The February birthstone is AMETHYST – (Wisdom, spirituality, sobriety, security)
Amethyst is a semi-precious gemstone with a hardness level of 7 on Moh’s hardness scale. In ancient times, before the discovery of huge amethyst deposits in South America, this purple variety of quartz was very rare, and considered as precious a gemstone as ruby and emerald. Amethyst is a member of the quartz family along with citrine, chalcedony and several others.
The name Amethyst derives from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and comes from an ancient legend. In the 1800s, affluent people were known to drink wine from amethyst goblets to prevent drunkenness. It is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. It was a highly coveted gem by royalty; biblical and secular. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. It’s said to aids in the reduction of insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, and circulatory issues. Amethyst is considered the gemstone of meditation, peace, balance, courage, and inner strength.
The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether these verses below originally are of the Gregorian calendar or not. In fact Tiffany & Co. published these poems “of unknown author” for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.
The February-born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they an amethyst will wear.