The February birthstone shares the month with the most famous holiday for love - Valentine's Day. From diamonds to colored gemstones, a gift of jewelry for Valentine's Day is something anyone will cherish and adore for years to come. What better way to say "I love you" to someone born in February than with a stunning jewelry piece in their birthstone?
What is the February Birthstone?
The February birthstone is the romantic and passionate amethyst. The February birthstone color is a fascinating purple color that ranges from light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple. Amethyst is the purple variety of the mineral quartz and is the most valuable type.
It is similar in properties to natural citrine and is used to create heat-treated citrine. Amethyst birthstone gemstone jewelry makes a thoughtful and personal birthday gift.
February Birthstone Meaning
The amethyst birthstone is said to soothe the mind and emotions, helping to control negative thoughts. It also decreases stress and anxiety, so wearing a beautiful amethyst ring, necklace or another jewelry piece may calm your mind. The February stone is a powerful birthstone for the mind.
Some believe that amethyst may increase intelligence. If you're looking for a good grade on your next test, harness the powers of amethyst for some extra guidance. This gemstone brings wisdom, understanding, creativity and passion.
You can find this birthstone all over the world in places such as Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. But don't worry: you don't have to fly across the world to pick one up. The amethyst birthstone is beautiful in a wide variety of gorgeous jewelry pieces like stunning amethyst necklaces or gemstone earrings.
In addition to being the February birthstone, amethyst gemstones celebrate the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
February Birthstone History
The amethyst represents love and has a deep connection to Valentine's Day. In fact, St. Valentine was said to have worn an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
The amethyst birthstone is associated with Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. However, the name amethyst stems from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "not drunken." The ancient Greeks believed that the amethyst stone warded off drunkenness.
The Greeks associated amethyst with Bacchus, in part, because of its wine-like color. In addition to preventing drunkenness, ancient civilizations believed that amethyst gave its wearer a clear head and clever planning abilities.
February Birthstone Care
The amethyst rates a seven on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning it has good toughness. The amethyst is hard enough for all jewelry types as long as the wearer takes care.
Sudden temperature changes can cause the amethyst to crack or break. Some color from the stone can fade with extended exposure to light. The February birthstone can be damaged by harsh chemicals.
Clean your amethyst with warm soapy water. High powered cleaners are usually safe to use unless your stone has a crack.
Shop February Birthstones
The vibrant purple hue of the amethyst means royals and religious figures often wear amethyst in their jewelry and royal crowns. History shows the amethyst as highly valued as ruby, emerald and sapphire – traditionally known as the big three gemstones. At Zales, we love all of the gemstones, but for February birthdays or those who love purple, amethyst is a beautiful choice.
Celebrate a February birthday, Valentine's Day or the color purple with a jewelry design set with elegant amethyst. You'll find a great collection of amethyst earrings, rings, bracelets and more at your local Zales retail store or online at Zales.com.