February Birthstone – Amethyst
Interesting Facts About The February Birthstone
Etymology Of The February Birthstone
The twelve Zodiac signs are an astrological version of birthstones in addition to the twelve calendar months. The February birthstone of 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.
The popular February Birth stone of the Amethyst is found in the following countries:
- Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia
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 February birth stone: The word Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos" which means "remedy against drunkenness" which is reflected in the properties of this stone. A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. 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.