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I am a December baby, and apparently I have three birthstones none of which I like. I am more of Ruby-amethyst-emerald fan other than Blue stones, I guess I was born on the wrong month. I do like turquoise a little bit, but Tanzanite naaah! I'm not a big fan, and the other stone 'Zircon" well I had never even had heard of it till today. So well, enjoy!

I've found a few interesting details about birthstones (good old and was intrigued to learn the 'Modern' birthstone chart actually came to be in 1912 where the (American) National Association of Jewellers sought to standardise the list and officially adopted the stones shown in the 'Modern' column below.

The last change to the list was in 2002 when Tanzanite was added to December (greedy - 3 different stones!!)

serpent stone
amethyst, hyacinth, pearl
bloodstone, jasper
emerald, agate
cat's eye, turquoise, agate
moonstone, pearl (or alexandrite)
turquoise, onyx
sardonyx, carnelian, moonstone, topaz
opal, aquamarine
opal, pink tourmaline
topaz, pearl
topaz, citrine
bloodstone, ruby
turquoise, zircon, tanzanite, blue topaz

And how about this little ditty for remembering birthstones from the Traditional birthstone list.  Umm... and August, September and October babies?  I'd definitely be inclined to make sure I had my birthstone on me at all times if you believe your verse!

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

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

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.

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

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 happy wife.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

So tell me - do you own a piece of jewellery or raw piece featuring your birthstone?