Gemstones and Beads
## JANUARY - GARNET
The word is thought to originate from the Latin and refers to a possible resemblance to Pomegranate Seeds.
## FEBRUARY - AMETHYST
From the Greek word meaning 'Not Drunken'. According to mythology it inspires fairness and a sense of duty.
## MARCH - AQUAMARINE
Derived from sea-water and said to engender a spirit of hope and a promise of better things to come.
## APRIL - DIAMOND
From the Greek 'Adamas' meaning indomitable. Thought to protect the wearer from evil and ill health.
## MAY - EMERALD
Dedicated to Venus (The Goddess of Love) and said to protect seafarers from drowning.
## JUNE - PEARL (or Moonstone)
Emblems of nobility and thought by some Scotsmen to ensure a faithful lover when worn next to the heart.
## JULY - RUBY
Thought - by the King of Siam in the 13th Century - to prolong youth: he died in his 90s with the unwrinkled complexion of a young man.
## AUGUST - PERIDOT
From the Arabic 'Faridat' meaning precious stone. Thought to cure mental and physical timidity and strengthen the nerves.
## SEPTEMBER - SAPPHIRE
Represents the purity of the soul and mirrors the blue of heaven. Thought to protect its owner from captivity.
## OCTOBER - OPAL
A symbol of hope and good luck. Thought to protect against poisoned food and to promote a good memory.
## NOVEMBER - TOPAZ (or Citrine)
Derived from Sanskrit 'Tapas' meaning fire. Thought to ward off epilepsy and asthma and to cure insomnia.
## DECEMBER - TURQUOISE
Popularised by its use in Egypt nearly 5,000 years ago. Said to guarantee the fidelity of those in love.