Firstly let's discover the birthstone for Libra
You are a Libra if your birthday falls between September the 23rd and October 22nd and if you're looking for something unique then a bespoke jewellery design would be for you. As an Air sign, Libras tend to be high thinking people with a strong intellect and sharp mind. Libras tend to love discussion, a good book or thought provoking film, and great music. Libras are also known for being loving partners, because they are charming, refined and passionate - they’re passionate about a lot of things, in fact, including beautiful (and often expensive!) objects, art, and places. Libras can at times be frivolous and flirtatious. The symbol for Libra reflects the scales of balance, though, and Libras are often very careful and measured in their actions, meaning that none of the extreme parts of their personalities are allowed to run away with them. Libras are also great at diplomacy and perceptive of other people’s feelings.
The Birthstone for Libra ; Opal Gemstone
The birthstone for the Libra is Opal, along with the Peridot gemstone, Agate, Lapis Lazuli, and Sapphire (we looked in detail at Sapphire in a previous post, so we won’t be talking about it too much here!).
The tradition of gifts of jewellery and bespoke jewellery containing the birthstone for Libra is centuries old, and the Opal gemstone in particular has been thought to be able to channel the energies of the planet Venus to its wearer. The warm orange colour of opal symbolises the traits of energy, endurance, vitality and power, and the stone is also associated with brining happiness, loyalty and confidence. Keep an eye out for our another post where we will go into much more detail about Opal gemstone, as we love it here for jewellery. Opal is one of my favourite gemstones to work with as no two stones are the same, each stones contains what I describe as its own galaxy of colour which is why opals are the prime example of a great gem to use in you own bespoke jewellery design. Here's a couple of bespoke jewellery examples with beautiful opals!
Peridot, or Chrysolite, is a transparent yellow-green stone which was previously known as topaz. This ancient stone is mentioned in the Bible, and was used by the Egyptians, who considered it the gem of the sun, as early as 1500 BC. It’s even said that Cleopatra wore peridot jewels! The stone is thought to bring good luck, peace and success, and attract love to the wearer, as well as reducing negative emotions and calming their anger. In bespoke jewellery peridot is often seen with yellow gold to enhance the richness of the green.
Agate is a stone which is found in all the colours of the rainbow (although finding green and blue tints in a natural colour is relatively rare). The stones are often decorated with coloured bands or veins running through it. Believed to cure sleeplessness and protect against danger, discern truth and encourage stamina, honesty and bravery, as well as improve perception, Agate is a powerful stone. It is also the gemstone for 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries.
Lapis Lazuli is another birthstone for Libra and is one of the most unusual gemstones out there, and bespoke jewellery using this stone will always draw you comments. The best quality lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan, and it looks like the night sky; a rich blue with flecks of gold (actually pyrite, or ‘fool’s gold’) and sometimes a hint of violet. In ancient times, the Romans used Lapis as an aphrodisiac, and in Europe it was also ground up and used a cosmetic. Worn as jewellery; Lapis is believed to increase awareness and lessen negative emotions. Just look at the image below to see what a vivid colour it is compared to other natural objects. Whilst I haven't utilised lapis in my collections or bespoke jewellery yet I would love that opportunity as its on my list as one of my favourite gemstones.
Customised jewellery and bespoke jewellery
All the above stones make beautiful customised jewellery was they are all so vibrant in their own ways. The Peridot gemstone is a gorgeous focal point, while agate can make an eccentric or unusual piece. Lapis Lazuli looks stunning in both ethnic-style, Middle-Eastern or Asian designs, as per its origins or more contemporary jewellery designs. This concept of a birthstone for a Libra is a great starting point for bespoke jewellery, you could really emphasise the Libra concept by combining the birthstone with the zodiac sign, but that's just an idea.
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