Here is a list of birthstones, in the order of the months. Each birthstone is accompanied by a short poem, Tiffany & Co. published these poems "of unknown author" for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.

  • January:


    By her who in this month is born
    No gem save garnets should be worn;
    They will ensure her constancy,
    True friendship, and fidelity.

  • Febuary:


    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:

    Diamond/Rock crystal

    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:

    Sapphire/Lapis lazuli

    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:

    Opal/Pink 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.

  • 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.