The February Birthstone is Amethyst
The official birthstone for the month of February is the stunning purple amethyst and hence the February birthstone color is purple.
February is one of the few months that only have one birthstone, so there is no alternative February gemstone.
Amethyst is one of the Zodiac birthstones for both for both Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19) and Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20) star signs.
Other birthday symbols include the birth flowers for February which are the Violet, Iris and Primrose.
Besides being a meaningful February birthday gift, Amethyst jewelry is the also given to celebrate a sixth wedding anniversary.
The name amethyst is derived from Greek legend and words that mean ‘to prevent intoxication’.
Amethysts are said to symbolize courage and inner strength.
Watch the short, informative videos below highlighting the history, symbolism and properties of this beautiful gemstone.
February Birthstone Color: Purple
February's birthstone color of purple comes from February's gemstone Amethyst.
Amethyst is a well known and admired quartz crystal that occurs in beautiful shades of purple. During the formation of the crystals, iron and manganese produce the purple color, varying from pale lilac through lavender and mauve to deep violet. Being a type of quartz, Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale so it is a relatively durable stone.
Amethyst crystals are often found in geodes, which are rock cavities lined with crystals. These cavities formed as gas bubbles when lava cooled many years ago and later various mineral rich solutions filled the voids and deposited crystals. Some of these geodes are quite spectacular and can be up to a few meters high.
Amethyst is found on all continents with the larger deposits occurring in South America, Africa and North America. Different varieties of Amethysts are often named after the location of their origin for example: Brazilian Amethyst, Siberian Amethyst, Bolivian Amethyst and African Amethyst. Other names are based on the color or patterns such as Pink Amethyst and Chevron Amethyst.
Historically only royalty wore amethyst due to its rarity, however once vast deposits were discovered in Brazil, amethyst became a popular gemstone in everyday jewelry and in particular February birthstone jewelry.
Discover more about amethyst gemstones and amethyst history and symbolism.
Alternative February Birthstone: Green Amethyst
February is one of the few months that does not have alternative or secondary birthstones. However if you already have a collection of the traditional Purple Amethyst stone, there are many other types of Amethyst, so why not consider Green Amethyst.
Green Amethyst is more correctly called Prasiolite and is a very pale green variety of quartz. This gemstone usually occurs naturally near stable Purple Amethyst deposits. High temperature lava flows or intrusions would have caused chemical reactions that transformed the purple quartz into green quartz.
This heating process can be simulated in a lab by heating or irradiating Purple Amethyst. These crystals are most likely what you will find in Green Amethyst jewelry, as naturally occurring Prasiolite is very rare.
Almost all natural Prasiolite has come from a small mine in Brazil with other smaller deposits in Lower Silesia, Poland and Thunder Bay in Canada.
Discover more about the green amethyst gemstone.
February Zodiac Signs and Crystals
The two February birthday zodiac signs are Aquarius and Pisces. The Aquarius sign is from January 21 to February 19 and the Pisces sign from February 20 to March 20. (The start and end dates can vary by a day or so each year).
New Moon Beginnings offer Zodiac crystal sets (rough or tumbled) to enhance each sign's positive qualities and to calm negative energies.
Aquamarine, labradorite, amethyst, angelite and hematite are included in the Aquarius crystal set to enhance their humanitarian and progressive nature. Discover how these stones amplify the qualities of the Aquarius sign.
In the Pisces crystal set - aquamarine, bloodstone, amethyst, fluorite, chrysocolla compliment the adaptable and sensitive Pisceans. Find out how these stones can help strengthen the Pisces sign characteristics.
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