If you were born from December 22 to January 19, you’re a Capricorn. We know it’s a bummer to share your birthday with other holidays, but good news: you have plenty of beautiful monthly birthstones and zodiac gemstones that solely celebrate you!
Both astrology and gemstones go back thousands of years. Humans have looked down at the Earth’s crystals and up at the stars to seek inspiration or answers for centuries.
Similarly, Capricorns are notorious answer-seekers and problem-solvers. This sign is the underrated stabilizer of the zodiac, keeping everything running smoothly without asking for much in return. But when this sign needs some love and TLC, Capricorn birthstones can help.
Today, we’ll go over the monthly Capricorn birthstones, some lucky Capricorn zodiac stones, and how each gem can benefit this sign.
Before we get into the gems, however, let’s go over what it means to be a Capricorn.
Those born from December 22 to January 19 belong to the zodiac sign Capricorn, often called the “father of the zodiac” for valuing family, responsibility, and stability. Despite “Capricorn” sounding like “capricious,” this sign is quite the opposite.
Some positive traits associated with Capricorns include being ambitious, hard-working, and reliable. On the other hand, some of Capricorn’s negative traits include being cynical, cold, and obsessed with success.
A common goal of Capricorns, particularly ones with families, is to obtain financial security, but this may come at the cost of them being emotionally distant at times. This may tie to old-fashioned traits of a stereotypical father figure.
In both traditional and modern interpretations, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of tradition, responsibility, and self-discipline. As such, Capricorns are often self-motivated and independent, and they value these traits in others.
The sign rules the 10th house, the house of structure, authority, and public image — similar to Saturn’s characteristics. Both Saturn and the 10th house are associated with one’s career, which Capricorns are known to hone in… sometimes too much.
In terms of elements, Capricorn is an earth sign, joining Virgo and Taurus in being practical, grounded, and loyal. Capricorn is also a cardinal sign, meaning they kick off the season, making them self-starters who show initiative with a go-getter disposition.
Now that you know what being a Capricorn is all about, let’s get into the Capricorn stones and crystals, starting with December and January birthstones.
Traditions relating to 12 birthstones for the 12 months of the year have roots in Biblical texts, though the modern tradition started around the 1500s. The modern list of monthly birthstones, however, was established in 1912, standardized by the National Association of Jewelers. It was then modified in 1952 by the Jewelry Industry Council of America. Additional changes came in 2002 and as recently as 2016.
Though various birthstones for different months have changed, December birthstones have arguably changed the most, with different stones being assigned, unassigned, and switched over time. That said, the birthstones have pretty consistent coloring.
What is Capricorn’s birthstone color? For our end-of-the-year babies, every December Capricorn birthstone color is some shade of blue, matching the chilly winter season. January Capricorn birthstones are more fiery in shades of red.
How many birthstones does Capricorn have? There are five monthly birthstones for Capricorn — three for December and two for January — each of which we’ll dive into below.
Turquoise is the original December birthstone. The gem is an opaque, blue-green stone often found with black inclusions.
Throughout history, turquoise gems have adorned royalty and common folk alike. Native Americans in particular used turquoise in various ways, believing it possessed mystical abilities. In fact, Apache shamans were considered illegitimate if they didn’t own any turquoise.
The crystal’s color symbolizes the sea and sky, much different from the grounded earth-sign energy of Capricorn. However, this offers Capricorns greater freedom to explore their talents beyond their day-to-day routines.
As of 2002, tanzanite is one of the “official” December birthstones established by the American Gem Trade Association. Tanzanite is also a modern discovery, first found in 1967. It’s one of the rarest gems, only sourced from Tanzania.
Metaphysically, tanzanite symbolizes traits important to Capricorns: wisdom, honor, and honesty. The Capricorn crystal also represents peace, and it’s said to help align your heart’s desires with your mind’s practicality so you can make fulfilling decisions.
Tanzanite is also the most expensive December birthstone.
While tanzanite is certainly worth its steep price, it may not be in everyone’s budget. A more budget-friendly option for frugal December Capricorns is blue zircon.
The last December Capricorn birthstone is blue zircon. Blue is the most popular zircon shade, though it also comes in other colors. Beyond boasting amazing sparkle and luster, zircon also holds the place of the world’s oldest known gemstone thanks to an Australian zircon dated at 4.4 billion years old.
Besides matching the “old soul” energy of Capricorn, blue zircon is tied to Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn, in Vedic astrology. Zircon is also associated with Venus (the planet of love, beauty, and pleasure), bringing well-deserved romance to any workaholic Capricorn.
On a personal level, blue zircon may help cynical Capricorns embrace a more positive outlook on life.
But what are the two birthstones for Capricorns born in January?
Shifting into the new year, we also shift from wintry blues to the fiery red of our first January birthstone: garnet.
Throughout history into modern times, garnet has remained the primary January birthstone. You probably hear “garnet” and think of a red gemstone, right? Well, “garnet” is actually a complex family of gemstones that comes in virtually every color, though red is the most common.
Garnets symbolize friendship, passion, and warmth. Unsurprisingly, garnet stone benefits for Capricorn include bringing warmth, along with a feeling of safety as a foundation for personal growth. The crystal can also spark Capricorn’s creativity!
