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Origin of Birthstones – Part 2

Last week’s Gem Talk was all about where the idea of where birthstones originated from. A specific colored stone/stones has been associated with a specific month since biblical times, but what really started shining light to them in the United States was a poem, by an unknown author, released by Tiffany & Co. in 1870. So without further ado, here is the poem in its entirety.

 

“By her who in this month (January) was born

No gem save garnets should be worn

They will ensure her constancy,

True friendship and fidelity.

 

The February-born shall find

Sincerity and peace of mind,

Freedom from passion and from care,

If an amethyst they will wear.

 

Who in this world of ours their eyes

In March first open shall be wise,

In days of peril firm and brave,

And wear bloodstone to their grave.

 

She who from April dates her years,

Diamond shall wear, lest bitter tears

For vain repentance flow, this stone,

Emblem of innocence, is known.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The glowing ruby shall adorn,

Those who in July are born;

Then they’ll be exempt and free

From love’s doubts and anxiety.

 

Wear a sardonyx or for thee

No conjugal felicity;

The August born without this stone,

Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

 

A maiden born when September leaves

Are rustling in September’s breeze,

A sapphire on her brow should bind

Twill cures diseases of the mind.

 

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.

 

Who first comes to this world below

In dreary November’s fog and snow,

Should prize the topaz’s amber hue,

Emblem of friends and lovers true.

 

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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