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
The February born will find
Sincerity and peace of mind;
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they the Amethyst will wear.
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.
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.
- Gregorian birthstone poem printed in Notes and Queries, May 11, 1889.