Not every jewel to every woman, of course. Good fortune is always more individual and specialized than that. There are twelve signs of the Zodiac, corresponding wit the twelve months of the year and each sign has a special gem associated with it, bestowing on those who wear it a particular kind of luck.
Generally speaking, too, the color of the Zodiac stone which is extra becoming to the type of woman born under the corresponding sign. So that, from all points of view, there is no better way of choosing your particular gem than by the month in which you were born.
The stone and the special luck which it brings are given in the traditional rhythms set below. Remember, however, that the Zodiac months don't correspond exactly with the calendar months, but run from about the 21st to the 24th. Beside each month, in brackets, you will find the period it covers. There is often an overlap of a few days at the time the signs change and if your birthday, comes between the 20th and 24th of any month you may find that either the stone for the period just ending or that for the period just beginning may be correct within a day or two.
In this case adopt as yours the jewel of the two for which you have a decided preference and feel happiest wearing.
Note also regarding lucky gems that the good fortune they bring is greatest if they are worn touching the skin. For this reason your Birth Stone should be mounted as a pendant, bracelet or ring rather than as a brooch or clip. If your engagement ring contains your Birth Month Stone, your marriage should be specially blessed by Fate.
January (December 21st to January 20th)
By her who in this month was born
No gem save Garnets should be worn.
They will ensure her constancy,
True friendships and fidelity.
garnets - a semi-precious stone, usually red and looking like an inferior ruby, but sometimes brown, yellow, black, or green. It brings a healthy and cheery disposition and wards off inflammatory diseases.
The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care
If they the Amethyst will wear.
- amethyst a kind of quartz with beautiful clear purple, violet or mauve coloring. It is specially lucky to lovers, as it is linked with St. Valentine, their patron saint, and it brings faithfulness in love to those who wear it, with freedom from anger and jealousy.
March (February 21st to March 20th)
Who on this world of ours their eyes
In March first open, shall be wise,
In days of peril strong and brave,
And wear a Bloodstone to their grave.
- bloodstone a semi-precious stone which is dark green with red spots like bloodstains. Its name may be due to this or that fact that in olden times it was believed to stop bleeding. In consequence many soliders carried it to staunch their wounds. It is not a pretty stone for a girl to wear, but it is a mascot for warding off illness and accidents. It also brings courage to its wearer.
She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.
This stone emblem of innocence is known.
diamond - a precious stone which is pure from carbon, the color of water and very sparkling. It is luckiest when worn on the left side. it symbolizes strength, virtue, bravery and insight and will bring these fine attributes to those who wear it. The Hebrew's long ago believed that it lost its sparkle if touched or worn by a traitor's hand.
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 loving wife.
emerald - a precious stone of beryl type, but distinguished from the beryl by its beautiful green color. The Romans believed it to be good for the eyes and their cruel Emperor, Nero, wore emerald eyeglasses. Legend says that given by one lover to another it will pale and grow dull when the love fades between them.
June (may 21st to June 20th)
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.
agate - a Scotch pebble. a semi-precious stone with bands or ribbons of color, usually brown, dark red or yellow, but sometimes blue or green. It is specially lucky not only to the June-born, but to farmers, foresters, gardeners and florists. Brings good fortune in making and keeping friends.
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.
-ruby this is one of the most precious of all jewels. It is the same in composition, except for its coloring matter, as the sapphire and has similar brilliance. We think of it as deep glowing red, but it may range between pink and almost violet. It brings good fortune in friendship and banishes grief.
August (July 21st to August 20th)
Wear a Sardonyx or for thee
No conjugal felicity (happiness).
The August-born without this stone
'Tis said, must live unloved and alone.
sardonyx - a variety of onyx which has white and dark red or white and dark brown markings in bands or layers. It brings married happiness.
A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind.
'Twill cure diseases of the mind.
sapphire - a precious stone which at its best is a clear cornflower blue. Like blue color in general (the Venus color) this gem is especially lucky to lovers and engaged couples, bringing peaceful, optimistic happiness.
October (September 21st to October 20th)
October's child is born with woe,
And life's vicissitudes ( successive change of fortune) must know;
But lay an Opal on her breast
And hope will lull those to rest.
opal - a very lovely precious stone of cloudy white, but flashing with rainbow hues as it catches the light. The gem is considered unlucky as an engagement ring unless worn by October-born, as it is said that with a wearer of any month the marriage will never take place. For those whose birth stone it is it gives second sight, hope and faith. As with the emerald, legend says that it loses it brilliance if worn by an unfaithful lover.
Who first comes to this world below
In dear November's fog and snow,
Should prize the Topaz' amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.
topaz- a more or less transparent precious stone which is usually clear yellow, but sometimes yellowish white, blue or even pink, though the last color is generally artificially produced. The ancients believed that it warded off chest and rheumatic troubles and asthma, and brought fidelity in friendship and love.
December (November 21st to December 20th)
If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand Turquoise blue,
Success will bless whate'er you do.
turquoise - a waxy translucent or opaque precious stone of a blue or blue-green color. It is coloring and lustre vary with the feelings of its wearer, and it is said to fade when nearing death. It protects from danger or misfortune.
Book Of Fortune Telling - originally published in 1951 by C. Arthur Pearson Limited as 'Complete Fortune Telling'