February Gemstone

February Birthstone – Amethyst


Those born in the month of February are blessed with Amethyst as their birth gemstone. This stone was believed to ward off the intoxicating and alluring powers of Bacchus by the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as keep the wearer calm, sharp and quick-witted. The Amethyst is a lovely deep purple, and is among the popular gemstones around the world for its striking beauty, deep color and minimum inclusion. During the Middle Ages, the stone was believed to have symbolized royalty. Today, the Amethyst is prized for the associated qualities of peace, courage, stability, sincerity and strength it is supposed to bestow on the wearer.

Interesting Facts About The February Birthstone

In Greek mythology, a beautiful maiden called Amethystos was known to have rebuffed Dionysus, the god of wine. The legend says that the maiden prayed to the Gods to keep her chaste, resulting in her transformation to a white stone from a maiden. Dionysus, driven by grief, is said to have poured wine on the stone, turning it purple. As a result, the Amethyst is often associated with romance, lust and love.

Etymology Of The February Birthstone

The Amethyst gets its name from Ancient Greek, derived from ‘methustos’ or intoxicated. The stone is believed to protect its wearer from intoxication. The Greeks and Romans wore amethyst on their person and created drinking vessels from the stone to prevent inebriation and intoxication.
Source: http://www.birthstonezodiac.com/birthstones/februarybirthstone/



February Birthstone Zodiac Sign
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.

February Birthstone - Where are Amethysts found?
The popular February Birth stone of the Amethyst is found in the following countries:
  • Brazil, Uruguay and Zambia
February Birthstone - the Color of the Amethyst
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 the Amethyst, the February Birthstone
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.

Source:http://www.birthdaygems.org/february-birthstone.htm

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September birthstone

September birthstone

We present 7 choices for September birthstones:

SAPPHIRE
Sapphire is the modern birthstone for September, both in the United States and Britain. Long before the gemstone became the modern September birthstone, sapphire was the planetary stone for Libra, while blue sapphire is a zodiac stone for Virgo, both zodiac signs falling partly in the month of September.
Sapphire is precious corundum occurring in colors other than red, which would otherwise be called ruby. This birthstone of September is a highly valuable gemstone and has accordingly remained among the 4 precious stones of the modern day. While the gemstone is available in a variety of colors, the color of sapphire popularly regarded as the September gemstone is the blue sapphire. This September stone is believed to bring inner peace and stave off depression.
Lapis Lazuli
Lapis lazuli is the alternate modern birthstone for September in Britain alongside sapphire. The gemstone’s color is arguably the key to lapis lazuli’s naming as a gemstone for September. Lapis lazuli, like sapphire, is blue, which is the September birthstone color. Lapis lazuli was also a zodiac stone for Libra, which falls partly in the month of September. This September stone is believed to enhance awareness and creativity.

Peridot

Formerly known as chrysolite, peridot is, in fact, the traditional birthstone for September. Peridot was the September birthstone going as far back as several ancient calendars, namely, the old Italian, Russian, Hebrew and Arabic calendar. Before the gemstone went into these calendars as the September gemstone, peridot was the zodiac stone for Libra, which falls partly in the month of September. Peridot was indeed consistently regarded as the birthstone of September until 1912 when the gemstone was made the modern birthstone for August, where it is inconsistent both as traditional month stone and Zodiac birthstone.

Sardonyx

Sardonyx is the birthstone for September in the old Roman and Polish calendar. This September birthstone is a variety of onyx with red bands of sard instead of black, hence the name sard-onyx. The September stone is believed to enhance courage and was accordingly worn by soldiers of Ancient Rome.

Zircon

Zircon is the birthstone for September in the Hindu calendar. Zircon is also the talismanic stone for Virgo, which falls partly in the month of September. This September birthstone is a transparent gemstone of various colors and is frequently used as a substitute for diamonds. While available in different colors, this birthstone of September is most popular for its blue variety. The September gemstone is believed to bring peace of mind and prosperity.

Moonstone

Before zircon was the birthstone for September in the Hindu calendar, moonstone was the September birthstone in India, going as far back as the Ayurvedic or old Hindu calendar. Moonstone is composed of alternate layers of orthoclase and albite, which gives this September gemstone the look of glowing from within. The September stone is believed to relieve anxiety. 

