February Birthstone: Color and Meaning

Birthstone for February

By Catherine Boeckmann
January 30, 2019
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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. 

The finest quality is a strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple as long as the stone does not become too dark to see its brightness.

Amethyst Birthstone Facts & Folklore

  • Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) believed that wearing an amethyst could increase intelligence.
  • At one time, amethysts were only available to royalty. 
  • 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 an amethyst means you forgive the recipient.

February birthstone - the amethyst


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