This is part 2 of the Custom Jewelry Made Easy series, the ultimate guide to mix and match birthstones in your bespoke birthstone jewelry. Customizing your jewelry may seem like a daunting task, but with a little help - you'll fall in love with just how easy it is. And once you start, there are endless opportunities to explore!
Previously you learned how you can combine birthstones based on your birth month and favorite colors. This time, you’re going to choose birthstones according to the four basic elements in nature: water, fire, air, and earth.
Earth, wind, water and fire are the divine forces of nature. The ancient Greeks believed that these four elements made up all matter. They became the backbone of science, philosophy, and medicine for many years.
Gemstones are inevitably intertwined with the four elements. Take the peridot. This gemstone was literally born of fire. It only surfaces by way of an earthquake or volcanic eruption. Peridot is a physical reminder of how you radiate warmth (fire) wherever you go.
Some stones embody more than just one element. Green or black tourmaline are earth stones - very grounding. Red and pink tourmaline (rubellite) are fire stones - gems of burning passion.
You can choose the element based on your zodiac or based on what you need: as a guide to help you bring balance in life and strengthen your journey.
The primary properties of each element:
WATER - feelings
AIR - intellect
EARTH - practicality
FIRE - energy
Wearing single gemstone jewelry can help you concentrate your energy and thoughts, but keep in mind that the four elements become more powerful when paired! Just like how water brings life to earth, and the wind encourages flames to grow, you can also pair two or more custom birthstones for a more focused intent.
The Rainbow Moonstone Bracelet is a dainty silver bracelet featuring a water element stone to give you hope and encourage new beginnings.
Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
Properties: Water is the element of meditation, forgiveness and stillness. It's our feeling body. Water carries memories and echoes of our past, including hurt and disappointments long after the experience.
Water stones wash away negativity, clear your mind and help you go with the flow in peace and calm. When you feel burnt out, water stones will cool down that heat.
Water stones: Aquamarine, emerald, opal, pearl, moonstone, diamond, turquoise
Combine with: Earth Stones.
In nature, water and earth blend well. Water nourishes the earth. Wherever water flows, you can find life. As water stones have strong cleansing energy, a nurturing earth stone will help you ground your spirit.
Single element: Rainbow Moonstone Bracelet
Combination element: Aquamarine (water stone) and garnet (earth stone) Custom Double Birthstone Ring
Zodiac Signs: Aries, Sagitarius, and Leo.
Properties: Fire is honest, bold and passionate. This element's ruthless optimism will lead you to create and change from a place of truth and courage. Fire is the element of indulgence, joy and enthusiasm.
Fire stones light up your life with passion, willpower and leadership. Feeling a creative block? Bring out your fire stones to ignite your mind and spark your creativity!
Fire stones: Diamond, ruby, citrine, garnet, topaz, red tourmaline, pink spinel, peridot
Combine with: Air Stones.
Fire and Air are powerful when combined. Fire becomes more intense when you add oxygen into the mix. Think of wildfire that’s just going to get bigger when the wind blows. Fire and air stones paired together will help you get things done.
This sultry salt and pepper Classic Borneo Diamond Ring features an earth element stone to offer solid support.
Zodiac Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo.
Properties: Earth wants to provide and serve. This element is all about caring, sharing and contributing to the greater good. Those close to it feel nourished and safe.
Earth stones have nurturing and grounding qualities - think balance and security. Say no to lingering doubts, and yes to a mental state calm like a rock.
Earth stones: Garnet, spinel, topaz, diamond, tourmaline
This single tanzanite pear drop necklace is an air element stone from the Custom Birthstone Necklace in Silver. It can be customized with additional stones and/or additional silver tags.
Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
Properties: Air represents the mind. How we speak and give voice and language to our thoughts. It's about the stories we tell ourselves, and the world we create with those stories. Air can help you speak from the heart, a place of innocence, curiosity and faith.
Air stones lift you up and let your mind be free and flexible. They help you manifest ideas, and bring out your inspiration and imagination. They encourage you to go outside and just breathe.
Air stones: Sapphire, amethyst, citrine, tourmaline, topaz, tanzanite
Do any of these elements strike a chord with you? You can also personalize your birthstone bracelet or necklace by adding a coin or tag and engrave the element symbol into the sterling silver.
Do you physically manifest your intentions through your jewelry? What's your fave piece of jewelry which helps you focus your energies? We'd love to hear, and maybe we can even reccomend you stones to help you on your journey!
If this has inspired you to design your own personalized piece - you can start your own journey today.