People have recognized the energy and healing powers of gemstones for thousands of years. A connection between that naturally formed mineral beauty and the zodiac's four elements, fire, water, air, and earth, makes sense. So while Bario Neal works with plenty of clients on custom birthstone rings and similar jewelry gifts (gemstones matched to the month), we also love taking cues from the zodiac for our designs. We're kicking off this series with the fire signs of the zodiac.
Each zodiac sign has complementary gemstones whose metaphysical properties mean enhancing and supporting the best self. The three fire signs, Leo, Aries and Sagittarius, are associated with strength, passion, and bravery. Here are three gemstones, along with jewelry designs, that can fuel those bright flames.
Gemstone for Leo: Tourmaline Jewelry (July 23 - August 22)
The folks at Tarot.com recommend tourmaline for Leo because, they say, "it enhances compassion, happiness, and serenity." Noting that Leo equals creativity, they add that, if you're born in late summer, the stone acts as a muse and gives you a friendly push if your imagination is stuck.
Lucky for drama-loving Leo, tourmaline comes in an inspiring multicolored palette, from black to green to pink, and there are plenty of ways to play when it comes to jewelry.
Part of our new-this-year Ceres Collection, our Lash Garnet and Tourmaline Power Studs (and the skyward ear climber version) incorporate pale pink tourmalines in a setting that's asymmetrical yet still feels perfectly grounded. These earrings make a good match for that Leo strength.
On a more delicate note, a recycled princess cut tourmaline added the perfect hint of pink to the mix in this Cluster Trillion Triad Ring (starts at $1,940). (Bario Neal often uses recycled gemstones, sourced from jewelry settings gone by, to create our eco-friendly jewelry.)
True to our inclusive approach to jewelry design, we don't think of gender when we use pink tourmaline, but for a Leo who prefers a darker gemstone, green-blue tourmalines shine. That shade is at the heart of our Custom Emerald Cut Green Tourmaline Cluster Ring and Custom Cushion Cut Tourmaline Cluster Ring.
Gemstone for Aries: Diamond Jewelry (March 21 - April 19)
According to the metaphysicists at Tarot.com, the durable diamond shares everlasting strength with Aries. If your birthday is early spring, they say, diamonds can help drive you to your goals (you already have a never-give-up attitude), and also support you in "attaining spiritual clarity and speaking your heart's truth."
Put aside any preconceived notions about diamonds only being for engagement rings or the most special of occasions. The Bario Neal team has loved working with clients who visit our showrooms or shop online to buy diamond jewelry for themselves. You don't have to spend a bundle to tap into this gemstone's power either.
There are two diamond necklaces, a diamond bracelet, and a stud pair of diamond earrings in our Lau Diamond Collection (starting at $368), which uses a channel setting and a semicircle shape for a design that's reminiscent of an electric arc (energy) or a rainbow (those dreams you're dreaming!). If you want to go full circle and a bit bolder, check out these Aira Studs ($160).
Our organically styled Reticulated One Diamond Band ($330) and delicately braided Fishtail Diamond Band ($330) are two more accessibly priced ways to wear a diamond. For all these designs we use ethically sourced white diamonds, but don't forget that diamonds come in many colors, from champagne to black.
Gemstone for Sagittarius: Topaz Jewelry (November 22 - December 21)
Topaz, according to Basmati.com, a site that focuses on health and the environment, has Sagittarius energy. If you were born under this sign, writes Stasia Bliss, choose topaz for "increasing connection with soul truths, strengthening the body, healing any discord and simply finding peace and happiness within." That influence makes sense when you learn that topaz is also thought to stimulate honesty and straightforward communication.
In the one-of-a-kind Lash Vertical Square Cut Emerald, Carnelian, and Blue Topaz Cluster Ring, a blue topaz is the perfect punctuation point (starting point?) in a tower of strength. In this ring, "O," not "X," marks the spot.
If you want to go colorless, our white topaz shines in the Custom Diamond and White Topaz Reticulated Band. This is a signature Bario Neal design and will likely appeal to the open to all possibilities vibe that governs Sagittarius. Our Custom Heirloom Raw Diamond and Topaz Cluster Ring has twice the positive energy with two topaz.
These topaz, tourmaline, and diamond jewelry designs show off just a few of the ways Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries can keep a healing gemstone close. Shop our rings, earring, necklaces, bracelets, and custom jewelry for more. If you fall in love with another piece shown with some other stone, ask us about getting it made with your zodiac match, which we'll ethically source. And check back with the Bario Neal blog in the future to see what gemstones work for Earth, Air, and Water. Heads up, Cancers, Scorpios, and Pisces: Check back with the Bario Neal blog in September, when we'll cool things down a bit with our gemstones for water signs.