The secret language of jewels

First originating in France in the 18th century, acrostic jewelry is a form of sentimental jewelry in which gemstones are arranged to spell a word to convey a message of friendship, love or a occasionally a political declaration. The first letter of the gemstone represents the letter in the secret message. Created by Jean-Baptiste Mellerio (jeweler to the unfortunate Marie Antoinette and later Empress Josephine), the language of stones crossed the channel and became all the rage in England.  Charles Edward’s The History and Poetry of Finger-Rings published in 1855 lists the endless possibilities for your messages of love:

A.   Améthiste, Aigue-marine
B.   Brilliant, Diamant, désigniant la même pierre
       [the same stone, diamond, but only a brilliant-cut]
C.   Chrisolithe, Carnaline, Chrisophrase
D.   Diamant
E.   Emeraude
F.   (Pas de pierre connue)  [No stone known]
G.  Grenat
H.  Hiacinthe
I.    Iris
J.    Jasper
K.   (Pas de pierre connue)   [No stone known]
L.   Lapis lasuli
M.   Malachit
N.   Natralithe
O.   Onix, Opale
P.   Perle,  Peridot, Purpurine
Q.   (Pas de pierre connue)   [No stone known]
R.   Rubis, Rose diamant
S.   Saphir, Sardoine
T.   Turquoise, Topaze
U.   Uraine
V.   Vermeille  (espèce de grenat jaune)   [especially yellow garnet]
X.   Xépherine
Y.   (Pas de pierre connue.)   [No stone known]
Z. (Pas de pierre connue.)   [No stone known]