Agate

Agate is the birthstone for September in the old Tibetan calendar. This September birthstone is banded chalcedony occurring in practically all colors and includes another traditional birthstone of September among its many varieties, that is, sardonyx. Agate is believed to enhance intelligence and increase eloquence.
Source: http://kamayojewelry.com/month-birthstones/september-birth-stone/


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August Birthstone

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE

Three birthstones are available for August birthdays: peridot, sardonyx, and spinel.

Peridot

                              
Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. 
Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan. This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens. 
Peridot, in smaller sizes, often is used in beaded necklaces and bracelets.

Spinel


The spinel is often assumed to be other gemstones because it tends to resemble either a ruby or sapphire. In fact, some of the most famous rubies in history have turned out to be spinel. But its distinguishing features, like its octahedral crystal structure and single refraction, are what sets it apart from other gems. Spinel also has a lower Mohs hardness than ruby and sapphire.
Significant deposits of spinel have been found in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It has also been found in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania and the U.S.
Vivid red is the most desirable color of spinel gemstones, followed by cobalt blue, bright pink and bright orange. The more affordable stones are often those with paler colors, like lavender. You may also find spinel in black, violet blue, greenish blue, grayish, pale pink, mauve, yellow or brown. So many choices!
When shopping for spinel, a good quality stone should have no visible inclusions. The more inclusions, the less valuable the stone. Spinel can be found various cuts, like octagons, trillions, squares, rounds and fancy shapes, like ovals, pears, and cushions.
 SOURCE: American Gem Society

Alternative gemstones for August

Carnelian

Carnelian is another traditional birthstone for August, and was the August birthstone in the old Roman, Italian and Hebrew calendar. Before the gemstone became the birthstone of August in these ancient calendars, carnelian was a zodiac stone for both Virgo and Leo, the two zodiac signs falling partly in the month of August. So close to sard in characteristics that their names are often confused, carnelian is the red variety of chalcedony. This August gemstone is believed to fuel passion and desire.

Ruby

Ruby is the birthstone for August in the Hindu calendar. This August birthstone is the red variety of corundum, which would be otherwise called sapphire if occurring in another color. The August gemstone is believed to boost courage and mental power.

Sapphire

Before ruby was the birthstone for August in the Hindu calendar, sapphire was the August birthstone in the old Hindu, also known as Ayurvedic calendar. This August gemstone is corundum occurring in a variety of colors except red, which would be called ruby, but is most popular for its deep blue crystals. Blue sapphire is specifically identified to be a zodiac stone for Virgo, which falls partly in the month of August. The August stone is believed to bring inner peace and counteract depression.

Diamond

Diamond is the birthstone for August in the old Tibetan calendar. This August birthstone is most popular for its bright white crystals, though the gemstone occurs in a great variety of colors. This highly valuable August gemstone is believed to protect its wearer from misfortune.

Moonstone

Moonstone is another traditional birthstone for August. This August birthstone consists of alternate layers of orthoclase and albite, giving the gemstone the appearance of glowing from within. The August stone is believed to chase away anxiety

Topaz

Topaz is still another gemstone recorded to be a traditional birthstone for August. This birthstone of August is a transparent gemstone most widely regarded as yellow in color during the Middle Ages. The August birthstone is believed to stimulate optimism and increase strength.

August Birthstone Color

What color is August birthstone? The birthstone color for August is rather not definite. If the august color has to be judged by the modern birthstone for August, peridot, then the August birthstone color would be green, specifically light green.
However, the alternate birthstone of August in Britain, sardonyx, which is also the traditional gemstone for August in the old Polish and Arabic calendar, is popular for its red bands. The other most widely accepted traditional stone for August, carnelian, which hails from old Roman, Italian and Hebrew calendar, is also red. It is apparent that red is the traditional August stone color. This is seconded by the Russian August gemstone, alexandrite, which is half the time red, as well as by ruby, the August birthstone in the Hindu calendar.
Of course, other colors are also seen among the birthstones for August. Sardonyx, moonstone and diamond are white; topaz is yellow; while sapphire occurs in all other colors beside red.