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January: GarnetJanuary's garnet evokes romance. A garnet-and-carnelian-flower brooch by Siman Tu is fastened to the back of a Flamenco-style hand-embroidered gown with red glass and crystal beads by St. Pucchi Couture. A bouquet of red amaryllis, ranunculuses, peonies, and hypericum berries is a lush accessory.Photography: Eric Ogden
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February: AmethystA 19th-century brooch of amethyst -- February's birthstone -- from Primavera Gallery New York is pinned to the bodice of a tea-length dress made of ruched and tiered tulle by Pat Kerr. Antique amethyst-and-diamond cocktail ring by Stephen Russell.Photography: Eric Ogden
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March: AquamarineAquamarines were once believed to be the treasure of mermaids. A pale-blue capelet with aquamarine beads by Adrienne Landau is decorated with a 1940s sterling-silver pin with aqua crystals from Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection. The silk tulle gown has rhinestone embroidery and a silk aqua-colored ribbon detail at the waist, by Angel Sanchez. Emerald-cut aquamarine-and-gold cocktail ring by Mish New York.Photography: Eric Ogden
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April: DiamondDiamonds, the stones of April, have been used in engagement rings since the 15th century. A mermaid-style Italian tulle and hand-beaded-crystal gown by Randi Rahm is an opulent ode to the 1920s and evokes the luxury of diamonds. Diamond round-cut engagement ring set in platinum from Tiffany & Co. White pear-shaped and round diamond bracelet by Graff.Photography: Eric Ogden
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May: EmeraldEmerald-and-diamond earrings from Fred Leighton are a dramatic complement to a white organza and tulle gown embroidered with clear crystals by Domo Adami.
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June: PearlAccording to Hindu legend, Krishna drew pearls from the sea for his daughter to wear on her wedding day. A silk satin gown is embroidered with pearl beads and crystals by Priscilla of Boston. Two matching veils with hand-crocheted edges and freshwater pearl and crystal details, by Toni Federici, are joined by a conch-shaped brooch set with baroque pearl and pave diamonds by Nicholas Varney Jewels. The front veil functions as a blusher, falling just below the chin; the other extends to the fingertips.
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July: RubyA silk satin dress by Kenneth Pool has delicate feathers on the bodice and a ruby-red sash.
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August: PeridotThis pale yellow-green cotton voile dress with ruffled bodice by Peter Som is sunny and light, expressing the nature of peridot, August's birthstone. A vintage peridot-and-diamond brooch in the shape of a branch, from Fred Leighton, can be pinned to a capelet. Vintage peridot-and-diamond ring from Primavera Gallery New York.Photography: Eric Ogden
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September: SapphireThe qualities of tranquility, friendship, and loyalty are contained within the sapphire. A vintage pin of diamonds and sapphires -- September's gem -- from Fred Leighton is fastened to one of the tulle straps of a Ristarose gown featuring a silk shantung fitted bodice with lattice stitching and an organza skirt. Sapphire-and-diamond earrings from Fred Leighton.
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October: OpalOctober's iridescent opal is believed to have healing properties. Three different accessories -- an opalescent Venetian-glass flower from Jean Claude Mastroianni, a mother-of-pearl and pearl brooch by Jose and Maria Barrera, and a necklace with carved opal hearts by Darlene de Sedle -- decorate the mocha sash of this silk tulle sequined gown by Monique Lhuillier.Photography: Eric Ogden
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November: TopazWomen sought the powers of enchantment housed in November's golden topaz. Know as the sun jewel, it shows flecks of gold. This ivory silk tulle gown by Vera Wang has a Champagne hand-painted hem in topaz tones; a silk flower by Dulken and Derrick is slipped through a topaz-beaded necklace by Darlene de Sedle and draped around the waist. Topaz drop earrings by Jose and Maria Barrera and a topaz ring by Tony Duquette are warm accents.
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December: TurquoiseThe lace- and ribbon-detailed strap of this silk organza gown with corseted bodice by Carolina Herrera is adorned with a turquoise-and-diamond brooch from Fred Leighton. Turquoise-and-diamond ring from Primavera Gallery New York.Photography: Eric Ogden
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Glossary1. OpalPhotography: Eric Ogden