Scorpio is the most emotional sign of the zodiac. The Scorpian is a strong-willed person who has his eye set on what he perceives is truly meaningful in life. The dark excesses of the zodiac sign, however, may propel him toward licentious and antisocial behavior. Choices of Scorpio birthstone have been designated that keep the zodiac sign’s excesses under control.
The foundations of the city’s wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, lapis lazuli … the eighth, beryl …
— Revelation 21:19-20
Beryl is the Scorpio birthstone from the Bible. Mentioned by the Hebrew name shoham in Exodus,1 beryl is the 8th Foundation Stone in Revelation. This makes beryl, beryllos in Greek,2 the birthstone of the 8th sign of the zodiac, Scorpio.
Beryl is the same mineral from which emerald comes from. Besides the green emerald, beryl occurs in several varieties. The ancients knew of the sea-green, yellow beryl, blue and colorless beryls, while pink and red beryls were discovered past the 1800s. Besides emerald, the ancients placed the highest importance in the sea-green beryl, presently known as aquamarine.
Ruby is the gemstone associated with Mars from ancient Chaldean tradition. Before Pluto was discovered in 1930, Mars was Scorpio’s ruling planet. Ruby is indeed Scorpio birthstone by virtue of Mar’s traditional rulership over the zodiac sign.
Ruby is the red variety of precious corundum, otherwise known as sapphire in another color. Ruby represents the color red of the precious stones.
Also known as jacinth or hyacinth, red zircon is a gemstone associated with Mars in Chaldaic tradition,3 and is therefore a planetary Scorpio birthstone.
In Hindu astrology, coral is the gemstone associated with Mars. Mars’ rulership over the zodiac sign makes coral the planetary Scorpio birthstone in India.
In Hindu astrology, carnelian is an alternate gemstone for Mars, and is therefore a planetary Scorpio birthstone besides coral.
Carnelian is the red or orange variety of chalcedony quartz.
Obsidian is a black Scorpio birthstone.4
Obsidian is volcanic glass, translucent in thin sheets. Most popular in black, obsidian may exhibit iridescent luster.
Garnet is a fine red Scorpio stone.5 Since red is the color associated with both of Scorpio’s ruling planets, Mars and Pluto, as well as the zodiac sign itself, red garnet makes a stunning choice of a Scorpio gemstone.
The red gem comes from any of several varieties of garnet. These include almandine, pyrope and rhodolite.
Scorpio Birthstone Color
Which birthstone for Scorpio do you think suits him the most? Choices of Scorpio stone come in cool and warm colors. Aquamarine, the Scorpio birthstone from the Scripture, is of a cool blue-green shade, while Scorpio’s planetary birthstones are red. Ruby, red zircon, coral, carnelian and garnet all occur in the color associated with Scorpio’s traditional ruling planet, Mars. Sitting in the middle is the dark neutral color of obsidian, which is favored by crystal practitioners as a most fitting Scorpio gemstone, reserved for the zodiac’s most emotional sign.
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See Scorpio in Action
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“Exodus 28.” The Bible. Bible Hub, biblehub.com/interlinear/exodus/28.htm. Accessed 28 July 2019.
“Revelation 21.” The Bible. Bible Hub, biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/21.htm. Accessed 28 July 2019.
Knuth, Bruce G. “Birthstones.” Gems in Myth, Legend and Lore. Revised ed. Parachute: Jewelers Press, 2007. pp. 293-327.
Eason, Cassandra. “Birthstones.” Healing Crystals: An Illustrated Guide to 150 Crystals and Gemstones. Collins & Brown, 2005. Google Books.
Mella, Dorothee L. “A Practical Guide for Astrological Colors, Gemstones, & Metals.” Stone Power II. Albuquerque: Brotherhood of Life, 1986. p. 23.
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