Original version posted on June 29th, 2015.
What better way to celebrate one's birth month then with beautiful jewels & gemstones!? There are ancient, traditional, and modern versions of which stones represent the twelve different months. Being that these are beautiful vintage & antique pieces, they could have very well been worn by someone for that reason! Marvel at these timeless treasures, learn about your alternative birthstones, and commemorate and appreciate the beauty of life with these glittering, sparkling, classic beauties!
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.
MarchAncient ~ Bloodstones
...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.
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.
MayAncient ~ Rose Quartz, Azurite, Chrysoprase
...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.
JuneAncient ~ Agate
...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.
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.
SeptemberAncient ~ Zircon
...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.
OctoberAncient ~ Aquamarine
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.
NovemberAncient ~ Golden Topaz
With drear November's fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz's amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.
DecemberAncient ~ Ruby, Turquoise
...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 Poem
Most may be aware and more accustomed to the modern versions of birthstones, but why not use this as another reason to embellish oneself in even MORE celebratory jewels! It truly makes it all the more special when they happen to be vintage & antique, because of it tying in with the ancient & traditional editions of birthstone jewelry. Indulge in all of your birthstones, or find a new way to personalize a birthday gift for someone with a soft spot for historical jewelry!
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