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She who from April dates her years,
  Diamonds should wear, lest bitter tears
    For vain repentance flow; this stone,
      Emblem of innocence is known.
      - Unattributed Author, April,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

Wear a Sardonyx or for thee
  No conjugal felicity.
    The August-born without this stone
      'Tis said must live unloved and lone.
      - Unattributed Author, August,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

If cold December gave you birth,
  The month of snow and ice and mirth,
    Place on you hand a Turquoise blue,
      Success will bless whate'er you do.
      - Unattributed Author, December,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

By her who in this month is born,
  No gems save Garnets should be worn;
    They will insure her constancy,
      True friendship and fidelity.
      - Unattributed Author, January,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

The glowing Ruby should adorn
  Those who in warm July are born,
    Then will they be exempt and free
      From love's doubt and anxiety.
      - Unattributed Author, July,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

Who comes with Summer to this earth
  And owes to June her day of birth,
    With ring of Agate on her hand,
      Can health, wealth, and long life command.
      - Unattributed Author, June,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

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.
      - Unattributed Author, March,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

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.
      - Unattributed Author, May,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

Who first comes to this world below
  With drear November's fog and snow
    Should prize the Topaz' amber hue--
      Emblem of friends and lovers true.
      - Unattributed Author, November,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

October's child is born for woe,
  And life's vicissitudes must know;
    But lay on Opal on her breast,
      And hope will lull those woes to rest.
      - Unattributed Author, October,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

A maiden born when Autumn leaves
  Are rustling in September's breeze,
    A Sapphire on her brow should bind,
      'Twill cure diseases of the mind.
      - Unattributed Author, September,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls;
  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XIII, v. 45-46)

Black is a pearl in a woman's eye.
      - George Chapman, An Humorous Day's Mirth

Stones of small worth may lie unseen by day,
  But night itself does the rich gem betray.
      - Abraham Cowley, Davideis (bk. III, l. 37)

These gems have life in them: their colors speak,
  Say what words fail of.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. I)

And I had lent my watch last night to one
  That dines to-day at the sheriff's.
      - Ben Jonson, Alchemist (act I, sc. 1)

It strikes! one, two,
  Three, four, five, six. Enough, enough, dear watch,
    Thy pulse hath beat enough. Now sleep and rest;
      Would thou could'st make the time to do so too;
        I'll wind thee up no more.
      - Ben Jonson, Staple of News (act I, sc. 1)

The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.
  [Fr., Apres l'esprit de discernement, ce qu'il y a au monde de plus rare, ce sont les diamants et les perles.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (XII)

Rich and rare were the gems she wore,
  And a bright gold ring on her wand she bore.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Irish Melodies--Rich and Rare were the Gems She Wore

Oh her white breast a sparkling cross she wore,
  Which Jews might kiss and Infidels adore.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto II, l. 7)

Nay, tarry a moment, my charming girl;
  Here is a jewel of gold and pearl;
    A beautiful cross it is I ween
      As ever on beauty's breast was seen;
        There's nothing at all but love to pay;
          Take it and wear it, but only stay!
            Ah! Sir Hunter, what excellent taste!
              I'm not--in such--particular--haste.
      - John Godfrey Saxe,
        The Hunter and the Milkmaid, translated

'Tis plate of rare device and jewels
  Of rich and exquisite form, their values great,
    And I am something curious, being strange,
      To have them in sale stowage.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Iachimo at I, vi)

Take that life, beseech you,
  Which I so often owe; but your ring first,
    And here the bracelet of the truest princess
      That ever swore her faith.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Iachimo at V, v)

A woman that is like a German clock,
  Still a-repairing, ever out of frame,
    And never going aright, being a watch,
      But being watched that it may still go right!
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at III, i)

I see, the jewel best enamelled
  Will lose his beauty; yet the gold bides still
    That others touch, and often touching will
      Wear gold; and no man that hath a name,
        By falsehood and corruption doth it shame.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Adriana at II, i)

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