Birthstones

January—Garnet is said to prevent nightmares and snakebites and can provide directional guidance in darkness. Wearers may see an increase in their self-image, will-power and energy levels, and nervous people may feel calmer. Faith, love and constancy are its attributes.

February—Purple Amethyst speaks of peace, temperance, serenity and royalty. Wearing this stone may protect you from the effects of drunkenness.

March—Pale blue Aquamarine gemstones and the Bloodstone are associated with good health, youth, love and hope. Wearing these gems may reawaken married love, build your courage and increase your happiness.

April—Diamonds come in several colors, but they share the same association with eternal love and invincibility. It was once believed that they could also ward off insanity.

May—Emeralds speak of health, faithfulness, fertility and improved eyesight.

June—Pearls and Moonstones suggest chastity, modesty and stable marriage relationships. These gems range from sophisticated black, gray, chocolate to familiar creamy-white colors.

July—Rubies are tokens of harmony and peace. Their beauty speaks of strength and nobility of character. Wearers may attract both good luck and good friends.

August—Peridot has its own charming sparkle. Tradition says you will be able to successfully ward off evil, enchantments and depression if you wear or carry peridot.

September—Sapphires are available in a variety of delicate colors in addition to the more common blue shades. They speak of dignity, loyalty, serenity, faith, purity and wisdom.

October—Opal and Tourmalines represent hope, creativity and innocence. They also protect the wearer from envious, mal-intentioned people.

November—Topaz and Citrines are associated with strength and healing for both body and mind. They offer protection to travelers and support good mental health.

December—Turquoise, Blue Topaz and Tanzanite represent a happy life that is filled with good fortune. Headaches may be relieved or prevented. Ancient practitioners believed that Turquoise would actually change color when the wearer was ill or in danger.