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February Birthstone: Amethyst.

Feb 2, 2020

Image: Roman intaglio engraved gem of Caracalla in
amethyst, once in the Treasury of Sainte-Chapelle.
What is the birthstone for February? The following Victorian era poem provides the answer!
The Amethyst
The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.

Properties of the Amethyst - For those who were born in the month of February the Amethyst is the traditional birthstone according to The February birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Amethyst is associated - stability, peace, balance, courage, inner strength, sincerity and a calm disposition. The healing properties of the February birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction, headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues and general healing.
The Amethyst is also referred to as the "sobriety stone" as it was once believed to prevent drunkenness and used to treat alcoholism and other types of addictions.
February Zodiac Sign - The twelve Zodiac signs are an astrological version of birthstones in addition to the twelve calendar months. The February birthstone, the Amethyst, is considered to be the birth stone of Aquarius (the Water Bearer) and relate to those born between January 21 - February 19. The Zodiac sign of Aquarius also responds to Garnet and Jasper.
Where are Amethysts found? - The popular February Birth stone of the Amethyst is found in Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia
Color - The traditional colors associated with the Amethyst is a pale lilac to violet to red-violet color through to a deep rich purple color. A popular gem used in jewelry. The meaning of colors through the ages represented many aspects of life. Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected in the color purple. The original symbolic meaning of the color purple was for penitence and mourning. However, it became symbolic with wealth and power and strongly associated with Royalty as the dyes used for purple materials were extremely expensive to produce.
Definition of Amethyst: The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "remedy against drunkenness" which is reflected in the properties of this stone. Amethyst is variety of crystallized quartz, of different shades of purple or bluish violet color. It is much used as a jeweler's stone. The Amethyst is a member of the Quartz (silicon dioxide) family. Crystal structure of the Amethyst, the February birthstone, is hexagonal.
History - For those who were born in the month of February the Amethyst is the traditional birth stone. The history, myths, legends and folklore surrounding the magical properties of different birthstones have been handed down through the ages and from different civilizations.

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