It is common today to have a personal gemstone. The personal stone may be associated with a zodiac sign or a birth month. It may be a gemstone that has been passed down in a family or even a favourite colour. Your personal stone is one with which you feel a deep connection.

Edgar Cayce said all gems have vibrations, but not all work the same on people. To have the best benefits from a stone there must be a deep feeling for the stone.

Methods you can use to discover your personal stone:

Planetary Gem Stones

There is an ancient belief that a correlation exists between each planet and its correspondent gem. By keeping your planetary gemstone in touch with your body, you can tap into the energy of the ruling planets at your time of birth.

In the early Ayurvedic and Tantric texts, certain gems were related to certain parts of the body. Wearing these gemstones was believed to help heal those body parts, and support a person’s progress through life.

At that time, there were seven planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) and the two nodes of the Moon (Rahu and Ketu) with corresponding stones.

Zodiac Gem Stones

Another Eastern method of choosing your stone is by finding the stones that are linked to your sign of the zodiac. In this system, there are stones that should be avoided for each sign.

Zodiac gem stones are also called Astral Stones.

Ancient astrologers turned to the heavens for answers as to why certain gem stones apparently held magical powers.

They believed that the influence of your astrology sign over your fortune in life is strengthened by wearing, holding or carrying the stone associated with the constellation under which you were born.

This idea is based on the harmony that exists between all things. Your astral stone is more than a symbol of your astrology sign – it actually receives the vibrations of the constellation and can strengthen the planetary or zodiacal influence.

There is no central authority as to which gemstones are connected to each sign of the zodiac. Generally, I have listed first the traditional Hindu source for the astral stone of each sign, with other beliefs and traditions following it.

There are several stones listed for each sign, and in choosing your astral stones, you are advised to use the ones with which you feel a close connection.

Find your astrology sun sign on the panel to the right and click on it to discover your ruling planet, personality traits, gem stones and much more…

Birth Stones

In the West, as early as the fifth century AD, the twelve stones that adorned the breastplate of the Biblical Hebrew High Priest have been linked to the twelve zodiac signs, and later to the twelve months of the year.

Certain gemstones have more vibration power at certain times of the year. The month of a stone’s power time determines your birthstone (also referred to as natal stone).

Some believe that the original associations between gemstones and the months of the year evolved from 12 stones mentioned in the Bible, others say it represents the Twelve Apostles. Still others hold different beliefs. There are numerous traditions over the centuries that connect a particular gemstone with a month of the year.

Coloured Gem Stones

Your instinctive reaction to various colours can help you to choose the right gemstone for you.

Colour can influence our emotions, our actions and how we respond to various people, things and ideas. Much has been studied and written about colour and its impact on our daily lives.

Many people believe that colours are powers, and that coloured stones are especially powerful. Here are some of the meanings of colours and the energies contained in their corresponding stones.

Use the colour method to find stones that will help you over longer periods of time, or for a particular purpose. Make sure you have a clear intention in mind when using this method.

  • Gather a collection of paper, cloth or stones in these colours: Red, Pink, Brown, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, White, Black, and Grey;
  • Place your selection of colours or coloured stones before you;
  • Close your eyes and allow your breathing to settle;
  • Intend that you will be drawn to a stone or colour when you open your eyes;
  • The colour or stone upon which your gaze has fallen is your personal stone;
  • Then choose the jewellery in this colour.

Gemstone Meanings

Some gemstones have qualities that seem to match your personality characteristics. These make useful personal stones. Another approach is to choose stones according to the qualities you want to develop in yourself. For example, if you have a hard time making decisions, you might choose a fluorite.

Probably the first stone used for ornamental purposes was a smooth coloured river rock. Or maybe a pretty river stone was spotted before a hunter successfully got his dinner. The hunter then carried that pretty river stone with him as his lucky hunting stone. Stones of all kinds have played a very important part of the history of humans. From little river stones to huge stones, such as at Stonehenge, stones of all sizes and types have been called “the bones of Mother Earth”. Stones have been used as talismans and amulets since recorded history and likely before that.