Amethyst ~ February’s Birthstone

Time to take a look at February’s Birthstone, Amethyst.

Oh you lucky ones born this month!  Amethyst is one of my very favorite stones. amethyst-color-variations

And what’s not to love about this beautiful gemstone!! From pale lavender to luscious deep royal purple, this stone offers it all.

Much like January’s Garnet, Amethyst is the traditional, modern, and ancient birthstone for February.

amethyst-clusterThe word amethyst comes from the Greek “amethystos” which can be translated “not drunken”.

Legend goes that one day a beautiful maiden named Amethyst was on her way to the Temple of Diana for worship, when she had the misfortune of crossing the path of the wine god Bacchus. Bacchus was in a bad temper, having just been insulted by a mere mortal and he vowed to take revenge on the next mortal he saw by releasing his tigers upon the poor soul. Diana intervened and turned Amethyst into a quartz statue to save her from the brutal attack. Bacchus was remorseful, and poured his wine upon that statue as atonement. The wine stained the quartz a deep violet hue. The beautiful purple stone was for evermore called Amethyst. The ancients believed that a person wearing this stone would be protected against drunkenness and has been used as a symbol of sincerity, security and peace of mind.

Natural Amethyst Crystals

Now let’s take a look at an alternative birthstone derived from your birth sign.

February is the month of Aquarius and Pisces.

We learned last month the stone for Aquarius is Garnet

Raw Garnet

The stone for Pisces is Amethyst.

Raw Amethyst

I know, I told you last month that we would be taking a look at the alternative birthstones, it just so happens that January & February have stayed constant down through the ages.

But March, look out!!!

Here are some examples of the variety of ways Amethyst can be used in jewelry. Be sure to click the link  HERE to shop for these lovelies.  The perfect gift for your February birthday Babes!!!


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