A GUIDE TO THE CANCER BIRTHSTONES

There are four main birthstones associated with the Cancer zodiac sign: emerald, moonstone, pearl, ruby. Moonstone is also the planetary stone for Cancer. Along with the four main stones, there are a number of other, lesser known, birthstones that fall under the Cancer zodiac umbrella. Each stone comes with its own healing properties and benefits. 

But how do you know if you’re a Cancer sign? Those born under Cancer sun were born between June 21 and July 22. The symbol for the Cancer zodiac is a crab, which makes a lot of sense considering it’s one of the three water signs of the zodiac alongside scorpio and pisces.

THE ONE WHO FEELS

It’s said that Cancer, the brave crab, was sent to the Earth by something they believe in, but they messed with a being bigger than they are. In this origin, it’s a clear comparison as to how Cancer signs aren’t aware of their own strength and are passionate to a fault. 

Cancer sun signs are the alpha empaths of the zodiac. Those born during the Cancer sun wear their heart on their sleeve and are extremely emotional beings. This can be both a blessing and a curse, especially when it comes to regulating big emotions and stressful situations. They’re commonly described as tenacious, imaginative, loyal, emotional, and sympathetic among other things. 

You’ll find that the Cancer typically enjoys being comfy at home and would prefer deep emotional conversation over surface-level small talk any day. One of the best things about Cancers is the fact that they’re undeniably loyal and are able to connect deeply with those they love. 

In adulthood though, this trait can manifest into regular mood swings, self-pity, and sometimes manipulation. When they don’t have a healthy outlet to express their emotions, these negative qualities will show through more often than not.

THE GEMSTONES OF THE CANCER ZODIAC 

While there are four main gemstones related to the Cancer zodiac, there are other gems that are lesser known and just as amazing.

MOONSTONE

Not only is moonstone one of the main Cancer zodiac birthstones but it’s also the planetary birthstone for cancer too. It can be found just about anywhere on Earth and is most notably known for its adulurescent blue-to-white color. This ethereal color is where moonstone gets its name as it doesn’t look like it comes from Earth. 

Although it’s fragile, this is also a popular choice in jewelry. Not only is this stone a symbol for abundance, fertility, love, and renewal, but it has also been used across many cultures for centuries. 

Those who use moonstone in their daily life use it to promote purification, self-development, spiritualization, and energization. This stone supports inner strength, restores balance, promotes fertility and new beginnings, and removes feelings of stress and selfishness. 

In the Hindu faith, moonstone is said to have originated from moonbeams. Other cultures and religions have used moonstone in their prayers, rituals, and daily life for centuries.

SAPPHIRE

The sapphire is the designated talismanic stone of the Cancer zodiac. This gemstone's color can vary from the deep blue we’re familiar with, to orange, green, black, and so on. The sapphire is considered a stone of wisdom and a royal stone of learning by many. 

Specifically when it comes in its signature blue color, it brings healing to the mind, order, strength and focus, and can help someone reveal hidden truths. Those who work with chakras use this stone to heal both the throat and third eye.

It is said that the blue sapphire was worn by King Solomon and Abraham in the Bible. It’s also believed that the tablet of the ten commandments was made of sapphire too. In ancient Greece, Greeks would wear sapphires when visiting the Oracle of Delphi in hopes of revealing hidden truths.

EMERALD 

Another of the main Cancer zodiac birthstones is the Emerald. This stone is easily distinguishable by its green color, which can vary from a light milky green to a deep iridescent green. It’s also one of the four most valuable gemstones in the world. 

Those dealing with love and relationship issues may choose to work with emerald as it promotes heart healing and the opening of the heart chakra. One of the most prominent benefits of the emerald is that it helps strengthen your intuition. It also promotes inspiration, patience, friendship, and equality in relationships and life in general. 

Many people also choose to work with emeralds to promote wisdom, power, financial success, and communication. 

