Amethyst: February's Birthstone
Modified: April 2011
by Jerry Sisk, GG; Co-Founder, Jewelry Television®
If you are fortunate enough to have amethyst as your February birthstone, then you will be wearing a gemstone deeply steeped in history and lore. Ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans believed amethyst had protective and curative powers and it was closely associated with spirituality, faith, and wisdom. Associated with royalty and treasured for thousands of years, amethyst was once reserved for the powerful and wealthy. Fortunately, times have changed, and the beauty and mystery of amethyst can now be affordably yours. Why not treat yourself like royalty and enjoy the beauty and elegance of amethyst?
Offering a wide variety of shades, from reddish- to violet-purple, this gemstone is truly versatile. And, if you prefer soft, subdued colors, then you will truly enjoy the pastel lavenders of amethyst.
Do you enjoy deeper richer colors? Then you should consider some of the intense purple amethyst from Africa or South America. Its richness can be intoxicating to the eye.
Amethyst often crystallizes in cavities within volcanic rocks forming geodes. These crystals grow inward and are often sliced or cut to form beautiful displays that are fun to collect and display.
Once reserved solely for royalty, amethyst can now be yours at Jewelry Television®. Join us as we celebrate Februarys birthstone and one of nature's most beautiful gifts to man.
Alternative February Birthstones: Black Onyx and Moonstone
If purple just isn't your color, consider donning black onyx or the irridescent whites of moonstone as an alternative. Read more about black onyx in The Little Black Gemstone or all about the history, meaning and more about moonstone in our gemopedia.