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The History and Meaning of the February Birthstone

The History and Meaning of the February Birthstone

If you have a February birthday, or are shopping for someone who does, you should know the amethyst birthstone is rich in history and meaning. A dreamy, semiprecious stone, amethyst combines the passion of red and the serenity of blue. Said to reduce anxiety, and even pain, this peaceful purple gemstone can invite emotional stability when worn as jewelry. For all the details on these gorgeous and symbolic gemstones, read on.

The History and Meaning Of The Amethyst Birthstone

The history of amethyst dates back as early as 2000 BC, and throughout the centuries, it brought a mystery and magic to many cultures. Here’s the lore:

What Is Amethyst?

Amethyst is formed in basalt rock, aka volcanic lava, creating the ultimate origin story for this protection stone. The pyrogenic basalt acts like a cauldron for minerals and water that come together over millions of years, shaping amethyst crystals as a lining around the fiery rocks.

The History and Meaning of the February Birthstone

Amethyst Colors and Characteristics

Amethysts come in colors ranging from deep purple to the palest shades of pastel lavender and even pink. The most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade, but we love every shade of amethyst. Lavender hues look particularly stunning in amethyst engagement rings when complemented by diamond accents. Most amethysts have excellent clarity and are available in a variety of cuts and carat weights.

A type of quartz, amethyst crystals can be huge, weighing more than 100 pounds, and sometimes form in hollow geodes big enough to stand in.

Amethyst Gemstone Care

Amethyst is low-maintenance. It’s tough, with a fairly high hardness rating of 7, making it pretty resistant to scratching and practical for daily wear. A prong or a bezel setting can offer additional protection. Heat treatments essentially “dye” an amethyst its color and keep it from fading, but avoid repeated or lengthy exposure to bright light all the same (it might cause yellowing).

With all of your traditional care concerns are out of the way, warm water and a soft cloth are all you need to suds up your amethyst gemstone. But when we say warm, we don’t mean hot. Avoid excessive heat.

February Birthstone Jewelry

Pia Amethyst Huggie Earrings

Pia Amethyst Huggie Earrings

Perfect for elevated everyday wear, these amethyst hoops feature a modern zigzag pattern, creating a playful yet sophisticated look.

Final Thoughts

The February birthstone is not only a stunning gemstone, but also a symbol of protection and tranquility. Its formation in volcanic rock and the meticulous treatments it undergoes showcase the intricate journey of this gem, ultimately making it a cherished and meaningful choice for those born in February or seeking a gemstone with rich history and significance.

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Comments (16)

B. Earth Says:
February 17th, 2020 at 3:40 pm

Hi there, yes we do! You can browse our colored gemstone jewelry on our website here: (https://www.brilliantearth.com/jewelry-gifts/gemstone-jewelry/). Thanks for reaching out!

Antwon Wells Says:
February 16th, 2020 at 1:16 pm

Love your ring selections.Do you have any green gems jewelry

Linda Avery Says:
March 2nd, 2018 at 6:42 pm

I love the color Amethyst it’s the most beautiful color of all but everyone has their own taste when it comes to Jewelry

jithin jose Says:
January 29th, 2018 at 3:01 am

This too shall pass…..,..

signy Says:
October 5th, 2017 at 9:42 am

My birthstone is Amethyst and I love the brilliance of the stone having been given a 12 carat stone set with diamonds for my 21 birthday which was 57 years ago!

Suzanne McCuistion Says:
August 1st, 2017 at 10:03 am

One day I will order

Suzanne McCuistion Says:
August 1st, 2017 at 10:00 am

Beautiful things

Abigail Diaz Says:
July 18th, 2017 at 9:43 am

That is a beautiful stone, which I have in a crystal necklace and stones that have good energy!!!

Lawrence Moore Says:
July 9th, 2017 at 3:53 am

Absolutely Amazing, fit for a Princess. My daughter Leah, aka the Princess, also an Aquarius, is going to love her new collection. Might even find some choice pieces for my Mummy and my Sis.
Kind Regards,
Lawrence Moore

Rochelle Fish Says:
July 3rd, 2017 at 8:48 am

I like saphires

Rochelle Fish Says:
July 3rd, 2017 at 8:46 am

Do not know which one to choose

Rochelle Fish Says:
July 3rd, 2017 at 8:45 am

They are all so beautiful

Rochelle Fish Says:
July 3rd, 2017 at 8:44 am

I love the rings

Seth Says:
April 9th, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Nice jew lm ery

Ann Leamy Says:
August 20th, 2014 at 7:46 am

Ainee answered(she is the last to leave a note)…on My Birthday…Feb.l7th….
I love my birthstone,amethyst…in emerald shape..in deepest purple..but, have other shades as well. My husband gave me a lovely high set emerald cut stone in yellow gold…(my preference)…which I wear,not daily, but often…over my wedding
ring..as it sits nicely there.. I’ve had so many compliments on it…plain,elegant, no diamonds or czs.

Ainee Beland Says:
February 17th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Amethyst is a rare gem indeed. At times I like the purple color and at times it is too striking. I like it more as a stone than jewelry since I much prefer my own birthstone of sapphire with garnet as my alternate in coloring.

Thank you for the article; it is most informative.