Birthstones

January - Garnet

Symbol of friendship and loyalty

 
By her who in this month is born,
No gems save Garnets should be worn;
They will insure her constancy,
True friendship and fidelity. 

February - Amethyst

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

 

         

March - Aquamarine

Brings courage
 
A March born shall always be
soothed by the gem of sea
This mermaid’s treasured stone your wear
will bring happiness, courage and care 

     

April - Diamond

Innocence and lasting love
 
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 - Emerald

Symbol of hope
 
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. 

June - Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone

Health, longevity and purity

 
Consider the pearl, so pure so bright
A symbol of purity it might
Feminine wisdom a creamy white
A glorious object of luster and light 
 

July - Ruby

Symbolizes nobility and love

 
The glowing Ruby should adorn
Those who in warm July are born,
Then will they be exempt and free
From love's doubt and anxiety. 
 

August - Peridot and Spinel

Morality and protection
 
Ward off evil you must
A summer’s night lust
The vivid green peridot
will give her endless glow 

 

September - Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli

Wisdom

 
A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
Sapphire on her brow should bind,
It will cure diseases of the mind 

 

 

 

October - Tourmaline, Opal

Hope and creative spirit

 
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 - Citrine, Topaz

Promotes truth and forgiveness
 
Who first comes to this world below
With drear November's fog and snow
Should prize the Topaz' amber hue --
Emblem of friends and lovers true. 

December - Tanzanite, Turquoise, Zircon, Lapis Lazuli

Promotes compassion and harmony

 
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. 

 

Source: 

- Gregorian birthstone poem printed in Notes and Queries, May 11, 1889.