Virgo’s have more than a Sapphire Birthstone
Last week, we wrote about the Virgo star sign and why sapphire jewellery could be the perfect fit for all you detail-obsessed, exacting (and wonderful) Virgos.
This week, I want to go into more detail about the other gemstones we mentioned in the post that are also associated with Virgo: carnelian, jade, jasper, and moss agate.
First, a word about these secondary stones. While the birthstone of Virgo is the blue sapphire that we looked at last week, each sign also has a few alternate stones which can also correspond with it. This is because over thousands of years many different cultures have assigned different stones to different signs, and while the birthstone calendar we are used to was made in 1912 by the National Association of Jewellers, other lists continue to exist and even to be created.
This means that you can be even more creative with the birthstone that you choose to take as your own, and let your instinct and preferences guide you. Read on to find out about some of the other stones that have been associated with Virgo over the years…
Key features: Carnelian ranges from yellow to orange to a dark red-brown, and can range from opaque to completely translucent. The red in carnelian is caused by iron inside the stone, which darkens in direct sunlight over the years, or through being artificially heat treated.
Meanings: This stone represents creativity, individuality, and courage, and has been worn over the years for protection and bravery. It is also thought to assist in healing, both mental and physical.
Jewellery: Carnelian can look great in gothic layered necklaces or vintage-style pieces such as bracelets, as well as more contemporary, fun and statement pieces. It can also be a flattering colour to wear in earrings, and is offset well by both silver and gold-toned metals.
Key features: Jade is a light to medium or sea-green stone often with different tones running through it, and an almost matt appearance at times.
Meanings: Jade has been particularly prized in history by the Chinese, Maori and Meso-American cultures. It is thought to represent harmony, longevity and virtue. These qualities are also linked to its musical properties – when you hit a piece of jade, it rings like a bell, rather than breaking!
Jewellery: Jade has a beautiful green colour which varies in its richness. It has classically been used to create bracelets of pure stone, worn to symbolise wealth. Jade also looks great in more casual, beachy pieces of ethical jewellery, its colour being reminiscent of the sea and warmer, Eastern climes.
Key features: Closely related to carnelian, jasper is similar in appearance, but with a more ‘dense’ look to it, with a more muted colour and sheen. Often red, jasper varies in colour, and can be found in shades ranging from black, to dalmation, to green, and even to a shade known as ‘leopard-skin’.
Meanings: Jasper gives physical strength and energy, which is also thought to bring courage to its wearer in facing difficult situations. It’s particularly associated in Eastern cultures with increasing life force and vitality, even believed by some cultures to protect from scorpion bites and diseases! Nowadays, jasper is seen as a stone which brings grounding and closeness with nature.
Jewellery: The jewellery you create with jasper often depends on the colour and shape of this varied stone, but more often than not it’s better to let the jasper do the talking. Nature-inspired simple pieces such as long pendants compliment this stone. As these stones are often available in baroque shapes you will see more often this stone in handmade one of a kind pieces.
Key features: Finally, moss agate is a lime green and white coloured gemstone which is probably one of the most unusual out there. As its namesake suggests, it often carries a moss-like pattern.
Meanings: Moss agate is normally related to physical healing and strength, eliminating toxins inside the body and helping the wearer to cultivate and express inner peace. It’s a good stress reliever, assisting with relaxation and calming tempers when they flare.
Jewellery: Why not go along with moss-agate’s name and create a piece of jewellery inspired by the forest or nature? Alternately, this more eccentric stone can be used in edgy and modern pieces, which will draw comments and compliments from every angle. In many cases as a jewellery designer we get inspired when gemstones are in front of us, what an easy stone to get inspired with
Ultimately, creating the ideal piece of contemporary jewellery with any of these stones is down to your own tastes. We can assist you in deciding how you can use your stone of choice to create a bespoke piece of jewellery to project your individual style.