Birthstones by Month

January : Garnet

 By her who in January was born
No gem save garnet shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

Garnets are attributed with the power of protecting you from nightmares and snakebites, and also to provide you guidance in the dark. Tradition connects the stone with blood. They are a popular choice as presents for second wedding anniversaries.
 

February: Amethyst

 

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

Amethysts are believed to induce peace, serenity and temperance in you, plus it will restrict sensual and alcoholic intoxication, which may be good or bad. In addition, amethyst can improve your skin and hair, and will prevent baldness. It will protect you from deceit. Its purple shade is linked to royalty and makes an ideal gift for the sixth wedding anniversary.
 

March: Aqumarine

 

By her who in March was born
No gem save bloodstone shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

Aquamarine has lovely attributes of good health, love, youthfulness, and hope. Sailors believe in its protection. Generally chosen as a 19th anniversary gift, this stone is in the beryl family, the same as emerald. Bloodstone is the astrological alternative.
 

April: Diamond

 

She who from April dates her years
diamonds shall wear
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.

Diamonds are traditionally linked to love, and both endure forever because of diamond's eternal strength. The name diamond is derived from the Greek adamas, which means invincible. Traditionally diamond is accepted as the 10th and 60th wedding anniversary presentations. Sapphire is the astrological stone for Taurus.
 

May: Emerald

 

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet, flower month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife

Emeralds will cure you of bad health, healing a variety of illnesses and insuring good health for the wearer. Also, it was believed that the wearer of emerald could see into the future. The astrological alternative is Agate.
 

June: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite

 

By her who in June was born
No gem save pearls shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.

The romantic pearl is associated with chastity and modesty. Stable marriages are said to be the result of pearls. The astrological stone is emerald.
 

July: Ruby

 

The gleaming ruby should adorn
All those who in July are born
For thus they'll be exempt and free
From lover's doubts and anxiety.

Rubies will bring harmony of life to the wearer, so one can expect a peaceful life when wearing this stone. The astrological stone is onyx.
 

August: Peridot

 

Wear a peridot or for thee
No conjugal fidelity
The August born without this stone
`Tis said, must live unloved; alone

Peridot is believed to protect the wearer from evil, particularly from the forces of darkness. It can also increase the healing power of medicinal drugs. The astrological choice is Carnelian.
 

September: Sapphire

 

A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze
A sapphire on her brow should bind
To bring her joy and peace of mind.

Faith and purity will come to the wearer of this stone. Common belief said brighter the glitter of the stone, the stronger the positive virtues, plus giving the lucky person useful foresight into the future. The astrological stone is Chrysolite.
 

October: Opal/Tourmaline

 

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

Opals are stones of hope and bringers of the virtues of innocence and purity. Opals stimulate healing and increase friendship and healthful emotions. Beryl is the astrological stone.
 

November: Citrine/Imperial Topaz

 

Who first comes to this world below
In dreary November's fog and snow
Should prize the topaz amber hue
Emblem of friends and lovers true

Cool topaz has the power of healing and preserving ones sanity. The stone is associated with life and strength of body and mind. It was once thought that the wearer would become invisible when danger was near. The astrological stone is citrine.
 

December: Turquoise/Tanzanite

 

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

Turquoise brings good fortune, good luck, and a happy life, things that everyone would like to have from this blue stone. Ruby is the astrological stone.
 
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