The second January birthstone is a softer pink gemstone that would perfectly pair with garnet in a Capricorn birthstone necklace or other jewelry.
A lighter stone to complement the fiery garnet is rose quartz, the secondary January birthstone. Rose quartz is a popular pink variety of quartz, joining other varieties like amethyst and citrine. This pink variety often has a soft, milky translucence.
When used as a healing stone, rose quartz is nicknamed the “Stone of Universal Love.” As such, rose quartz brings all kinds of love to Capricorn: self-love, familial, romantic, friendship — rose quartz attracts them all!
While Capricorns value stable, long-term relationships, they can get so caught up in work that love slips past their radar. Rose quartz brings that love in and reminds Capricorns that self-care is crucial, too.
Moving on from traditional birthstones, let’s discuss some other lucky Capricorn stones!
Unlike monthly birthstones, zodiac stones aren’t necessarily set-in-stone. Different astrologers — and even astrological traditions — may consider different gems beneficial to a particular zodiac sign.
You may like choosing gemstones by color, which color is lucky for Capricorn? Most astrologists say that Capricorn’s power colors are neutrals like brown, gray, and black. More colorful Capricorn personalities can also vibe with violet or green.
Now, what is the lucky stone for Capricorn? We recommend following your intuition in whatever stone speaks to you, but to get you started, we’ve highlighted six of our top Capricorn crystals below.
Though it’s now considered a March birthstone, bloodstone (or heliotrope) was a historical December birthstone from the 1400s to 1800s. Bloodstone is a commonly dark green chalcedony variety with blood-like splashes of crimson. It’s often mistaken for jasper.
The lore surrounding bloodstone is rich and varied among cultures. In energy healing, bloodstone is a root chakra stone, bringing the grounded energy for personal growth that Capricorns love.
Associated with Mars, the planet of action, passion, and drive, bloodstone brings endurance and stress-relief to success-seeking Capricorns.
Another stone associated with December historically is ruby. But is ruby a Capricorn birthstone? Sort of. Ruby is now a traditional July birthstone, but it’s beneficial for Capricorns.
Our second Capricorn stone is corundum, which is technically two stones: ruby and sapphire. Red corundum is ruby, while all other colors are sapphire. Ruby and sapphire make up half of the four precious gemstones.
Let’s start with ruby. As a Capricorn birthstone, ruby is helpful in purportedly providing greater concentration, compassion, and creativity. The stone is also said to help you protect what Capricorn values most: security, home, and family.
Moving onto sapphire, blue sapphires are associated with Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn, in Vedic astrology. Saturn can be a tricky planet for some — it’s often considered malefic, meaning it brings challenges — but blue sapphire brings out the planet’s best traits of determination and self-discipline for Capricorn.
Another Capricorn gemstone with historical December ties is lapis lazuli. Sometimes just called “lapis,” the stone is a vibrant blue rock often speckled with gold pyrite flakes. Lapis lazuli was considered a December birthstone until 1952, when it was replaced for blue zircon. Today, lapis lazuli is considered an alternate September birthstone, but it remains lucky for Capricorn.
For one, the wintery blue hues and posh gold flakes make lapis a perfect stone for a Capricorn’s understated elegance. Astrologically, lapis lazuli is a planetary star stone for Saturn, Capricorn’s ruling planet.
Spiritually, lapis lazuli is nicknamed the “Stone of Heaven” or “Stone of the Gods.” According to Persian legends, the blue gemstone contains the wisdom of the entire universe. Capricorns are known to be more practical, but lapis can help this sign tap into their spiritual awareness and discover more about their place in the universe.
Our next stone is a tourmaline variety in the black Capricorn power color: black tourmaline. Also called “schorl,” black tourmaline is the most common tourmaline variety, making up roughly 95 percent of all natural tourmaline on Earth. You can even see it as needle-like inclusions in the captivating tourmalated quartz.
Besides carrying the general tourmaline healing properties of balance and inspiration, black tourmaline also offers grounding, protection, and strength. In fact, it’s often touted as the best crystal for protection.
Black tourmaline’s protective qualities can not only keep Capricorns from other folks’ bad vibes, but also internal negativity like self-doubt or destructive thought patterns.
The last lucky Capricorn crystal on our list is iolite. Iolite is a violet-blue cordierite variety that, like tanzanite, has strong pleochroism — meaning you’ll see it shift in shades as you view it from different angles.
Why is iolite good for Capricorns? For one, it’s a star stone for Saturn! But historically, iolite was used by sailors to navigate the seas on overcast days. As such, iolite has come to symbolize direction, exploration, and ambition.
One nickname for iolite is the “Stone of Vision,” and the crystal offers Capricorns greater insight into themselves and the world around them.
Besides being the “father” figure of the zodiac, Capricorns are also called the “CEO” of the zodiac. But even CEOs need to take care of themselves and share the love, so that's where Capricorn crystals come in. After all, success is nothing without someone to share it with!
Quoting fellow Capricorn Lin-Manuel Miranda, “I wish you clarity today. Clarity of thought, clarity of expression, a direct line between what you feel and what to do about it.”
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