February Birthstone: Amethyst

Wishing all you February babies a Happy Birthday Month! February is represented by the gemstone amethyst, which is known for its beautiful shades of purple. February is often associated with being cold and short, so this gemstone is a perfect balance to bring about a little extra warmth, peace and strength.

Amethyst is a purple quartz and can be found in every corner of the earth. The gemstone gets its color from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements which produces a purple hues that range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple.

The name for this gem comes from the Ancient Greek word, word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated.” It was believed that Amethyst would ward off any intoxicating powers and prevent drunkenness. Other historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid and the Old Testament names Amethyst as one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. It is also the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!