amethyst birth stone

February Birthstone

"The February born shall find Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear."

February Birthstone - Properties of the Amethyst
For those who were born in the month of February the Amethyst is the traditional birthstone. The February birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Amethyst is associated - stability, peace, balance, courage, inner strength, sincerity and a calm disposition.

The healing properties of the February birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction,  headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues and general healing.

 The Amethyst is also referred to as the the "sobriety stone" as it was once believed to prevent drunkenness and used to treat alcoholism and other types of addictions.

February Birthstone - Where are Amethysts found?
The popular February Birth stone of the Amethyst is found in the following countries:

  • Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia

February Birthstone - the Color of the Amethyst
The traditional colors associated with the Amethyst is a pale lilac to violet to red-violet color through to a deep rich purple color. A popular gem used in jewelry. The meaning of colors through the ages represented many aspects of life. Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected in the color purple. The original symbolic meaning of the color purple was for penitence and mourning. However,  it became symbolic with wealth and power and strongly associated with Royalty as the dyes used for purple materials were extremely expensive to produce.

Definition of the Amethyst, the February Birthstone
Definition of Amethyst, the February birth stone: The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "remedy against drunkenness" which is reflected in the properties of this stone. A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone. The Amethyst is a member of the Quartz (silicon dioxide) family.  Crystal structure of the Amethyst, the February birthstone, is hexagonal.

February Birth stone - the History of the Amethyst
For those who were born in the month of February the Amethyst is the traditional birth stone. The history, myths, legends and folklore surrounding the magical properties of different birthstones have been handed down through the ages and from different civilisations. This subject has been documented separately in the History of Birthstones section which can be accessed by the link at the top of the page.

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