Custom Jewelry Made Easy Pt. 2: Design with the Elements

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.


how elements relate to gemstones


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

The relationship between the four elements and the zodiac


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.


Water element zodiacs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
A dainty silver bracelet featuring a rainbow moonstone

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.


Example: 


Single element: Rainbow Moonstone Bracelet

Combination element: Aquamarine (water stone) and garnet (earth stone) Custom Double Birthstone Ring

Custom silver gemstone ring

The water element aquamarine is paired with a soft blue air stone sapphire in this Custom Double Birthstone Ring.

Fire element zodiacs: Aries, Sagitarius, and Leo
Custom silver gemstone ring

 This citrine, diamond and garnet Triple Birthstone Ring combines multiple fire element stones.

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.


Example: 


Single element: Citrine, diamond and garnet Triple Birthstone Ring

Combination element: Citrine (fire stone), tanzanite and sapphire (air stones) Custom Birthstone Necklace in Silver

Custom Birthstone Necklace in Silver

The citrine is a fire element stone, intensified by tanzanite and sapphire which are air element stones, in this Custom Birthstone Necklace in Silver

Earth element zodiacs: Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo
Silver diamond ring

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


Combine with: Water Stones. 


Imagine dry soil watered by heavy rain. Earth needs water to bring life. Earth stones evoke rational instinct while water stones revive our depth of feeling. You know your emotions are valid, but they won’t swallow you.


Example:


Single element: Classic Borneo Diamond Ring

Combination element: Diamond (earth stone) and emerald (water stone) Custom Birthstone Necklace in Silver

Custom silver gemstone necklace
Mermaid hues decorate this Custom Birthstone Necklace in Silver which features a blue diamond earth element stone and a milky emerald water element stone.
Air element zodiacs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
Custom silver gemstone necklace

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

Combine with: Fire Stones. 


Air is constantly in motion, and when it meets fire they become a dynamic duo. Air stones help you access your creative soul. When ideas are scattered, fire stones will bring light and a sense of purpose. Bring these stones together for an amazing dance. 


Example: 


Single element: A tanzanite Custom Birtstone Necklace in Silver

Combination element: Tanzanite (air element stone) and citrine (fire element stone) Custom Double Birthstone Ring.

Custom silver gemstone ring

A cool tanzanite air element stone is combined with a bright citrine fire element stone in this dynamic Custom Double Birthstone Ring.

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.



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