Birthstones and more

Coming up on a new year has prompted me to wish 2023 a Happy Birthday and a year of birthday stones. Over the many years, history has gifted each month with its special stone for the special person born that month.  Along with that gift is a special history all its own. Let’s discover this history together.


Unknown Author /Gregorian birthstone poem

By her in January born,

No gem save Garnet 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 they the Amethyst will wear


Who in this world of our, her eyes

In March first opens, shall be wise

In days of Peril firm and brave

And wear a bloodstone to her grave


She who from April dates her y ears

Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears

For vain repentance flow, this stone

Emblem for innocence is known


Who 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 heal, wealth, and long live command


The glowing Ruby shall adorn

Those who in warm July are born

Then will they be exempt and free

From love’s doubt and anxiety


Wear Sardonyx or for thee

No conjugal felicity

The august born without t this stone

Is said must live unloved and lone


A maiden born with autumn leaves

Are rustling in September ‘s breeze

A sapphire on her brow should bind

Twill cure diseases of the mind


Octobers’ child is born for woe

A life’s vicissitudes must know

But lay an opal on her breast

And hope will lull those foes to rest



Who first comes to this world below

With dear November’s fog and snow

Should prize the Topaz’s amber hue

Emblem of friends and lovers true


If cold Decembers gives you birth

The month of snow and ice and mirth

Place on your hand a Turquoise blue

Success will bless whate’er you do

Join me in journey in 2023 and celebrate YOUR stone for you or your loved one.

JF Ridgley

Award-winning author Historical Fiction – Contemporary Romance
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