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Rock Garden

Pick a gift that's precious and personal. A month-by-month guide to romancing with birthstones and bouquets, whether your style is carnations or Cartier.

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November
Mum's the word: Surprise her with chrysanthemums or a blue topaz necklace, $2,400 at Bulgari.

December
Poinsettias are pretty, but turquoise wins you more points. Necklace, $27,000 at Tiffany & Co.; Wendy Tabb silver ring, $70 at Fragments.

January
No more blue-tinted blooms: These carnations are the real deal, as is this garnet earclip, $2,200 for a pair from Mish New York, where garnet earrings start at $395.

February
A primrose smells even sweeter with a clover-shaped amethyst pendant, $2,200 from Chanel Fine Jewelry (chain sold separately, $350).

March
It's not madness to covet African violets -- or a massive aquamarine ring, $2,500 from Doyle & Doyle, where aquamarine rings start at $500.

April
Cheery Gerber daisies are bound to please. A fancy yellow diamond doesn't hurt, either. Earrings priced on request at Harry Winston.

May
Have a green day: Hit up your florist for a lily of the valley or slip one of these on your finger. Emerald ring, priced on request, and diamond ring, $12,500, both at Cartier.

June
Isn't it romantic? A flutter of rose petals sets the stage for an antique pearl necklace, $5,500 at Fred Leighton.

July
Stalk her with sweet peas and even sweeter ruby trinkets. Earrings, $885, and ring, $1,385 at Me & Ro, where ruby earrings start at $245.

August
Here comes the sun: A gladiolus and a peridot bracelet brighten any day, $130 at Boucher.

September
A bed of asters would be nice. So would a band of sapphires. White gold, sapphire, and diamond bangle, $5,800, and earrings, $5,970 at David Yurman, where silver versions start around $500.

October
That's a dahlia, darling -- with a huge opal to boot. Sharon Alouf earrings, $8,500 for a pair at Fred Leighton.


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