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Gemstones can be lucky andunlucky. They haveassociations with each monthof the year and have specialmeanings.
January — Garnet (Constancy)The garnet means constancy andcheerfulness. In the Middle Ages it was acharm against all diseases.
February — Amethyst (Sincerity)According to the ancients, theamethyst is fortunate for lovers,businessmen, sportsmen and hunters. It calms fears, cures many diseasesand is a talisman againstdrunkenness.
March — Bloodstone (Courage)The bloodstone is not a very prettystone for a girl to wear, but it issaid to protect from diseases andaccidents.
April – Dimond (Purity) The diamond is the most popularof all gems. It symbolises couragein the man and pride in the woman.The ancients taught that thediamond was the most powerfu1 ofall gems against the powers of evil.They also believed that it lost itssparkle if touched or worn by atraitors hand.
May — Emerald (Hope)The Romans believed that theemerald was good for the eyes, andtheir cruel Emperor Nero woreemerald eyeglasses.Legend says that if given by onelover to another it will pale andgrow dull, when love fades betweenthem.
June — Agate or Pearl (Health)The agate brings good luck in makingand keeping friends.In ancient Rome it was the mostfortunate of all stones.
June — Agate or Pearl (Health)There is a superstition that anengagement ring containing pearlswill bring tears to the marriage.But its fortunate to those whowere born under a Watery sign.
July — Ruby (Contentment) There is a superstition that the rubychanges its colour when the personwho wears it is in danger.
August — Sardonyx (Fidelity) The sardonix is powerfu againstthe bites of snakes. If i is hung round the neck, it wilbring relief from any pain.
September — Sapphire (Repentance)The sapphire is lucky to lovers andengaged couples.
October —Opal (Loveableness)According to tradition, theunluckiest stone of all is the opal.It is often called the stone oftears.But it will bring good luck to thosewho were born in October.
November — Topaz (Cheerfulness)The topaz is a good luck stone.It means both money and friends.
December — Turquoise (Unselfishness) The blue colour of the turquoisededicates this stone to Venus, soit is the talisman of lovers andmarried people. The stone protects from dangerand misfortune. It can change its colour if theperson who wears it is in danger.