“I think every young woman at a certain point has gone down the road of astrology,” says Karen Elson—a Capricorn—over the phone from her home in Nashville. Though the British model turned musician and face of Jo Malone London rang in her 40th birthday this week, her cosmic calling is still alive and well—so much so that for her latest collaboration with the iconic fragrance house, she dreamt up a limited-edition line of 12 bespoke birthstone-embellished bottle tops. “It’s almost like having something monogrammed; there’s a chicness to finding something with your horoscope,” notes Elson, an antique jewelry collector who has long had her eye on one of Cartier’s rare zodiac rings.
To ensure that the caps were more “keepsake” than kitsch, Elson tapped the London-based jeweler Duffy, who is known for his custom, handcrafted creations, for the project. “As a kid I worked for an antiques dealer and was surrounded by things from the Victorian era; they had something to embellish everything,” says Duffy, who was inspired by the possibility of “beautify[ing] the mundane.” The result? Bronze toppers adorned with cubic zirconia, garnets (Elson’s birthstone), amethysts, sapphires, and more that will develop an antique-like patina over time. “I wanted it to be something that looks good today and still looks elegant years later,” Elson explains of the personalized pieces, which she’s already gifted to her 12-year-old daughter and members of her “girl gang,” such as shoe designer Tabitha Simmons.
Each cap can crown any of Jo Malone London’s 50- and 100-milliliter signature scents—say Red Roses, which Elson wears every day, or her new obsession, the “yummy and heavenly” Bronze Wood & Leather. Duffy, on the other hand, has topped off the woody Dark Amber & Ginger Lily cologne with a ruby. “Having a scent makes me more approachable,” explains the self-described “scruffy chap” who’s recognizable for his near-waist-grazing lengths and beard.
“Consumption-wise, everything is so readily available today. It’s nice to have something that is [limited] and has real sentiment to it,” Elson says of the collectables, of which only 120 were made. “It’s like the Cartier rings,” she continues. “If you get one, lucky you! And if you don’t, you’ll be scouring eBay and 1stdibs like me.” Let the hunt begin!
Below, with the help of Vogue’s resident astrologer, Alice Bell, Karen Elson offers birthstone-based horoscopes for the year ahead.
“Garnets are often synonymous with love and constancy. They help with nightmares and guiding people during hard times! This January, you will find yourself with an increase in your self-image and energy levels. Garnets also help the anxious traveler.”
“The amethyst is a symbol of strength and courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning ‘sober.’ Purple amethyst speaks of serenity and royalty. Amethysts are known to help with overthinking, and bring mental clarity and emotional well-being. February will be filled with calmness and joy.”
“Aquamarine is a talisman that protected sailors against the perils of the ocean. Pale blue aquamarine gemstones are associated with good health and hope. Wearing this gem is thought to help your courage and increase your joy. Plus, aquamarine’s stunning blue color releases negative energy from the wearer. Aquamarine is a symbol of creativity and self-expression. March will be a great month to create or start a new project!”
“As we all know, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! The diamond is the symbol of purity, innocence, eternity, and courage. Diamonds were believed to be tears of the gods. The beauty and brilliance of a diamond is eternal, and thus represents true love, strength, and romance. April will be a great month to start a new fling.”
“The emerald has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Many famous women have worn emeralds, such as Cleopatra, and ancient Romans dedicated this gem to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. May could bring news of someone in your family having a baby.”
“The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the tears of joy from the goddess Aphrodite, goddess of love. Pearl is worn to calm an overactive mind and to control the temper. Pearls are often associated with wisdom. June will bring lots of much-needed clarity.”
“Rubies are symbols of harmony and inner peace. They are believed to protect their wearers from evil. Their deep red color signifies love and passion. Wearing a ruby will bring harmony, protection, passion, success, integrity, and strength. This July will be red-hot!”
“The peridot symbolizes strength. It was once believed that the crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. They’re worn to ward off evil and depression. They’re believed to ease apathy and exhaustion. This August is a time to rest and recover!”
“Traditionally a beloved stone of kings and queens, the sapphire symbolizes purity, dignity, and wisdom. Sapphires are regal, and their beautiful deep blue has long been a favorite of British royalty! This September shall be a great month to reflect.”
Pink Tourmaline (October)
“Pink tourmaline symbolizes confidence, with the power to repel evil and to protect from harm. It also represents hope and creativity. This October will be a productive one, with many new projects started!”
“Citrine symbolizes love and affection. It offers protection to travelers, and supports good mental health. With Thanksgiving occurring this month, wearing these now may help with the chaos of the holidays! It’s a good time to spend with family, and of course, to be thankful.”
“Turquoise is often regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and believed to protect its wearer from harm. It’s thought to keep away evil spirits, and because of this, turquoise stones represent a happy life! December will be a wonderful month, filled with joy and family.”