A contemporary collection of jewellery designs created by elfin alchemy inspired by the zodiac and each month's gemstone colours reinterpreted in Swarovski crystals using the Swarovski crystal birthstone list created in the 1950s.
The zodiac birthstones origin is believed to date back to the 13-14th Century BC and the 12 gemstones in the breastplate of Aaron in ancient Egypt. Moses had the breastplate created for his brother Aaron, the leader of a tribe of priests, to wear when communicating with God. There have been many different interpretations by scholars of the exact modern-day gemstones in the ancient breastplate resulting with variations in each month's birthstones. Because of this, in 1912 the American National Jewellers Association compiled a new birthstone list known as the 'modern' birthstone list, upon which the Swarvoski crystal list is based.
The name zodiac comes from the ancient Greeks, from a term for 'sculpted animal figure'. Although before the Greeks, the Babylonians had already divided the zodiac into 12 equal signs by 1500 BC, with similar constellation names to the ones we use today. In the 2nd Century AD, the Roman astronomer Ptolemy, helped popularize these 12 zodiac signs.
Below is the list of the Zodiac star signs with their Swarovski crystals and related gemstone (in brackets if the gemstone has a different name to the crystal) and 2023's list of dates (the dates change slightly each year) beginning with the start of the Zodiacal year at the Spring Equinox on the 20th or 21st of March / Aries.
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- Aries - Mar 21-Apr 19 - Crystal (diamond)
- Taurus - Apr 20-May 20 - Emerald
- Gemini - May 21-Jun 21 - Light Amethyst (alexandrite)
- Cancer - Jun 22-Jul 22 - Ruby
- Leo - Jul 23-Aug 22 - Peridot
- Virgo - Aug 23-Sep 22 - Sapphire
- Libra - Sep 23-Oct 23 - Rose (tourmaline)
- Scorpio - Oct 24-Nov 21 - Topaz
- Sagittarius - Nov 22-Dec 21 - Blue Zircon
- Capricorn - Dec 22-Jan 19 - Siam (garnet)
- Aquarius - Jan 20-Feb 18 - Amethyst
- Pisces - Feb 19-Mar 20 - Aquamarine