Over the last several months, we have explored the elements of fire, earth and air, and this month is the last in the series: Water.
You are a water sign if you are a Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces. If you are one of these signs, you are probably intuitive, sensitive, and act on how things feel more than logic or intellect. (1) Kristen, my assistant, is a Pisces, and boy does she ever fit this description!
Gemstones of the water sign are generally transparent or semi-transparent and often able to change their color. It is said that gemstones of the water sign have a sedative effect and may even help reduce negative emotions or thoughts. Some people use them in meditation since they are known to help achieve relaxation.
I’m sure by now you’re curious about which gemstones fall into the water category. Well, wait no longer. Water gemstones include Emerald, Opal, Aquamarine, Moonstone, Pearl, and Coral. So let’s dive into these a little deeper (pun intended).
Emeralds, the birthstone of May, can be found in virtually every part of the world. Coming from the family of stones called beryl, they can vary in degrees of green. In fact, colored stone dealers call a stone green beryl when its color is “too light” for it to be classified as emerald. Even among that group, however, there’s a difference of opinion about what’s considered “too light.” (GIA)
I did a whole blog post on opals several months ago. You can read all about them here.
Aquamarine is the birthstone of March. Derived from the Latin words for water of the sea, aquamarine also comes from the beryl family. The blue is the result of iron impurities within the beryl crystal (likewise, the green from the emerald is determined by the amount of chromium in the beryl crystal). I don’t have any aquamarine pieces right now, but all you have to do is ask, and we can design your own custom piece.
Moonstone is the birthstone for June (along with Pearl, another water gemstone). They are hard to photograph well, but their luminescence makes them popular for times when you need just a little sparkle. It is said if you give your lover a moonstone necklace when the moon is full you will always have passion with each other. (Crystal Cure) I found this beauty in my stash and wrapped it just for this blog in rose gold filled wire. It can be worn rounded side out (with all the facets as shown) or the opposite side, which a flatter cut, kind of like the top of a diamond.
Pearls, as I wrote recently, are always beautiful and appropriate. It stands to reason since pearls are formed in oysters, it would fall into the water element category.
Like pearls, coral is an obvious water element gemstone because of where it is formed. Precious coral is a deep water coral that forms in rocky seabeds with low levels of sedimentation, typically in dark environments of over 500 feet deep, including caverns and crevices. Precious coral is slowly built by very small marine animals known as coral polyps. (Gem Select) It varies in color from pale pink to a deep, well, coral. Coral that is dark red is dyed.
I always enjoy doing my homework about these different gemstones. If you have ever wondered about the background, history, lore, meaning of a particular gemstone, let me know…it might end up being a blog post!
Until next month,