Gregorian Birthstone Poems

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The Gregorian birthstone poems are often used to remember the month and associated gemstone. In addition, they detail the values and meanings behind the birthstone.

The concepts were 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.

January

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.

 February

The February-born shall find

Sincerity and peace of mind,

Freedom from passion and from care,

If they an amethyst will wear

March

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.

April

She who from April dates her years,

Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears

For vain repentance flow; this stone,

Emblem of innocence, is known.

May

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.

June

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.

July

The glowing ruby shall adorn,

Those who in July are born;

Then they’ll be exempt and free

From love’s doubts and anxiety.

August

Wear a sardonyx or for thee,

No conjugal felicity;

The August-born without this stone,

`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

September

A maiden born when September leaves

Are rustling in September’s breeze,

A sapphire on her brow should bind

`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

October

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.

 November

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.

December

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.

—Gregorian Birthstone Poems

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