opens the heart chakra, this beautiful stone promotes balance and clarity of thought, perfect for our bull-headed friends.
Gemini | 21 May – 20 June
Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, able to learn quickly and exchange ideas
Weaknesses: Nervous, inconsistent, indecisive
The Solution: For you, a strand of Pearls. Known to uplift and inspire, they will also tame negative inner voices and the Gemini’s infamous “naughty twin”.
Cancer | 21 June – 22 July
Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure
The Solution: Use your Cancerian charm and persuade someone to buy you a Ruby. This jewel is the emblem of love and perfect for sensitive homebodies.
Leo | 23 July – 22 August
Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous
Weaknesses: Arrogant, stubborn, self-centred, lazy, inflexible
The Solution: Peruse some Peridot. Known for its powerful cleansing properties, there are no negative energies this stone can’t neutralise.
Virgo | 23 August – 22 September
Strengths: Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical
Weaknesses: Shy, worrying, overly critical, all work and no play
The Solution: Treat yourself to a Sapphire. These blue splendours encourage optimism, intuition, and wisdom, all while combatting mental blocks and unwanted thoughts.
Libra | 23 September – 22 October
Strengths: Cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social
Weaknesses: Indecisive, avoids confrontations, self-pitying
The Solution: Choose an Opal. They won’t help you make decisions, but they will allegedly encourage an interest in the arts and always make for a topic of stimulating conversation.
Scorpio | 23 October – 21 November
Strengths: Resourceful, brave, passionate
Weaknesses: Distrusting, jealous, secretive
The Solution: Acquire a beautiful Topaz. This gem promotes openness and honesty and stabilises emotions, making you receptive to love from all sources.
Sagittarius | 22 November – 21 December
Strengths: Generous, idealistic, great sense of humour
Weaknesses: Overpromises, impatient
The Solution: Tanzanite is the “stone of composure”; soothing, calming, and helping you to complete one of your many projects, or to achieve your lofty goals.
Capricorn | 22 December – 19 January
Strengths: Responsible, disciplined, self-controlled
Weaknesses: Know-it-all, unforgiving, condescending
The Solution: A gorgeous Garnet. This stone opens the heart and cleanses your chakras, bringing passion or serenity where needed.
Aquarius | 20 January – 18 February
Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian
Weaknesses: Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof
The Solution: An Amethyst will protect you, neutralise any bad energies, and balance mood swings.
Pisces | 19 February – 20 March
Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise
Weaknesses: Fearful, overly trusting
The Solution: Undoubtedly, it’s Aquamarine. Enhancing serenity, peace, and tranquillity, this stone is just so you.
CHRISTEL REID / Important Jewels Consultant
LAUREN BOUSTRIDGE / Senior Jewels Specialist
Banner Image (left to right): Emerald and Diamond Ring. Sold for $23,750 / An Impressive Sapphire, Argyle Fancy Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring. Sold for $175,000 / Platinum, Topaz and Diamond Ring. Sold for $27,500