Emeralds have been used in talismans throughout history by the likes of King Charlemagne, Aristotle, and Alexander the Great. The Egyptians considered this gem the symbol of eternal life.

PEARL

This classic jewelry choice is another of the Cancer zodiac stones. These polished and pretty spheres have a number of healing properties, both physical and metaphysical. It is said to be able to help with internal organ health, breathing issues, and is also a laxative among other things. 

Those who use pearls for emotional healing do so for hormone balancing, anxiety and stress relief, mood improvement, and overall happiness. In terms of metaphysical properties, the pearl is said to promote wisdom, manifestation, protection, and more. 

In Chinese history, pearls were given as gifts to royalty and in ancient Rome, the pearl was touted as a symbol of high status.

RUBY

The ruby gets its name from the latin word for red, ‘ruber.’ It’s one of the four precious stones alongside diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. It has been used in jewelry and weapons for centuries and also commemorates the 40th wedding anniversary. 

This stone is said to promote love, nurturing, good health, knowledge, and wealth. Many people use it to usher in positive energy and concentration along with loyalty and compassion too. In terms of chakras, the ruby is one of the main gemstones to help open up and jumpstart the heart chakra. 

The ruby is one of the most well known gemstones in world history. Most notably, the ancient Hindus believed anyone who offered rubies to the God Krishna, would be rebirthed as an emperor in their next life.

CARNELIAN 

This brownish-red mineral is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. It’s a member of the chalcedony family and is a translucent to opaque kind of quartz. Carnelian can be found in colors ranging from pale orange to borderline black. 

Also known as bloodstone, Carnelian has several healing properties including decreasing fatigue, healing the heart chakra, and lowering blood pressure. When using it for metaphysical purposes, this gem is good for boosting self-esteem, releasing negative emotions, and encouraging willpower. 

Carnelian is considered a stabilizing stone and has been used as a confidence booster since ancient times. The Ancient Egyptians believed carnelian caught the light from the sun and reflected it on whomever was holding or wearing it at the time.

CHALCEDONY

Blue chalcedony is a birthstone attributed to Cancer that isn’t a part of the big four. This gemstone is widely available and comes with a slew of benefits in all health aspects. Some of these include group cooperation, turning negative energy into positive, preventing bad dreams, and cleansing emotional wounds. 

Its energy is considered a high energy crystal and is great for protecting against negative entities. Blue chalcedony is a popular stone among those who are taking on a leadership position or are getting ready to work in a group setting. 

This is a stone of balance and is great in aiding anti-inflammation in the body. In native american practices, chalcedony is considered a sacred stone and is regularly used in spiritual ceremonies.

ROSE QUARTZ

Rose quartz is a light rose-colored pink quartz. This is one of the most widely available crystals on the market and is a popular crystal among newbies and gem veterans alike. The pink coloring is meant to symbolize gentleness, calmness, femininity, compassion, and love.

Most notably, rose quartz helps heal relationships and bring all around peace and contentment to its user. It has the ability to bring emotional, physical, and spiritual healing, which is why so many people consider it a staple in their crystal collection. 

Rose quartz is great for strengthening romantic relationships, emptying negative energy from the body, controlling disagreements, and aiding good sleep. The crystal is also considered an aphrodisiac too. 

It may be an extremely popular crystal today, but the rose quartz has been used in jewelry and healing as far back as 7000 BC. The Ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptians.

Parting Thoughts

The birthstones that pair with the Cancer zodiac come with a variety of benefits, each worth checking out if you fall under a Cancer birthday. These crystals and precious gems are amazing tools for realigning and opening any blocked chakras and are definitely something you should add to your daily rituals whether it be yoga and meditation or even just reading before bed.

It’s important to take time for yourself with these cancer birthstones so you can feel grounded, calm, and content as you go through life. 

Have you worked with any of these birthstones before? How have they helped you in life? We’d love to hear from you!