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Lucky Charms

Superstition Bash

January 13, 2004

A charm can be almost any object, as shown by the countless examples of charms or amulets that have been said to ward off evil and bring good luck. Anything from a lucky shirt to a beautiful gemstone can be labeled a charm if its owner credits it with a special significance - usually in the form of some unnatural power that protects and provides good fortune to the owner.


Originating in Egypt and still very much prevalent today, precious and semiprecious rocks and minerals have been thought to contain special powers. The most common gems are those associated with the twelve months of the year. It is thought that a special quality is bestowed upon each person, depending on the month in which they were born.

Month Gemstone Special
January Garnet Faithfulness
February Amethyst Sincerity and Moderation
March Bloodstone Courage
April Diamond Innocence and Purity
May Emerald Happiness
June Pearl or Agate Long Life
July Ruby Courage and Purity
August Sardonyx Personal Happiness
September Sapphire Wisdom
October Opal Hope
November Topaz Faithfulness
December Turquoise Wealth and Success