Birthstones

January

By them who in this month is born
No gem save garnets should be worn;
They will ensure them constancy,
True friendship, and fidelity.

February

The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.

March

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.

April

They who from April dates their years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.

May

Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all the while
Shall live a loved and happy life.

June

Who comes with summer to this earth,
And owes to June their hour of birth,
With ring of agate on their hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.

July

The glowing ruby shall adorn,
Those who in July are born;
Then they’ll be exempt and free
From love’s doubts and anxiety.

August

Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No partnership felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.

September

A person born when September leaves
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A sapphire on their brow should bind
`Twill cure diseases of the mind.

October

October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on their breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.

November

Who first comes to this world below
With drear November’s fog and snow,
Should prize the topaz’s amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers true.

December

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 Poems (slightly edited by doodlebonez)

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Birthstone Nails by our 2014 NOTW winners

January Garnet: miniatureart

February Amethyst: alaracroft

March Aquamarine: panduuhhh

April Diamonds: thesparklequeenjolene

May Emerald: 2gr8ful2bself-h8ful

June Pearl: 10blankcanvases

July Ruby: glitteringawesome

August Peridot: glitteringawesome

September Sapphire: yousuckflounderlemming

October Opal: billydor-nails

November Citrine: littlek0i

December Turquoise: littlek0i

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Nails inspired by Peridot (August’s birthstone!)  My little brother and sister are August kids (kids I say, they’ll be 27 this year *facepalm*) 

These are based on a lump of raw peridot on a quartz base, with the gems representing the cut forms.  If anyone hasn’t noticed by now, many of my favorite things in life are rocks.  I have a great collection as old as I am, one which I plan on expanding this weekend even.  I can’t resist rock-themed nails (even though I’m sure in a few days I’m going to destroy them by digging in a river for river rocks, that’s beside the point.)  These have been submitted to @nailpornography for the this week’s NOTW :D 

-Lady K