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A Birthstone Poem

Gregorian birthstone poems were used to remember the gemstone associated with each month. They also serve as a charming reminder of the values and meaning behind each birthstone.

The concept of birthstones was around for some time beforehand but were formalised into this collection by Tiffany and Co in 1870 and published in a pamphlet with an unknown author.
Garnet
Garnet

By her who in this month [January] is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.

Amethyst
Amethyst

The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.

Bloodstone
Bloodstone

Who in this world of ours their eyes
In March first open shall be wise,
In days of peril firm and brave,
And wear a bloodstone to their grave.

Diamond
Diamond

She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.

Emerald
Emerald

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.

Agate
Agate

Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.

Ruby
Ruby

The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety.

Sardonyx
Sardonyx

Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

Sapphire
Sapphire

A maiden born when September leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
sapphire on her brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

Opal
Opal

October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

Topaz
Topaz

Who first comes to this world below
With drear November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz’s amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

Turquoise
Turquoise

If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.

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