February Birthstone: Color and Meaning

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by Martie Majoros
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The February birthstone, the amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. 

February Birthstone Color

Amethysts are a type of quartz often found in geodes amidst cooled lava.

Their purple coloring runs the gamut from reddish purple to a bluish lilac. 

Birthstone Facts & Folklore

Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) believed that wearing an amethyst could increase intelligence.

At one time, only royalty could wear the gem.

Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.” 

Wearing an amethyst will give you courage and help to prevent insomnia.

A dream of receiving an amethyst as a gift brings good luck.

A dream of giving one means you forgive the recipient.

February birthstone - the amethyst

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The Old Farmer's Almanac

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