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Birthstone, gemstone associated with a month. The ancients allotted a birthstone to each month and believed that it would influence anyone born in that month. The stones and the qualities they were thought to impart are: January, garnet (loyalty); February, amethyst (sincerity); March, bloodstone (courage); April, diamond (innocence); May, emerald (love); June, moonstone (health); July, ruby (contentment); August sardonyx (married happiness); September, sapphire (clear thinking): October, opal (hope); November, topaz (faithfulness); December, turquoise (prosperity).

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